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(SPEEDWAY 1)

POOLE have been rocked by an arm injury suffered by stand-in captain Maciej Janowski - which will rule him out of their Elite League play-off semi-final against King’s Lynn on Monday.Janowski was involved in an accident on a motocross bike on Thursday and has required nine stitches in his arm, and he becomes the fourth member of the Pirates’ regular top five to be out of action.Promoter Matt Ford said: “Initially he had hoped to be able to shake off the incident but he was in intense pain and discomfort from it so had to make a visit to his local hospital where was treated for it.“Without him on Monday it leaves us very exposed and we are now virtually totally reliant on guests, with only Shamek (Prrzemyslaw Pawlicki) anywhere near full fitness as Kyle (Newman) has been struggling with a knee injury and Benji (Compton) a wrist complaint - both of which were sustained in the last week's first leg.”

(SPEEDWAY 2 – SUNDAY PREVIEW)

PETERBOROUGH’S future is uncertain as they head into the first leg of the League Cup Final against Edinburgh at the Showground on Sunday afternoon.Current Panthers chief Mick Horton is to step down halfway through a planned two-year lease, and club owners Rick Frost and Julie Mahoney will now determine plans for 2015 and beyond.Horton said: “It is a huge meeting for many reasons. It is the chance to see us race for a trophy and it is the last home meeting of the season. In fact, as things stand, it could be the last-ever home meeting that Panthers ride in as I won't be here next season. “I didn't come into it expecting to make money and I could have lived with losing a little bit, but we're talking losses of around £60,000. Unfortunately I was let down by some potential investors and the crowds just haven't been good enough.”Peterborough bring in Richard Lawson and Todd Kurtz as guest riders, whilst Edinburgh are at full strength with the return at Armadale next Friday.In the National League play-offs, Cradley take a 41-point lead to Mildenhall for the second leg of their semi-final, with Simon Lambert stepping in for the unavailable Steve Worrall at No.1, whilst Matt Williamson misses out due to injury and is replaced by Conor Dwyer. Dan Greenwood steps in for the Fen Tigers.Mildenhall chairman Kevin Jolly said: “We have proved in the past that we can fight back from the most difficult of positions and although it will be extremely difficult on Sunday the lads need to think positively as absolutely anything can happen in this sport.“I hope the supporters turn out in force to see the lads race on Sunday, it has been a successful season overall and we are the National Trophy winners, home of the U21 Champion and of course following last Sunday our captain Danny Halsey is the National League Riders’ Champion.”Cradley chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We have decided to bring in Simon Lambert as an extra precautionary measure for Sunday’s second leg. We may have a 41 point lead to take to Mildenhall, but we’re a club who never takes anything for granted and feel this is a wise move.”There is also a regular league fixture between Buxton and Scunthorpe at the Hi-Edge Raceway, with Adam Extance fit to return for the home side.Buxton chairman Jayne Moss said: “We are very much looking forward to a close contest. Although we have already defeated Devon at home we are taking nothing for granted and this meeting promises some good racing.”

(SPEEDWAY 3 – SATURDAY REVIEW)

DEVON fell to a 38-56 home defeat to King’s Lynn in their first home National League fixture since July 11.The Demons managed only three race wins and saw reserve Tyler Govier withdrawn from the meeting with a suspected collarbone injury after fall in Heat 12.Guest Ben Morley led the way for King’s Lynn with an 18-point maximum, whilst James Shanes was top-scorer for the home side on 8+1.(FIXTURES)

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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