POOLE promoter Matt Ford believes his side will need one of their best performances of the season in Monday’s Elite League Grand Final against Eastbourne.The Eagles take an eight point lead into the meeting from the first leg and Ford is fully aware of the threat posed by the Arlington men.He said: “Before the meeting this week we would have taken an eight point loss, but at one stage it looked as though we could have been looking at a smaller margin. But eight it is, and we will have to deliver one of our top-drawer performances on Monday. "Eastbourne have the belief that they can defend those eight points and they will make it as difficult as possible, that's for sure. We will need to be on the pace from the very off, but I have been so proud of the Poole lads this year and I know that they will be going out there and fighting for every point. This has the making of a true classic speedway meeting.”
CHARLIE Gjedde makes his first return to Berwick on Saturday since his high-profile mid-season departure from Shielfield Park Gjedde struggled for form with the Bandits and made the switch to Newport, enjoying a successful second half of the season for the Wasps who are the next visitors to Berwick.Bandits boss Ian Rae said: “Regardless of Mr Gjedde’s performance, Newport are a solid side who will give us a pretty fair trial. “Unfortunately they don’t have Jason Doyle, who has had to go into hospital for a shoulder operation, but they were good enough to totally dismantle Glasgow Tigers in last weekend’s KO Cup Final, and Saturday night is going to be a tough, tough test!”
RYE House have been boosted by the return of several riders for their home clash with Workington on Sunday.At the conclusion of last weekend the club had just three fit riders, but the situation has improved over the last few days.Skipper Chris Neath has received the all-clear from concussion, Jordan Frampton is fit after aggravating shoulder and wrist injuries, and James Brundle’s wrist injury has been diagnosed as a severe sprain rather than a break.Promoter Len Silver said: “Apart from Luke Bowen, who sustained a broken foot last Sunday and will be out for the rest of the season all the rest of the Rockets will be back in the team this Sunday at 2pm for the match against Workington.”
THE final appearance of the Hackney Hawks at National League level takes place at Lakeside on Friday with several of the club’s former riders in attendance.Ex-Hawks Paul Bosley, Laurie Etheridge, Alan Jackson, Les Ott, Alan Sage and Barry Thomas will take a trip down memory lane at the fixture against Scunthorpe.The joint-venture between Lakeside and Rye House to run under the Hackney banner will then come to an end, but Rye House have already confirmed their participation in the 2012 National League under their former Raiders name.And Lakeside, too, are interested in running a Young Hammers team in the third tier, and are monitoring supporter interest in racing at that level.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 7:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Peterborough v Swindon 7.30 PREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Newport 7.30, Plymouth v Ipswich 7.30, Scunthorpe v Redcar 7.30, Somerset v Glasgow 7.30 NATIONAL LEAGUE: Hackney v Scunthorpe (at Lakeside) 8pm
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8:PREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Newport 7pm, Workington v Plymouth 7pm NATIONAL LEAGUE: Newport v King’s Lynn 7pm GRAND FOURS CHALLENGE: Leicester v Coventry v World Select v USA Touring Team 7.30CHALLENGE: Stoke v Birmingham Bulls 7.30
SUNDAY OCTOBER 9:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Scunthorpe 1.30, Glasgow v Somerset 3.30, Newcastle v Newport 6.30, Rye House v Workington 2pm USA STYLE SPEEDWAY INDIVIDUAL: Buxton 3pm
MONDAY OCTOBER 10:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 2nd leg: Poole v Eastbourne 7.30