SPEEDWAY news and fixtures

(SPEEDWAY 1)POOLE have one hand on the Elite League title after their 48-42 Grand Final first leg win at Lakeside.Skipper Bjarne Pedersen top scored with 12-points in a solid all-round team performance which puts them in the driving seat for the home leg next Monday.Boss Neil Middleditch said: "We're naturally delighted but taking nothing for granted. We still have a job to do next Monday."(SPEEDWAY 2)BELLE Vue ended their Elite League relegation fears by beating Coventry 50-40 in their final match of the season.The victory, set up by 12 points from Joe Screen, meant they escaped next week's relegation play-off and consigned Peterborough to meet bottom club Wolverhampton.Aces' team boss Chris Morton said: "We rode like we meant it against an in-form Coventry team and the word relief sums up how we feel."(FIXTURES)TUESDAY OCTOBER 7:YOUNG SHIELD: Isle of Wight v Sheffield 7.30

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 8:ELITE LEAGUE RIDERS' CHAMPIONSHIP, Birmingham 7.30 PREMIER LEAGUE PLAY-OFFSEMI-FINAL: King's Lynn v Rye House 7.30, Somerset v Edinburgh 7.30THURSDAY OCTOBER 9:YOUNG SHIELD: Sheffield v Isle of Wight 7.45 STARS OF TOMORROW: Redcar 7.30

FRIDAY OCTOBER 10:CONFERENCE LEAGUE PLAY-OFF SEMI FINAL: Plymouth v Weymouth 7.30 CONFERENCE LEAGUE KO CUP: Scunthorpe v Boston 7.30