Scunthorpe Scorpions must 'sit and wait' after rollercoaster weekend
Promoter Rob Godfrey is hoping Scunthorpe Scorpions have done enough to reach their first Premier League play-off final after a rollercoaster weekend of racing.
The battling Scorpions took a point in a close defeat at Edinburgh on Friday. But after losing at Workington on Saturday, it took a resounding win in Sunday's return match to put them within touching distance of the final.
Now, after completing their group matches, they must now wait until October 19, when Workington and Edinburgh face off for the final time, to find out if they will be pipped to the post.
Godfrey said: "We now have to sit and wait – we believe we've done enough to get through to the final, but we'll have to wait and see.
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"On Thursday night, when I got the phone calls regarding Josh Auty and Nick Morris [both ruled out by injury], I thought our season was over. I thought we’d come all this way, but we’d blown the opportunity to finish the job.
"I did not sleep that night, and I couldn't eat the following day either. I was so upset about it all, and I nearly didn't travel to Edinburgh on Friday.
"But I did, and it was unbelievable, because we ended up with a point. We booked Sam Masters at 10.30pm on the Thursday night, and Joe Haines in the early hours of Friday morning. But they, along with Kevin Doolan, performed like we were their own team, and we got a point.
"Workington away was tough, but we held it to 11 race points."
Godfrey said Sunday's winning performance against Workington at the Eddie Wright Raceway "blew him away".
He said: "I spoke to the team beforehand and asked the team to really go for it, but they blew me away with their performance. The spirit and desire was just tremendous."
And he reserved special praise for Josh Auty - who rode through the pain on his return from injury - and Michael Palm Toft, who became the first rider to complete a seven-ride paid maximum for the Scorpions at Premier League level.
He said: "We begged Josh to come back, because we couldn't find a credible third guest rider.
"He rode brilliantly despite not being 100 per cent.
"Michael is such a genuine lad. He's actually also my night watchman at the stadium, and he does a great job at that as well."