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WOLVERHAMPTON boss Peter Adams says his side’s Elite Shield opener against Poole will be a tough way to start the season.Wolves hand debuts to newcomers Pontus Aspgren and Lukasz Sowka in the first leg at Monmore Green on Monday, and Adams expects the Pirates to be strong again in 2012.He said: “Poole look like one of the stand-out teams in the Elite League once again and I’m sure they’ll be challenging for honours.“But we’re very proud of our record in the Elite Shield and we would love to take a useful lead down to Poole for the return on Wednesday. The new boys may take some time to settle in but we will do everything we can to help them and encourage them.”


NEW Peterborough co-boss Jan Staechmann says his combination with Trevor Swales will be good for the club and himself in 2012.The duo will be on opposing sides when the Panthers start the season against a powerful Ryan Sullivan Select side on Monday, but Staechmann expects the partnership to blossom when the Elite League gets underway.Staechmann said: “I'm very much looking forward to both working with, and learning from Trevor. I'm still new to Elite League team managing and although I know the FIM rulebook extremely well, there are many different sets of rules for UK league racing that I am getting to grips with.“Obviously on Monday we will be on opposing sides, and it will be interesting to see what tactics will be applied during the meeting from both sides.”


OLLY Allen reeled off a five-ride 15-point maximum for victory in Berwick’s Fence Fund Challenge at Shielfield Park.Allen was unbeaten in a meeting which drew a packed crowd to raise funds after the installation of the new Polyfoam barrier, and the Peterborough man was joined on the rostrum by Lee Complin and Josef Franc. Berwick co-owner John Anderson said: “The turn out tonight was massive and I thank everyone who came out making our Fence Fund Challenge a huge success. “I also have to thank all the riders who took no fees for their efforts, and they were big efforts judging by some of the thrilling racing, some of which looked like they were battling for vital league points not just self-pride and glory. It was a magnificent show by all concerned.”(SPEEDWAY 4)

RYE House boss John Sampford admits his team plans for next weekend are uncertain with three riders currently on the injured list.The Rockets secured a confidence-boosting 48-42 win over similarly-affected Ipswich in the second leg of the Anglian Cup, the Witches taking the trophy by a two-point aggregate margin, and Sampford’s attentions have now turned to a trip to Plymouth in the League Cup on Friday.He said: “To be totally honest, I really don’t know at the moment. Jordan (Frampton) and Jason (Bunyan) are, amongst other things, both nursing bad swellings – Jordan to his hand and wrist, and Jason to his ankle. “Until those go down enough to enable proper medical examination, we don’t know where we begin to stand in terms of potential timescales for their return.”



MONDAY MARCH 19:ELITE SHIELD 1st leg: Wolverhampton v Poole 7.30CHALLENGE: Peterborough v Sullivan’s Seven 7.30

WEDNESDAY MARCH 21:ELITE SHIELD 2nd leg: Poole v Wolverhampton 7.30

THURSDAY MARCH 22:LEAGUE CUP: Redcar v Edinburgh 7.30MIDLAND LEAGUE: Birmingham v Wolverhampton 7.30WAR OF THE ROSES: Sheffield v Belle Vue 7.45CHALLENGE 1st leg: Swindon v Somerset Select 7.30STAR OF ANGLIA: Ipswich 7.30

FRIDAY MARCH 23:LEAGUE CUP: Plymouth v Rye House 7.30, Scunthorpe v Berwick 7.30MIDLAND LEAGUE: Coventry v Birmingham 8pmCHALLENGE 2nd leg: Somerset Select v Swindon 7.30SCOTTISH OPEN: Edinburgh 7.30

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