OXFORD Cheetahs conclude their regeneration campaign with tonight’s meeting against Edinburgh Monarchs at Sandy Lane (7.30pm).

Although an SGB Championship play-off spot is out of reach, it has still been an unforgettable season for the hosts after 15 years without a competitive fixture.

Cheetahs were defunct this time 12 months ago after folding in 2007, five years before the closure of Oxford Stadium.

The Cowley venue reopened in April and has hosted some memorable nights this summer, including last Friday's Championship Pairs.

Cheetahs are ninth in the table and cannot end the season higher than eighth, but coach Peter Schroeck insists they still have pride to play for against Edinburgh.

“It’s been an extraordinary season for all the right reasons for the Cheetahs,” he said.

“Don’t be mistaken, we are disappointed to be ending our Championship campaign outside the play-off frame.

“Speedway has fallen on tough times lately with the closure of several high-profile clubs including Coventry, Lakeside, Eastbourne and Newcastle this season. That’s without mentioning our neighbours Swindon, who continue to work hard behind the scenes.

“Oxford is the success story speedway needs right now. In times of such uncertainty, we’ve been fortunate enough to welcome thousands of people through the gate each week and bring the good times back to Sandy Lane.

“Now we hope to repay the favour by ending the year with a victory. Edinburgh are still chasing the play-offs themselves so there’s a lot on the line for our visitors.

"It goes without saying the racing will be hard but fair, and we need to be ready for that challenge.”

Development side Oxford Chargers still have three fixtures remaining, the first at home to Mildenhall Fen Tigers a week today, as they aim to secure a play-off spot.