SPEEDWAY News & Fixtures 17.05.12

POOLE edged out Lakeside in a last-heat decider on an emotional night at Wimborne Road as the two clubs paid tribute to Lee Richardson.Lakeside looked set to win the match until the Pirates fought back from eight points down to win 46-44 thanks to a Heat 15 5-1 from Chris Holder and Darcy Ward.Hammers star Davey Watt, who captained Poole last season, admitted what a tough night it had been for all.Watt said: “It was hard to find the motivation. It has been difficult to comprehend what has really happened over the last few days but we just wanted to go out there and do it for a great friend and colleague.”


EASTBOURNE boss Trevor Geer has stressed the club are still looking to sign a short-term replacement for Joonas Kylmakorpi.The Finn suffered a setback in his comeback from shoulder injuries and has had a further MRI scan, with the Eagles booking Scott Nicholls to guest on Saturday against Swindon.Geer has approached riders to join the club but said: “Unfortunately, so far we have been turned down. These riders have prior commitments and are unable to change their existing arrangements to come to Eastbourne either on a short-term or longer basis.“I have not given up on trying to bring someone in but it is not easy. We are doing our best but so far we have not had any success.”


LEICESTER have appointed former track curator Glyn Taylor as their new manager after the shock departure of Jason Attwood.Attwood, who had been in the post for less than twelve months but had presided over three Premier League wins out of three this season, cited a lack of support within the club as his reason to quit.Lions co-promoter Alan Jones said: “I made three attempts to persuade Jason to re-consider his decision and offered to work alongside him to resolve the issues because we did not want to lose him. Unfortunately my offer of help was not accepted which left us no alternative but to seek an immediate replacement.“Glyn is a well-rounded person in terms of his speedway experience having been a promoter, rider and track curator. He knows the staff at Leicester having been involved with the track work last season and his knowledge will add value to the management team at Beaumont Park.”


GLASGOW have made a double team change with Filip Sitera and Chris Mills joining the Tigers.The duo come in to replace Jade Mudgway and Robert Ksiezak and will make their debuts for the club on Friday at Plymouth.Glasgow co-promoter Alan Dick said: “There is no doubt that telling a rider he is being released from the side is an unpleasant experience, not one we had to do last season at all, but the bottom line is that we are not winning and as such we need to change things for the sake of our supporters and our business. “Filip is a rider we all admire and hopefully this move will see him prosper given that he will have a long term place in the team. Chris is a wholehearted competitor who perhaps has not made quite the strides that we all expected, but again, he has a chance to settle in and get back into the groove for a bit.”


DUDLEY came back from nine points down to open their National League campaign with a 47-42 win at King’s Lynn.Skipper Adam Roynon scored a 15-point maximum and secured a 5-1 in the last race with Ashley Morris to complete the comeback even though the Heathens had lost Byron Bekker to injury in Heat 3.Dudley boss Will Pottinger said: “It looked as though we’d have to settle for a point but the boys came into their own and did it when it mattered most.“Adam underlined what a class act he is. He’s head and shoulders above anyone else in this league, nobody got near him. He is an inspirational figure at this level.”


THURSDAY MAY 17:PREMIER LEAGUE: Sheffield v Redcar 7.45LEAGUE CUP: Ipswich v Plymouth 7.30

FRIDAY MAY 18:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v Peterborough 8pm, Lakeside v Swindon 8pmPREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Leicester 7.30, Redcar v Sheffield 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP 1st leg: Plymouth v Glasgow 7.30, Scunthorpe v Workington 7.30

SATURDAY MAY 19:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Eastbourne v Swindon 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Ipswich 7pmPREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP 2nd leg: Workington v Scunthorpe 7pmLEAGUE CUP: Rye House v Leicester 7pm

SUNDAY MAY 20:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Redcar 4pm, Newcastle v Ipswich 6.30LEAGUE CUP: Leicester v Plymouth 6pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Buxton v Isle of Wight 3pm

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