Speedway News and Fixtures

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“Once we lost Josh, it was always going to be a hard night from that point onwards. On a different night, we could push Newcastle all the way around here and I feel we can get a result here when we return in the Premier League.”Scunthorpe promoter Rob Godfrey said: “David was just brilliant tonight – it was a phenomenal performance from him. No-one got anywhere near him.Howe reeled off five wins for an 18-point maximum in the five fastest times of the night, but Josh Auty was withdrawn from the meeting after two crashes and with Ludvig Lindgren, Mark Lemon and Stuart Robson all scoring 11 the home side were 57-35 winners.IN-FORM David Howe’s latest maximum wasn’t enough to prevent Scunthorpe from going down to a League Cup defeat at Newcastle on Sunday.

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“But that aside our delight in signing Lubos Tomicek continued with him taking two good wins and eight good points, but all-in-all today was one to forget.”Berwick boss Ian Rae said: “Disappointing sums this afternoon up, especially as we’re now sitting back waiting news on Ricky Ashworth again as he’s aggravated his back injury.Ashworth tangled with home man Jayden O’Malley in Heat 5 with the Glasgow rider also pulling out with a suspected broken knuckle. Joe Screen’s paid maximum led the Tigers to a 56-35 win.BERWICK No.1 Ricky Ashworth suffered a recurrence of his back injury and had to withdraw after two rides of the Bandits’ defeat at Glasgow.

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(SPEEDWAY 4)“I’ve no fears about going to Dudley with a small lead. The Heathens are a great team full of good riders but we won there last year and I know we can again this year.”Lee said: “I was delighted with today's performance. Considering this is the first outing the boys had had as a team, they did well and blew some of the cobwebs away. Lewis (Blackbird) proved what a good skipper he’s going to be, but I have to give special praise to Joe Jacobs who was outstanding and unlucky not to score more.Heathens skipper Adam Roynon won his final three rides at West Row, the first for double points, to limit the Fen Tigers to a 47-46 win – although home promoter Michael Lee remains optimistic ahead of the return next week.MILDENHALL were held to a narrow one-point home win in the first leg of the National Shield as Dudley fought back from ten points down.

“We are already showing we are more than just a three man team and I think as Robert (Mear) and Kim (Nilsson) gain more experience we will improve further.”He said: “It was great to arrive at a packed Raceway and enjoy such a great atmosphere and performance from the boys. It’s tremendous to have Davey (Watt) and PK (Peter Karlsson) around now to give Lee (Richardson) that extra bit of support and I feel the team is already gelling well.Home and away wins over Eastbourne on Good Friday moved them on to nine points from three matches, and Douglas feels the whole side is functioning well.LAKESIDE owner Stuart Douglas has hailed the feel-good factor at Purfleet as the Hammers top the early Elite League table.

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(FIXTURES)“There’s a healthy local rivalry between the two clubs, and we will be looking to put one over the Tigers on Friday night and claim all three League Cup points.” Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “Our thanks go to the Sheffield promotion for their co-operation in quickly fixing up a new date for this meeting.The Scorpions were forced to postpone the scheduled fixture on Easter Monday, and expect to have a new signing in place shortly as their 28-day facility for the injured Tom Armstrong is due to expire this weekend.SCUNTHORPE have moved quickly to re-arrange their League Cup clash with Sheffield for this Friday at the Eddie Wright Raceway.

CHALLENGE: Isle of Wight v USA Tourists 7.30SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Wolverhampton v Belle Vue 7.30TUESDAY APRIL 10:

CHALLENGE: King’s Lynn v USA Tourists OFFSKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Birmingham v Wolverhampton 7.30WEDNESDAY APRIL 11:

LEAGUE CUP: Ipswich v Plymouth 7.30, Redcar v Workington 7.30, Sheffield v Berwick 7.45SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Swindon v King’s Lynn 7.30THURSDAY APRIL 12:

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