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(SPEEDWAY 1)EASTBOURNE pulled off a shock 49-43 win at Poole to lift the Elite League Shield.Young reserve Simon Gustafsson, the son of Swedish legend Henka, was their top scorer with 14 in a stunning all-round display. Chris Holder was top scorer for the injury-hit Pirates with 12.Poole boss Neil Middleditch said: "We were no match for Eastbourne. They were the better side on the night and fully deserved to win."(SPEEDWAY 2)NEW Workington skipper Kevin Doolan is backing his team for success this season - starting at home to Newcastle in Saturday's Premier Trophy clash.Doolan is one of a number of winter signings at the Cumbrian club.He said: "We've three experienced heat leaders who will be helping the younger riders and I have a few other ideas up my sleeve to increase the closeness of our group."(SPEEDWAY 3)

COVENTRY pulled off a superb 47-43 Knockout Cup first leg win at Peterborough.

Rory Schlein, Eddie Kennett and Chris Harris scored 31-points between them in a solid team display with the return at Brandon tonight.

Bees joint-boss Peter Oakes said: "We won't be counting it as a win until we get through to the next round, but going into the second leg with a four point lead means it's up to us."

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SWINDON are in the driving seat after the first leg of their Knockout Cup tie saw them beat Wolverhampton 57-36.

Leigh Adams and Troy Batchelor each scored 13+1 and reserve Ryan Fisher won three of his races.

Robins co-owner Gary Patchett said: "We are looking good. I watched Fisher's scores last year and thought he was ready for some Elite League action and he was very impressive."

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FRIDAY MARCH 27

ELITE LEAGUE KO CUP: Coventry v Peterborough 8pm, Lakeside v Eastbourne 8pm PREMIER TROPHY: Scunthorpe v Stoke 7.30 SPRING TROPHY: Edinburgh v Glasgow 7.30

CHALLENGE: Somerset v Newport 7.30

SATURDAY MARCH 28

ELITE LEAGUE KO CUP: Eastbourne v Lakeside 7.30 PREMIER TROPHY: Berwick v Redcar 7pm, Rye House v Somerset 7pm, Stoke v King's Lynn 7.30, Workington v Newcastle 7pm

SUNDAY MARCH 29

PREMIER TROPHY: Newport v Rye House 3.30

CHALLENGE: Glasgow v Edinburgh 4pm, Newcastle v Redcar 6.30 BEN FUND BONANZA: Sheffield 3.30


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