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‘A bit of bite’ – Middlo delivers verdict on Poole’s trail after win over Newcastle

TEAM boss Neil Middleditch described the Wimborne Road track as “the best I’ve seen in a long, long time” after Poole’s 58-32 home win over Newcastle.

A delivery of 28 tonnes of shale from Scotland was brought in to help surface the Pirates’ home, which had to weather the rain all day ahead of Wednesday’s race.

But track man Terry Chrabaszcz and his team were praised by both the match referee and Middleditch for their efforts in producing a sound surface.

“I was really happy with the track,” Middleditch said.

“I couldn’t train on Tuesday, but it looked really good. The dirt we had there had been crushed so much that it had turned into dust.

“But I think the boys would be okay, it has a bit of bite. Even walking around after the meeting, there is still some dirt in door four.

“The track is the best I’ve seen in a very, very long time. It’s a good circuit now, it’s really good.

The Pirates are now 22 games unbeaten at home, a record dating back to September 2019.

When asked if he thought the track improvements could be a benefit for runners outside, Middleditch replied: “I don’t think it’s scary. Poole is a racecourse in such good shape anyway.

“The classic example was Darcy (Ward), when Darcy left and went to Swindon and came back.

“He said ‘it’s so hard to come here as a visitor because the boys have it all figured out’.

“There were some great races and we all know that for 15 rounds you won’t get great races, but you will get good races.

“The surface turned out really good and Terry did a great job on the track.”

The Pirates are on the road against Redcar Bears in the SGB Championship tomorrow (7:30 p.m.).