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Thu 12 Sep 2013 by BSPA Press Office
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 10th September 2013
BERWICK will host Sheffield in a Benefit Meeting for the seriously injured Ricky Ashworth at Shielfield Park on September 28.
Bandits director George Hepburn said: “Since we announced details of the meeting it has progressed forward at a pace. Our Supporters Club quickly came in to sponsor the meeting which is just great. Many clubs and organisations across the country immediately pledged to sponsor a heat or a rider and we are well on our way in that area but I stress we still have races and riders available so please email club@berwickbandits.co or Tel@ 01289 307707. It is £100 a heat or the same for a rider.”

EDINBURGH skipper Derek Sneddon celebrates his Testimonial meeting at Armadale on Friday with several big names joining the event.
Amongst the star guests will be Elite League regulars Kenenth Bjerre, Ryan Fisher and Tomas H Jonasson – the latter pair both being ex-Monarchs – whilst former Edinburgh favourite Frede Schott makes a comeback at the age of 42.

GLASGOW finally found the winning formula with a 58-35 Scottish Cup home win over depleted rivals Edinburgh at Ashfield.
Tigers boss Stewart Dickson said: “Josh Grajzconek did like for like what (Joe Screen) should do; David Bellego came in and certainly gave us help - I'm not going to kid on it didn't make a difference. But you look through our own riders' scores as well - very impressive.”

IPSWICH co-promoter Chris Louis is delighted with the news that Ben Barker will not miss the rest of the season and is available for the Witches' important upcoming schedule.
Louis said: “Having Ben back at No.1 as we head to the play-offs and the League Cup Final will lift everyone from his team-mates to the Ipswich fans that have been thrilled by his racing at Foxhall this season. People do need to be aware that he may take a couple of meetings to get back to his best but he is back and that's the main thing.”

LEICESTER will have six regular Elite League riders, including Rory Schlein, Danny King and Lewis Bridger, competing in the speedway section of their Freestyle Show at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Saturday afternoon (1pm), followed by a stunt show featuring motocross tricks.
Co-promoter Alan Jones said: “If you haven't seen Freestyle Motocross before then you are in for something very special. The riders will jump from portable ramps placed on the centre green, reaching heights of around 40 feet and performing a fully choreographed stunt show. The riders will often take off one after another and perform stunts which involve completely letting go of the bike.”

NEWCASTLE confirmed their play-off place with a resounding home win over Leicester, hitting the 62-point mark despite some controversy – to maintain their strong run at this stage of the season.
Diamonds boss George English said: “Ignoring the issues we had with the official control of the meeting - we were in magnificent form to defeat a good side by a good-sized score, and more importantly we have the league points getting us closer to the play-offs.”

PLYMOUTH round off their away Premier League programme with a mini Northern tour this weekend, travelling to Glasgow on Sunday and then Newcastle on Monday – and a win at Glasgow could see the Devils climb into the top ten.
Co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “We have already had a couple of away wins this season and we will be going to Glasgow with every hope of getting something from that meeting.”

REDCAR need to avoid defeat by more than 23 points when they visit Rye House on Saturday if they are to remain ahead of Leicester and confirm a place in the Premier League play-offs.
Bears boss Jitendra Duffill told Speedway Star: “We'll go back there knowing exactly what we have to do, and if there was a positive to take out of (the KO Cup) loss, it was that we have recent experience of the Rye House track and hopefully we'll get dialled in quicker.”

RYE HOUSE asset Ben Morley played a vital role in a drawn fixture against Workington last weekend as he covered for the injured Jason Garrity, with his night including an exciting Heat 8 battle with Rusty Harrison.
Morley said: “I kept going wider and wider every lap because I knew that Pontus (Aspgren) was inside me. Fortunately I came back to the inside on the last bend. I looked across and I could see Rusty's front wheel, but I knew I'd got it!”

SCUNTHORPE promoter Rob Godfrey is desperate for former Scorpions rider Tai Woffinden, who was born in the town, to wrap up the World Championship and become the first British winner since 2000.
Godfrey said: “It's no longer a big deal for just speedway fans in Scunthorpe; it's becoming a big deal for everyone in this town full-stop. If a lad born in his town becomes World Champion, that's a massive thing. We're just all so proud of Tai and just hope he keeps it going for the last two rounds.”

SHEFFIELD suffered yet another injury setback when recent signing Simon Lambert crashed out of last Thursday's defeat at Ipswich and suffered a broken ankle.
Tigers boss David Hoggart said: “It's devastating for Simon and we're gutted for him. It was such a tough night, we were riding with three riders by the end and that's an impossible situation.”

SOMERSET made light of tracking a somewhat depleted line-up to defeat Berwick 57-34 at the Oaktree Arena with recent signing Charles Wright impressing by scoring paid-13 on his home debut.
Rebels boss Garry May said: “It took us a while to come to terms with having no Kyle (Newman) in the side and the late loss of Lewis Rose, but the second half of the match saw us exert our authority on the match. Wrighty put in some excellent rides which saw him involved in no less than three of our five maximum heat wins to keep us in contention at the top of the Premier League.”
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