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(SPEEDWAY 1 – FRIDAY REVIEW)

SCUNTHORPE’S 49-41 win over Ipswich at the Eddie Wright Raceway leaves their Premier League play-off group unresolved with one match to go.The Scorpions cannot qualify but the result forces the Witches to pick up a point at Somerset next Friday to avoid the Rebels leap-frogging them to the top of the group.David Howe (12) and Thomas Jorgensen (11+2) top-scored for Scunthorpe with Howe winning a fine Heat 15, whilst Richie Worrall also collected 12 for Ipswich.Scorpions boss Dave Peet said: “Although there was nothing riding on this meeting for us, we did a professional job and took the three points on offer.“David Howe is now back to riding how he did when he first came to Scunthorpe. He’s a proper No 1; he produced a superb win in Heat 15 that made sure of the third point for us.”Meanwhile James Sarjeant scored an 18-point maximum as Coventry booked their place in the National League Grand Final with a 54-39 win over Kent, for a ten-point aggregate success.Sarjeant’s six straight wins were backed up by Dan Greenwood on 14+2 with the Kings, battling to defend a five-point first leg lead, finally seeing their hopes ended in the penultimate race after losing David Mason to injury in his opening outing.Coventry boss Laurence Rogers said: “All credit to Kent for giving us a really hard battle, but the boys knuckled down and they were tremendous.“Sarj was magnificent with his 18-point max and Dan always ends the year absolutely on fire, but you can’t knock any of them, it’s a tremendous achievement and now we can look forward to the Final.”Kent co-promoter Len Silver said: “It has been a great effort by the whole team. If I’d told supporters this time last year that this season we’d make the top four and come so close to getting to the play-off Final few people would have believed me – which shows how far we’ve come in a short space of time. “The team building has worked well and we need to look at how we can keep this winning formula for next season. With more sides joining the NL it’s a very exciting time and we’ll be working hard to keep a very competitive squad.”

(SPEEDWAY 2 – SATURDAY PREVIEW)

RUSTY Harrison celebrates his Testimonial at Workington on Saturday in a meeting re-scheduled from the early stages of the season.Harrison has been a long-serving rider for the Comets although this year he has been racing for Premier League rivals Glasgow.Workington co-promoter Tony Jackson said: “Rusty has been part of the scene at Workington since he joined the club for the 2001 season and only club legend Carl Stonehewer has made more appearances in a Comets race-jacket than he has. “But, despite not being part of the Comets line-up this season, he remains a regular visitor to Derwent Park as he lives in the town.”Devon return to home action in the National League with a home match against King’s Lynn at the start of a busy October schedule at the St Boniface Arena.Brendan Johnson guests for Tim Webster for the home side, who have no fewer than five home matches remaining to complete their campaign.Co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “We have brought in the best possible guest for Tim because we owe it to the Plymouth supporters to put on a good show.“There may be nothing to race for as far as the league is concerned, but we have a responsibility to our paying customers to ensure that they have some good entertainment.”

(FIXTURES)

SATURDAY OCTOBER 4:NATIONAL LEAGUE: Devon v King’s Lynn 7.15RUSTY HARRISON TESTIMONIAL: Workington 6.30

SUNDAY OCTOBER 5:LEAGUE CUP FINAL 1st leg: Peterborough v Edinburgh 2pmNATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFF S/F 2nd leg: Mildenhall v Cradley 3.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Buxton v Scunthorpe 3pm

MONDAY OCTOBER 6:ELITE LEAGUE PLAY-OFF S/F 2nd leg: Poole v King’s Lynn 7.30, Swindon v Coventry 7.30

TUESDAY OCTOBER 7:CHALLENGE: Cradley v Birmingham 7.30


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