Plymouth Devils progress in Knockout Cup despite Redcar loss

By Mike TamblinBBC Sport
Plymouth Devils

Plymouth Devils are through to the second round of the Premier League Knockout Cup, despite losing 47-43 in their first-round second-leg at Redcar.

Rasmus Jensen top scored for Plymouth with 11 points, as the Devils progressed with a 92-88 aggregate win.

It is the first time Plymouth have got past the first round of the competition since joining the Premier League in 2011.

The Devils will face Scunthorpe in the round two next month.

In difficult track conditions, Plymouth conceded a 5-1 maximum in the very first heat but race wins from Jensen and Ben Barker brought the scores level at 15-15 after five races.

The meeting remained tight throughout with both sides trading heat wins but it was the Devils who progressed, successfully defending their eight-point first-leg advantage.

Plymouth have also confirmed the signing of Adam Roynon as reserve Ben Reade's replacement.

The 25-year-old was recently released by Sheffield and returns for a second spell with the Devils following his stint with the club in 2007.

Roynon will make his debut this weekend in Plymouth's first home league match of the season against unbeaten Edinburgh.

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