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BERWICK rounded off their home season with a 48-41 win over Workington in a Premier League play-of fixture at Shielfield Park.Neither side can reach the Final but they still put on a close contest with the result only being decided in favour of the Bandits in Heat 15, with a 5-1 from Kevin Doolan and Claus Vissing also giving them a seven-point lead in the Border Trophy.Doolan won four races on his way to a 15-point haul and Vissing added 12+1 although Matthew Wethers crashed out of the meeting in Heat 12, whilst guest Ulrich Ostergaard top-scored for the Comets with 12.Berwick boss John Anderson said: “It was great to end our home season – a great season – on another win to put ourselves seven up to go to the return fixture at Workington, and a lot of the credit has to go to Kevin Doolan who has found a seriously purple patch of form of late and is scoring wins for fun.”

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NEWCASTLE boss George English is demanding a strong performance from his side in the second leg of their Premier League KO Cup semi-final with Edinburgh at Brough Park.English was upset by the manner of the Diamonds’ 27-62 first leg defeat and will again use Theo Pijper as a guest for Lewis Kerr – as original choice Richie Worrall will not return in time after attending the Torun Grand Prix.English said: “Richie won’t land at Stansted Airport until 2pm on Sunday afternoon which is no good to us at all, so sadly he won't be in our side as we'd agreed 11 days ago, but Theo is a fine rider and we look forward to seeing how he can help us with our revenge mission.“The tie is not completely beyond our reach - we know Edinburgh are the out-and-out favourites to meet Ipswich in the Final now, but we will fight all the way and get that home win if nothing else!”Berwick have booked Ritchie Hawkins to replace the injured Matthew Wethers when they visit Workington for their final play-off group fixture, with the Border Trophy also at stake after Saturday’s 48-41 result in the Bandits’ favour.Scunthorpe wrap up their season at both Premier and National League levels with the Scorpions entertaining Sheffield, followed by the visit of Buxton to face the Stags.The PL encounter sees Todd Kurtz guest for the home side as Nicolai Klindt and Ryan Douglas are both ruled out, whilst Aaron Summers and Carl Wilkinson are both added to the Sheffield top five.Scunthorpe promoter Rob Godfrey said: “Everyone loves to have the upper hand on their local rivals, and we have a chance to make it four wins out of four in Premier League matches against Sheffield this season. We want to take the bragging rights into the winter.“Plus we have the young Stags looking for their first win. These lads have improved so much over the course of the season, hitting the 40-point barrier in their last two outings, and it would be great if they could finish the season with a victory over Buxton.”Sheffield star Leigh Lanham said: “It has obviously been a bad season, but we’ve got a great promotion here and the fans have been superb, sticking by a struggling team when others might not have done. All of us have really enjoyed riding for Sheffield and we want to give something back by ending the year strongly.”(SPEEDWAY 3)LEICESTER promoter David Hemsley says he is already making plans to 2015 – and wants to add another top rider to the Lions’ team.Hemsley attended Saturday’s Grand Prix in Torun and has already stated his intention to retain the services of current No.1 Jason Doyle if possible.He said: “Jason is my top priority to secure his signature for 2015. He became an instant hit with Lions fans and I know that they will be delighted if talks come to fruition at the weekend.“Whilst we are in Poland I will be taking the opportunity to talk to a current Grand Prix rider about the possibility of joining Leicester. At this moment in time it would be unfair to name him, but should we be successful the rider in question will add a new dimension to the team and create a powerful spearhead with Jason.”

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SUNDAY OCTOBER 12:PREMIER LEAGUE PLAY-OFFS: Workington v Berwick 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Scunthorpe v Sheffield 5pmPREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP S/F 2nd leg: Newcastle v Edinburgh 6.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Scunthorpe v Buxton (follows PL fixture)

MONDAY OCTOBER 13:NATIONAL LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 1st leg: Coventry v Cradley 7.30

TUESDAY OCTOBER 14:BANKS’S OLYMPIQUE: Wolverhampton 7.30

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15:ELITE LEAGUE PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL 2nd leg: Poole v King’s Lynn 7.30


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