PROMOTER Danny Ford has warned Poole Pirates not to let complacency creep in as they look to secure their spot in the SGB Championship final.

Pirates have done the hard work with a crucial 50-40 victory on the road at nearest challengers Scunthorpe Scorpions on Friday night.

That result means Poole will guarantee a place in the season’s showpiece event, should they win either of their two meetings with Edinburgh Monarchs this week.

Edinburgh are already out of the running, unable to mathematically qualify having already lost twice to Scunthorpe.

Looking ahead to Monarchs coming to Wimborne Road, Ford told Pirates’ website: “We came through a very tough situation on Friday, which was a must-win meeting, to put ourselves in a strong position.

“We now face the task of needing a win on Wednesday to get to the final, which has been our aim all season.

“It is fair to claim that Edinburgh will be massive underdogs, but with that label means they have nothing to prove and no pressure on themselves.

“They will, I’m sure, be looking to go out there and claim an upset and earn some money. So we have got to be on our guard.

“We can’t fall into complacency, like I think we did here a fortnight ago against Scunthorpe (45-45 draw).

“Wimborne Road has been a real fortress for us and we want to keep it that way.

“We go into Wednesday on the back of that fine away win at Scunthorpe and that provides us with additional momentum.”

Pirates are a man light for the fixture, operating rider replacement to cover for Anders Rowe, who is absent having suffered concussion in a crash at the Eddie Wright Raceway last week.

Monarchs have drafted in Kyle Howarth to guest in place of the suspended Craig Cook.

Pirates: Lawson, rider replacement, B Cook, Z Cook, Worrall (c), Newman, Thompson.

Edinburgh: Howarth (guest), Fredriksen, Thomson, Castagna, Pickering (c), Wood, Borke.