Devils want to make St Boniface a fortress
LEE TRIGGER is determined to make Plymouth speedway a difficult place for visiting teams.
The Plymouth Devils' team boss wants his new side to win as many home meetings as possible.
Trigger also wants Devils to up their performance away from the home comforts of the St Boniface Arena.
"I want a fortress at St Boniface," said Trigger, who was appointed team manager of the city speedway team during the off-season.
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"I think if we can win all our home meetings and get some points away from home – even losing bonus points – it will make a big difference.
"If we win at home and add, say, 12 points from away matches, then I think that will pretty well get us to the play-offs."
St Boniface is a small track which is disliked by many of the riders who visit.
The Devils' team boss said: "It (the circuit) is unique in its size. It's known as a track where it is difficult to overtake and if you don't get off the starting gate first, then you don't win the heat.
"However, (former captain) Ben Barker used to win from the back and I want our riders to do the same."
Trigger said he believed it would be tough for the Devils to get to the play-offs – otherwise known as the top six of the Premier League.
But he said he was confident he had the riders who could do the job.
Trigger said he was pleased with the standard of the riders representing the Devils this season.
The team will be led by Ty Proctor, with new signings Mark Lemon, Chris Schramm, Ricky Kling trying to make their mark in the Premier League with Plymouth.
Captain Cory Gathercole, plus reserves Todd Kurtz and Ben Reade return to the starting seven from last season's team.
Trigger said: "I'm confident we will be a force to be reckoned with.
"Last year, it was a case of working with the riders I was given, and I mean no disrespect to last year's riders when I say that, because they gave everything for the club.
"This year, it's completely different, because it's my own team, one that I've chosen myself.
"I think I've done a good job with the budget I was given, but it means I won't be able to say I had to work with what I was given, because they're all my own riders this season."