SPEEDWAY News and Fixtures

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POOLE promoter Matt Ford says his side will take nothing for granted despite going into the second leg of the Elite League Grand Final with a lead.The Pirates were 37-34 up at Brandon on Friday when rain forced a premature conclusion, and the sides meet once again at Wimborne Road on Monday to decide the title.Ford said: “This is far from a foregone conclusion. Coventry have already won here this season and they will be so fired up to do the same on Monday. I am predicting a very tough meeting so we just have to be prepared for it. “This is a Grand Final. There is a league title at stake and both teams will be out there battling for every point going. There isn't a lot to choose between the two sides so maybe the biggest factor could be the support levels. “I really hope the Poole fans can deliver once again and really get behind the team. It's been a tough season but it would be great to finish it with the league title still in our name.”

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COVENTRY captain Chris Harris insists the Bees will be fired up to overturn a three-point first leg deficit when they visit Poole in the second leg of the Elite League Grand Final.Harris played a starring role in the Brandon club’s 2010 triumph at Wimborne Road and is hoping for a repeat when the sides meet again at the Dorset venue on Monday.He said: “We’re disappointed that we’re three points down because we threw some stupid points away on Friday.“But we’ll re-group for Monday and we’ll come back hard. We’ll meet up beforehand and have a good talk about things, and we don’t want to let a good season go down the pan.“It’s nice to get to the Final but when you get to the Final and lose it, it’s not nice, and we don’t want that to happen.”

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MILTON Keynes have been confirmed as winners of the Midland Development League after the play-off Final could not be staged. The planned running at Mildenhall earlier this month was abandoned when Rye House’s Rob Watts injured his back when attempting a practice start, leaving the event without medical cover.MDL joint co-ordinator Dale Allitt said: “With the full agreement of both clubs the co-ordinators have made the decision that the 2014 Championship will be awarded to Milton Keynes as the side ahead in the final league table.“If the MDL is run in 2015, subject to the agreement of the competing sides there would be no play-offs and the league run on traditional league championship formula of the top team at the end of the season crowned as winners.”

(FIXTURES)

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

THURSDAY OCTOBER 23:BOB KILBY MEMORIAL: Swindon 7.3016-LAP CLASSIC: Ipswich 7.30

FRIDAY OCTOBER 24:PREMIER LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 1st leg: Somerset v Edinburgh 7.30