ANGRY Stoke promoter Dave Tattum says that he intends speaking to some of his riders following a 44-46 defeat for the Easy Rider Potters to Birmingham at Loomer Road on Saturday.
Having gone down 56-34 in the away game in the Premier Trophy at Birmingham on Wednesday, Tattum was furious that the hosts did not make home advantage pay.
He said: 'I was bitterly disappointed because that was a meeting that was there for the taking. Birmingham were not, with due respect, that strong apart from Ulrich Ostergaard (15 point maximum) and Jason Lyons (11) and we really should have had two points at least out of that meeting.
'I'm not saying anything other than I want to find out what is happening with some of the riders. In some ways, there are a lot of very positive signs.
'I thought Jack Hargreaves, Barrie Evans and Ben Barker rode very well. But we are not going to get very far when we are carrying one or two riders.'
Stoke led 25-23 at the midway stage before the Brummies levelled the score in the next with a 4-2 from Lee Smart and Brent Werner over Garry Stead and Paul Pickering.
Ostergaard came from the back to pass Evans in the next and then Hargreaves put in a very strong ride in Heat 12 to drive hard under Ben Powell, though the scores stayed level as Lyons took the win.
Rusty Harrison retired in Heat 13 with an electrical problem as Birmingham edged in front, a lead they maintained as the last two races were drawn.
Team manager John Adams said: 'It's very disappointing. We are not firing on all cylinders and some of the senior riders need to stand up and be counted.'
Stoke travel to Workington on Friday and host the Comets on Saturday (7.30pm).
Former Comet Harrison said: 'I had two punctures and an electrical failure on Saturday, so I hope my bad luck is out of the way now.
'I'd like to think that we can take at least three points from Workington and we really do need to get some points on the board.'
Stoke SAS Spitfires start their season with a home meeting against Weymouth on April 11.