THURSDAY MAY 31:
FOUR TEAM TOURNAMENT CHALLENGE, Isle of Wight - OFF
EDWARD Kennett has become Peterborough’s second mid-season signing as they look to avert their injury crisis.
Kennett comes in for the Panthers as a replacement for Emil Grondal, who crashed heavily in Denmark last week with his recovery time unclear at this stage, whilst Bradley Wilson-Dean recently rejoined the club to replace Nike Lunna.
Co-promoter Ged Rathbone said: “Once again, this is a case of us needing to act due to injuries, and we weren’t looking to make changes prior to Nike and then Emil getting hurt.
“But having been in touch with Emil since his crash, it’s clear that he could be looking at longer than five or six weeks out, and we just can’t afford to run with rider-replacement given the number of matches over that period.
“Edward is an experienced rider who had been looking for a Championship team place, and the opportunity was there to bring him in without disrupting the rest of the side, which is also important for us.”
BERWICK have moved to sign Theo Pijper for a third spell with the club following his release from Redcar.
The Dutchman last rode for the Bandits two years ago, and is set to rejoin the Shielfield Park side in time for this weekend’s clashes with Newcastle, replacing Swedish rider John Lindman.
Co-promoter Scott Courtney said: “2016 was not that long ago and Theo was consistently performing as a heat-leader for most of that season for us, and if we can rekindle some of that fire I think we stand a very good chance maintaining our good home form and also adding some away points to our tally.
“Naturally it’s very difficult to make these decisions and averages play the most significant part to all of this.
“John is a good guy who has come over and given it a good shot. He has shown glimpses of form but there is no doubt that some of the challenges of the upcoming away tracks will be a big hurdle for him and we feel the need at this stage to bring in an experienced and well-prepared campaigner in Theo.”
SOMERSET ended King’s Lynn’s unbeaten home record with a dramatic last-gasp 46-44 win in Norfolk on Wednesday.
The Rebels fought back from a six-point deficit after Heat 9 to claw their way back into contention and force a last-heat decider.
The Stars still led 41-37 with two races to go but Lewis Kerr crashed out of Heat 14 when the hosts held a 5-1 position, and Jack Holder then won the re-run in a Somerset 4-2.
And then Holder and Jason Doyle completed the turnaround with a 5-1 in the last race over Robert Lambert and Kerr.
Holder (13+1) and Doyle (12) both won three races for the Rebels, whilst Lambert (15 from six) and Kerr (12 from seven) dominated the Stars’ scoring.
Somerset boss Garry May said: “We battled well all night and were making better starts, which ultimately was the key factor. When it mattered we kept our nerve at the end.”
King’s Lynn manager Dale Allitt said: “It was a very disappointing end to what was a hard meeting. We were so close to winning the meeting in heat 14 but no excuses; I said all along that Somerset would be difficult as they proved.
“Somerset have some good riders, they have a World Champion and they don’t grow on trees, Jack Holder rides our track very well and other riders that don’t traditionally ride Lynn well, had a good night.
“Rider-replacement wasn’t a big problem for us tonight because we got eight points from those rides. We certainly suffered at No.1, though, with only five points and that hurt us.”
DANYON Hume swept to a 15-point maximum to inspire Birmingham to a 53-37 National Trophy win over local rivals Coventry.
The Bees raced into an early six-point lead to increase their hopes of pulling off an upset, but the Brummies’ powerful top-order then took charge.
All of the visitors’ three race wins came in the first five heats, with Hume backed well by reserve Leon Flint (12+1), Tom Bacon (11+1) and Jack Parkinson-Blackburn (9).
The maximum man enjoyed some spectacular battles with Bees’ top rider Connor Mountain (11) whilst Luke Ruddick scored 8+1 for the visitors.
Hume said: “It was close racing and I've not gone that close to the fence around Perry Barr for a while but it was really enjoyable.
"All the boys chipped in and it's really good to get the win. Personally I can't wait for my next meeting.”
Coventry boss Martyn Macdonald said: “Up until around Heat 7 it was very much going to plan, and it was very similar to what we had done at Cradley last week.
“Unfortunately Birmingham had a lot of ammo to throw at us in the later races and things gradually slipped away.
“We’ve had some good and bad performances but this certainly wasn’t a bad one – they are a strong side especially at home, and you also know they have Leon Flint at reserve who is always going to take an extra ride.”
SHEFFIELD stage the first leg of their Knockout Cup clash with Redcar at Owlerton tonight (Thursday).
The Tigers were boosted by a much-needed 48-42 home league win over Workington last week and dug deep in the latter stages of the fixture.
Boss Simon Stead said: “I was pleased with the way the boys responded after the interval and we were able to churn out a win when we weren’t at our best.
“Redcar provide us with a different sort of challenge but we won’t be taking them lightly.
“We want to take as big a lead as we possibly can into Friday’s second leg at their place and we want to ideally hit them hard from the very first heat.”
The Bears have been hit by illness for new signing Thomas Jorgensen, who joins Tobias Busch on the sidelines.
THURSDAY MAY 31:
PREMIERSHIP: Swindon v Belle Vue OFF
CHAMPIONSHIP KO CUP 1st round 1st leg: Sheffield v Redcar 7.30
FOUR TEAM TOURNAMENT CHALLENGE: Isle of Wight OFF
FRIDAY JUNE 1:
CHAMPIONSHIP: Glasgow v Scunthorpe 7.30, Lakeside v Workington 8pm
CHAMPIONSHIP KO CUP 1st round 2nd leg: Redcar v Sheffield 7.30
TRAVEL PLUS NATIONAL LEAGUE: Plymouth v Belle Vue 7.15
SATURDAY JUNE 2:
CHAMPIONSHIP: Berwick v Newcastle 7pm
CHAMPIONSHIP SHIELD: Workington v Glasgow 7pm
NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP Q/F 2nd leg: Eastbourne v Coventry 7.30, 1st round 1st leg: Stoke v Kent 7pm
BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP: Rye House 3pm
SUNDAY JUNE 3:
CHAMPIONSHIP: Newcastle v Berwick 6.30
TRAVEL PLUS NATIONAL LEAGUE: Buxton v Belle Vue 5pm, Coventry v Kent 3pm
NATIONAL TROPHY: Mildenhall v Isle of Wight 3pm
Results Wednesday May 30, 2018
King’s Lynn 44 (Robert Lambert 15)
Somerset 46 (Jack Holder 13+1)
Premiership points: King’s Lynn 0 Somerset 3
Poole v Leicester - OFF
Birmingham 53 (Danyon Hume 15)
Coventry 37 (Connor Mountain 11)
National Trophy points: Birmingham 3 Coventry 0