Speedway News and Fixtures

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BIRMINGHAM have added Ipswich’s Australian youngster Dakota North to their Elite League squad. North will double-up for the Brummies alongside Josh Auty, and replaces the unavailable Tyson Nelson for the Perry Barr club.Promoter Graham Drury said: ““I’m confident Dakota will be able to do a job for us when Josh has to miss a meeting, and I would see him being part of our squad for the remainder of the season.“It means we hopefully won’t find ourselves short at reserve bearing in mind there’s always a risk now that Premier League matches will be re-arranged due to the weather.”(SPEEDWAY 2)

LAKESIDE co-promoter Jon Cook is looking for reserve Richie Worrall to continue his bright start to life in the Elite League when the Hammers face Peterborough on Friday.Cook says the displays of Worrall and Robert Mear were the bright spots to take from last week’s home defeat by Poole.He said: “Richie has made an immediate impact at the club and we are over the moon that, for the second year running, we have a young Brit making a success of things in the Elite League. “His and Robert’s performances last week eased the pain of defeat to a degree and this week we look to their more experienced team-mates to get back to form as we need three League points back on the board to stay at the right end of the table.”(SPEEDWAY 3)

LEICESTER boss Jason Attwood is keen to manage expectations as the Lions look to build on a bright start to their Premier League campaign.The Beaumont Park club are top of the early table with two wins out of two, having won at champions Glasgow last Sunday, and now face Scunthorpe at home on Saturday.Attwood said: “We have a long way to go between now and the end of the season, our feet are firmly on the ground as anything can happen to push a team off course and end up disappointed. “My main priority is to foster a winning mentality within the team to ensure that we give little away at Beaumont Park, and a repeat of the approach we adopted at Glasgow is a must if we are to stand a realistic chance of reaching the play-off finals in the autumn.”(SPEEDWAY 4)

SCUNTHORPE are hopeful over Tero Aarnio’s fitness for their League Cup clash with Glasgow on Friday.The Scorpions have booked former favourite Richard Hall to guest for injured skipper David Howe as they look to make further progress in their battle with Newcastle for a semi-final place.Manager Richard Hollingsworth said: “We are hopeful that Tero Aarnio will be fit to resume his place in the team this Friday. Tero hurt his shoulder in a fall at Newcastle last Sunday and missed our 55-37 win over Edinburgh on Bank Holiday Monday.“David is gradually improving, following his shoulder dislocation. He’s probably around a couple of weeks away from returning.”(FIXTURES)

THURSDAY MAY 10:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Birmingham v Peterborough 7.30, Swindon v Eastbourne OFFPREMIER LEAGUE: Redcar v Ipswich OFF

FRIDAY MAY 11:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Lakeside v Peterborough 8pmPREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Ipswich 7.30LEAGUE CUP: Scunthorpe v Glasgow 7.30, Somerset v Plymouth 7.30

SATURDAY MAY 12:PREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Redcar 7pm, Leicester v Scunthorpe 8pm, Plymouth v Somerset 7.30, Rye House v Newcastle 7pm, Workington v Edinburgh 7pm

SUNDAY MAY 13:PREMIER LEAGUE: Newcastle v Sheffield 7pmNATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP 2nd leg: Stoke v Scunthorpe 5.30BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP Round 2: Mildenhall 3pm