Kent Kings set for Quarter Final
Kent Kings set for Quarter Final

This Friday sees the Kent SLYDE Kings travel to the St. Boniface Arena in Plymouth for their Knock Out Cup Quarter Final clash.

The three previous meetings between the side have produced three very close fixtures with the biggest margin of victory being Plymouth’s 4 point victory in the league encounter in Devon at the end of June. The winners of this tie will go on to face Eastbourne in the semi finals.

Kings Promoter Len Silver said ahead of the clash “I am very very keen to make it to the semi-finals of the KO Cup where Eastbourne will be our opponents. But Plymouth are no pushovers and ride our track well. Will be close, that’s a certainty.”

Plymouth have new signing Ellis Perks at number 1 who has come as a replacement for the sadly injured Adam Roynon. They are also waiting on the fitness on former Kent rider Bradley Andrew who has been injured for a number of weeks after suffering arm and shoulder injuries.

The Kent SLYDE Kings go into the fixture on the back of three successive wins most recently demolishing the Stoke Potters by 38 points at Central Park on Monday (16/7) evening. The Kings go into the fixture at full strength with new signing William O’Keefe once again taking on a side who previously employed him. The Kings fans have already taken O’Keefe to their hearts affectionately playing on his resemblance to J.K Rowling’s character Harry Potter. William O’Keefe will be searching his workshops Chamber of Secrets to produce a magic display against the Devils.

The upturn in form of Taylor Hampshire is also a plus for Kent, Hampshire went very close to a maiden maximum against Stoke and in recent weeks has formed a very potent pairing with Kent skipper and number 1 Luke Bowen. Heat leaders Jack Thomas and Nathan Stoneman will also be looking to score big on tracks they have both performed well at in the past.

The action on Friday gets underway at 7:15pm, the second leg takes place at Central Park on Monday 6th August.

Picture supplied by Elizabeth Leslie.