BELLE Vue boss Jim Lynch is calling for his side to put the Kirkmanshulme Lane track furore of Good Friday behind them when they face Lakeside on Monday evening.Lynch said: “I have put the meeting against Wolverhampton behind us. My focus now is on the Lakeside match. It is absolutely imperative that we have everything in place for the fixture against the side I see as title favourites.”Meanwhile Ty Proctor has declared himself fit for Wolverhampton’s home clash with Eastbourne, although Pontus Aspgren and Ricky Wells miss out after also crashing in the reverse fixture at Arlington on Saturday.And Swindon put their three-match Elite League winning run on the line with a home fixture against Coventry, for whom Scott Nicholls returns to Blunsdon after spending last year with the Robins.
WORKINGTON maintained their position at the top of the Northern group League Cup table when they completed a weekend double over Glasgow with a 52-43 victory at Ashfield.That followed a 53-40 win over the Tigers at Derwent Park and gives the Comets 17 points from six matches – seven points clear of second-placed Scunthorpe.Team manager Tony Jackson said: “They were two really excellent all round team performances with everyone chipping in with vital points throughout. “The team coped well with rider replacement to cover for the injured Kenny Ingalls in both matches but naturally you prefer to have all seven riders in action, and we remain hopeful that Kenny will be passed fit to return from injury in time for our visit to Edinburgh on Friday.”
NEWCASTLE boss George English was pleased to see an all-round team display for the Diamonds, who won their League Cup clash with Edinburgh 57-38.The Diamonds had strength in depth with three riders in double-figures and three more scoring seven, including both Worrall brothers at reserve.English said: “Whilst some of the top end struggled now and again, mainly with a lack of power from their engine, we had our number seven Steve Worrall come into his own with two excellent confidence-boosting wins, and that can only bode well for the future.”Edinburgh, by contrast, saw Theo Pijper, Craig Cook and Derek Sneddon score all but five of their points, and boss John Campbell said: “We need every one of our side scoring as well as they are capable and at the moment that’s not happening. I know that our off-form riders are working hard to improve and do their bit for the team.”
MILDENHALL will take a 15-point lead to King’s Lynn next month for the second leg of their National League KO Cup tie.The Fen Tigers were just five points up with three heats to go after a Young Stars fightback, but the holders added 5-1s in Heats 13 and 15 from Cameron Heeps and Lewis Blackbird to re-build their advantage to a 55-40 win.Reserve Josh Bates, meanwhile, is due for x-rays on his shoulder and arm after a frightening-looking spill in Heat 8.Mildenhall promoter Michael Lee said: “Fifteen points was the sort of lead we were looking for, and I'm sure if the boys dig deep again we can get through to the next round, because there's nothing we want more than to keep the KO Cup at West Row.”(FIXTURES)
MONDAY APRIL 16:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Lakeside 7.30, Swindon v Coventry 7.30, Wolverhampton v Eastbourne 7.30
TUESDAY APRIL 17:NATIONAL SHIELD 2nd leg: Dudley v Mildenhall 7.30CHALLENGE 2nd leg: Isle of Wight v Stoke 7.30
WEDNESDAY APRIL 18:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: King’s Lynn v Belle Vue 7.30, Poole v Swindon 7.30