TEAM boss Neil Middleditch admitted Pirates were “just not good enough” as they crashed out of the SGB Premiership play-offs at the semi-final stage.

Holding a 10-point lead going into their second leg at Ipswich, Poole succumbed to a 54-36 loss at Foxhall – meaning they went down 94-86 on aggregate.

Skipper Danny King (12) led the charge for the Witches, while Nicolai Klindt (12+1) was Poole’s top performer.

But with Brady Kurtz (3+1), Thomas H Jonasson (2) and Ricky Wells (1) all enduring a poor night, as well as Jack Holder having to withdraw after two rides through injury, the defending champions saw their crown slip away.

Middleditch told the Daily Echo: “We were just not good enough, basically. No excuses. No complaints. We were beaten by a better team.

“We just didn’t get on with it, they put us to the sword and thoroughly deserved the victory, there were no complaints from me at all.

“Yes, there were passengers tonight but we finished top of the league, you can’t really complain.

“It was just one of those nights where things didn’t go our way.”

Ipswich will face either Wolverhampton or Swindon in the grand final.