9th Dec, 2016

Coventry Bees to open 2016 season with Leicester double header

Steve Carpenter 23rd Jan, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

BEES will beging their 2016 Elite League campaign with a double Easter clash against M69-neighbours Leicester.

The now-traditional Good Friday encounter between the clubs takes place on March 25 at Brandon, with the return leg taking place at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium 24 hours later.

The Bees will hope to continue their dominance in the fixtures, having won seven of the eight Elite League meetings since the Lions joined the top flight two years ago.

Prior to that, the season opens at Brandon with the second leg of the Elite Shield against Poole on March 18, with skipper Chris Harris celebrating his Testimonial meeting two days later on March 20.

Bees’ home fixtures are all scheduled for Fridays with the exception of a Bank Holiday Monday clash with Swindon on May 2, and their first visit to the new National Speedway Stadium to face Belle Vue will be on May 7.

Local derbies against Wolverhampton are set for April 1 and June 3 at Brandon, although Bees have to wait until June 6 for their first visit of the campaign to Monmore Green.

<b>MARCH

</b>Wed 16 Poole (A) ES

Fri 18 POOLE (H) ES

Sun 20 CHRIS HARRIS

Testimonial (H) 2pm

Fri 25 LEICESTER (H) ELA

Sat 26 Leicester (A) ELA

Thur 31 Swindon (A) ELA

<b>APRIL</b>

Fri 1 WOLVERHAMPTON (H) ELA

Thur 7 King’s Lynn (A) ELA

Fri 8 KING’S LYNN (H) ELA

Wed 20 Poole (A) ELA

Fri 22 POOLE (H) ELA

<b>MAY</b>

Mon 2 SWINDON (H) ELA

Sat 7 Belle Vue (A) ELA

Fri 20 LAKESIDE (H) ELA

Sat 21 Lakeside (A) ELA

Fri 27 BELLE VUE (H) ELA

Mon 30 Belle Vue (A) ELB 1pm

<b>JUNE</b>

Fri 3 WOLVERHAMPTON (H) ELB

Mon 6 Wolverhampton (A) ELA

Thur 16 King’s Lynn (A) ELB

Fri 17 KING’S LYNN (H) ELB

Thur 30 Swindon (A) ELB

<b>JULY</b>

Fri 1 SWINDON (H) ELB

Fri 15 POOLE (H) ELB

Wed 20 Poole (A) ELB

Fri 22 BELLE VUE (H) ELB

<b>AUGUST</b>

Mon 1 Wolverhampton (A) ELB

Fri 5 LEICESTER (H) ELB

Sat 6 Leicester (A) ELB

Fri 19 LAKESIDE (H) ELB

Sat 20 Lakeside (A) ELB