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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 24th May 2016.
BERWICK have completed the signing of Dutch teenager Romano Hummel who will make his debut at Sheffield on Thursday – subject to approval from the British Speedway Promoters' Association Management Committee.
The 17-year-old replaces Henning Bager who has completed the 28-day contract he signed last month.
Bandits team manager Scott Courtney said: "I'm really excited to welcome Romano to Berwick; he's a very talented young lad with a bright future in our sport.
“He has this all-action style which our fans will love, plus a very good attitude.”
EDINBURGH snatched a late consolation Premier League point despite going down 47-42 at Rye House.
The Monarchs trailed by nine-points going into the final heat, when Kevin Wolbert and Sam Masters combined for a vital final heat 5-1.
Team boss John Campbell was relieved to come away from Hoddesdon with something to show for their efforts.
Campbell told the Edinburgh Evening News: “We were doing well until the interval but their two reserves won the next two races which was a bit of a kick for us – I was pleased to come away with a point in the end.”
GLASGOW continued their dominance at the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium with a 60-29 victory in their Knockout Cup first leg tie against Redcar.
The Scottish Tigers reached 60 points for a third consecutive home meeting as they took one giant step towards the Quarter-Finals of the competition.
Tigers reserve Coty Garcia said: “It's a good score and it could have been even better!
“We have a really good advantage and we must now see what happens in the second leg.”
IPSWICH boss Ritchie Hawkins is backing his team to turn their fortunes around after an inconsistent start to the campaign.
The Witches picked up a hard fought 48-45 win at home to Edinburgh last Thursday before going down to the same scoreline at Peterborough on Sunday after throwing away an early 12-point lead.
Said Hawkins: “Looking at the riders and knowing who I've got in the team, we're not in the best of form but that is only temporary as they say.
“A lot of them are seasoned pro's and this is only a temporary thing for them; our riders are class riders despite the current form.”
NEWCASTLE made it three wins on the spin with a comprehensive 60-31 victory over Redcar in the League Cup on Monday.
It leaves the Diamonds' destiny in the competition in their own hands knowing a win away at Redcar later in the season would seal their place in the semi-finals.
Team manager George English said: “To win by 29 points was an excellent and determined effort from the lads especially Robert Lambert who scored his first maximum for us in fine style.”
PETERBOROUGH pulled back an early 12-point deficit to beat Ipswich 48-45 in the League Cup on Sunday.
The Panthers rounded off their fixtures in the competition in dramatic style as they missed out on the semi-finals by just one single point.
Team boss Jason Attwood said: It was a very entertaining meeting and I'm delighted to come out of it with a win even though we made hard work of it.”
“It is very difficult to recover from being 12 points behind at any stage of a meeting, but we managed to do it.”
PLYMOUTH hope to bring in a new No.1 prior to this Friday's Premier League clash at home to Workington.
The Devils were rocked when Danish star Charlie Gjedde quit British Speedway at the end of last month and have used guest replacements since.
Team manager Lee Trigger says his side will need to be on top form against the Comets who include three former Plymouth riders in their line-up.
Said Trigger: “It is going to be a tough one for us because they all know the track well.
“We all need to be firing because the meeting is likely to be as challenging as any we are likely to face.”
REDCAR's miserable 2016 campaign continued as they suffered three defeats in the space of five days.
The Bears went down 47-43 at home to Workington on Thursday before being swept aside convincingly at Newcastle (60-31) and Glasgow in the Knockout Cup (60-29).
Jitendra Duffill's side face another stern test as they look to restore some pride at home to the Tigers this Thursday.
RYE HOUSE battled their way to a 47-42 win over reigning Premier League Champions Edinburgh on Sunday
The Rockets' septet all chipped in with some vital contributions as Peter Karger picked up his first heat win in Rye colours.
Said Karger: “That was the best heat of my life! I was so happy to finally get that first heat win out of the way - I definitely got a real confidence boost there, and hopefully I can build on that now.”
SCUNTHORPE promoter Rob Godfrey says his side can't afford to drop many more points as he targets a rise up the Premier League table.
The Scorpions suffered a 49-43 defeat at the hands of local rivals Sheffield on Sunday in their third home defeat of the year.
Said Godfrey: “We dropped three points at home to Sheffield, and we don't want to drop anymore.
“The bottom line is that we must beat Peterborough and start climbing the table.”
SHEFFIELD moved up to second in the Premier League table following their 49-43 triumph at local rivals Scunthorpe.
The Tigers continued their fine run of form as they made it three wins on the bounce after another solid team performance against the Scorpions.
Co-boss Marc Bates said: “Steady (Simon Stead) led by example again as captain, Dimitri (Berge) is riding brilliantly at the moment and Kyle had a great meeting.
“Everyone else played their part; it was another strong performance so we were delighted with another away win.”
SOMERSET kept their hopes of League Cup qualification alive with a 38-28 home victory against Plymouth on Friday.
The meeting was cut short after 11 races due to dangerous conditions caused by heavy downpours of rain throughout the meeting.
While no official Rebels meeting takes place this Friday, the Oaktree Arena will be hosting a challenge meeting between the Exter Falcons and the Isle of Wight.
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Last Updated : Tue 24 May 2016, 19:42 UK