(SPEEDWAY 1)POOLE hold the advantage after the first leg of the Elite League Grand Final having taken a 37-34 win from a rain-curtailed opener at Coventry.The Pirates collected 4-2s from each of the last three races which were possible as conditions worsened at Brandon to turn around the three-point lead the Bees had held after Heat 9.Reserve Kyle Newman again starred for Poole with nine points whilst Przemyslaw Pawlicki also won two races on his way to 8+1, whilst Kyle Howarth maintained his strong play-off form for the Bees with ten, winning his opening two outings.Pirates promoter Matt Ford said: “I would rather have a three point lead than be trailing by three points but there is really little cushioning there and we have absolutely everything to go for in the second leg.“I was pleased with the way the lads kept things tight tonight and perhaps had the meeting gone the full distance we would have had an even bigger lead as we tend to get stronger as the meeting progresses.”Bees boss Gary Havelock said: “I’d like to think this will motivate our team even more. It’s only three points so we’ve got to go to Poole and try to win, which we would have been trying to do anyway.”
EDINBURGH secured the Premier League Knockout Cup for the first time since 1999 with a 52-38 second-leg win over Ipswich at Armadale.The result gave the Monarchs a convincing 30-point aggregate margin, although the Witches gave an improved showing after a disastrous first leg at home.Craig Cook completed an unbeaten showing throughout the tie with a paid maximum and was joined in double figures by Max Fricke, Sam Masters and Justin Sedgmen, whilst Cameron Heeps top-scored for the Witches on 12 points, the visitors losing Morten Risager to illness mid-meeting.Edinburgh boss Alex Harkess said: “It was a good meeting and I enjoyed it – eventually!”Meanwhile visitors Arena-Essex won the season-closing Tunnel Trophy match at Kent 48-45 with Stefan Nielsen returning from injury on 12 points, alongside Jack Kingston, whilst Simon Lambert and Danny Ayres both scored 14 for the hosts.
WORKINGTON race the final home fixture of their regular Premier League campaign with the visit of Grand Finalists Edinburgh to Derwent Park on Saturday.Aaron Summers steps in for the Comets in place of the injured Josh Grajczonek, and rider-replacement will be in operation for skipper Rene Bach who is required to ride in the FIM World Speedway League Final.Workington manager Tony Jackson said: “Obviously going into this fixture without Josh and Rene is an absolutely huge handicap. However, we have secured the services of the best guest that is available to ride for us with an average less than Josh's current 8.11, and we are very grateful to the Redcar club and to Aaron Summers for agreeing to guest for us.”Meanwhile an early decision was taken to postpone the Devon v Stoke National League fixture, and was announced on Friday afternoon due to a poor weather forecast.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 18:PREMIER LEAGUE: Workington v Edinburgh 7pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Devon v Stoke OFF
SUNDAY OCTOBER 19:LEAGUE CUP: Glasgow v Berwick 3.15
MONDAY OCTOBER 20:ELITE LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 2nd leg: Poole v Coventry 7.30
TUESDAY OCTOBER 21:NATIONAL LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 1st leg: Cradley v Coventry 7.30
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 22:NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP FINAL 1st leg: King’s Lynn v Cradley 7.30