Poole Pirates will be looking to beat the Elite League leaders for the second time this season when the Lakeside Hammers visit Wimborne Road tonight.
Chris Holder is expected to make his final appearance as stand-in for the injured Darcy Ward, and will go head-to-had with ex Pirate Davy Watt- after the duo led Australia to victory in the Best Pairs Cup at the weekend.
“When Chris agreed to cover for us after Darcy was ruled out, he made it clear that it could not be long term, but he was available through to this Wednesday” explained Pirates boss Matt Ford.
“He has always been upfront with us on his intentions and I know for sure that he will be keen to put in a good performance to sign off. However, I believe it will take a lot more than just Chris going well as Lakeside promise to be a stern challenge.
“Without question, last week was Poole’s best performance so far this season and if we can maintain that sort of form, then we will be creating quite a fortress with oppositions not fancying trips to Wimborne Road.”
Ben Hopwood will make his official debut for Poole, having joined the Dorset side on an initial one-month deal.
Poole are also boosted by the return pf Kyle Newman, while his stand-in, Adam Ellis will suit up for Lakeside.
“It will be good to have Kyle back for us” added Ford. “There will be some irony about Adam Ellis being on the opposite side of the pits on Wednesday after ably standing in for Kyle last week.
“I was impressed with Adam’s performance for us and it will be an intriguing contest to see how he races against us this time.”