AFTER a relatively light schedule recently, the Somerset Rebels have three matches in as many days this week as they host Rye House tomorrow night (Friday), sandwiched between away encounters at Ipswich and then the return fixture at Rye House.

The Rebels open with a trip to Suffolk in the first leg of their Quarter-Final Knockout Cup tie against the Witches.

The Somerset riders will be looking to keep things tight against the Ipswich crew ahead of the second leg back at the Oaktree Arena on June 13.

Team manager Garry May said: “It’s going to be a busy three days, but we’re more than capable of dealing with it.

“The aim at Ipswich on Thursday will be to keep the scores as close as possible ahead of when we stage the second leg before we then take on Rye House home and away.

“Of course, it’s not ideal to go into the two matches without Nick Morris, but it’s an honour for him and the club to be part of the Australian side, and in Stuart Robson we have a rider who has already covered for us to good effect when Nick was unavailable.”

“Having already beaten Rye House at home and away in the League Cup earlier in the year, it does, perhaps, give us a bit of an advantage, but by the same token Rye will be looking to avenge those defeats, so we can’t afford to take their challenge lightly.”