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Thu 26 Sep 2013 by BSPA Press Office
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 24th September
BERWICK'S Shielfield Park season concludes on Saturday with a Benefit Meeting for seriously injured Ricky Ashworth, as the Bandits take on Ashworth's parent club Sheffield in a special challenge match.
Co-promoter Dennis McCleary said: “It is a meeting we wish we weren't having to stage. However, we will make it a corker. There are ten nationalities spread over the two teams, and some very interesting names are turning up to pay their respects to our stricken star.”

EDINBURGH boss Alex Harkess admitted he was disappointed to see his side exit the KO Cup in last week's replay against Somerset, with a 26-point first leg deficit proving too much to reel in back at Armadale.
Harkess said: “I believed we could push them a lot closer but we needed everyone on form and also a bit of luck. We didn't get either.”

GLASGOW will make another attempt to stage their final Premier League fixture of the season against Plymouth at Ashfield on Sunday, after the planned September 15 clash between the clubs was postponed.
Co-director Derek Smith told Speedway Star: “There are a couple of meetings we are talking about and working on for October. Neither are yet mature enough to publicise. One of them we are hoping will at least be a fence fund-related meeting.”

IPSWICH co-promoter Chris Louis was satisfied with the outcome of the first leg of the League Cup Final, with the Witches emerging as 51-39 winners over Newcastle ahead of this Sunday's return.
Louis said: “Overall it was a good result. When the track conditions are so different to what the home team expect it is always a big leveller and we did well to finish twelve points ahead. Now we need to finish the job when we travel to their place.”

LEICESTER will stage the Midland Development League Riders' Championship for a second time on Saturday as competitors look to emulate 2012 winner Dan Greenwood, with the legendary Peter and Les Collins guests of honour at the event.
MDL co-ordinator Laurence Rogers said: “Having Peter and Les present on such an occasion as this adds a great deal of prestige to the MDL Championship Final. Without doubt the two brothers are highly respected people in World Speedway and role models for aspiring novices who are setting their sights on becoming a speedway rider. Both Peter and Les will be on hand for photo opportunities during the course of the evening for a small charge of one pound ‘per click' and the proceeds will be shared between two worthy causes, the Speedway Riders' Benevolent Fund and the Ricky Ashworth Fund.”

NEWCASTLE boss George English says a fast start is vital if the Diamonds are to get the better of Ipswich in the League Cup Final on Sunday, facing a 12-point deficit from the first leg.
English said: “If we can hit them hard from the start and dish out some demoralising defeats over the opening four races and get the Witches' heads down then we'll have the control of the match and the result could well go our way. However, Ipswich are a quality side bristling with talent and we – as I have said many times – would be foolish to take anything for granted.”

PLYMOUTH will welcome Cornishman Chris Harris to the St Boniface Arena for the first time on Friday and he will take on former Devils favourite Ben Barker as they line-up on opposite sides in the challenge match against an Exeter Select.
Co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “Chris is one of the top British riders and comes from Cornwall but has never ridden at the St Boniface Arena before, so it will be really interesting to see how he shapes up on our track.”

REDCAR boss Jitendra Duffill is expecting a fierce contest when the Bears go into play-off action against local rivals Newcastle on Thursday.
Duffill said: “There is no doubt that we have drawn a tough group but all the better for the paying public. The matches will be close and with Max Dilger returning to the side - he forms a strong reserve partnership with Carl Wilkinson and that could prove vital."

RYE HOUSE expect to be without Tyson Nelson for the first leg of the Knockout Cup Final at Somerset on Friday due to his involvement in the World Under-21 Team Cup – but boss John Sampford says the Rockets are still optimistic.
He said: “We are going there to score as many points as possible, to keep it as close as we can for the return leg. Tyson's likely absence leaves us not as strong as we would be if he was there, but Somerset's own absences will even things out up to a point.”

SCUNTHORPE plan to stage a Scorpions Present v Past fixture at the Eddie Wright Raceway on October 11 for the final meeting of the season – with 2012 title-winner Gary Irving set to make his comeback.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “I don't know whether this could lead to Gary making a full-time return to speedway next season. I know he's up for it, and would like to come back if he could. He's had a year out working, but I don't know what his financial status is like now. It must be better than it was.”

SHEFFIELD owner Neil Machin is prepared to listen to offers for the club after 21 years at the helm – and will hand full-paying adult supporters a £3 drinks voucher for what could well be his last home meeting in charge against Scunthorpe on Thursday.
Machin said: “I could not have done this job for so long without the support of those many people who have been present through thick and thin, rain or shine, home or away, and this occasion marks a remarkable journey which has twisted and turned throughout.”

SOMERSET co-promoter Debbie Hancock is relishing the prospect of this Friday's KO Cup Final first leg against Rye House, with the Rebels having booked their place in an epic semi-final contest with Edinburgh.
Hancock said: “It seems like every match between now and the end of the season is a ‘big one,' but it is a measure of how this team has performed that we are still in with the chance of two further trophies, what with the KO Cup and the Championship crown itself. With Rye's Olly Allen winning the PLRC, beating our own Jason Doyle in the Final, it will add some ‘spice' to Friday's meeting, as if a Cup Final needed any more ‘spice' to stir the fans' emotions.”
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