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COVENTRY booked their place in the Elite League play-offs with a double win over Eastbourne at Brandon – and those results also confirmed a top-four finish for Swindon.The Eagles were the only club who could stop either the Bees or the Robins, but comprehensive 60-32 and 60-33 home wins moved Coventry up to third place and left the visitors nine points behind Swindon with only two matches remaining.Bees’ top two Hans Andersen and Chris Harris dropped their only points of the entire meeting to guest Rory Schlein in Heat 13 of the second match, whilst reserve Jason Garrity added a paid maximum. Schlein, with scores of 11 and 13 including successful tactical rides in both matches, was top-scorer for the Eagles on both occasions, and they now complete their season in a double-header at Belle Vue on Monday.Coventry boss Gary Havelock said: “I’m over the moon with that. I wasn’t going to get on to the lads about Monday night (at Swindon) because everyone has an off-day, and tonight the bounce-back was sensational.“The point Chris dropped was the first one he’s dropped here in a long time, and when you have two lads like him and Hans in that kind of form, it certainly makes the away team think. You become slightly formidable – and that’s what we want!”Somerset remain top of the Premier League after crushing Workington 64-28 at the Oaktree Arena, with the Comets still needing points to confirm a top-six finish.Guest Nicolai Klindt scored a paid maximum from five rides whilst Nick Morris collected paid-15 from six to complete a 100 per cent home record for the Rebels.Manager Garry May said: “Yet again this was another excellent team performance. It seemed to take a few of the boys an outing to get themselves into the match, but when they did there was just no stopping them.“While Nicolai was a great guest for us, everyone played their part with all six riders finishing with at least a paid win to their name. You cannot ask anymore of your team than the boys provided tonight.”Somerset have now completed their fixtures but Edinburgh are favourites to finish top of the table ahead of the play-offs, having raced to 59-37 and 65-29 wins over Redcar and Glasgow respectively.There were four unbeaten Monarchs in the second match of the night, including a 15-point maximum for Max Fricke, whilst Justin Sedgmen dropped just one point throughout.Edinburgh are now just three points behind Somerset with two more meetings this weekend, one of which is at home to Newcastle on Saturday.Monarchs co-promoter John Campbell said: “I’d like to thank everyone, the riders from all three teams, the referee who did a magnificent job pushing the meeting on, the riders for rushing out for their races and our track staff.”Meanwhile Plymouth kept up their strong home form with a 56-40 win over depleted Peterborough, with guest Edward Kennett scoring a paid maximum for the Devils.Plymouth boss Lee Trigger said: “It was good that we bounced back from the defeat at Ipswich. It was a pleasing team performance and went some way to putting things right.“We owed it to the fans to get a good result and eight home wins on the bounce goes some way towards our target of finishing as high as possible in the table.”In-form Ulrich Ostergaard dominated the Panthers’ scoring on 14, and manager Carl Johnson said: “We’ve been relying on two or three riders to score big points in too many meetings lately and it has taken its toll.“Mathematically the play-offs are still a possibility, but realistically I don’t now expect us to get there.”

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THE final Premier League play-off position could be resolved on Saturday as Workington race twice in one night against Sheffield at Derwent Park.The Comets are currently two points behind sixth-placed Newcastle, who race their final match of the regular season at Edinburgh.Should Workington take maximum points from their two matches, the Diamonds would require a big away win at Armadale – whilst if Newcastle lose, Workington will move into the top six with three points on the night.The Comets will be trying to make the play-offs from a 26-match schedule before the cut-off rather than 28, and boss Tony Jackson admits postponements earlier in the season have taken their toll.He said: “It has been tough going over the past two weeks trying to fit in as many matches as we can before the cut-off date. “Unfortunately two fixtures will now take place after Sunday’s deadline but there are only so many dates available to use and, with so many matches to catch up on, there was always a possibility that some matches wouldn’t make the cut.”The Edinburgh-Newcastle match could also see a change at the top of the table, with the Monarchs requiring a win on the night by more than 26 points to do so – with a trip to Glasgow also to come on Sunday.Meanwhile Rye House round out their home Premier League programme with the visit of play-off bound Scunthorpe to Hoddesdon.Former Rockets rider Kasper Lykke makes a guest appearance in place of the sidelined Jason Bunyan, who is ruled out with a knee injury.Manager John Sampford said: “Scunthorpe have already reached the play-offs, and they have a team that is solid all the way through. If you look at their averages, they are all six or seven pointers, but all of their riders can rise to the occasion with a No.1 display on a given night. “For our part, we are determined to avoid bottom spot in the table if we possibly can – no one wants the wooden spoon – so we will definitely come out fighting.” (SPEEDWAY 3)

PETERBOROUGH star Ales Dryml has informed club bosses of his decision to retire from British speedway with immediate effect.The popular Czech rider had previously indicated he planned to call time on racing on these shores at the end of the current campaign, but will not now see out the season.Manager Carl Johnson said: “Ales has retired from British racing as of Thursday due to his ongoing back injury. It has kept him out of a number of meetings during the season and the recent busy schedule has taken its toll.“It is a huge shame because Ales is a fantastic guy and a great team man. He has also been performing very well despite the back trouble.”

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RYE House have announced the line-up for the National League Riders’ Championship at Hoddesdon on Sunday September 28.The field is subject to injury amendments but includes local interest in current Rockets reserve Oliver Greenwood, who will be representing Coventry, and club asset Ben Morley in the colours of Kent.The event is sponsored once again by Paradise Wildlife Park in nearby Broxbourne. Paradise Park is operated by former rider Pete Sampson and is the home of the National Speedway Museum.Qualifying riders: Liam Carr (Buxton), Oliver Greenwood (Coventry), James Sarjeant (Coventry), Steve Worrall (Cradley), Paul Starke (Cradley), Tim Webster (Devon), Benji Compton (Kent), Ben Morley (Kent), Lewis Rose (King’s Lynn), Joe Jacobs (Mildenhall), Danny Halsey (Mildenhall), Sam Chapman (Scunthorpe), Jon Armstrong (Stoke), Ben Hopwood (Stoke), Max Clegg (Cradley, Wildcard), Josh Bates (Mildenhall, Wildcard).(FIXTURES)

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)

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 15:BRITISH UNDER-19 CHAMPIONSHIP: Kent 7pmELITE LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Eastbourne 7pm, Belle Vue v Eastbourne (follows previous fixture), Coventry v Poole 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP: Newcastle v Glasgow 7.30

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 16:ELITE LEAGUE: King’s Lynn v Lakeside 7.30

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 17:ELITE LEAGUE: Leicester v Poole 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP 1st leg: King’s Lynn v Stoke 7.30


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