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BIRMINGHAM'S Elite League home meeting with Leicester scheduled for this Wednesday, July 2, has been postponed.This is due to the current uncertainty over the future of the Brummies.However, Birmingham's trip to Belle Vue on Monday will go ahead as planned.(SPEEDWAY 2 – SATURDAY REVIEW)

PETERBOROUGH moved firmly into play-off contention with a thumping 52-35 away win at Berwick in Saturday’s Premier League action.The Panthers completed a demanding run of four matches in as many days by taking all four points from Shielfield Park – despite being without experienced duo Ryan Fisher and Ales Dryml.Lasse Bjerre (13+1) and Ulrich Ostergaard (12) headed an impressive Panthers display in a meeting curtailed one race early due to heavy rain – whilst guest Steve Worrall contributed 15 (paid 17) of the Bandits’ total.Panthers boss Carl Johnson said: “Things didn’t go our way on the previous two nights at Redcar and Edinburgh, but we had a good feeling at this meeting and the result was never in doubt.“It was great to pick up such a big win for the fans who have followed us on the Northern tour. Their support has been hugely appreciated by myself and the riders.”Berwick manager Ian Rae said: “This was far from our finest hour, by a very long way, and I have to congratulate Peterborough all the way as they, to a man, wanted this victory so much more than we seemed to, and with a much bigger majority of heat winners they got only what they deserved. “As for the Bandits, it's very much back to square one and re-group for our next match - we have to stop the rot now.”Workington defeated Plymouth 51-42 at Derwent Park last night having led by only two points after seven heats. However, three successive heat maximums in Heats 8, 9 and 10 set the Comets up for victory.Manager Tony Jackson said: “We always seem to start off slowly before getting going from the middle of the match onwards, but in the end it was a relief to get all three match points, which wasn’t certain until the final heat. “Josh Grajczonek was again excellent, defeating Ben Barker on all three occasions that they met and dropping his only point to guest Max Fricke in his second outing. Simon Lambert deserves a special mention too, with a paid 14 score from reserve, which proved to be crucial in the final reckoning.”In the National League, Lee Payne scored a 15-point maximum in Stoke’s 66-25 win over Scunthorpe, whilst Arron Mogridge impressed for the visitors with nine.Stags boss Richard Hollingsworth said: “As usual, there are plenty of positives I can take from the meeting. Arron is really riding well and he top scored for us for the second time this week. He doesn’t have that much speedway experience, but the talent is already showing.”

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GLASGOW boss Stewart Dickson says his side need to be on their guard as they look to continue their encouraging home form against Plymouth.The Tigers could move two places up the Premier League table with a win as the sides in 12th and 11th places meet at Ashfield.Dickson said: “Ben Barker is a former track record holder at Ashfield; Kalle Katajisto can ride here - we know he's had many visits - and Kyle Newman has had meetings here.“So, they've got one or two riders who are pretty tasty, and we'll be in a battle. But we'll be looking for all three points to keep the momentum going at home, there's no doubt about it.”Meanwhile third-placed Scunthorpe travel to Newcastle aiming to complete a weekend double, having already defeated the Diamonds at the Eddie Wright Raceway on Friday.The Scorpions are just two points behind Ipswich having won two away matches so far, whilst the Diamonds are in a clutch of clubs just outside the play-off places and need to avoid further home defeats.In the National League, the top two teams in the table clash at West Row as Mildenhall host leaders Cradley.Connor Mountain and Jack Kingston return for the Fen Tigers, whilst the Heathens operate rider-replacement for the unavailable Matt Williamson.Mildenhall chairman Kevin Jolly said: “This is a really big meeting for us and a very important one for me personally, hopefully the riders see it the same way as I certainly don’t want to be beaten at home twice in a season by Cradley. “Cradley are a strong team and a very good one, of that there is no doubt, but my belief in our lads is still strong and now is the time for them to deliver!”Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: “Mildenhall is always a tough place to go but we've proved we have riders in our team who can ride the track well.“We will go there looking for the win - if not then we will target a point to keep our league tally ticking over.”Meanwhile Buxton host Coventry in the first leg of their Knockout Cup quarter-final tie, with a place in the last four against Cradley awaiting the aggregate winners.Hitmen promoter Jayne Moss said: “We have seen a continual improvement in the team this season but Coventry are very strong and we will have to be on top form.”Coventry boss Laurence Rogers said: “We want to go there and bring a lead back to Brandon. It’s very important for us to get through this round, especially as it would mean another meeting with Cradley.”

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RYE House title winner Stefan Ekberg will be back at Hoddesdon on July 13 to take part in Luke Bowen’s Testimonial meeting.Ekberg played a late but pivotal role in the Rockets’ success of 2007 and also featured for the club in 2008 and 2010 before injury forced his premature retirement – but he will now join fellow ex-riders Alan Mogridge and Troy Pratt in an additional attraction to the main event.Bowen said: “Stefan and I go back to 2007, when he came over to help out the Rockets after Robbo (Stuart Robson) was injured. Len (Silver) got him a bike from Brent Werner, and he didn’t have a van, so I let him double up with me for away matches.“He played a huge part in our Championship success that year. He’s a big, strong guy and he always showed it when he was on a bike. He was also a real team man, and a true inspiration. We still keep in contact, and I see him when he comes over from Sweden, and it means an awful lot to me that he can be back for my Testimonial.”

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SUNDAY JUNE 29:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Plymouth 3pm, Newcastle v Scunthorpe 6.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Mildenhall v Cradley 3.30NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP: Buxton v Coventry 3pm

MONDAY JUNE 30:ELITE LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Birmingham 7.30, Eastbourne v Poole 7pm, Wolverhampton v Swindon 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Kent v King’s Lynn 6.30

TUESDAY JULY 1:PREMIER LEAGUE: Peterborough v Redcar 7.30

WEDNESDAY JULY 2:ELITE LEAGUE: Birmingham v Leicester OFF, King’s Lynn v Coventry 7.30, Poole v Wolverhampton 7.30


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