SPEEDWAY News and Fixtures


NEWCASTLE continued to put Premier League points on the board with a 59-34 win over Glasgow at Brough Park.The Diamonds, who are making good progress with their fixture schedule, will be setting the target for the clubs chasing the play-offs and moved into fifth place with the result, with just two matches remaining.Lewis Kerr scored a five-ride paid maximum for the home side with Danny King and Ludvig Lindgren adding 13+1, although Simon Nielsen joined Lewis Rose on the sidelines due to a shoulder injury.Diamonds boss George English said: “Solid and determined describes us tonight and we got our just deserts with a good win over Glasgow, but we again have to wish our injured Diamonds all the best and we're hoping for some good news as soon as possible.“At least we don’t have another match until the home meeting with Peterborough on September 7, so there’s time to get the aches and pains dealt with… we hope!”


PETERBOROUGH boss Carl Johnson insists nothing less than six points will do for the Panthers in their double-header at the Showground tonight.Johnson’s side entertain both Berwick and Plymouth in Premier League action and are looking to bounce back from two successive home defeats.He said: “There are six points up for grabs tonight and we need them all. It is the perfect opportunity for us to get out of the little slump that we’ve been in during the past few days.“Our sights are still set on the play-off places and we can make up a lot of ground with two victories tonight. It is a big night for us and hopefully the fans will get behind the lads.”There is also a National League double header as leaders Cradley face King’s Lynn and then Mildenhall at Monmore Green.Heathens skipper Paul Starke said: “It should be a good night of racing. It's been a while since we had a home meeting, so all of us are really looking forward to it.“It's going to be a tough test against two good sides, but we know we are more than capable of getting two more wins.”


SOMERSET have confirmed they will operate the rider-replacement facility until the injured Brady Kurtz is fit to return.Kurtz broke his upper arm in a crash at the Oaktree Arena on Friday but the Rebels still won at Peterborough in Sunday in his absence and will not be making a new signing.Promoter Debbie Hancock said: “We have decided as a team to use the rider replacement facility to cover Brady’s absence for the remainder of the season or until he is fit to return, rather than rush into making any new rider signing.“The rest of the boys in the team feel that they are riding well enough to be able to cope with the additional work-load that places on both rider and machinery.”(FIXTURES)

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)

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 27:ELITE LEAGUE: King’s Lynn v Swindon 7.30, Poole v Eastbourne 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Scunthorpe v Redcar 7.30

THURSDAY AUGUST 28:ELITE LEAGUE: Swindon v Lakeside 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Redcar v Scunthorpe 7.30, Sheffield v Ipswich 7.30

FRIDAY AUGUST 29:PREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Glasgow 7.30, Plymouth v Workington 7.15, Somerset v Peterborough 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Coventry v Buxton 7pm, Coventry v Devon (follows previous fixture), King’s Lynn v Kent 7.30