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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 4th August.
BERWICK injury victim Claus Vissing could return to action later this month.
The 29-year-old Danish rider has missed the last two months with knee ligament damage but is hopeful of getting back on a bike over the next few weeks.
Meanwhile the Bandits have confirmed that reserve Richard Hall has been riding with three broken ribs which he sustained in a longtrack meeting in France recently.
EDINBURGH are through to the Semi-Finals of the Premier League Knockout Cup after a comfortable 61-29 second leg victory over Redcar.
Monarchs reserve Rob Branford told the Edinburgh Evening News: “Although they beat us 37-35 at their place, we were pretty confident about pulling those two points back.
“Redcar did the best they could under difficult circumstances but it's great to make the semis.
“It means more meetings for the team and for me and the more matches I do before I head back home in October, the better.”
GLASGOW moved joint top of the Premier League with a 52-41 home victory against Plymouth on Monday.
Tigers co-promoter Colin Hamilton described it as good, all-round team showing but highlighted the performance of debutant Kauko Nieminen.
Said Hamilton: “Kauko had a fantastic pass that had the crowd on their feet and there were some really good positives.
“He looks as if he's going to be value for money and I think he'll become a favourite with the fans again like he was last time in 2006.
“It's given the team a boost as well – hopefully as the play-offs approach, everybody will be able to focus and become really strong at the right time with Kauko in the team.”
IPSWICH face two big meetings in two days against the teams chasing them for the final end of season play-off spot.
The Witches (6th) host Workington (8th) on Thursday before travelling to Plymouth (7th) on Friday.
The Foxhall outfit are searching for guest replacements as they will be without the suspended Rohan Tungate as well as Nico Covatti who faces around three weeks on the sidelines after suffering three breaks to his index finger over the weekend.
NEWCASTLE boss George English has praised Peterborough's medical team for their work on Diamonds rider Lewis Kerr who was involved in an horrific, high-speed crash at the Premier League Fours on Sunday.
Speaking on Monday night, English said: “The paramedic and his team were superb and gave Lewis the very best of attention on the track but also realised that it was important to get him to hospital as soon as possible and with the greatest comfort available so the Air Ambulance was immediately scrambled and arrived on the centre green with impressive haste.
“Lewis remains in an induced coma – his family are coping well, under the circumstances and the medical team seem to be relatively pleased with the progress, although this is still very early days and there is a long way to go.
“Lewis is being monitored 24/7 by hospital staff and we as a club of course continue to offer every means of support possible both to Lewis and to his family at this very difficult time.”
PETERBOROUGH have suffered yet another injury setback with the news that club captain Ulrich Ostergaard suffered broken bones in his left hand during Sunday's Premier League Fours.
Panthers promoter Ged Rathbone said: “The x-rays confirmed a number of breaks and he will obviously be out for a while.
“The doctors told him to expect the recovery to take up to six weeks, but Ulrich is determined to be back racing within a month.
“It is the latest in a long line of injuries which have hit us hard this season, but we have battled on and are still in a good league position.”
PLYMOUTH's four match unbeaten run came to an end as they went down 52-41 at Glasgow on Monday.
Impressive home and away wins against high-flying Somerset have boosted the Devils' hopes of an end of season play-off place. They host Ipswich on Friday – the team directly above the Devils in the Premier League table.
Co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “It will be important that we get back to winning ways against Ipswich and make sure that they do not go away with any points.
“We need to keep on course in our bid to reach the play-offs and get as high up the league table as possible.”
REDCAR have signed French rider Dimitri Berge for the remainder of the season.
Berge, who recently left Glasgow, endured a tough debut for the Bears, scoring just one-point in their heavy 61-29 Knockout Cup defeat at Edinburgh.
Redcar chief Brian Havelock said: “I was over the moon when the news came through about Berge but our efforts have all fallen on stony ground as the idea was to push Roynon and Graversen down to reserve which would have given us much needed strength there… but now both of them are injured!”
RYE HOUSE got back to winning ways with a 55-38 victory over Newcastle on Saturday.
The stand-out rider was Rockets guest Robert Lambert who not only raced to a 15-point maximum, but also broke the track record twice in the same meeting.
Co-promoter Len Silver said: “Track record or not, I have never seen anyone ride with and control that much speed around this circuit; especially out in the dirt by the fence throughout heat 15.”
SCUNTHORPE have signed Czech Republic sensation Zdenek Holub for the rest of the 2015 season.
Subject to BSPA approval, the 19-year-old will make his debut on Thursday at Sheffield before facing Newcastle at home the following evening.
Scorpions promoter Rob Godfrey said: “He comes very highly recommended and you only have to look at a few of his result on the continent to realise he's a very talented, young rider.
“It's always exciting for the fans to see a new face and I'm sure Zdenek will prove an instant hit with Scorpions' supporters.”
SHEFFIELD have snapped up Danish rider Nicolai Klindt to replace the injured Andre Compton.
Klindt told the Sheffield Star: “I've been talking to Sheffield on and off for a while, but it came as a surprise to me when they called me out of the blue.
“I'm really excited about joining Sheffield; they are a very professionally run club and despite all their injury problems, they've had a really good season.”
Klindt will make his home debut against Scunthorpe in the Premier League this Thursday.
SOMERSET will be looking to get back to winning ways when they face Redcar this Friday.
The Rebels suffered back-to-back home and away defeats at the hands of Plymouth last week and team manager Garry May is looking for a response from his side.
Said May: “One bad weekend doesn't mean that is the end of our play-off or league Championship ambitions, what we have to do is to put this behind us, take forward any learnings and re-group.”
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