THE ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels will be hoping for better luck weather-wise as they face Wolverhampton at the Oaktree Arena tonight (Friday) in the 2nd leg of their KO Cup semi-final against the West Midlands side, writes Ian Belcher.

The first attempt to stage last month was postponed without a wheel being turned due to a waterlogged track, a heavy down-pour putting paid to any hopes of the match going ahead.

Somerset’s bid to reach the final, however, will be no easy one as they suffered a heavy defeat in the first leg held at Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green track, and the Rebels find themselves having to overcome a 28-point deficit if they wish to be lining up against Belle Vue in the Cup Final.

Gary May said: “Of course, we had hoped to keep things tighter in the first leg, but that wasn’t to be.

“Wolves hit us hard from the off and although we steadied the ship in the second half of the match, the damage had been done in those early heats.

“So we go into Friday’s match with nothing to lose and everything to gain and, although the odds are stacked against us, you never know, we might be able to spring a surprise and book our place in the Cup Final.”

Somerset’s only doubt personnel-wise is that of their captain, Josh Grajczonek, who suffered hip and back injuries while riding for Sheffield in the SGB Championship.

If deemed unfit to ride, the Rebels will bring in a guest replacement to ride in the number 1 position, though early indications are that Grajczonek is hopeful of being fully recovered.