SPEEDWAY News and fixtures

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LAKESIDE promoter Jon Cook is determined for his side to hit their 46-point target when they race their final regular Elite League fixture of the season on Friday.The Hammers take on Birmingham in a match re-arranged after a rain-off last week, and three points on the night for the Purfleet side will set a tough target for the other clubs chasing a play-off place.Cook said: “It's a must win, make or break, meeting and, ideally, we would have had this out the way already. The team has been in great form recently and it's a bonus to have Ty (Proctor) back with us so soon as he fitted in well here in our match against Peterborough. “Results elsewhere are still falling in our favour and this is a hugely exciting race to be part of in our attempt to claim a place in the play-offs.”

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SCUNTHORPE will offer free admission for their hastily-arranged National League clash with Belle Vue on Friday.Promoter Rob Godfrey believes one more win could be enough to confirm a play-off place for the Saints, and he is looking for a big crowd to get behind his team.Godfrey said: “We’ve got road trips to the Isle of Wight and Rye House still to come before the cut-off but we don’t want to have to rely on winning away from home.“All anyone is going to have to pay for is the car park and a programme, both of which are just a pound.  Hopefully the offer is really going to bring in a good crowd and that in turn will spur the lads on to do well and secure victory.”

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DUDLEY have been rocked by yet another injury blow after skipper Jon Armstrong crashed out of their 55-40 defeat at the hands of Buxton at Monmore on Tuesday.Armstrong came to grief in Heat 13 suffering a throat injury when his handlebars struck him, and the home side as a whole had no answer to visiting No.1 Adam Allott who scored a 15-point maximum.Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: “Our thoughts are with Armo and his family right now and we hope everything will work out well.“It’s another disappointment but I think our fans realise our season has been ruined by injuries and we are certainly battling against the odds right now.”

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WEDNESDAY AUGUST 31:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: King’s Lynn v Peterborough 7.30 PREMIER LEAGUE: Newport v Redcar 7.30 NATIONAL LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Hackney 8pm DAVEY WATT TESTIMONIAL: Poole 7.30

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Peterborough v King’s Lynn 7.30, Swindon v Coventry 7.30 PREMIER LEAGUE: Redcar v Newport 7.30, Sheffield v Ipswich 7.45 NATIONAL LEAGUE: Isle of Wight v Dudley 7.30 PHIL MORRIS FAREWELL: Birmingham 7.30

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v Eastbourne 8pm, Lakeside v Birmingham 8pm PREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Scunthorpe 7.30, Plymouth v Rye House 7.30, Somerset v Leicester 7.30 NATIONAL LEAGUE: Scunthorpe v Belle Vue 7.30, Stoke v Buxton 7.30