SPEEDWAY News and Fixtures

(SPEEDWAY 1)BELLE Vue star Patrick Hougaard suffered a suspected broken collarbone in the Aces' heavy defeat at Lakeside on Friday.The Hammers opened their Elite League campaign with a 61-32 win to condemn the visitors to a second defeat on the road, with Hougaard crashing out in Heat 7.Aces boss Jim Lynch said: "Patrick may have broken a collarbone and we are waiting to hear what the hospital say."It will give us huge problems for Friday's match against Wolverhampton if it is broken."(SPEEDWAY 2)SCUNTHORPE mounted a dramatic comeback to edge through to a 46-44 League Cup win over Newcastle.The Diamonds led by four points with three heats to go but the turning point came in Heat 14 when Josh Auty and Ashley Birks worked their way past Richie Worrall for a 5-1, and Auty got the better of the visiting duo in the decider.Scorpions promoter Rob Godfrey said: "That was quite a meeting. I'm just relieved we managed to pull it out of the bag."I have to admit I was worried and there is no doubt Newcastle will be one of the best visiting teams this year. To win the meeting was a fine achievement and I think we're gradually getting things together."(SPEEDWAY 3)SOMERSET team boss Steve Bishop insists there is still more to come from his team despite beating Ipswich on Friday evening.The Rebels provided ten race winners in their 48-42 win against the Witches, but Bishop felt they let a League Cup point slip away by not winning by seven or more.He said: "First and foremost we got our competitive home season off with a win, but despite the fact we had twice as many race winners as Ipswich, we did not back those up with enough second and third places to give us all three points on the night."However, with Jason Doyle finally being able to ride for us now, I expect the team to have a far more competitive edge about it in the coming weeks."(SPEEDWAY 4)RYE House are looking to bring in Swedish star Anders Mellgren on a short-term deal.Subject to BSPA approval, Mellgren will be a temporary replacement for Tyson Nelson who is still waiting for visa clearance to ride. The Rockets are again left with a vacancy after original stand-in Leigh Lanham agreed a full-time deal with Ipswich.Rye House promoter Len Silver said: "Of those riders still available on the market we believe that Anders is the best option remaining to cover for Tyson."He is very keen to come to Rye - he loves the track - and as well as bringing extremely good equipment with him, he is renowned as a fast-starter."(SPEEDWAY 5)NATIONAL League riders will be racing for the Bronze Helmet again this season.The trophy will be competed for on a monthly basis and the first challenge for the title will be when Isle of Wight host Stoke on April 17.The top scorer from each side at the end of the meeting will face each other in a single match race to decide the April winner.The holder of the helmet will then defend the title against a nominated challenger during the month of May.(FIXTURES)SATURDAY MARCH 31:LEAGUE CUP: Leicester v Ipswich 7.30, Workington v Redcar 7pmCOCK O' THE NORTH 1st leg: Berwick v Edinburgh 7pmCHALLENGE: Rye House v Peterborough 7pm, Stoke v Isle of Wight 7.30SUNDAY APRIL 1:LEAGUE CUP: Glasgow v Scunthorpe 4pm, Newcastle v Workington 6.30MONDAY APRIL 2:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Eastbourne v King's Lynn 7.30MIDLAND LEAGUE: Wolverhampton v Coventry 7.30TUESDAY APRIL 3:STAFFS CUP 1st leg: Dudley v Stoke 7.30