CO-PROMOTER Danny Ford backed reserve Ricky Wells to silence any doubters and deliver crucial points for Pirates at the business end of the campaign.

The American charger, who was brought in to replace Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen in July, is tomorrow set to return when Poole host Ipswich at Wimborne Road (7.30pm).

Wells missed out on Thursday’s 58-32 home success over King’s Lynn due to a shoulder problem but has since banged in a 14+1 paid maximum for Edinburgh against Sheffield.

Ford told the Daily Echo: “We really hope he does come back strong.

“We know he can do it. There will be doubters out there saying ‘why have we brought in Ricky?’ but he has shown he can do it.

“If we can get him firing on all cylinders again, I have no doubt he can score the points we need him to.

“Obviously he was dropped by Belle Vue but when he came to us he was in sensational form. He has shown what he is capable of out there.

“It’s a shame the niggling injury wasn’t holding up the way we hoped. Everyone has seen what he’s capable of at times when he was first down here.

“Fingers crossed we can get him scoring the kind of points we know he can.”

Pirates know two wins from their final regular league meetings against the Witches and King’s Lynn would see them finish top of the pile and earn choice of opponents for the play-off semi-finals.

“The pressure is starting to build now,” said Ford

“At the moment, I am still quietly confident.

“We have hit our first goal of getting into the play-offs, which is the goal every season – obviously then you want to go on and win it.

“If we can reach the top of the league, fantastic, and if we can give ourselves any advantage going into the play-offs it would ease the pressure a little.”

Ipswich team manager Ritchie Hawkins told the Witches’ club website: “For us it is a free meeting with no pressure on us, we can’t gain anything from it.

“We could be there again in the play-offs, so it is a good chance to test or practice anything on the Poole track in a competitive meeting.”

Pirates: Brady Kurtz, Nico Covatti, Nicolai Klindt, Josh Grajczonek, Jack Holder, Tomas H Jonasson, Ricky Wells.

Witches: Niels-Kristian Iversen, Cameron Heeps, Chris Harris, Richard Lawson, Danny King, James Sarjeant, Jake Allen.