TOP spot is up for grabs when Oxford Cheetahs go to Plymouth Gladiators in the Jubilee League tonight (7pm).

The visitors sit second in the southern group of British speedway’s newest competition after taking four points from last week’s opening two fixtures against Birmingham Brummies.

Victory tonight would see Cheetahs move above their first opponents, albeit Poole Pirates will have two meetings in hand.

And coach Peter Schroeck says there is no reason why his side cannot climb to the summit after missing out in heat 15 in the second city.

He said: “We knew a win was within our grasp and we just couldn’t get over the line.

“The Jubilee League is a ruthless format – one slip-up could seriously cost you.

“We’ve licked our wounds a bit from that result and moved on with a fresh mindset for this week’s double-header against Plymouth.

“Plymouth have really held their own this season and the club’s home record speaks for itself.”

Cheetahs will be without fans’ favourites Dillon Ruml and Jack Thomas for both meetings, with the former representing Team USA and the latter resting his wrists after experiencing swelling following his comeback meeting last week.

Nathan Stoneman will guest in place of Ruml and rider replacement will operate in Thomas’ absence.

“Dillon has been fantastic for us this season,” said Schroeck.

“It’s been a headache trying to find a replacement, but Nathan Stoneman was keen to fill in and we can never fault his commitment.

“Jack is a rider with huge potential and rushing him back will only risk causing more serious long-term damage.”