Gladiators V The Bears – Meeting Preview

The Westcolour Gladiators will approach the key fixture against the Redcar Bears tomorrow night with their Play-Off place secured, but with their Quarter Final opponents and therefore possible route to the Finals all still to play for.

Following the heavy defeat suffered by Scunthorpe at Berwick on Saturday night, the Westcolour Gladiators are mathematically certain of finishing in the top, reaching the Play- Offs, but depending on the result tomorrow night could finish as high as fourth. 

With the top two clubs, Leicester and Glasgow getting a bye to the semi-finals, Poole who are certain to finish third will face the sixth place club with  the fourth and fifth place finishers meeting each other in the quarter finals.

A win for Plymouth will see them jump over the currently fourth placed Edinburgh Monarchs due to a superior aggregate match score points position as both clubs would finish on 32 points.  

A draw or a loss for Plymouth however would see them finish in fifth or possibly sixth place. 

With Redcar and Scunthorpe tied on 26 points but with Scunthorpe having a superior match points position, the Bears are currently in 7th place. A win by more than 6 points, gaining them 4 League points would see them jump above Plymouth in to 5th, a win by 6 points or less, or a draw or even a loss by less than 6 points (scoring 42) however, would see them leapfrog over Scunthorpe in to 6th place and leave the Westcolour Gladiators in 5th place. Get your spare batteries ready for your calculators!

Whatever the outcome the fact that the Westcolour Gladiators have made the Play-Offs is an incredible achievement, given the fact that at some point in their season every rider in the original 7 man team, and subsequent team declarations has suffered from some form of injury, four of which have turned out to be season ending or have seriously disrupted their seasons. 

The club though will be looking for one last big push to secure 4th place to give them a tactical and positive mindset for the huge potential fixtures and opportunities ahead.

The Redcar Bears will be formidable opponents and bring in Richard Lawson as guest to replace the injured Erik Riss, whilst the Westcolour Gladiators bring in the hugely popular Leicester Lions pairing of Richie Worrall and Kyle Howarth, who have both proven to be excellent high scoring guest riders already this season at The Coliseum.

The lineups are as follows:

Plymouth Westcolour Gladiators:

1 Richie Worrall

2 Ben Morley

3 Kyle Howarth

4. R/R (for Michael Palm Toft)

5 Hans Andersen

6 Lee Complin

7 Connor Coles

Redcar Bears:

1 Charles Wright

2 Jason Edwards

3 Richard Lawson

4 Kasper Andersen

5 Lewis Kerr

6 Kyle Newman

7 Jordan Jenkins


Tickets are available ONLINE now via our Online Ticketing Portal here.

A reminder that ALL Under 16’s GO FREE for the remaining Championship League and NDL League Fixtures; and are eligible for the very popular Interval Running Race around the Track with a small prize for each runner

Glasgow Cancelled Fixture.

Those holding pre-booked ONLINE Match Tickets from last week’s cancelled fixture against Glasgow can use them for this fixture. Please bring proof of Purchase (paper or electronic copy along with you. Those who paid on the Night who hold Re-Admission Tickets can also use them to enter this fixture but you must ensure that you have the Ticket Stub with you.

Tickets are also available via Cash + Card on the night, but the best way to secure a Seat in the NHS STAND (Home Straight) is to book early ONLINE. The First Bend VIP Stand is already SOLD OUT.

We should also point out that DISABLED Carer Free Tickets are no longer unfortunately available ONLINE. A small but not insignificant number have been abusing this FREE Entry privilege in sufficient numbers to be detrimental financially to the Club. The FREE CARER Offer is still available but via Cash Payment on the Turnstiles for ONE Free Carer where the Disabled person will require Proof of Disability in the form of authorised documentation from either a qualified NHS Doctor / Consultant or the relevant DWP paperwork. We are sorry if genuinely Disabled persons are impacted by this but unfortunately a number who do not have the Clubs interests at heart have resulted in this regrettable procedural change. It is also not fair on the vast majority who invested their hard earned cash in the Club via Season and Match Tickets honestly each week. 

PLEASE NOTE – Access by Card payment at the Stadium is by accessing the Clubs Online Ticket portal on a suitable mobile / android device. There are no specific Card readers. If you do not have a suitable device to allow your secure Card payment to be collected on the Gate, or before you enter from the comfort of your Car in the Park + Ride Car Park (using this link) There is a secure CASHPOINT at McDonalds Restaurant which you pass when turning in to Coypool Road

A POLITE REQUEST has been made by The Club Management and Turnstile / Entry Staff. It would be appreciated if you could please have EXACT CHANGE for Admission and Programme available if at all possible to avoid delays, especially at peak time between 6.15 and 7.00pm. It would also be very much appreciated, that if you are Entering by Car with multiple occupants, if one person in the vehicle; could collect the Money for Admission and any Programmes and the Car Park Fee to hand over to Gate Staff, as to process one overall transfer of Money will be a lot speedier than 2,3,4 or even 5 separate transactions. Your cooperation in this matter to help speed access for all and to avoid queues and to improve the Customer experience for all. THANK YOU

As always you can be the vital 8th man and the lads would very much welcome your vociferous and enthusiastic support once again, so please bring along a friend and help us to show everyone what a wonderful night of entertainment we get every Tuesday at 7 pm at The Coliseum.  The past few weeks have been tremendously difficult for us all with injuries, some controversial decisions going against us and some utterly mindless vandalism that will cost many thousands of pounds to replace let alone the stress it causes Mark and all of the wonderful support Team.

PLEASE rally around the Club and The Team, bring a friend and spread the word and remember UNDER 16’s GO FREE for the remaining League Fixtures (see the details above). Your support is always worth extra points and together we can beat all the odds and celebrate success together at the end of the season. These are tough times and in tough times the tough get going and there’s no one tougher than your Promoter, Team Manager and Team…. lets all join in and beat the odds together. #GladiatorsREADY

Gates Open 5.30pm

Pre-Match Rider Parade 6.50pm

Tapes Up 7.00pm

There are numerous Food and Drink (Alcoholic and Non Alcoholic) outlets around the Stadium serving locally produced products.

Numerous Toilets / Disabled Toilets and Washing Facilities 

Our new for 2022 Track Shop is doing a roaring trade with NEW lines every week and well worth a visit.

Car Parking onsite £2.00

36 page Colour Programme £3.00

We will have a FULL Review of this Fixture on Wednesday morning and by then News of the Westcolour Gladiators opponents in the Play Off Quarter Finals.

We will have a review of the SWTR Centurions narrow defeat at Kent yesterday on the website tomorrow morning.

Image Credit: Jon Sproad