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(SPEEDWAY 1)IPSWICH'S first home meeting of the season was marred by a series of crashes which saw two Witches riders taken to hospital.Kozza Smith suffered multiple injuries including a punctured lung, and arm, shoulder and rib damage, whilst Leigh Lanham was concussed and injured his hand.Manager Pete Simmons said: "Kozza is in good spirits considering the scale of his injuries, and Leigh has a broken finger which may need surgery."(SPEEDWAY 2)FORMER Peterborough skipper Hans Andersen made a winning return to the Showground with a strong Danish Select team on Thursday.Andersen combined with World Champion Nick Pedersen for a last-heat 5-1 in a48-42 victory - but the home side were pleased with their display.Panthers boss Trevor Swales said: "I couldn't find any fault, the team performed better than I hoped for and the racing was brilliant."

(FIXTURES)FRIDAY MARCH 20CHALLENGE: Coventry v Wolverhampton 8pm, Lakeside v Ipswich 8pm, Scunthorpe v Sheffield 7.30 TOM P MADSEN TESTIMONIAL: King's Lynn 7pmSATURDAY MARCH 21PREMIER TROPHY: Rye House v Newport 7pmCHALLENGE: Berwick v Newcastle 7pm, Stoke v Birmingham 7.30SUNDAY MARCH 22ELITE SHIELD: Eastbourne v Poole 3.30CHALLENGE: Glasgow v Belle Vue 3pm, Newcastle v Berwick 6.30, Newport v Somerset 3.30, Sheffield v Scunthorpe 6pm BILLY HAMILL FAREWELL: Wolverhampton 4pm


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