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RYE House opened their League Cup campaign with a hard-fought home win over Ipswich at Hoddesdon.The Rockets overturned an early six-point deficit to take a 46-43 victory and all three points available under the new league scoring system, whilst the Witches still gained a consolation point.Home debutants Robin Aspegren (10+1) and Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen (8) both impressed, whilst Cameron Heeps collected an impressive 15-point total for the visitors, who operated rider-replacement for the injured Ritchie Hawkins.Aspegren said: “It was a great first meeting for me. I’ve not always scored that well around here before now, but I have found the right set-up right away. You know, it can take four or five meetings to find the right one, but I’m confident I’m there already. “It was also a really good result for the team. Ipswich are one of the teams that everyone is expecting to do well, but we more than matched them. So it’s a great start.New Ipswich manager Phil Hilton said: “Nico Covatti was very late turning up at the stadium (due to traffic problems) so our pre-meeting preparations were a bit disrupted, Stefan (Nielsen) had machine gremlins which hampered him in his first two heats and the track watering/grading done after the first few heats caught our boys out with their team adapting to the new conditions much more quickly. “After this, the whole team battled hard but we just couldn't catch up quite enough to secure more points. Cameron was exceptional and Danny (King) rode extremely well also. The others all had good races with Gino (Manzares) much better than his two points suggest.”


PETERBOROUGH team boss Carl Johnson wants his riders to lay down a Premier League Cup marker on Sunday lunchtime.The Panthers entertain Somerset in their first Southern Group fixture at the East of England Showground (1pm), in a competition which saw them reach the Final last season.Michael Palm Toft makes his debut having been signed as a short-term replacement for the injured Adam Roynon, whilst No.1 Olly Allen races against his club of last season.Johnson said: “We need to show everyone that we mean business and there would be no better way of doing that than against a Somerset side who will hope to be competing for honours themselves.“We had a very good run in the League Cup last season and I still feel we could have pushed Edinburgh all the way in the final if we had been able to track a full-strength team.“But that is in the past and our job is to focus on going one better this season. The first task is to ensure we top our group and we’re looking to make the best possible start by laying down a marker tomorrow.”Later in the day, the sport will come together at Sheffield to raise funds for Ricky Ashworth, with Ricky’s Big Day taking place at 5pm.Ashworth spent the majority of his racing career with the Tigers but suffered serious head injuries in a crash whilst racing for Berwick in 2013 and now requires round-the-clock care from his family at home.Top Dane Kenneth Bjerre is the latest addition to the line-up, replacing the unwell Jacob Thorssell.Sheffield promoter Damien Bates said: “We are pleased to be the staging track for Ricky's Big Day and it will be good to see top stars like Kenneth and fellow Dane Niels-Kristian Iversen in full flow on one of the best tracks in the country.”

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