This weekend is an important one for the Lincs FM Scorpions.

Three riders, Josh Auty, Tai Woffinden and Benji Compton travel down to Eastbourne on Saturday to take part in one of the country's flagship 'Super7even' events, the British Under-21 Final before the Scorpions open the Conference Trophy campaign at the Scunthorpe Raceway on Sunday afternoon (start time 3pm).

Saturday's meeting sees eighteen of the nation's best young riders compete for the title of British Under-21 Champion and six places in the World Under-21 championship. The field has several riders who are already riding in the Elite League including the home club's Lewis Bridger and ex-Eastbourne Eagle Edward Kennett who impressed in Sky Sport's televised meeting from Poole last Monday.

The pair are the hot favourites but Daniel King (Peterborough) and James Wright (Belle Vue) also ride in the top league whilst William Lawson (Wolverhampton) and Ben Wilson (Belle Vue) are squad members for Elite League clubs. Lawson and Wilson primarily ply their trade as heat-leaders in the Premier League, for Edinburgh and Sheffield respectively, and Steve Boxall is another with a proven pedigree at that level for Rye House.

However, the Scunthorpe riders can not be discounted despite the strength of the field and their limited experience on the Eastbourne track. Tai Woffinden is the top-averaged rider for his Premier League club, Rye House, after only a handful of meetings whilst Josh Auty has also shown he has the ability to score well in the Premier League. Benji Compton will take place in a three-rider race-off prior to the meeting, against Nicki Glanz (Plymouth) and Robert Mear (Rye House), with the winner taking the sixteenth and final spot in the field. The two losers will become the meeting reserves.

Straight after the meeting Josh Auty and Benji Compton will be heading north as they are part of the Lincs FM Scorpions side to face Boston in the first Conference Trophy meeting of the season. The Scorpions won the competition last season and this year have to overcome Stoke, Buxton and Boston if they are to make it to the 2007 Final.

With only six group matches no club can afford to lose at home if they want to top the group and the Boston Barracudas will be looking for revenge after two narrow defeats to the Scorpions in the Lincolnshire Cup. The Scorpions will be without Tai Woffinden and Andrew Tully on Sunday, due to Premier League commitments, but with Benji Compton stepping into the side and the crowd behind them it is hoped the Scorpions can open with a win.



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