SPEEDWAY News and fixtures

(SPEEDWAY 1)SHEFFIELD promoter Neil Machin says his club remains proud to be the stagingvenue for the Premier League Riders' Championship.The event is one of the most popular and well-attended on the domesticcalendar, with each of the league's clubs represented on Sunday (5pm).Machin said: "It is always with great pride that our colleagues havesufficient confidence to nominate Sheffield as the venue for what has becomethe plum event in the Premier League speedway calendar, and a tremendousrecommendation for the vast years of experience of our key personnel atOwlerton."Every rider has worked all season to qualify for this meeting and representtheir team, and it is every rider's dream to enter the record books as thechampion - just ask previous winners."(SPEEDWAY 2)SCUNTHORPE promoter Rob Godfrey was pleased to take two points from a narrow46-44 win against in-form Newport at the Eddie Wright Raceway.The Scorpions secured victory on the night with a 5-1 from Richard Hall andMichael Palm Toft in Heat 14 but the Wasps, who had earlier lost RobinAspegren to injury, hit back for a consolation point in the last racethrough Charlie Gjedde and Jason Doyle.Godfrey said: "They are the form side over the last couple of months so wehave to be happy with a victory. "It's a shame that David Howe had his run blatantly blocked in Heat 15 or wemight have taken the bonus point, but there are positives to take out of themeeting and not least that we have now won all three meetings against theWasps so far this season."(SPEEDWAY 3)EDINBURGH promoter Alex Harkess offered congratulations to opponentsSomerset after a dramatic 46-46 draw at Armadale.The Rebels led by a distance for much of the meeting but were pegged back inthe closing stages thanks to Edinburgh 5-1s in Heats 13 and 15, whilst homereserve Kyle Howarth provided a crucial win in between.In-form Kevin Wolbert top-scored for the Monarchs with 13 points, whilstguest reserve Ashley Birks collected 12 for the visitors.Harkess said: "Full marks to Somerset, excellent choice of guests and muchbetter gating got them a reward they deserved."(SPEEDWAY 4)RYE House skipper Chris Neath has been ruled out for the weekend as herecovers from concussion suffered in a motocross accident last week.Neath had already pulled out of the Premier League Riders' Championship andwill also miss a home fixture for the Rockets against Sheffield, with teamboss John Sampford electing to use the rider-replacement facility.Sampford said: "With ten teams, including ourselves, in action on Saturdaynight, our guest options are strictly limited. We have decided that we willget as much out of the situation by working with our own resources. "Chris is due to see his doctor again at the beginning of next week, but youjust never know with a concussion how long the recovery period will be. Allwe can do is take it day by day, week by week."(FIXTURES)

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25:PREMIER LEAGUE RIDERS' CHAMPIONSHIP: Sheffield 5pm NATIONAL LEAGUE: Newportv Scunthorpe OFF NATIONAL LEAGE KO CUP FINAL 1st leg: Mildenhall v Stoke4.30 BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 6: Stoke 1pmMONDAY SEPTEMBER 26:ELITE LEAGUE PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL 2nd leg: Eastbourne v Lakeside 7.30, Poolev King's Lynn 7.30 PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Sheffield 5pmWEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 28:NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL 1st leg: Belle Vue v Scunthorpe 8pm