SPEEDWAY News and fixtures

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BIRMINGHAM boss Graham Drury praised an all-round team effort which saw the Brummies get the better of Peterborough at Perry Barr.Daniel King top-scored against his old club and won Heat 15 against Nicki Pedersen with Daniel Nermark third to ensure all three points after Krzysztof Kasprzak had been ruled out of his final ride due to a crash.Drury said: “It was no secret having spoken to the Peterborough management that they were expecting to come here and win, but from one to seven each of our riders gave 100 per cent, and as a team manager you can’t ask for any more.“I think Daniel Nermark has gone under the radar a little, he’s had some really good meetings lately, and Daniel King was an inspiration. It was a real captain’s performance from him.”

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PETERBOROUGH boss Trevor Swales held a team meeting in the immediate aftermath of their 50-43 defeat at Birmingham on Thursday.The Panthers’ away form continues to hamper their bid to make ground on the top four, with only skipper Nicki Pedersen (15+1) scoring consistently at Perry Barr.Swales said: “I have made my feelings perfectly clear to the team and they know that that performance was simply unacceptable.“We just weren't good enough all night and we were beaten by the better team. This form away can not continue because we are not going to get into the play-offs with the way we are riding away from home.”

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POOLE tightened their grip on top spot in the Elite League table with a 50-43 away win at Swindon.The Pirates raced into a 13-point lead after eight races only for a Robins fightback to force a last heat decider – but home star Scott Nicholls was penalised for touching the tapes and Poole scored a 5-1 thanks to Darcy Ward and impressive guest Rory Schlein.Schlein, in for Chris Holder, dropped just one point from five rides whilst Nicolai Klindt was central in the Swindon comeback as he scored 12+1.Klindt said: “I'm very, very pleased with my own performance and I feel we were unlucky because we could have got a result. I don't believe Scott Nicholls touched the tapes in the last race, the referee got that wrong, and that's what cost us a chance of winning it in Heat 15.”

(FIXTURES) (FIXTURES) FRIDAY AUGUST 12:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Lakeside v Swindon 8pm PREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Newport OFF, Plymouth v Leicester 7.30, Somerset v Workington 7.30 NATIONAL LEAGUE: Scunthorpe v Dudley 7.30

SATURDAY AUGUST 13:PREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Ipswich 7pm, Leicester v Scunthorpe 7.30, Newport v Plymouth 7pm, Rye House v Glasgow 7pm, Workington v Newcastle 7pm NATIONAL LEAGUE: Stoke v Dudley 7.30

SUNDAY AUGUST 14:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Leicester 4pm, Newcastle v Ipswich 6.30 NATIONAL LEAGUE: Buxton v King’s Lynn 3pm, Mildenhall v Stoke 4.30, Newport v Hackney 2.30

MONDAY AUGUST 15:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Birmingham v Belle Vue 7.30, Peterborough v Swindon 7.30, Wolverhampton v King’s Lynn 7.30