Plymouth Devils beat Scunthorpe to earn first league points

By Mike Tamblinat St Boniface Arena
Plymouth Devils

Plymouth Devils earned their first league points of the season after a 47-43 win over Scunthorpe at the St Boniface Arena.

Ryan Fisher continued his excellent form for Plymouth with 14 points including a vital last-heat win.

Both teams held the lead early on, and the scores were level at 21-21 after seven races.

But the Devils enjoyed heat advantages in four of the next five races to ensure victory and two league points.

"It was good to get our first league points on the board, although it was disappointing not to take all three," said promoter Mike Bowden.

Winning by four points meant the Devils took only two match points instead of the three available for a team winning by a margin of seven or more.

"Some of our riders did not perform as well as I would have expected and changes will be made.

"The Plymouth public will not put up with a losing team and we cannot afford to have our reserves outscored on our home track," Bowden added.

And Plymouth ended the weekend on a sour note after they were dumped out of the Knockout Cup by Glasgow Tigers on Sunday afternoon.

Despite leading by 14 points after the first leg, the Devils were beaten 54-36 in Scotland and go out of the competition 92-88 on aggregate.

American Fisher (11) top scored for Plymouth but it was not enough to keep their hopes of cup success alive.

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