SPEEDWAY News and Fixtures

(SPEEDWAY 1 – WEDNESDAY REVIEW)

KING’S Lynn edged a tight Elite League encounter with play-off chasing Swindon 44-43 at the Norfolk Arena.Troy Batchlelor won Heat 15 for the Robins but they had to be content with a point from the meeting as home duo Niels-Kristian Iversen and Kenneth Bjerre took second and third places for the 3-3 the league leaders required.Swindon move on to 41 points, the same total as Eastbourne, Lakeside and Coventry, but boss Alun Rossiter was left frustrated by the disqualification of Peter Kildemand from Heat 11 in a race where only one rider finished, with home skipper Rory Schlein suffering a shoulder injury.Rossiter said: “We were robbed again by a really poor refereeing decision. Peter had a problem with his clutch but was still under power when Rory fell, so for him then to be excluded by the referee anyway was a bad call.“It's very disappointing to again be talking about a meeting which we've been cost points by a poor decision, and when it's so tight in the battle for the top four it's hugely frustrating. We will take plenty of positives from the racing because it was a great performance, but the referee has cost us again.”Meanwhile Scunthorpe held on to defeat Redcar 46-43 in a nip-and-tuck Premier League encounter at the Eddie Wright Raceway.Bears duo Richard Lawson and Aaron Summers held a match-winning 5-1 position in Heat 15, but home riders Josh Auty and Ryan Douglas both passed Summers for a 3-3.Scunthorpe boss Dave Peet said: “I felt we got out of jail in this meeting. Redcar lost a few points through shed chains and so forth, otherwise they could have left here with a win. Rider replacement for Nicolai Klindt scored just two points and that left us vulnerable.“I plumped for Josh Auty and Ryan Douglas in Heat 15, because Redcar had choice of gates and we needed riders who could come from behind. Josh and Ryan did just that, by passing Aaron Summers and that saw us home.”(SPEEDWAY 2 – THURSDAY PREVIEW)

SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter says his side cannot afford any slip-ups as they host Lakeside at the Abbey on Thursday.The Robins will be searching for their seventh consecutive Elite League win on home soil as they look to continue their play-off push, with both teams currently on 41 points and Danny King set to make his Hammers debut.Rossiter said: “We all know we have to get all three points - we can't afford any slip-ups now.“It's going to be a tough test but we've been riding well at home recently, so hopefully we can step up with another good performance to get the job done.”In the Premier League, third-placed Ipswich visit Sheffield with the home side’s problems easing as they go for a third straight home win.Simon Stead and Josh Bates are back from injury and illness respectively whilst Leigh Lanham is set for a fitness test at lunchtime after a back injury.Tigers co-promoter Peter Mole said: “Ipswich always put together a good blend of experience and youth, and are currently riding high in the league.“It will be yet another tough meeting, but all our Tigers will be doing their best to get the league points. We always seem to get fantastic racing here at Owlerton and Thursday will be no different I’m sure.”Meanwhile Redcar and Scunthorpe clash for the second time in 24 hours, as they meet at the South Tees Motorsports Park with the Scorpions sixth in the table, three points clear of the Bears with five matches in hand.(FIXTURES)

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

SATURDAY AUGUST 30:ELITE LEAGUE: Eastbourne v Lakeside 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Redcar 7pm, Ipswich v Sheffield 7.30, Workington v Rye House 6.30, Workington v Scunthorpe (follows previous fixture)NATIONAL LEAGUE: Stoke v Mildenhall 7pm

SUNDAY AUGUST 31:ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v Leicester 2.30, Leicester v Coventry 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Rye House 3pm, Scunthorpe v Workington 3pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Buxton v King’s Lynn 3pm, Scunthorpe v Stoke (follows PL fixture)NATIONAL TROPHY: Mildenhall v Leicester 3.30BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP Round 5: Rye House 2pm