GLASGOW and Peterborough try again to stage their Championship KO Cup semi-final at Ashfield tonight (Friday).
Bad weather has twice scuppered attempts to run the second leg tie earlier this week, and the sides will hope it is third time lucky with the Panthers defending a ten-point lead. Ipswich await the winners in the Final.
Peterborough boss Carl Johnson said: “It was important to take a lead from the first leg – although we didn’t quite manage the sort of cushion it looked like we might build up at one stage.
“It’s going to be a high-pressure night but I’m confident we can handle it. Everyone is determined to do all they can to reach the Final.”
BELLE Vue are forced into changes ahead of their National League KO Cup semi-final clash with Mildenhall in Manchester tonight (Friday).
The newly-crowned league champions face a 16-point deficit from the first leg, and will be without Dan Bewley and Jack Smith due to their re-arranged fixture for Glasgow.
The Colts also have a doubt over Kyle Bickley after a crash on Wednesday, with Mitchell Davey and Ben Hopwood booked to guest and Richard Hall on stand-by.
Co-boss Graham Goodwin said: “It’s going to be an interesting meeting that’s for sure. We’ve had to patch the team up due to reasons beyond our control but we’re happy with what we’ve got.
“Mitchell was a superb guest for us at Mildenhall during the first leg and was one of the first riders we thought of, and Ben is likewise someone we can always depend on.
“It’s not an ideal situation for such a crucial meeting but it is what it is and I firmly believe we’ve still got a decent chance to make an impression, though I wouldn’t like to predict the outcome.”
Fen Tigers boss Kevin Jolly said: “I know we took a heavy defeat there in the league meeting, but that was back in the very early part of the season and we go there this time knowing a lot more what is required to be successful at their track.
“Armo (Jon Armstrong) has ridden there a few times and his knowledge and experience will be invaluable to us.”
The meeting is followed by the staging of the British 125cc Final.
PLYMOUTH stage a late-season mixed programme with the Autumn Spectacular at the St Boniface Arena (tonight).
The Devon club will intersperse a pair of Southern Development League fixtures featuring the Demons, Reading and Weymouth with a throwback to the days of JAP machinery as well as other demonstrations.
Co-promoter Laurence Rogers said: “This is going to be a good night’s speedway. The ‘Men In Black’ will be something a lot of fans will be looking forward to I am sure.
“We will also have a few demonstration rides to add to the entertainment on the night.”
EASTBOURNE boss Connor Dugard says the late determination of their opponents will not affect his side’s KO Cup Final preparations.
The Eagles are seeking to lift the silverware for a third season in succession but will not know who they are facing in Saturday’s first leg until Belle Vue and Mildenhall resolve their semi-final on Friday.
Dugard said: “All we can do is wait. We are prepared for whoever comes to Sussex on Saturday and will aim to build up an advantage to take to the second leg.
“That’s the task, plain and simple.”
FRIDAY OCTOBER 20:
CHAMPIONSHIP KO CUP S/F 2nd leg: Glasgow v Peterborough 7pm
NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP S/F 2nd leg: Belle Vue v Mildenhall 7.30
AUTUMN SPECTACULAR: Plymouth 7.15
BRITISH 125cc FINAL: Belle Vue (follows KO Cup match)
SATURDAY OCTOBER 21:
TRAVEL PLUS NATIONAL LEAGUE: Stoke v Buxton 4.30, Stoke v Isle of Wight (follows previous fixture)
NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP FINAL 1st/2nd leg: Eastbourne v Mildenhall/Belle Vue 7.30
SUNDAY OCTOBER 22:
SGB CHAMPIONSHIP: Newcastle v Workington 4pm, Newcastle v Redcar (follows previous fixture)
MONDAY OCTOBER 23:
SGB CHAMPIONSHIP: Sheffield v Redcar 7.30
NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP FINAL 2nd leg: Belle Vue v Eastbourne 7.30 (prov)
FAST GOLDEN HAMMER: Cradley 7.30