SPEEDWAY News and fixtures

(SPEEDWAY 1)BELLE Vue staged a late fightback at Lakeside to reduce their deficit to just three points from the first leg of their Knockout Cup semi-final.The Aces trailed by eleven points with five heats to go but a series of advantages brought the score back to 48-45 in the Hammers' favour, with visiting captain Chris Harris keeping up his strong run of form with a 17-point haul.Belle Vue Operations Director Chris Morton said: "The boys did an excellent job after being eleven points down at one stage, but this tie is not over by a long way."It was a gutsy performance because they never let their chins drop and while Lakeside may be disappointed not to have taken a bigger lead, they have a good record at Belle Vue and won't let it put them off. We are in a good position but we won't be complacent."(SPEEDWAY 2)SCUNTHORPE delayed Glasgow's charge to the Premier League title with an impressive all-round show to defeat the Tigers 57-38 at the Eddie Wright Raceway.The Scorpions ran just two last places across the 15 heats, with skipper David Howe top-scoring on 12+1 but all home riders contributed to the result.Team boss Richard Hollingsworth said: "It was another great team performance. We didn't have a weak link and I hope we can take this into Sunday's meeting at Rye House."I must say there is a feel-good feeling around the place over the last few months. I think crowds have been a bit better over the second half of the season and maybe that is because confidence is building in the team."(SPEEDWAY 3)PLYMOUTH overcame the early injury withdrawal of No.1 Ben Barker to snatch a dramatic win over Sheffield at the St Boniface Arena.Barker aggravated a leg injury and had to pull out after one ride, but Ricky Wells and Jesper Kristiansen were the last-heat heroes for the Devils as they turned a two-point deficit into a 46-44 victory.Plymouth promoter Mike Bowden said: "It was a good win by the team despite being down to five riders after losing our No.1 following the first heat. So it was full marks to the rest of the team for their efforts to extend our recent winning run."The result saw Plymouth gain ground on Leicester in the race to avoid the wooden spoon, the Lions being beaten 51-42 in an entertaining fixture at Edinburgh, for whom Kevin Wolbert and Andrew Tully were both unbeaten.(SPEEDWAY 4)COVENTRY captain Ryan Fisher put in a near-faultless display to score a 15-point maximum and win the Somerset Open Championship.Fisher reeled off five straight wins, finishing a point clear of Eastbourne's Lewis Bridger, whose Eagles' team-mate Bjarne Pedersen was third. Home star Sam Masters was fourth, his podium hopes wrecked by a blown engine in Heat 13.Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock said: "It was a great night of action, worthy of the Championship, played out in front of one of our biggest crowds of the season."Ryan was a worthy winner of the title and many congratulations to him, but whilst he may have won top prize tonight, I think the real winners were the fans who were treated to an excellent night of racing."(FIXTURES)SATURDAY OCTOBER 1:PREMIER LEAGUE: Leicester v Edinburgh 7.30, Workington v Rye House 7pmPREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP FINAL 1st leg: Newport v Glasgow 7pmNATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFF S/F 1st leg: Stoke v Mildenhall 7.30BORDERNAPOLIS: Berwick 7pmSUNDAY OCTOBER 2:PREMIER LEAGUE: Rye House v Scunthorpe 2pm, Newcastle v Berwick 6.30PREMIER LEAGUE KOC CUP FINAL 2nd leg: Glasgow v Newport 4pmNATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFF S/F 2nd leg: Mildenhall v Stoke 4.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Buxton v Newport 3pmMONDAY OCTOBER 3:ELITE LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 1st leg: Eastbourne v Poole 7.30