Speedway
Coventry Storm meet rivals Dudley in season opener

By Steve Carpenter Wednesday 16 January 2013 Updated: 16/01 13:32

A MEETING at home to local rivals Dudley Heathens beckons for Coventry Storm – the city's new National League speedway outfit.

The Storm are set to face the Heathens at Brandon on March 22.

They will also provide Dudley’s first home opposition of 2013 as they visit Monmore Green for the second leg on Tuesday April 9.

The meetings will bring back memories of the classic Coventry/Cradley Heath clashes which were such a highlight of the top-flight calendar until the Heathens lost their Dudley Wood home in 1995.

Their re-birth three years ago as Dudley, racing at Wolverhampton but seeking land for a stadium of their own, has been an unqualified success and after controversially missing out on the league title by a single point last season they have assembled another powerful-looking line-up in 2013.

“It’s great to be able to race Dudley in the first meeting of our new National League venture,” said Coventry co-boss Blayne Scroggins.

“They will certainly be the favourites for honours again this season, they are a top team at this level and they will certainly be a stern test for our boys, but this is what I am looking for as we prepare for the start of the league.

“It’s also great to see the old rivalry between Coventry and the Heathens back on track after an absence of too many years.

"I’m sure Dudley will bring massive support to Brandon so I hope lots of the Bees fans turn out to support the Storm in their first meeting of season.”

The fixtures have received backing from Travel Plus Tours which means silverware will be on offer for the two-legged encounter.

The two sides will be racing for the Travel Plus Trophy after Suffolk-based businessman James Easter gave his support to the tie.

Mr Easter will be using the meetings to promote his numerous trips to Grand Prix and World Cup events, and both clubs are delighted he has come forward with the sponsorship deal.

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