WORLD Champion Tai Woffinden has suffered a broken bone in the back of his hand after a horror crash at Eastbourne.The Wolverhampton star crashed heavily in his side’s defeat at Arlington on Saturday and initial fears were of serious injury.But Wolves boss Peter Adams said: “It may not be as bad as first feared. We are very hopeful it's nothing more than the hand injury and bad bruising.“It was a bad crash and we were initially told he may have suffered a broken arm but that's not the case. He could well need an operation but we should know more later on Sunday.”
GREAT Britain international Danny King is to join Lakeside next week as a replacement for Danish youngster Mikkel Bech.King has been without an Elite League team place since the closure of Birmingham but will now come in for the Hammers subject to approval, with Bech suffering injury and unavailability concerns.Promoter Jon Cook said: “My thanks go to Mikkel for a superb debut year wrecked at the finish by niggling injury and clashes with U21 and Danish meetings, a couple of which moved after he had joined us. His commitment when on track was unquestionable and it's only availability, or lack of it, that means we have to make this change.“Danny's an all out racer and we've agreed this is a great trial period for us to look at each other and see if it's a good fit. “He'll be given the track for a day to get used to his new home and with him now being a BSPA asset following the closure of Birmingham we will now have first option on him for the 2015 season as far as Elite racing is concerned.”
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COVENTRY made major progress towards the Elite League play-offs with a 56-39 away win at Lakeside – to make it seven points in two nights against the Hammers.It was the Bees’ fifth away win of the season but only the home side’s second defeat at Purfleet, and the sides are now level on 41 points but Coventry have five matches in hand.They scored 5-1s in each of the first three races and were 21-points up after ten, despite a Lakeside 8-1 from Rory Schlein and Davey Watt in Heat 5.Fast Track Reserve Jason Garrity scored 11 for the Bees with Chris Harris, Hans Andersen and Michael Jepsen Jensen all paid for double figures, whilst Kim Nilsson scored 14 for the Hammers.Bees boss Gary Havelock said: “It was sensational, unbelievable, I could almost run out of superlatives. I was standing next to Mick (Horton) and he said ‘am I dreaming or is this really happening?’“Much as I wanted to say on Friday night what I thought we could do here, I thought I’d just keep it to myself this time. I’m a big believer in fate, so I said I’d be happy with a point but I genuinely believed with a full team we could do it. Even when they got an 8-1 we hit them back straight away with 5-1, 5-1 and that broke them.”Eastbourne are also on 41 points after a 55-35 win over Wolverhampton in a meeting marred by the crash involving Tai Woffinden (see separate story).Joonas Kylmakorpi was in top form for the Eagles with 14 points from five rides, with Bjarne Pedersen, Cameron Woodward and guest Steve Worrall also in double figures, whilst Wolves stand-in Scott Nicholls picked up 10+1.Eagles boss Trevor Geer said: “It does feel a bit like a hollow victory with Tai being injured. It has taken the shine off the win.”Leicester and Poole fought out an exciting 45-45 draw at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium with Lions No.1 Jason Doyle rescuing a point for the home side in the final stages.Pirates skipper Darcy Ward had crashed out of Heat 15 but Maciej Janowski looked set to confirm victory for the visitors, only for Doyle – who scored 16 – to snatch the race win on the line.Poole also have a concern over Przemyslaw Pawlicki, who crashed in his second ride and suffered a collarbone injury.Leicester boss Norrie Allan said: “With so much uncertainty concerning the composure of the team I felt that we would do well to hold Poole. We lost Nicolai Klindt (broken scaphoid) and Krzysztof Buczkowski (broken shoulder blade), Mads Korneliussen (injury to a leg at Wolverhampton), and Simon Stead (tonsillitis) in the week and were unsure as to whether Josh Bates would be back in time for the match. So my team just consisted of Jason Doyle and Max Clegg on Friday! “That said, it all came together and it was a terrific contest with Poole who were heading for a win in Heat 15 when Janowski held the lead right until the final metres on the run-in to the flag. It took a sublime four laps from Jason to overhaul Maceij right on the line to earn us a draw.”In the Premier League, Berwick added six points to their total as they close in on a play-off place, with double-header victories over Rye House and Newcastle.The Bandits defeated the Rockets 63-32 with Claus Vissing and David Bellego both scoring paid maximums, and another powerful display saw them then beat the Diamonds 52-31 in a match curtailed two races early due to the curfew.Berwick promoter John Anderson said: “The guys were not happy after their drubbing at Edinburgh on Friday, but knew they were a far better side and had to prove it to the fans, and that’s precisely what they did in style.“Newcastle rode well for their credit and made for some thrilling racing which we thank their lads for. We now have to build on this and hopefully make an impression at Rye House on Sunday evening.”Rye House manager John Sampford said: “Tonight was all about trapping, and Berwick totally dominated us in that respect. “Steve (Boxall) rode his guts out to try to stem the tide, although he twisted his right ankle again. He is confident that he will be OK for the return match, though, because the track will be much smoother and therefore less of a factor for him.”In the National League Stoke defeated second-placed Kent 55-36 at Loomer Road with Jon Armstrong top-scoring on 13+1, whilst Simon Lambert picked up 13 for the Kings.
