Speedway: Duo in line for Stoke debuts
RHYS Naylor and Ross Walter will make their Stoke Eazy Rider Potters debuts in the Staffordshire Cup second leg against Dudley tomorrow (7pm).
The Potters have to overturn a deficit after losing the first leg 47-43 last month, but are hoping the fans turn out in force at Loomer Road to see their new recruits.
Walter, a former road racer, is relishing the prospect of making his Stoke bow.
"I competed on a 675cc Triumph in the British Supersport 600 series, but lost my sponsor in 2009," he said.
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"I live in Bournemouth and was aware of speedway because Poole and Weymouth are on the doorstep.
"I just went over to Scunthorpe one day when they had an open day and had a great time.
"The more I did it the more I liked it and then I started doing a few second-half races at Somerset which really brought home to me just how good these riders are.
"I also did a few amateur meetings, but this is my first stab at National League racing.
"I've got good bikes and I'm mechanically minded, so I think they will be up to the job.
"I came over for the Day of Opportunity meeting and wasn't surprised when Dan Berwick got the nod for the team place.
"He's the one with the speedway reputation, but now I have my chance and I will do all I can to make this happen.
"I'm still only 23 so I have plenty of time to adapt to all this."
The meeting is the first of three in four days for the Potters.
They travel to Scunthorpe on Monday for the first leg of the Knockout Cup, before heading to the Isle of Wight on Tuesday for the second leg of the Wightlink Trophy.
"It will be good to get going again and all we can do is our best after such a long time of hanging around," said skipper Tony Atkin.
"Other teams have been in the same boat so it's a case of getting stuck in."
Dudley have called up Stoke asset Tim Webster as a guest for Adam Roynon, who has commitments with Workington tomorrow.
Webster recently called time on his loan spell at Buxton.
Stoke: A Birks, J Pickard, T Atkin, R Naylor, R Worrall, B Reade, R Walter.
Dudley: T Webster, J White-Williams, T Perry, B Bekker, A Morris, D Ritchings, D Greenwood.