POOLE Pirates will ride into November after their SGB Championship play-off final was postponed.

Pirates, who are looking to complete the double after beating Edinburgh Monarchs to win the Knockout Cup last night, were due to head to Glasgow Tigers this evening.

However, heavy rain north of the border has seen that meeting delayed. The second leg of the final was then scheduled for Friday at Poole Stadium, but that too has been moved to ensure Pirates retain their home advantage having earned that right by finishing top of the regular season table.

New dates have been set, with Poole set to head to Ashfield Stadium on Tuesday, November 2, before welcoming Tigers back to Wimborne Road on Thursday, November 4 (both 7.30pm start).

"Obviously we’ve been keeping an eye on the forecast all week and it’s been looking bad," Ford told the Daily Echo.

"It’s obviously been rained off once already, we were meant to be there on Tuesday. We kind of saw it coming.

"We were optimistic, the forecast actually got better looking on Wednesday, but we got the call from Glasgow and they sent us a few videos and it’s been a torrential downpour.

"They didn't think they could get the track in a fit state (for this Thursday), so unfortunately it’s being moved.

"In which case we’ll be moving our second leg, which was scheduled for Friday as well."

He added: "The forecast is not looking good for here for Friday, so that, coupled with us wanting to keep the second leg (at home), having the best chance of riding the meeting with good racing, we’ve moved it ourselves as well because next week is looking more favourable."

The cut-off for the speedway season was set for the end of October.

However, Ford confirmed Poole will not receive any form of punishment for having to race beyond that date.

"We’ve asked for permission to extend the season by a week and that’s been granted," explained Pirates' promoter.

"I think in the light of everything, the season was obviously delayed massively at the start of the year and through no fault of our own the quarter-finals obviously took three weeks to run, so I think there’s been a little bit of sympathy for us and Glasgow.

"We’ve tried to get these fixtures in as much as we can and the weather has just won on this occasion.

"We finished first and second in the league, we’ve been the ones waiting around more than anyone, so it seems only fair.

"Hopefully next week brings some sunshine."

Asked if he can remember seeing speedway in November before, Ford added: "No, I can’t personally. It probably has happened.

"I know we’ve done a New Year’s special as well. So it has happened in the past outside of season.

"It’s a strange situation and I know it’s something they’re not keen to get into the habit of doing, but it’s been a strange year so we’ve got to keep up with that trend I suppose!"