Speedway News and Fixtures

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TOM Perry is chasing a rostrum finish on home territory in Tuesday’s British Under-21 Final.Perry carries home hopes along with team-mate Ashley Morris in the Dudley-staged event, and is hoping for plenty of backing in the showpiece event. Admission prices have been pegged at their normal National League levels.Perry said: “It’s great for the club to be staging this meeting and I was really pleased to qualify although I must admit I felt a bit of pressure to do so because Dudley are staging the meeting.“There are some great riders in the meeting, I know that, but I’m really pleased with the way my form is going so far this season and I want to put that to good use. I feel I am a much improved rider in comparison to last year and I’m looking for a place on the rostrum, if not the title!”

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WOLVERHAMPTON have been boosted by the return ahead of schedule of young Swede Pontus Aspgren for their Elite League clash with King’s Lynn on Monday.Aspgren suffered a nasty leg injury at Eastbourne nine days ago but said: “I can confirm I will race at Wolverhampton, it seems to be OK now. I was told to use crutches for two weeks but it has improved and got better with every day. I just want to get on with my racing.”Meanwhile Belle Vue skipper Rory Schlein is backing his team’s big hitters to produce the goods whey they entertain Eastbourne at Kirkmanshulme Lane.Schlein said: “It has been said we didn’t have enough top end power against a compact Lakeside team. But team manager Jim Lynch and I are optimistic enough to believe that in Adam Shields, Charlie Gjedde and myself we have riders with enough experience to give us that power.”

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SHEFFIELD star Ricky Wells apologised to travelling supporters after a 54-39 League Cup defeat at Glasgow on Sunday.The visitors only had two heat winners at Ashfield as the reigning Premier League Champions dominated, with both James Grieves and Australian youngster Mason Campton scoring paid maximums.Wells said: “That was a pretty horrible meeting to say the least and we're all disappointed. I apologise to Sheffield fans and we will put it right in the coming meetings.”

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NEWCASTLE moved second in the Northern section of the League Cup with a 53-41 win over local rivals Berwick.The Diamonds did much of their work in a flying start to the meeting as they raced into a 20-point lead after eight races before being pegged back somewhat in the second half.Christian Henry top-scored for the home side with eleven points and four other team members added eight, with Sebastian Alden top man for the Bandits on 14.Newcastle boss George English said: “Solid in the main, and that’s why we took Berwick apart in the early section of the match. Yes, overall a good team performance.”(FIXTURES)

MONDAY APRIL 23:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Eastbourne 7.30, Wolverhampton v King’s Lynn 7.30

TUESDAY APRIL 24:BRITISH UNDER-21 FINAL: Dudley 7.30

WEDNESDAY APRIL 25: SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: King’s Lynn v Swindon 7.30, Poole v Wolverhampton 7.30

THURSDAY APRIL 26:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Birmingham v Coventry 7.30, Swindon v Poole 7.30LEAGUE CUP: Ipswich v Rye House 7.30, Redcar v Newcastle 7.30, Sheffield v Scunthorpe 7.45

FRIDAY APRIL 27:LEAGUE CUP: Edinburgh v Glasgow 7.30, Somerset v Plymouth 7.30, Scunthorpe v Redcar 7.30