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(SPEEDWAY 1)PETERBOROUGH boss Trevor Swales has accused his Coventry counterpart Peter Oakes of being worried ahead of the Knockout Cup clashes between the teams this week.The first leg is at the East of England Showground on Thursday with the return at Brandon 24-hours later.Said Swales: "My old mate Oakesy must be worried, he was spotted at our press day and also at our opening meeting against the Danish Select!"(SPEEDWAY 2)NEW Edinburgh skipper Matthew Wethers is backing his side for glory in their Spring Trophy showdown with Glasgow this weekend.Monarchs stage the first leg on Friday with the return at Ashfield on Sunday.Said Wethers: "When we face Glasgow we're always out to win! I think we can do it. They have James Grieves back but I believe we have riders who are just as good."(SPEEDWAY 3)COVENTRY have re-signed Filip Sitera on a short-term deal as they continue to await clearance for Ricky Wells.The American youngster has returned home to sort out work permit issues, so Czech rider Sitera will race against Peterborough this week.Bees co-boss Peter Oakes said: "It's good that we have someone of Filip's ability to come in - we've always said we see him as part of the future here."(SPEEDWAY 4)GARRY Stead will be amongst the restaurant hosts for Sunday's Benevolent Fund Bonanza meeting at Sheffield.Stead was paralysed in a track crash two years ago but retains his love for the sport and is keen for any future role.He said: "I miss it dearly but I still want to be involved as much as I can.I'm fed up with not having enough to do!"(FIXTURES)WEDNESDAY MARCH 25ELITE SHIELD 2nd leg: Poole v Eastbourne 7.30 PREMIER TROPHY: Birmingham v Rye House 7.30PREMIERSHIP: King's Lynn v Edinburgh 7.30THURSDAY MARCH 26ELITE LEAGUE KO CUP 1st round 1st leg: Ipswich v Belle Vue 7.30, Peterborough v Coventry 7.30, Swindon v Wolverhampton 7.30 CHALLENGE 1st leg: Redcar v Newcastle 7.30FRIDAY MARCH 27ELITE LEAGUE KO CUP 1st round 2nd leg: Coventry v Peterborough 8pm, (1st round 1st leg) Lakeside v Eastbourne 8pm PREMIER TROPHY: Scunthorpe v Stoke 7.30 SPRING TROPHY 1st leg: Edinburgh v Glasgow 7.30 SEVERN BRIDGE TROPHY 2nd leg: Somerset v Newport 7.30