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PETERBOROUGH team boss Carl Johnson has challenged his riders to sink the reigning Premier League champions Somerset today to ignite their own hopes of silverware.The Panthers entertain the Rebels - who demonstrated their prowess at the East of England Showground by capturing Premier League Fours glory earlier this month – and Johnson has billed the acid test as a ‘must-win’ meeting.He said: “We’ve got to win today and we’ve got to win both meetings on Tuesday. I’m looking for a hat-trick of home wins and ideally three points from each of them.“If we can manage that we will be a hell of a lot closer to the play-off spots on Wednesday morning than we are now. But it will be far from easy. In my opinion Somerset are the best team in the Premier League although we can't afford to worry about them.”The home side are at full strength whilst the Rebels will be without broken arm victim Brady Kurtz, although they are hoping skipper Olly Allen will be fit to ride after also suffering a crash on Friday.Elsewhere, Rye House look to move off the foot of the table when they host third-placed Berwick at Hoddesdon in the second clash in 24 hours between the clubs, with the Bandits having been convincing winners on Saturday.Rockets boss John Sampford said: “It’s all about re-grouping during the long drive south, and starting afresh again, so that we can show that we are a different proposition on a different track.”Glasgow have moved up to eighth place in the table following their win at Workington on Friday, and the Tigers today host Newcastle at Ashfield, with Tero Aarnio making his home debut and Derek Sneddon guesting for Dimitri Berge at reserve.In the National League, Mildenhall take on Stoke at West Row with the two sides separated by just four points either side of the play-off line.The Fen Tigers welcome back Josh Bates from injury, and chairman Kevin Jolly said: “It is hard to emphasize just how much we have missed Josh’s scoring potential, his average no way reflects what he is capable of and Rider Replacement just hasn’t worked for us and to be fair has probably put just a bit too much pressure on our lower order. “Even if Josh rides to his average it will be a massive boost for us and the team. We must put the last week behind us now and push forward, the play-offs are still there for us.”Second-placed Kent, who have two matches remaining, travel to Buxton who must utilise the rider-replacement facility for the injured Liam Carr.
BRITISH youngster Kyle Bickley took a brilliant victory in Saturday’s FIM Youth Grass Track Gold Trophy in Germany.Bickley, who competes in the British Youth Championship, scored 14 points in the qualifying races, one behind Adam Fencl and Jarno De Vries, but then defeated both along with Marcin Turowski in the A Final at Bad Hersfeld.Fellow British rider Zach Wajtknecht was classified tenth after scoring eight points in the qualifiers. (FIXTURES)
SUNDAY AUGUST 24:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Newcastle 3pm, Rye House v Berwick 6pm, Peterborough v Somerset 5pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Buxton v Kent 3pm, Mildenhall v Stoke 3.30
MONDAY AUGUST 25:ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v Leicester 2pm, Leicester v Coventry 7.30, Swindon v Lakeside 7.30, Wolverhampton v Eastbourne 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Newcastle v Glasgow 6.30, Scunthorpe v Redcar 3pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Scunthorpe v Buxton (follows PL fixture)CHALLENGE: Kent v Arena-Essex 3pm
TUESDAY AUGUST 26:PREMIER LEAGUE: Peterborough v Berwick 7pm, Peterborough v Plymouth (follows previous fixture)NATIONAL LEAGUE: Cradley v King’s Lynn 7.15, Cradley v Mildenhall (follows previous fixture)