SPEEDWAY News and Fixtures

(SPEEDWAY 1 – SUNDAY REVIEW)

NEWCASTLE moved into the Premier League’s top six with a 53-40 win over Sheffield at Brough Park.Aaron Summers proved to be an impressive guest for the Diamonds with 13+1 as he replaced concussion victim Stuart Robson, whilst Ludvig Lindgren (11) and Danny King (10) were also in double figures.Manager George English said: “The Diamonds performed well tonight and with two excellent guests in Simon Lambert and Aaron Summers, Ludvig (Lindgren), Danny (King), Lewis (Rose) and Chris (Mills) were well supplemented.“The power was certainly in evidence as we took the win we deserved, and in a match where the racing was top-drawer too, so it had everything you want from a speedway match.”The result represented a recovery from the Tigers, who had trailed 17-43 after ten races, and boss Joe Screen admits his side are relying too much on skipper Simon Stead, who scored 17 points from his five rides.Screen said: “It was a disappointing performance again to be honest – a few riders were having issues and it was the same old story. “We are a one man show at the moment with Steady and then we just have to see what comes with it which is hugely frustrating.”Glasgow boss Stewart Dickson admitted to mixed emotions from the weekend as the Tigers raced to a 53-40 win over Ipswich at Ashfield.The home side, already without Christian Henry, overcame the early-meeting loss of Anders Thomsen with an ankle injury with their five remaining riders impressing as Theo Pijper top-scored on 13+1, but a lack of consistency is frustrating Dickson following Saturday’s defeat at Rye House.He said: “Kevin Wolbert is the prime example - scoring 12 points today, but two points on Saturday night. You don't know what you're getting.“I've said it for long enough that we've got a decent side and we're maybe one rider away from being pretty competitive here, there and everywhere. But you just don't know what you're getting from one meeting to another.”Stoke edged out Leicester 46-44 in a close-fought National Trophy match at Loomer Road, with a maximum of four points between the sides throughout the meeting. Leicester boss Dave Howard said: “After the way Stoke went at our place we knew that the match would be our hardest challenge so far in the competition. I am not too disappointed with the outcome as we were in it right to the end. “The extra point consolidates our position of second in the table and we have two fixtures against Mildenhall to come, and travel to Kent, so there is still much to play for and hopefully we can pick up the points to ensure that Leicester are represented in the final.”The third round of the British Youth Championships took place at Northside, and the winners in the respective categories were Luke Ruddick (500cc), Jack Parkinson-Blackburn (250cc), Kean Dicken (150cc) and Kyle Bickley (125cc).(SPEEDWAY 2 – MONDAY PREVIEW)WOLVERHAMPTON take on table-topping King’s Lynn at Monmore Green in Monday’s only Elite League fixture.Wolves are one of just two clubs to have beaten the Stars this season after a 47-43 outcome in April, and they hand a debut to Tom Perry who has replaced the injured Ashley Morris.With Lewis Kerr on the sidelines, the visitors bring in Lewis Blackbird who rode at the venue last season in the National League.Perry said: “I want to score points wherever I go but obviously I know the Wolves track pretty well having ridden there for a few years in the National League. Hopefully that knowledge of my home track will help me to make an impact pretty quickly, and I can hit the ground running.“We've got a tough meeting against King's Lynn but we've got to believe we can get the win. They've got a strong reserve pairing which will make things difficult for me, but fingers crossed I can rise to the challenge and get my time at Wolves off to a good start.”Meanwhile Kent host Stoke in the first leg of their National League KO Cup quarter-final at Central Park, with Jason Garrad making his first appearance for the home side and ex-Kings man Adam Kirby included at reserve for the Potters.(SPEEDWAY 3)

JASON Bunyan has stood down as captain of Rye House with Edward Kennett taking over the role.Bunyan asked the club’s management to be relieved of his skipper’s duties in order to concentrate on his own performances in the Rockets’ upcoming fixtures.Promoter Len Silver said: “Edward will be an inspiration to my riders, and I expect a new era of success to come with his appointment. “Nonetheless, I am sad to see Jason step down. He has done a fine job during difficult times and he has my appreciation for that.”

(FIXTURES)

MONDAY JUNE 23:ELITE LEAGUE: Wolverhampton v King’s Lynn 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP Q/F: Kent v Stoke 6.30

TUESDAY JUNE 24:NATIONAL LEAGUE: Cradley v Scunthorpe 7.15NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP Q/F 2nd leg: Cradley v Mildenhall (follows previous fixture)

WEDNESDAY JUNE 25:ELITE LEAGUE: Poole v Birmingham 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Peterborough v Sheffield 7.30