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SWINDON ran up the biggest-ever away win at Belle Vue’s Kirkmanshulme Lane venue with a 60-33 romp on Monday.It was the Aces’ worst home defeat since moving into the stadium since 1988 and the Elite League’s bottom side have confirmed they expect to make at least one new signing when new averages take effect in June.Swindon boss Alun Rossiter said: “It was a professional job well done by our boys. I realise the problems Belle Vue have got, but you still have to race against what’s there and to score 60 away is still some achievement.“The four points keeps us ticking on in the league and people said we could struggle when Peter Kildemand moved into the top five – but this proved otherwise, and Jason Doyle is going to be a very strong reserve too!”

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BIRMINGHAM produced a spectacular response to last week’s heavy home defeat against Poole – by winning 50-40 at Coventry to take maximum league points.The Brummies’ Polish star Sebastian Ulamek made a terrific return to his old club with 13+1 with the Bees suffering a further blow with Scott Nicholls crashing heavily in Heat 13 and sustaining a collarbone injury.Birmingham boss Phil Morris said: “We worked hard together and pulled off a brilliant result. I was very pleased and so was Graham (Drury), it was a very pleasing way to hit back after the unacceptable performance against Poole.“I probably had as much buzz from the meeting as I did in my racing days, in fact I hadn’t felt adrenaline like that since I finished riding.”

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WOLVERHAMPTON reserve Ricky Wells ran up a remarkable 18 (paid 20) total in the 57-35 home win over Peterborough.Wells dropped just one point from seven rides with skipper Freddie Lindgren adding a maximum, whilst the Panthers weren’t helped by the withdrawal of Linus Sundstrom after one ride.Wolves boss Peter Adams said: “Ricky was awesome and I have to say he is one of the best Elite League reserves right now.“Freddie was unstoppable and if we had raced until midnight I don’t think anyone would have beaten him, that was the kind of mood he was in after his (Grand Prix) win at the weekend.”(SPEEDWAY 4)

KING’S Lynn boss Rob Lyon believes the Norfolk Arena can become a fortress throughout the 2012 season.The Stars lost their second home Elite League match against Peterborough but after a lengthy break from action they secured a comfortable win over Wolves last week, and now face Lakeside on Wednesday.Lyon said: “Like I have always said, we will go and do what we can do with our own ability, and what we have in the team. “I feel confident after seeing them beat Wolves, we have got enough in the tank to fend off most teams around here now.”

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NEWCASTLE are through to the quarter-finals of the Premier League Knockout Cup, and a clash with Sheffield, after an impressive home display against Redcar.The Diamonds trailed by eight points going into the meeting but turned it around with a solid all-round display for a 58-32 win on the night, highlighted by a five-ride paid maximum for Ludvig Lindgren.Boss George English said: “After the last few nights of disappointment this is exactly what we needed and indeed it’s exactly what we knew the lads were capable of. “They all played their part, but it was especially pleasing to see Ludvig enjoy the best speedway with us so far and he’s really starting to enjoy things on Tyneside so there’s even better to come.”(SPEEDWAY 6)

PLYMOUTH have signed former Glasgow rider Robert Ksiezak to replace Gino Franchetti at reserve.Devils promoter Mike Bowden had threatened a change in the lower-order after recent results and has now moved to sign the Australian who recently lost his place at Ashfield.Bowden said: “We welcome Robert to Plymouth and I am sure he will do well for us. It is unfortunate that we have had to release Gino, but he has had enough matches and is just not scoring the points.“We thank Gino for his services with the team and are just sorry that he has not been able to reproduce the form he was showing at the end of last season.”

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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

THURSDAY MAY 31:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Birmingham v Belle Vue 7.30, Peterborough v Poole 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Ipswich v Rye House 7.30, Redcar v Edinburgh 7.30, Sheffield v Somerset 7.45

FRIDAY JUNE 1:ELITE LEAGUE KO CUP 1st leg: Coventry v Lakeside 8pmPREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Sheffield 7.30, Plymouth v Redcar 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP: Somerset v Ipswich 7.30


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