Wolverhampton bid to put their Knockout Cup exit behind them at Monmore Green tonight as they launch a vital run of matches this week.
Their 29-point aggregate defeat at the hands of Eastbourne told a story of niggling injuries, machine trouble and an opposition right at the top of their game and now it is Wolves who need to regain some consistency.
Swindon visit Monmore this evening, having suffered a miserable recent run on the road despite winning 55-41 at East-bourne earlier in the season. Too often this year, Robins skipper Leigh Adams has been left on his own at the top of their scorechart and Wolves will hope that position repeats itself tonight.
On Wednesday, Wolves need to improve their away record with a trip to bottom club Oxford, who have won just four m atches all season. Wolves won at Cowley but that was in the first round of the KO Cup and since then the Cheetahs have strengthened.
The third and final match of the week is on Thursday at Ipswich, a venue which has not been kind to Wolves in recent years and is arguably the toughest of the three fixtures, as the Witches have been consistent on their home circuit.
Wolves will hope their riders involved in Grand Prix qualifiers over the weekend all come through unscathed, whilst Billy Hamill has been having intensive treatment on his knee injury after crashing in Poland last weekend and aggravating the problem last Monday.
Manager Peter Adams said: "We've got some ground to make up on teams ahead of us, but some have now ridden four or five matches more than us."
Czech rider Tomas Suchanek has been called up for his debut tonight after agreeing a deal to become the club's No 8 as a replacement for Lee Smethills, who failed to adapt to Elite League racing during appearances.
Suchanek rides for Wolves promoter Chris Van Straaten's Premier League operation at Redcar and has also appeared in the top flight for Poole. He gets his chance with William Lawson involved in Premier League racing for Edinburgh at Newcastle and Ben Wilson on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, Coventry are also playing catch-up after dropping behind several teams in terms of home matches ridden. But the Bees have two matches at Brandon this week, against Poole tonight and Arena-Essex on Friday, so wins in those fixtures should take them back into the playoff chasing pack.
They go into tonight's clash with the Pirates in good shape, having dumped Ipswich out of the Cup by a ten-point aggregate margin despite fielding a patched-up side at Brandon last Friday.