TEAM boss Neil Middleditch revealed how owner Matt Ford had been out with the shovel in a bid to sort out the Poole track.

Pirates’ suffered issues with the surface at Wimborne Road last week.

The previous 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.

Since then, the Dorset outfit had been working hard on improving the surface, with Friday’s 56-34 victory over Glasgow going much more smoothly.

Speaking on the Pirates’ social media channels after that meeting, Middleditch said: “I thought the track was very, very good. They have spent a lot of time on it.

“I know Matt Ford himself has been out there with the shovel, messing his hair up, so they have done a great job.

“All the boys are very happy with it and hopefully it’ll remain the same for the rest of the season."

Also giving their verdicts on the Wimborne Road circuit post-meeting, skipper Danny King said: “Credit to everybody involved in the work since last weekend to get it right. I think you could see it was much better. It was a nicer ride.”

Danish star Benjamin Basso added: “The track was awesome, especially compared to what it was for the last two meetings, so a good job there.”

Pirates are back on home shale against Plymouth Gladiators on Wednesday.