The Oxford Silver Machine simply has to deliver this weekend if the potential in their season is to bear fruit. The all important weekend starts off tonight (Friday) when the Eagles of Eastbourne return for Oxford's final British League Cup qualification fixture. The action gets underway with the parade of riders at 7.30pm and the first race is at 7.45pm.

Oxford currently lie third in the Southern Group but a win by more than 8 points over their Sussex rivals would leap frog them into first place and give them a fighting chance of a place in the knockout stages of the contest.

Promoter Nigel Wagstaff does not underestimate the task: "This is a massive meeting for us as I am really keen for us to progress in this competition". A reminder that as it is British League Cup, the admission prices are reduced to just =A311 for adults and the kids for a quid scheme is also in operation.

Eastbourne are favourites to win the group, with a home meeting against Reading and an away meeting at Swindon still to come. However, qualification for second place is based on average points scored per meeting and a good home win for Oxford will certainly help that cause.

Bank Holiday Monday then sees the arrival of the Peterborough Panthers for an Elite League match which has been timed specially to allow everyone who wants to move onto the Kassam Stadium for the football to do so. With Swindon at Reading in the evening, it is also a good opportunity for those fans to have a real festival of speedway and take in two meetings in the one day.



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