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AUSTRALIA eased into the World Under-21 Team Cup Final with a convincing 63-point score in Sunday’s semi-final at Lakeside.Led by a 15-point maximum by Darcy Ward and 14 from Nick Morris, the Australians finished 18-points clear of Denmark, for whom Peterborough’s Michael Jepsen Jensen was joint-top scorer with 14.Great Britain finished in third place on 28 points, Richie Worrall and Kyle Howarth both scoring eight, with the Czech Republic bringing up the rear on 13.British Under-21 Champion Joe Haines said: “It was always going to be really tough with the teams in it but we are really disappointed with the result. It just came down to one afternoon and it wasn’t ours unfortunately.”(SPEEDWAY 2)

BELLE Vue chief David Gordon is calling on supporters to back the club during a tough spell ahead of their Elite League clash with Swindon.Gordon said: “We’ve got to dust ourselves down and keep trying. It’s sad that a few people have voted with their feet and walked away. They are damaging our club. We are having a difficult time but we’ve got to stick together through this and we are grateful to the supporters who are doing that.”Elsewhere on Monday, local rivals Coventry and Birmingham clash at Brandon, with the Brummies going into the meeting under pressure after a 36-54 home defeat to Poole in their last outing.And Wolverhampton legend Peter Karlsson will make a guest appearance for his parent club against Peterborough, standing in for the injured Tai Woffidnen at Monmore Green.(SPEEDWAY 3)

BUXTON gained their first win of the season in the National League by defeating close rivals Stoke 50-38 at the Hi-Edge Raceway.Manager Jack Lee said: “I’m over the moon with today’s result. I was really worried after our defeat last weekend against the Isle of Wight and after a tough night at Loomer Road last night I thought we were in real trouble.”Meanwhile Mildenhall overcame an early scare, and a shoulder injury for Josh Bates, to get the better of Rye House 49-38 in an eventful match at West Row.Manager Rob Henry said: “That was a wake-up call. I'm delighted we got all three points, but we made hard work of it, and maybe we were guilty of being a bit complacent before the start, something that will not happen again.”

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SCUNTHORPE promoter Rob Godfrey reflected on a positive day of National League action – with the Saints agonisingly close to taking two wins.After defeating King’s Lynn 48-42 in the first part of a double-header, the home side were then edged out 46-43 by Dudley with the match turning on the very last bend of Heat 15 when race leader Gary Irving suffered engine failure.Godfrey said: “Today has been brilliant. To see Tommy Fenwick winning his first National League race; to see Max Clegg winning races; to see Danny Phillips improving ride-by-ride. That’s what it’s all about at this level. It’s not the result – it’s about the progress these kids are making.”Dudley boss Will Pottinger added: “This was a lucky win, but a good one all the same and we'll take the three points. Tom Perry was a big loss to us but we've pulled through and when you have Adam Roynon and Ashley Morris in two of the last three heats you always have a chance.”

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MONDAY MAY 28:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Swindon 7.30, Coventry v Birmingham 7.30, Wolverhampton v Peterborough 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP 2nd leg: Newcastle v Redcar 7.30

TUESDAY MAY 29:NATIONAL SHIELD 2nd leg: Dudley v Mildenhall 7.30

WEDNESDAY MAY 30:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: King’s Lynn v Lakeside 7.30ELITE LEAGUE KO CUP 2nd leg: Poole v Wolverhampton 7.30


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