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IPSWICH boss Pete Simmons regards Rye House as a serious threat to his side’s chances of qualifying for the League Cup semi-finals.The Rockets collected a point from a 48-45 defeat at Foxhall on Thursday and have home matches in hand ahead of the return at Hoddesdon on Saturday.Simmons said: “At least we managed to hold on for the win but it was clear that some of the boys were race rusty tonight. “It is now imperative that we win at Rye House on Saturday night to compensate for the point lost tonight and to maintain our position in the top two of the 'South' League Cup table.”


GLASGOW co-promoter Stewart Dickson says this weekend’s League Cup battles with fierce rivals Edinburgh are an ideal test of their recent improvement.Dickson was happy with the manner of the Tigers’ home win over Sheffield last week but expects tough competition from the Monarchs at Armadale on Friday and back at Ashfield on Sunday.He said: “I always want us to beat Edinburgh as that is the meeting that the fans want to win more than any other as it gives them the bragging rights for a while, and with a potential KO Cup Quarter Final in the pipeline if we both win our ties then I think getting a psychological advantage is just as important.“Last week saw some of the lads really step up a gear and it will be interesting to see how they go this time around, against slightly stronger opposition. The challenge for them is to keep improving and ensure that we take home the points.”


SCUNTHORPE boss Richard Hollingsworth is keen for the Scorpions to get back into action after three weeks without completing a home meeting due to the weather.They host Redcar in the League Cup on Friday, who include former Scorpions favourite Carl Wilkinson, and Hollingsworth says prospects for the meeting are good.He said: “Redcar always give us a good test. They are bringing a coach load of fans because they always see great racing at Scunthorpe and because their side are going well.“I know the track is in good condition and any rain we get during the day shouldn’t be a problem. We just need a clear evening and we’ll be back on track. It certainly has the makings of a cracker.”


SOMERSET duo Kyle Newman and Sam Masters are set for a busy weekend as they race for their club and then launch their World Under-21 campaign.Newman and Masters will be in the Rebels team to face Plymouth on Friday before heading to German venue Neustadt Donau for Sunday’s qualifying meeting.Somerset promoter Debbie Hancock said: “It is a great honour for the club to have both Sam and Kyle competing in this year’s World Under-21 Championship.“And it doesn’t end there as Alex Davies will be starting out on the same trail, albeit in a different qualifying round, at Blijham in Holland later next month.”


SATURDAY APRIL 28:LEAGUE CUP: Berwick v Newcastle 7pm, Rye House v Ipswich 7pm

SUNDAY APRIL 29:LEAGUE CUP: Glasgow v Edinburgh 4pm, Leicester v Plymouth 6pm, Newcastle v Redcar 6.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Mildenhall v Buxton 4.30

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