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BELLE Vue have moved back into the transfer market to sign experienced Czech international Ales Dryml.The Aces will re-shuffle their line-up for their Elite League trip to Birmingham on Thursday with Dryml starting his second spell with the club in place of Marcel Kajzer, and Patrick Hougaard returns from injury for short-term signing Adam Skornicki.Team boss Jim Lynch said: “We decided to make a change with Hougaard coming back for Skornicki and scoured Europe for the best riders available with four or five point averages.“Ales is a rider who very much knows his way around British speedway. He’s come in to replace (Travis) McGowan but if he does a great job for us it will give me a problem I want when Travis is cleared to come over.”


EDINBURGH star Derek Sneddon is already plotting his return to action despite suffering a broken collarbone.Sneddon was involved in a crash with team-mate Charles Wright at Glasgow on Sunday and also has a small fractured bone in his right foot, whilst Wright escaped with no breaks but will still miss this weekend’s fixtures.Sneddon said: “The foot isn’t really a problem, I can hobble around on it and I’d be able to ride with it. “I know we have Ipswich in the League at Armadale a week on Friday and that’s my target to get back. However, I’m not going to do anything stupid.”


SCUNTHORPE promoter Rob Godfrey has praised the efforts of his track curators to ensure their home meeting against Redcar last Friday went ahead.Godfrey said Graham Trollope and John Priestley had done a remarkable job to get the Eddie Wright Raceway into suitable condition after the recent wet spell.Godfrey said: “I estimate around 30,000 gallons of water were removed from the track on Friday. I worked out some 26,000 gallons were removed by tanker, while around another 4,000 gallons went through the drains.“We had a horrendous amount of rain last week. However, we saw the forecast was good for Friday, made the decision to go ahead and the hard work began. Graham and John were up at 6am and by lunchtime had almost removed all the water. In the end, we actually ended up having to water the track a little!”


RYE House boss John Sampford was in philosophical mood after the Raiders’ exit from the National League KO Cup on Tuesday.Without skipper David Mason, who broke down en route to the Isle of Wight, the Raiders conceded 5-1s in each of the last four races to go down to a 58-31 defeat, for a 24-point aggregate defeat.Sampford said: “We were competitive for nearly half the meeting and then it all went away from us. Although Shane (Hazelden) won Heat 11, when James (Sarjeant) stopped our hope of an 8-1 – which would have brought us back to within four points - was gone. “If there’s a main plus coming out of this match, it’s that tonight has given us track time to shake off the cobwebs ahead of Monday’s League opener against Buxton. It’s also put us in good stead for when we return to the Island in the League in a month’s time.”(FIXTURES)

THURSDAY MAY 3:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Birmingham v Belle Vue 7.30, Swindon v Lakeside 7.30 OFF

PREMIER LEAGUE: Ipswich v Newcastle 7.30LEAGUE CUP: Redcar v Workington 7.30, Sheffield v Glasgow 7.45

FRIDAY MAY 4:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v Belle Vue 8pm, Lakeside v Poole 8pmELITE LEAGUE KO CUP 1st leg: Peterborough v Swindon OFFLEAGUE CUP: Edinburgh v Berwick 7.30, Plymouth v Ipswich 7.30, Somerset v Leicester 7.30

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