Wasps and Hornets aim to end on a high

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THE final weekend of the British speedway season sees both Newport teams end their 2011 campaigns within 24 hours of each other at Queensway Meadows Stadium.

Mike Manning Wasps are first in action this evening at 6pm when they entertain Premier League rivals Edinburgh Monarchs in a fixture that could see the home side clinch fourth place.

Depending on the result of last night’s away fixture with Berwick Bandits, the Wasps seem almost certain to go above Somerset Rebels and into fourth position if they defeat Edinburgh.

Whether they remain there depends on the outcome of Workington Comets’ trio of matches this weekend.

A win for the Wasps will take their successive home win league and cup record to 14.

At 6pm tomorrow it's the turn of the Drillerman Hornets to bring the curtain down by hosting the combined Scunthorpe/Sheffield team which has just been crowned British National League champions.

Edinburgh will include former Newport rider Tim Webster, but the Hornets will be minus number-one heat leader Todd Kurtz and will use the rider replacement facility to cover the Australian’s absence for their final meeting.

Newport Mike Manning Wasps: Robin Aspegren; Rider replacement for Jason Doyle; Kevin Doolan (guest replacement for Charlie Gjedde); Mark Jones; Todd Kurtz; Leigh Lanham (capt); Anders Mellgren.

Edinburgh Monarchs: Craig Cook; Kalle Katajisto; Kyle Howarth; Andrew Tully; Tim Webster; Matthew Wethers (capt); Kevin Wolbert.

Newport Drillerman Hornets: Richard Andrews; Matt Bates; Dan Greenwood; Jay Herne (capt); Brendan Johnson; Rider replacement for Todd Kurtz; James White-Williams; AN Other.

Scunthorpe/Sheffield: Ashley Birks; Conner Dwyer; Oliver Greenwood; Stefan Nielsen; Sam Woods; Adam Wrathall; Martin Wrathall.

l The gates to Queensway Meadows Stadium will be open at 4.30pm tomorrow as Newport Speedway presents a pre-Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ night comprising of live music , fireworks, children’s and adults costume contests, plus the club’s end-of-season presentation party.

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