DANNY Ford insists Poole Pirates are "working really hard" to improve track conditions at Wimborne Road.

Sunday's meeting against Birmingham Brummies saw a lengthy delay, after James Shanes fell in the third heat after hitting a hole near the fourth bend in the track.

Discussing the incident at the time, Ford said: "I can only apologise to everyone for the delay we have experienced.

"We all know that we have had problems with the track for several years and we have been working really hard to try and sort things out, but the hole, which is about the size of a kitchen table, had shown no signs of being there before (Sunday).

"I share in everyone's frustration but I can give our assurance that we will continue to strive to improve the track."

Asked for an update on the track condition ahead of Glasgow Tigers's visit tomorrow, promoter Ford told the Daily Echo: "We’ve been working really hard to try and get that problem resolved.

"We’ve brought in some new equipment, new material. We’ve got a practice session with Ben Cook and Ben Basso later to try and make sure that there’s no last minute surprises like we had on Sunday.

"So we’re prepared and we can see how the track is going to hold up with the new material etcetera."

Pirates will be without the injured Stefan Nielsen tomorrow after he crashed out at Birmingham on Wednesday, with Dillon Ruml drafted in as a guest.

Basso also returns after his midweek commitments in the Danish League. 

Speaking before Ruml was confirmed, Ford said: "We’re trying to find a suitable guest we can rely on, but it’s going to be really hard for them to do the kind of job Stef’s been doing for us.”

Pirates: Rory Schlein, Benjamin Basso, Steve Worrall, Ben Cook, Danny King, Dillon Ruml (guest), Danyon Hume.

Glasgow: Craig Cook, Broc Nicol, Tom Brennan, Sam Jensen, Ricky Wells, Guest TBC, Connor Bailey.