Poole Pirates boss cautious despite league form


Poole Pirates boss Neil Middleditch is refusing to get carried away by his side's impressive start to the Elite League season.

Pirates sit second having won six of their 10 meetings so far.

"We got the team to win but it's a long season and anything can happen," he told BBC Radio Solent.

"It's good at the moment but it's a marathon not a sprint and you can slip up at the last hurdle and that happened to us last season."

Pirates finished second last season and lost the Elite League final 101-79 to the Coventry Bees but Middleditch says his side are making good progress this year.

"Everybody is scoring points and we're stealing a few when we're out on the road and hopefully that will see us in the play-offs," he said.

"It's just a case of getting into the play-offs and hopefully we can win from there."

Pirates have been plagued by injuries this season and received another setback when Christian Hefenbrock suffered a concussion in Monday's win over Coventry.

But Middleditch is hopeful the German will make a quick return.

"He should be back next week, luckily nothing is broken and that was our main concern when he was lying on the track but he's a tough character," he said.

"He knocked himself out a couple of weeks previously, so it's become a bit of a habit with Christian, so we just want to make sure he's fully fit before he steps back on the bike again."

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