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SWINDON recovered from a six-point deficit to edge out Leicester 47-43 at the Abbey Stadium – with the Lions taking their second away league point of the week.Former Robins Jason Doyle and Nicolai Klindt starred for the Lions with Doyle unbeaten until he missed out in Heat 15 when the visitors required a 5-1 to snatch victory.Home skipper Troy Batchelor won that race after his side had suffered from a succession of crashes, with Fast Track reserve Steve Worrall again the key man with 12+2.Robins boss Alun Rossiter said: “We made hard work of it, but a win’s a win and we’ll take it under the circumstances.“The track was tricky, and whenever that happens it always seems to affect the home riders more. We’ve got a break now before our next home meeting so we’ll look to get that sorted.”Leicester manager Norrie Allan said: “We are gradually turning our season around. This was the second time in two days that we have arrived at the last race in with a chance of picking up at least a point. “Once again it did not quite work out for us but we picked up another consolation bonus match point and for us that is progress when compared with some of our away performances this season.”In the Premier League, Glasgow pulled off a remarkable 45-45 draw at second-placed Ipswich despite losing Christian Henry to concussion.Witches boss Brian Havelock was left unhappy with the Witches’ display, as the home side were held to a draw at Foxhall for the third time this season.Messenger said: “On paper this looked like a straightforward meeting for us to win and after last week’s showing there was no reason to expect otherwise. “There were some poor performances and we have now made it hard for ourselves. We can't let this happen again!”Sheffield overcame Newcastle 50-40 at Owlerton with reserve Taylor Poole enjoying his best performance of the season with 12+1.Fellow Aussie Ty Proctor added paid-11 despite suffering a last-ride crash, whilst Danny King won his last two rides for the Diamonds on his way to top-scoring with 11.Proctor said: “It was a really good night until I stuffed myself in the fence in Heat 15 which has left me feeling the effects a bit.“From a team perspective it was an amazing win, and it was a great performance where everyone played their part to make sure we got all three points.”Newcastle boss George English said: “We had good moments, but we need more than that against a side as good as Sheffield are round this Owlerton track. It’s still a lack of consistency that scuppered us as we proved we had the firepower, just not enough of it.”Meanwhile Redcar overcame Workington 47-45 having recovered from an early deficit at the South Tees Motorsports Park. Richard Lawson scored 12+2 for the home side with in-form reserve Simon Lambert notching 11+2 for the visitors.
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LAKESIDE bring Kim Nilsson back into their team for tonight’s derby clash with Eastbourne at Purfleet with both teams currently holding an Elite League play-off place.Nilsson, who was lined up to ride for the Eagles this season before being injured over the winter, now rejoins the Hammers in place of Peter Karlsson, whilst Rory Schlein stands in for Mikkel Bech.Eastbourne are without their own Dane, Mikkel Michelsen, but Cameron Woodward has been declared fit following a heavy Longtrack crash on Monday.Lakeside co-promoter Jon Cook said: “These are always great meetings and the team are keen to go into this busy pre Speedway World Cup spell with a home win to take us onto away matches at Leicester (Saturday) and Wolverhampton (Monday).”Coventry race at home for the first time in a month with the visit of Belle Vue to Brandon, and the home side are able to move into the play-off places with a win if Eastbourne miss out at Lakeside.Aaron Summers and Tom Perry guest for the Bees, whilst the Aces operate rider-replacement for Craig Cook due to his Edinburgh commitments.Coventry promoter Mick Horton said: “It’s another big night for us, and once again we know that if we get a win we could move into the play-off places.“We’re right on the verge of it now, and I really feel we can do it. Aaron should do a good job for us in place of Kyle (Howarth), and although it’s obviously a blow to be without Jason (Garrity) I do believe we should have enough.”In the Premier League, Edinburgh can pass the 23-match unbeaten record set by Arena-Essex in 1991 and equalled by the Monarchs this year, if they avoid defeat against Workington at Armadale.Scunthorpe are currently third in the table as they go into action against second-from-bottom Rye House, and the Scorpions will use rider-replacement for Josh Auty who is in hospital with appendicitis.Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “We never take anything for granted, and that goes doubly so now that Josh is out. “Josh had hit some good form in recent weeks. It will make it harder being without him, but we’re still looking for three points from this meeting.”Rockets boss John Sampford said: “As we know, there are no easy matches in this league and Scunthorpe are a good side at home, but I don’t see why we can’t get a result on a bigger track. “We have riders like Mathieu (Tresarrieu), who showed what he can do on the big circuits with paid 12 at Sheffield, who can handle that kind of place.”Somerset are looking to gain ground from their current fifth position as they host Newcastle at the Oaktree Arena, with Pontus Aspgren back from injury for the home side.Rebels boss Garry May said: “Whilst losing out in the Final of last Friday’s Pairs Championship is an obvious disappointment, we must put that behind us and concentrate on picking up maximum league points from our home match against Newcastle before we head up to Workington the next day to face the Comets.”Meanwhile James Wright makes his Plymouth debut against his former club as Glasgow provide the opposition at the St Boniface Arena. Josef Franc also appears at home for the first time, with James Shanes included at reserve for the home side.
FORMER Premier League Riders’ Champion James Wright is to make a return to the sport with Plymouth.Wright, who quit during a spell with Glasgow last season, comes into the Devils team to take the place of Adam Roynon, with James Shanes handed his opportunity at the higher level as Roland Benko makes way.Co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “We have been lacking firepower in the middle order of the team and we have taken steps to rectify that situation by bringing in James Wright and Josef Franc.“James Shanes rode for the Devils earlier in the season, but the home supporters will be seeing two new riders in the team against Glasgow.”
FRIDAY JULY 18:ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v Belle Vue 7.30, Lakeside v Eastbourne 8pmPREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Workington 7.30, Plymouth v Glasgow 7.15, Scunthorpe v Rye House 7.30, Somerset v Newcastle 7.30
SATURDAY JULY 19:ELITE LEAGUE: Eastbourne v Poole 7.30, Leicester v Lakeside 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Rye House v Peterborough 7pm, Workington v Somerset 7pmPREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP Q/F 1st leg: Berwick v Edinburgh 7pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Stoke v King’s Lynn 7pm
SUNDAY JULY 20:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Sheffield 3pm, Newcastle v Berwick 6.30, Peterborough v Edinburgh 5pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Buxton v Mildenhall 3pmBRITISH 125cc FINAL: Peterborough 2.30