LEICESTER return to senior action on Friday when they visit Scunthorpe in the second leg of their KO Cup quarter-final.

The Watling JCB Lions hold a healthy 26-point advantage from the first leg which took place at the Paul Chapman & Sons Arena way back on May 28.

Originally that was meant to be the second leg, but the meeting at Scunthorpe 24 hours earlier had to be abandoned after two races due to a serious crash for Scorpions guest Joe Alcock.

Lions then won 58-32 at home and will be confident of finishing the job at the Eddie Wright Raceway, and setting up a last-four clash with Poole.

The other half of the draw is more advanced, as Redcar and Edinburgh are due to race the second leg of their semi-final on Friday with the Monarchs holding a narrow 47-43 lead.

Lions are without Dan Thompson as he is heading to the Czech Republic to compete in the European Under-19 Championship.

They operate the rider replacement facility, and with Thompson fourth in the averages it means the r/r options are Richie Worrall, Connor Mountain and reserves Max Clegg and Joe Thompson.

Scunthorpe hope to welcome back No.1 Ryan Douglas, who has been struggling with a shoulder injury but was due to race for Wolverhampton at Sheffield on Thursday.

Jake Allen has recently returned from injury, but Tero Aarnio is on the sidelines with r/r in operation for the Finn and all Scorpions riders are eligible for extra outings.

Lions boss Stewart Dickson said: “It will be good to get the team together again after so long without a meeting, and we’ll be focused on getting the job done.

“We’re fully aware Scunthorpe had a big win in their last home match, so we need to be professional about it, and we should have enough in the team to get through.

“I’ve kept the same riding order as in our last meeting as I felt that worked well, and the riders know there are extra rides available too.

“I’m sure Anders Rowe will be a handful at reserve for them, and Adam Roynon is coming into some form as well, but we’ve got to focus on doing what we need to do.”

SCUNTHORPE: Ryan Douglas, Simon Lambert, James Wright, Jake Allen, Tero Aarnio r/r, Adam Roynon, Anders Rowe.
LEICESTER: Nick Morris, Dan Thompson r/r, Richie Worrall, Connor Mountain, Kyle Howarth, Joe Thompson, Max Clegg.

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