SPEEDWAY News and fixtures

(SPEEDWAY 1)COVENTRY old boys Chris Harris and Scott Nicholls both made successful guest appearances in the Bees' win over Eastbourne to keep the reigning champions' play-off hopes alive.Harris scored 15 (paid 16) and Nicholls 10 (paid 12) in a 51-42 Coventry win which helped to move them onto 42 points in the Elite League, with Lakeside's win over Birmingham by an identical score seeing the Hammers finish on 46 points to set the target for others.Coventry co-boss Alun Rossiter said: "I'm really pleased for them both because Scott will tell you he's probably had the worst season he's ever had. He's better than that, but tonight I think the pressure was off him and he looked like the Scott Nicholls of old."It was great for Bomber too, we loaned him an engine and I think he wants to take it to Vojens now (for next weekend's Grand Prix)! We want to see him do well and as I said earlier, a big thanks to Belle Vue because we've used Chris and Rory Schlein on several occasions this season, and without their co-operation life would have been very hard for us."(SPEEDWAY 2)JAMES Wright made a sensational start to life in Somerset colours in the Rebels' win over Leicester - including a fine Heat 15 win to secure maximum points for his new side.Wright found a small gap on the outside to go past Magnus Karlsson and Shane Parker on the last lap to leave the final score at 51-43, enough for three points on the night.Wright said: "Parks and Magnus made a dream start and were team riding to perfection, so as we started the final lap I knew that I had to try something. Luckily there was the narrowest of gaps on the outside going down the back straight, so I seized the opportunity and luckily the move paid off."It was a dream start for me, I have been made to feel so welcome since I joined Somerset and hopefully things will continue the way they have started."(SPEEDWAY 3)PLYMOUTH moved off the bottom of the Premier League with a dramatic 46-44 home win over Rye House.The Rockets led going into the last race but Ben Barker and Ricky Wells secured a 5-1 over Steve Boxall and Jordan Frampton to turn the meeting around. Plymouth go ahead of Leicester, whilst the point gained by Rye House takes them sixth, ahead of Scunthorpe who were heavily beaten 64-25 at Edinburgh.Plymouth promoter Mike Bowden said: "It was a tremendous psychological boost to get off bottom place in the table and the meeting was a brilliant advertisement for British speedway."I was delighted to see us pull back after going eight points down. Ben Barker, Jesper Kristiansen and Ricky Wells were outstanding, but all credit is due to the rest of the team, particularly taking into account that Gino Franchetti was under par because he was suffering from flu."(SPEEDWAY 4)NATIONAL League leaders Stoke are assured of a play-off place after securing a 50-39 win over Buxton at Loomer Road.Simon Lambert scored a paid maximum with Tim Webster adding 12 (paid 13) as the Potters maintained their five point lead over Scunthorpe, who defeated Belle Vue 59-35 at the Eddie Wright Raceway.Stoke boss Malcolm Vasey said: "We recovered well after a shaky start to the meeting and then finished strongly which I was pleased to see."The victory tonight secures our place in the end of season league play-offs and now we want to finish top of the table in order to make sure we have the first pick."(FIXTURES)SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Eastbourne v Wolverhampton 7pm, Eastbourne v Coventry (follows previous fixture)PREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Plymouth 7pm, Workington v Ipswich OFFNATIONAL LEAGUE RIDERS' CHAMPIONSHIP: Rye House 7pmSUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Redcar 4pm, Newcastle v Ipswich 6.30, Scunthorpe v Somerset 6pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Stoke 2pm, Belle Vue v King's Lynn (follows previous fixture), Mildenhall v Newport 4.30MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Poole v Belle Vue 7.30, Wolverhampton v Birmingham 7.30TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 6:NATIONAL LEAGUE: Dudley v King's Lynn 7.30, Isle of Wight v Sheffield 7.30WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 7:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: King's Lynn v Birmingham 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Somerset v Edinburgh 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Newport 8pm