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(SPEEDWAY 1)BELLE Vue are on the lookout for a new rider following the confirmation that Patrick Hougaard has suffered a broken collarbone.The Dane crashed in the Aces' 61-32 Elite League defeat at Lakeside on Friday evening, and after a scan at the hospital the rider now faces a 4-6 week period of recovery. Team manager Jim Lynch said: "We are looking right across Europe for a replacement and have until Tuesday to re-declare the team. We will be working on this right through the weekend and we do have options. "It's a real blow to lose Patrick because he had scored 17 at Poole and was looking very sharp at Lakeside until he crashed."(SPEEDWAY 2)INJURED Rye House skipper Chris Neath has thanked all those who have helped in the aftermath of his serious crash at Ipswich last month.Neath was present at Hoddesdon on Saturday as the Rockets took on Peterborough in an inter-league challenge, the first time he had been able to attend since his back operation.Neath said: "Like most riders, I'm not a good spectator, but it was so important to meet up with the riders and supporters again. It was also so important in helping me to get back to a sense of normality again."At the moment, I just don't know when I'll get back on a bike. I'm slowly getting the feeling back in my left side, but it's still really weak. I'll get through it, but it's a long road ahead."There are so many people I want to thank for their help and support so far. I particularly want to thank the medical staff at Ipswich for the way they attended to me immediately after my accident, and surgeon Dr Cummings at Ipswich Hospital."(SPEEDWAY 3)IPSWICH secured the first away win of the League Cup's southern section with a 49-44 victory at Leicester.The Witches stormed into a twelve-point lead after just four heats, and although there was a response from the Lions with a tactical-ride 8-1 in Heat 6, Kevin Doolan and Dakota North immediately hit back to restore the visitors' control.Captain Doolan and reserve Rohan Tungate both scored 12 points with Leigh Lanham and North also paid for double-figures.Witches boss Pete Simmons said: "After picking up a point at Somerset last night (Friday) I can only be happy with another three points tonight. It's been a good weekend on the road."(FIXTURES)SUNDAY 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

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