Thursday March 08, 2018
Once a staple of British Speedway on Bank Holidays, the concept of home and away matches in the same day between two clubs has become an increasingly rare commodity in recent times.

A fixture change, however, now means that Rye House and Swindon fans can look forward to a “double whammy” on Easter Monday – with the added spice of the aggregate victors progressing to the semi-finals of the Knock-Out Cup.

With SGB Premiership matches being given priority on Mondays and Wednesdays in 2018, and SGB Championship fixtures the nod on the other days of the week, the originally planned first leg clash in Wiltshire between the two sides on Easter Sunday would have cost the BMR Rockets the services of at least three riders.

Swindon’s home leg has now been switched to Easter Monday, with the Rockets in turn agreeing to bring forward their own home leg from 3pm to 12 noon that day in order to facilitate a quick dash west for what becomes a return clash at Blunsdon at 7.30 that night.

Our thanks to the Swindon promotion for accommodating this change – which sets up the prospect of thirty races in the space of less than ten hours to determine just which side pushes on to the competition’s Final Four.