West Midlands speedway: Coventry Bees beaten by Lakeside

Wolves speedway

Coventry Bees suffered a 47-43 Elite League defeat at Lakeside.

The hosts began the meeting strongly, going into a deserved eight-point lead after the first three heats.

The Bees, led by Scott Nicholls (who chipped in with a haul of 11+1 points), refused to let their opponents pull away and, by the ninth heat, had reduced Lakeside's lead to two points.

But Peter Karlsson, the overall top-scorer on the night with 17, began to help Lakeside pull away.

Bees boss Blayne Scroggins said: "We're pleased with the performance on a very slick track where you had to get out of the gate. The boys all dug deep and once they got their set-ups right, we did OK.

"Everyone chipped in and we have to be happy with the point."

Coventry's trip to King's Lynn on Wednesday night has been called off due to bad weather. The fixture has been rearranged for next Monday night (17 September, 19:30 BST).

Coventry: Scott Nicholls 11+1, Chris Harris 10, Edward Kennett 8, Aaron Summers 5+2, Kenni Larsen 4, Jan Graversen 4, Michal Szczepaniak 1.

WOLVERHAMPTON

Wolverhampton's meeting at Belle Vue was abandoned after three heats due to rain, with the visitors leading 11-7.

Wolves were missing in-form riders Tai Woffinden with a dislocated shoulder and Fredrik Lindgren, who was still in Poland due to a flight cancellation. But both should be available when the fixture is re-arranged.

"It's a bit of a double-edged sword," said Wolves boss Peter Adams.

"We were severely weakened by the travel problems Freddie had and the injury to Tai's shoulder.

"But this gives us the opportunity now to come back here with a full team, whenever that may be."

BIRMINGHAM

Birmingham Brummies take on Eastbourne at Perry Barr on Thursday night knowing that a maximum three points will eliminate the visitors from the chase for the Elite League play-offs.

Birmingham co-promoter Graham Drury said: "This is, in my opinion, the biggest meeting held at Perry Barr since the return of the sport back in 2007 after a battle of over 20 years.

"We stand on another piece of club history. We have never been in the Elite League play-offs and this meeting against Eastbourne is absolutely vital."

The Brummies are at full strength, but Eastbourne bring in Wolverhampton's Nicolai Klindt as a guest replacement as they are without Simon Gustafsson and Timo Lahti.

Brummies: Bjarne Pedersen, Josh Auty, Danny King, Ben Barker, Sebastian Ulamek, Nicolas Covatti, Martin Smolinski.