SPEEDWAY News and fixtures

(SPEEDWAY 1)POOLE promoter Matt Ford says the league leaders could be set for team changes – as they look to convert their season’s results into the Elite League title itself.The Pirates will be without No.1 Chris Holder this week after his crashes at Wolverhampton on Monday, but it appears to be lower down the order where Ford has his concerns.He said: “I am actively exploring team changes to take us through to the end of the season. I have been very disappointed with some performances of late and quite frankly I do not believe that our team is strong enough right now to bring the success we are seeking. “If I can find the right combination then I will not hesitate in re-declaring the side, but that obviously will not be in time for these two big meetings (against Swindon) coming up.”(SPEEDWAY 2)LAKESIDE boss Jon Cook has confirmed the Hammers will not be bringing in a new rider as they look for wins in their final three fixtures to take them to 46 points.Cook considered his options after the home display on Saturday which saw the Purfleet side awarded the Elite League points due to the illegal silencer of Coventry’s Edward Kennett.He said: “We have had the opportunity to bring in a rider with previous Elite League experience mainly as third heat leader and with a mixed record at the Raceway. “It was a call I was prepared to make if the boys felt that the use of Rider Replacement was beginning to be a burden on them, but to a man they want to go ahead with the present unit and make up for a poor performance last week.”(SPEEDWAY 3)BELLE Vue boss Jim Lynch has backed Danish rider Patrick Hougaard following his return to form having been switched to the No.2 berth.Hougaard won two races in the Aces’ narrow win over Birmingham on Monday, with an important return fixture at Perry Barr coming up next week.Lynch said: “It was good to see Patrick come back with a couple of heat wins and look much more like the rider we know he really is.“He enjoyed the switch to No 2 and he felt sure it helped him to race with Chris (Harris) who is a very good team rider, despite his own current problems. Patrick gave him a lot of credit for his improvement.”(SPEEDWAY 4)COVENTRY gave their play-off hopes a boost with a 48-44 win at King’s Lynn – to complete an eventful few days for the Brandon club on a high.The Bees took advantage of Olly Allen’s injury absence for the Stars and outscored the home side at reserve, whilst Emil Sayfutdinov, Przemyslaw Pawlicki and Kenni Larsen all picked up double figures.Bees boss Alun Rossiter said: “The best thing about this performance was our gating was 100 per cent better than it has been recently, and we’ve now got to keep this momentum going into next week’s match at Swindon.“I’m pleased with everyone, especially Josh (Auty) and Nick (Morris) at reserve because we had the better of things there. Josh has picked up well this week, and Nick is doing a great job for us.”(SPEEDWAY 5)POOLE skipper Davey Watt top-scored as the Elite League leaders got back to winning ways with a 53-41 home victory over Swindon.Watt collected 13-points with the Pirates overcoming the absence of Chris Holder as Rory Schlein proved to be a good guest for the home side.And Watt also confirmed that former Poole favourite Antonio Lindback will be back in town for his Testimonial meeting at Wimborne Road on August 31.He said: “I have known him since he first came to the UK in 2003 and I have raced with him here and in Europe. He is in terrific form at the moment which makes it even more special that he can make it and I know he is certain to entertain.”(FIXTURES) THURSDAY AUGUST 11:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Birmingham v Peterborough 7.30, Swindon v Poole 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Ipswich v Sheffield 7.30, Redcar v Edinburgh 7.30FRIDAY AUGUST 12:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Lakeside v Swindon 8pmPREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Newport 7.30, Plymouth v Leicester 7.30, Somerset v Workington 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Scunthorpe v Dudley 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Ipswich 7pm, Leicester v Scunthorpe 7.30, Newport v Plymouth 7pm, Rye House v Glasgow 7pm, Workington v Newcastle 7pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Stoke v Dudley 7.30SUNDAY AUGUST 14:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Leicester 4pm, Newcastle v Ipswich 6.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Buxton v King’s Lynn 3pm, Mildenhall v Stoke 4.30, Newport v Hackney 2.30MONDAY AUGUST 15:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Birmingham v Belle Vue 7.30, Peterborough v Swindon 7.30, Wolverhampton v King’s Lynn 7.30