SPEEDWAY: STOKE SAS Spitfires face arguably their biggest meeting of the season when they face Armadale in the second leg of the Conference Trophy final at Loomer Road on Saturday.
They are eight points down from the first leg in Edinburgh and the outcome of the meeting is delicately poised as the Scottish side has a good record in the Potteries.
But Stoke had a solid workout on Saturday as they comprehensively beat Weymouth 63-32 at Loomer
Road in their final league meeting of the 2005 season.
Promoter Dave Tattum said: 'We focussed hard on beating Weymouth and the three points gained means we will finish around seventh in the league table, which we are reasonably happy with.
'Even though we had a bad start in Heat One, we really had our foot on the gas right from the off and that seemed to knock the stuffing out of Weymouth mid-way through.
'It was good to see the younger lads getting stuck in and there is a unity about this side. Kriss Irving came back from a wrist injury and Gareth Isherwood had a rough time with his bikes last week. But they were really up for this and you could see them gaining in confidence as the meeting wore on.'
He added: 'There is no doubt, however, that the riders had one eye on next week and there was a terrific atmosphere about the place on Saturday. All the riders are pumped up and to beat Weymouth so well can only do their confidence good.'
Every Stoke rider recorded at least one win or paid win with the top three of Barrie Evans, Jack Hargreaves and Luke Priest going unbeaten by an opponent in what was a solid team effort against Weymouth.
The second leg of the Conference Trophy final takes place at Loomer Road on Saturday, 7.30pm.