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BRITISH Youth bosses Phil Morris and Neil Vatcher have named their eight-man squad for the FIM World Under-21 Team Cup semi-final at Lakeside on May 27.The squad, which will eventually be trimmed down to five riders, is: Jason Garrity, Joe Haines, Jerran Hart, Kyle Howarth, Kyle Newman, Tom Perry, Richie Worrall and Steven Worrall.Morris said: “Neil and I have picked this eight as we believe they are the best on current form. We will be looking closely at their scores over the coming weeks before we pick the final team of five which will race at Lakeside.“We all know how hard it will be to topple the Aussies and Danes but the lads are really up for the challenge and hoping to do the business.”British nominations for the remaining World Under-21 individual quarter-finals on May 19 have also been confirmed, with Richie Worrall and Perry heading for Blijham in Holland, whilst Steven Worrall and Stefan Nielsen will race at Croatian venue Gorican.


ALL three domestic Knockout Cup competitions will be promoting and raising vital funds for the Action for Children charity this season.The Elite, Premier and National Leagues are to stage collections and promote the work of the charity in match programmes and with tannoy mentions in a move instigated by the British Speedway Promoters’ Association.BSPA Chairman Alex Harkess said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Action for Children, a charity which does so much wonderful work.“It’s a good way for British Speedway to promote such a worthy cause and at the same time encourage supporters to support it in whatever way they can.”Donations can be made at Knockout Cup meetings or for further details of how to raise cash visit the website www.actionforchildren.org.uk– there will also be a link from the official British Speedway site www.speedwaygb.co


LAKESIDE co-promoter Jon Cook is relishing the prospect of a first home meeting since April 6 when the Hammers host Poole on Friday.Like several clubs, the Hammers have been badly hit by the recent poor weather but Cook predicts a thrilling encounter with both teams currently unbeaten in the Elite League.He said: “To have the Pirates in town, and particularly Darcy (Ward) and Chris (Holder), as we return to racing is a tough challenge but also a real pleasure as the pair are pure box office. “Our team wants to test itself against the very best. It’s very early days yet and no League is won or lost this early in the season but we will know a lot more about our chances come late Friday night.”Birmingham and Coventry are also due back in action after long absences this week, with home matches against Belle Vue on Thursday and Friday respectively – with the Aces themselves keen to bounce back from a 42-50 home defeat against King’s Lynn, for whom Niels-Kristian Iversen scored a maximum.


EASTBOURNE star Joonas Kylmakorpi has pencilled in the Eagles’ trip to Swindon next Thursday as his comeback date.The Finn, who has been out since being injured in a crash at King’s Lynn on March 28, was hoping to return for the home match against Coventry on Saturday but that fixture comes just too soon.Team boss Trevor Geer said: “We looked to see whether it would be possible to have a guest on Saturday but we only had very limited choices because of averages and rider availability.“Our best option is rider replacement and with all of the team available to take a ride I do not think we will have problems in covering for Joonas. He looks set to be fit to ride again next week when we go to Swindon, and that will be a boost to everyone.”


MILDENHALL are through to the semi-finals of the National League KO Cup after completing a home and away double over local rivals King’s Lynn.The Fen Tigers won 51-39 on the night for a 106-79 aggregate success, although the win came at a cost with skipper Lewis Blackbird suffering shoulder damage, whilst for the Young Stars Adam Lowe was also ruled out.Mildenhall co-promoter Chris Louis said: “If I'm honest I'd rather have the lost the match but won the tie, rather than lose Lewis. But the boys underlined the team spirit we have in the camp by covering for their captain and going on to win it in style for him. “Cameron (Heeps) and Danny (Halsey) led from the front again, but the rest of the boys did their bit as well. Our youngsters Nathan Stoneman and Josh Bates were outstanding. Both took tumbles early on, but got up, dusted themselves down and won races, which was superb to see.”


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

SATURDAY MAY 5:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Eastbourne v Coventry 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Leicester v Redcar 7.30LEAGUE CUP: Berwick v Edinburgh 7pm, Rye House v Plymouth 7pm, Workington v Sheffield 7pmSTAFFS CUP 2nd leg: Stoke v Dudley 7pm

SUNDAY MAY 6:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Leicester 4pm, Newcastle v Scunthorpe 6.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Mildenhall v Scunthorpe 4.30NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP 1st leg: Buxton v Dudley 3pm

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