Oxford Chargers make play-offs after rivals slip up

Oxford Chargers beat Kent Royals to stay in the play-off hunt. Picture: Steve Edmunds
Oxford Chargers beat Kent Royals to stay in the play-off hunt. Picture: Steve Edmunds

OXFORD Chargers have made the the National League play-offs after rivals Belle Vue Colts slipped up at Armadale.

Belle Vue Colts needed just a single point from the encounter in Scotland, and could even have afforded to lose provided it was by less than seven points.

But, Armadale Devils, who were bottom of the National League going into the encounter, turned the form book upside down and registered a 51-36 victory.

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Chargers finish in fourth, and will face Leicester Lion Cubs at Oxford Stadium on Wednesday, in the first leg.

The away leg will then take place on Saturday, at Beaumont Park.

Oxford Chargers’ team manager Peter Schroeck said: “I’ve said all along we’ve had a great season whatever happens, because it’s our first season back in speedway after 15 years, and we’re still building.

“Just over a week after we were saying our goodbyes at Oxford, the fans have got a chance to come to the track and support the Chargers again – it’s going to be a great occasion.

“We knew it was out of our hands and we needed Belle Vue to slip up. But that’s the exciting thing about National League – it’s so unpredictable and anything can happen.

“I feel the Chargers stand every chance in the play-offs. There isn’t a standout team in the National League who are going to run away with the play-offs.”

Chargers ended the season with a 60-29 win over Kent Royals, lifting them to fourth.