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SWINDON sent out a huge statement of play-off intent with a thumping 60-31 win over top-four rivals Coventry at Blunsdon on Monday.Neither side have confirmed their play-off place as yet, but the Robins underlined their recent home form as second-string Nick Morris and Fast Track reserve Steve Worrall both scored paid maximums, whilst the Bees were limited to just three heat wins.Swindon boss Alun Rossiter said: “For us to beat Coventry in this fashion is impressive to say the least, but there will be no complacency in our camp, I will make sure of that."Our boys are happy, especially at home. The track is to their liking and there is confidence throughout the team, but we will continue to take things one meeting at a time.”Coventry manager Gary Havelock said: “We didn’t seem to have the right set-ups early on, our guys were just spinning and when theirs were going around you could hear their engines had a completely different tone.“It’s one of those nights, a bad day at the office, but I don’t think it was any lack of effort or commitment. We’ll go away and re-group quickly.”Coventry remain five points clear of fifth-placed Eastbourne, whose hectic away programme started with a 37-56 defeat at Wolverhampton.The home side completed their Monmore programme in style with a comprehensive win, with returning American Ricky Wells only missing out on a paid maximum in Heat 15, whilst fellow guest Rory Schlein was unbeaten from four rides and skipper Peter Karlsson was involved in three 5-1s.Wolves boss Peter Adams said: “We expected a lot more from Eastbourne to be honest given we were without our top three and they are supposedly busting a gut to get into the play-offs.“But it was a great performance from us to get the job done and come away with a good result.”Belle Vue boosted their hopes of avoiding ninth place in the Elite League with a 55-38 win over injury-hit Leicester at Kirkmanshulme Lane.Craig Cook and Scott Nicholls both scored paid-14 for the Aces in a solid all-round display, whilst Nicolai Klindt picked up 13 for the Lions.Nicholls said: “Leicester may not be the strongest of teams, but they certainly have some riders who know their way around here and for us it was a great result.“I don't know if it was a wake-up call from last week or if we just recalled our good form from the start of the season, but I know tonight's match was a personal one for Jason (Attwood) which gave us that extra incentive to do well.”In the National Trophy, Kent’s 49-41 win over Leicester at Central Park ensured that the Lion Cubs cannot make the Final, with Mildenhall and Stoke confirmed as the top two teams in the group.
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TEAM manager Carl Johnson has called on the Peterborough faithful to turn out in force for the biggest night of the Premier League season.The Panthers’ play-off dreams are on the line when they take on fellow hopefuls Glasgow and Workington in a vital East of England Showground double-header, and they require two wins to have a chance of prevailing in a four-way fight for the final place which also involves Newcastle.Ales Dryml returns from injury in a re-jigged home line-up, with rider-replacement in operation for Richard Hall who has left the club.Johnson said: “There is no doubt it is the biggest night of our season, and hopefully there will be a big crowd to get behind the riders.“It makes a huge difference to have that support from the stands and we really need everyone behind us to make one last push for the play-offs.”Meanwhile Scunthorpe host Berwick with both sides set to contest the play-offs later this month – and Scorpions promoter Rob Godfrey wants his team to show their title credentials.Godfrey said: “We are planning to show that we mean business in the play-offs, with a convincing performance against Berwick on Tuesday. The Bandits are going to finish fourth in the table, but we nearly won at their place on Saturday, and we want to take a resounding win over the Bandits to show everyone we mean business.“There’s a buzz about the team at the moment, and I’m sure it’s going to be another great night of racing at the Eddie Wright Raceway.”The top two teams in the National League table clash at Monmore Green with Cradley taking on Coventry in the first leg of their KO Cup semi-final.Heathens boss Will Pottinger is looking for his side to build up a first leg lead as they defend the trophy, but says the Storm bring riders to be respected.Pottinger said: “Coventry will be a good test for us. They have got riders who are capable of doing well around Monmore, but we’ll still be looking to build up a decent lead to take to Brandon for the Knockout Cup second leg, whenever that may be.“Stoke or King’s Lynn await the winners in the final and we would love to do it again.”Coventry boss Laurence Rogers said: “It’s a tremendous tie in prospect, especially as we are the only team to beat Cradley so far this season.“Although we didn’t do very well there last time the boys are in-form now and we’re really looking forward to it.”(FIXTURES)
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 9:PREMIER LEAGUE: Peterborough v Glasgow 7pm, Peterborough v Workington (follows previous fixture), Scunthorpe v Berwick 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP S/F 1st leg: Cradley v Coventry 7.30
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 10:ELITE LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Swindon 8pm, Poole v Eastbourne 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Workington 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: King’s Lynn v Kent 7.30
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11:ELITE LEAGUE: Leicester v King’s Lynn 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Sheffield v Berwick 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP S/F 1st leg: Ipswich v Plymouth 7.30
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12:ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v Eastbourne 7pm, Coventry v Eastbourne (follows previous fixture)PREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Redcar 7pm, Edinburgh v Glasgow (follows previous fixture), Plymouth v Peterborough 7.15, Somerset v Workington 7.30