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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 10th May 2016
BERWICK have moved to sign Henning Bager to replace the injured Anders Mellgren.
The Dane had a brief spell with the Bandits back in 2008 but has returned to British Speedway after three seasons away.
However, it wasn't the dream debut weekend Bager had hoped for as he scored just four points in back-to-back meetings as Berwick lost both home and away to strongly fancied Newcastle.
EDINBURGH picked up a hard fought 46-43 home win over rivals Glasgow in the League Cup last Friday.
After already being eliminated from the competition, the Monarchs were looking to restore a bit of pride following their heavy 56-37 defeat at Glasgow earlier in the season.
Club captain Sam Masters told the Edinburgh Evening News: “It is always tough against Glasgow, especially this year because they have an awesome team.
“But all our boys put in a great effort and I was proud of all of them.”
GLASGOW host the second British Championship Semi-Final this Sunday – and the club have received praise from one of the competitions most successful stars.
Scott Nicholls has been crowned British Champion seven times and begins his bid for an eighth title at the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium this weekend.
Said Nicholls: “I've heard that there's been a big investment at Glasgow and I think it's fantastic.
“They're putting some money back into the sport and trying to regenerate it, which is great, especially when they're potentially looking at the younger riders as well.”
IPSWICH boss Ritchie Hawkins is hoping a positive result over Rye House will kickstart his side's campaign.
The Witches host the Rockets in the Knockout Cup this Thursday and are looking to return to winning ways after a tough start to the 2016 season.
Said Hawkins: “The Knockout Cup has a bigger importance now because its been an up and down start for us in the League Cup and Premier League.
“If we get a good result here, the next round is not for a couple of months so hopefully a positive result will kick us on and we can start our charge back up the league table."
NEWCASTLE got their Premier League bid off to a dream start with back-to-back victories over Berwick.
The Diamonds are strongly fancied for success in the second tier this season and completed an impressive league double over the Bandits last weekend
George English's side fought back from ten points down to win 50-42 away before wrapping up a 51-39 victory at home the following day.
Said English: “It's early days but we have made a fine start to the league campaign, and we aim to continue our good run indefinitely.”
PETERBOROUGH returned to winning ways with a 50-40 home win over Sheffield on a perfect start for newly appointed team manager Jason Attwood.
The victory ended a run of three consecutive defeats for the Panthers and Attwood was delighted with his side.
“A home win was all I could ask for today and I'm delighted to get it against a strong Sheffield side who turned us over on our own track earlier in the season,” said Attwood.
“It was a performance with plenty of encouraging signs and a result which gives us something to build on.”
PLYMOUTH are searching for a new No.1 following Charlie Gjedde's decision to quit British Speedway.
The Devils have booked Ben Barker and Steve Worrall as guests for their home and away Knockout Cup ties against Edinburgh respectively as the club continue to consider their options.
Team manager Lee Trigger said: Charlie is a proud man and felt that he was not doing his job for us.
“He was not fulfilling his aspirations and believes he was letting the team down.”
REDCAR boss Jitendra Duffill believes team spirit will help turn his side's season around after a tough start to 2016.
The Bears have won just one of their six meetings so far but have also seen seven of their meetings postponed due to bad weather.
Said Duffill: “It's been a very tough start to the season so far for us but spirits are still pretty high in camp and there is a belief amongst our riders that we can do better than we have shown so far.
“There is a real sense of camaraderie in the camp and it has been great working with this year's septet so far.”
RYE House star Stuart Robson has paid tribute to club captain Edward Kennett, who has enjoyed a terrific start to the season.
Robson said: “He is the anchor man of this team, and we're all chasing his back wheel, really. He has been fantastic all season, and if he can maintain that consistency then we've got a tremendous foundation.
“We're are a team through and through, and his success rubs off on us. Not so long ago, I was his captain and doing the same with him as he is doing with me now!”
SCUNTHORPE will have three home representatives when they host the first of the British Championship Semi-Finals this Friday.
Josh Auty, Carl Wilkinson and Ashley Morris will all be battling for a top seven finish to see them through to next month's British Final.
Scoprions promoter Rob Godfrey said: “It's such a good and tough line-up and competition is going to be intense – it's going to be some night!”
SHEFFIELD racer Dimitri Berge says he is enjoying life with the club and is targeting a home win over fellow Tigers Glasgow this Thursday.
After a promising start to the season, the Owlerton outfit have lost three meetings on the bounce and will be looking to return to form later this week.
Berge told the Sheffield Star: “Hopefully I can start finding some consistency away from home and we can be a really top team, we have good riders throughout and we can be up there.”
SOMERSET boss Garry May is anticipating a mouth-watering clash when they host Glasgow on Friday.
The Rebels have won all three of their Premier League fixtures so far and have been successful in seven out of their last eight meetings in all compeititons.
Said May: “Glasgow are sure to give us a stern test, but I know that the boys are well up for this meeting having been sat at the top of the Premier League table for a couple of weeks now.”
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Last Updated : Tue 10 May 2016, 20:14 UK