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SCUNTHORPE underlined their form ahead of the Premier League play-offs with an emphatic 62-34 home win over fellow contenders Berwick at the Eddie Wright Raceway.The victory mathematically ensures the Scorpions’ place in the top six and they collected nine 5-1 maximum heat wins in the meeting, with Ryan Douglas and Josh Auty both scoring 12+2. Claus Vissing won two races for the Bandits on his way to 11+1.Scunthorpe promoter Rob Godfrey said: “We went into this match stating we wanted a convincing victory to show that we mean business going into the play-offs.“We certainly did that. We’ve sent out the message! There are certain similarities between this year and 2012, when we won the league. The team is coming good at just the right time.”Bandits boss John Anderson said: “Let's hope that's the last of the bad ones as we go soon into the play-offs as our opening salvo was as bad as our closing one tonight. But there's still a league championship to go for soon and we'll be well and truly re-grouped and ready for the challenge.”Meanwhile Peterborough picked up two wins from their home double-header on Tuesday, but were limited to two points on each occasion by both Glasgow and Workington.The latter result leaves the Comets in the driving seat for a play-off position, although the Panthers still have a chance with two matches remaining.The opening meeting saw home big guns Ulrich Ostergaard and Lasse Bjerre snatch a dramatic 46-44 win for their side, who had trailed by six points with four heats to go.But maximum 5-1s from Ostergaard, who scored 14, and Bjerre (11+3) in Heats 13 and 15 saw them salvage victory against a Tigers side well-served by guest Adam Ellis (9+1).Ostergaard then raced to a 12-point maximum in the Panthers’ 42-36 win over Workington, with the match curtailed two races short due to the curfew after a lengthy hold-up for fence repairs.In-form Ales Dryml picked up 13 points for the home side, whilst Ricky Wells’ total of 9+2 for the Comets was matched by former Peterborough rider Joe Jacobs, who made an impressive return to the Showground at reserve.Holders Cradley have one foot firmly in the National League KO Cup Final after a 63-28 first-leg win over Coventry in their semi at Monmore Green.Steve Worrall and Paul Starke both scored maximums for the Heathens, for whom every team member recorded at least one race win although reserve Danny Phillips was withdrawn with a hip injury after a heavy crash.Cradley boss Will Pottinger said: “We are really chuffed with the result, and everyone played their part in another great team effort. We were led superbly by Steve and Paul, then we had a great middle order with Max (Clegg), Nathan (Greaves) and Tom (Perry) all riding well.“Matt (Williamson) came good in the end, and we just hope Danny is OK after that nasty crash in Heat 8 when he was unlucky to be excluded.”James Sarjeant (10+1) managed double-figures for the Storm, whose boss Laurence Rogers said: “It was a very disappointing night for us, and not the result we were looking for at all.“The Cradley boys are just awesome around here. They have their setups nailed on and they are extremely hard to beat at home. We missed Stefan Nielsen badly, getting just one point from his rider replacement rides.”


POOLE promoter Matt Ford is confident in his stand-in riders ahead of their final home fixture of the regular Elite League season against Eastbourne.The Pirates are still chasing top spot in the table prior to the play-offs and bring in Lewis Bridger, Davey Watt, Edward Kennett and Ben Hopwood to replace the injured and unavailable team members.Ford said: “Of course it is not ideal to have to run with a team of guests but circumstances have dictated that it is a necessity. I think though that we have riders who will come in and do a good job for us. They are all very keen to ride for us and I thank each of them for their willingness to help us out.“It might not be our regular team out there on Wednesday but I believe it will be made up of riders who are able to go out and entertain and pick up points.”Meanwhile Swindon boss Alun Rossiter is warning his team to guard against complacency when they complete their league programme at Belle Vue.The Robins have been on an excellent run and are well-placed to finish in the play-offs, and Rossiter wants to finish with another away win.He said: “Even on Monday when we were leading Coventry comfortably I got the boys together to remind them we had to keep pushing on.“I can't praise the boys highly enough but we want to go up to Belle Vue and put some more points on the board - equally they will be determined to lower the colours of one of the top teams."Belle Vue captain Scott Nicholls said: “Swindon are going to be stiff opposition, but if we can carry on our good form on Wednesday night I'm sure we'll stand in good stead.“We know they're a strong team; they're one of the few sides who've defeated us at home. And even though we're no title threat to them we're out for redemption and a little bit of payback!”In the Premier League, Berwick have slashed admission to £10 for their Wednesday night home fixture with fellow play-off hopefuls Workington.The Bandits are safely in the top six whilst the Comets are one place off the play-off zone, two points behind Newcastle but with five matches in hand.In the National League, King’s Lynn can move to within two points of fourth-placed Kent if they can win the clash of two play-off chasing teams at the Norfolk Arena – whilst an away win would take the visitors into the top three.(FIXTURES)

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

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13:PREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Newcastle 7pm, Rye House v Scunthorpe 7pm, Workington v Sheffield 6.30, Workington v Sheffield (follows previous fixture)

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 14:PREMIER LEAGUE: Peterborough v Rye House 2.30, Glasgow v Edinburgh 5pmBRITISH 150cc FINAL: Peterborough (follows PL meeting)

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