Cycle Speedway Weekly Reports


Cycle Speedway Weekly Reports

Week Ending 18th April 2010

Leicester v Horspath - 18th April 2010

Report: Tim Jarvis
Images from Magda Nowacki available here:

The day began badly with referee Brian Eaton having to pull out due to his mother being rushed into hospital, several phone calls later and Mick Aris volunteered to take on the job, so a big thanks to Mick.

On track things didn't get much better for the Leicester team, an opening race 4-2 from Nowacki and Stephenson over Carmichael and Harris was reversed in heat two, Peck moved at the tapes in heat three and the Hammers took full advantage to notch a 7-2 over the lone Marchant. Horspath continued to look untroubled until heat nine when Marchant and Newey combined to take a 7-2 over Morgans after Chris Osborne was excluded for a tapes offence, thus reducing the deficit to just two points.

In the second half Leicester just couldn't make inroads into the visitors' lead and entering the final heat needing a 7-3 to draw, which against the Boaler/Harris pairing is not an easy task.

Nowacki and Marchant were standout performers for the Monarchs although Mark Newey also chipped in well from reserve, Horspath simply didn't have any weak links.

The better team won on the day, Leicester gave away too many good positions and Horspath are the sort of outfit that will take full advantage.

Leicester 86 (L Nowacki 17, C Marchant 17, D Pike 14, M Newey 11+1, A Stephenson 9, A Peck 8, J Ashford 7+1, K Burns 3)

Horspath 92 (M Boaler 17, M Carmichael 16. L Osborne 16, S Harris 12+1, M Morgans 11+2, M Szymczak 11+2, C Osborne 5, S Rudman 4+1)


Leicester had too much firepower for a plucky Horspath team with Skinner and Jarvis looking totally untroubled by any opponent. Best races of the day were reserved for the clashes of the female contingent with none of them wanting to give an inch!

Leicester 74 (C Jarvis 16, M Skinner 15+1, N Whitehead 12+3, M Hartshorn 8+2, A Doughty 8, Michelle Whitehead 6, A Crouch 5, L Whitehead 4)

Horspath (M Janes 12+1, L Clarke 9, W Clarke 9, M Coulter 8+1, J Smith 7+1, J Lamb 4+1, R Edge 4)

Poole v Birmingham - 18th April 2010  

Report and Pics: Graham Sutton 

Warm sunshine, a healthy crowd and a generous portion of the very best racing that the Premier League can offer provided a perfect day at Harbourside Park as Poole and Birmingham battled out an 18-heat classic. There was an early setback for the home side in heat three when their captain Pete Young took an awkward tumble on the first bend and was unable to continue, giving the visitors pairing a 7-2 race advantage. Although he struggled to compete in two more races the ex-British Champion was forced to withdraw from the meeting with a painful foot injury. 

Birmingham notched up two 6-4 advantages to extend their lead to seven points with Stoke-based Garry Pearce and Lewis Bates prominent but the home duo of Jake Williams and Tom Colling bounced back with a 7-3 just before the break to make the scoreline 43-46 and put the match in the balance. Paul Heard teamed up with Mark Winwood for a 7-3 after the interval to restore the seven point advantage which was held by the Midland side until a disastrous twice re-started heat 14 which saw Ben Mould crash out on the first bend and Mark Winwood excluded for forcing out the ever improving Jake Williams who followed home Gavin Wheeler for an unexpected 7-0.

At 68-68 a nailbiting finish was on the cards with Marcus Wadhams inspiring a heat fifteen 6-4 race win and the excellent Thomas Reed rounding off a superb performance with his second win over Paul Heard in heat 16 to make it 77-79 with two races remaining. The bad luck which had dogged the home side earlier in the meeting looked to have switched sides in the penultimate race as the crowd saw their pairing of Gav Wheeler and Sam Hearn take a dramatic 7-3 race advantage. Or so they thought!

Wheeler made what appeared to be a classic pass on Marcus Wadhams who slipped momentarily on the exit to turn two on lap two. The two riders clipped each other and Referee Robin Spicer pointed to the home man to the surprise and huge disappointment of the vociferous crowd. The bemused former British Champion protested his innocence and he appeared to have a very good case but the re-run proceeded without him allowing Birmingham to put the match beyond doubt with a 7-3 heat win.

With Lewis Bates back in their line-up and taking two important race wins from his four starts, Birmingham had a more solid look about them and in Marcus Wadhams they had a star performer who dropped just one point to an opposing rider. With Polish star Greg Gluchowski a victim of volcanic ash disruption and grounded in Poland, Poole were unable to track their planned line-up and the withdrawal of Pete Young was the final straw. However, the match was enjoyed by the crowd as a spectacle drawing plenty of positive comments and the racing throughout was right out of the top drawer to the credit of both teams. 

Poole 83: Tom Reed 16 Gavin Wheeler 14 Jake Williams 14 Tom Colling 13 Ben Donohue 9 Sam Hearn 9 Arron Morgan 6 Pete Young 2 (Withdrawn inj)

Birmingham 92: Marcus Wadhams 17 Garry Pearce 14 Chris Timms 14 Paul Heard 14 Lewis Bates 12 Ben Mould 9 Nathan Groves 6 Mark Winwood 6

Referee Robin Spicer


Poole 61.5: Luke Armes 13 Leyton Glover 12.5 Arron Morgan 11 Dean Hook 10 Matt Mildon 9 Harry Boucher 3 Kristina Mines 2 Holly Morgan 1

Birmingham 71.5: Andy James 14 Paul Timms 13 Carl Winwood 13 Tom Sensical 8.5 Natalie Timms 7 Phil Widdas 6 Adam Lamb 4

Referee Dave Newman

Norwich v Sheffield - 18th April 2010

Report: Glenn Grange

Norwich Norfolk Premier Coachwork Stars entertained Sheffiled at Eaton Park on Sunday afternoon in the British Premier League still looking for their first victory of the season, writes Glenn Grange.

With the same official that was in charge when the stars took a battering at Wednesfield a few weeks ago, Norwich almost matched their opponents in the first four heats, but when Dave Solomon took a heavy fall in heat four, all of a sudden it became an uphill struggle for the stars. Norwich rallied in heat six, but fell victim to some strange referring decisions, when in heat eight, Leigh Cossey was judged to cut across an opponent on the home straight and was promptly excluded. Trailing 41-47 at half time, Norwich knew that they were now up against it but they tired to rally once again in the second half. Two further race exclusions did not help Norwich who finally went on to lose the match by 15 points.

Norwich 80 Sheffield 95

Norwich: Dan Osborne 16+2, Phil Howells 16, Dave Solomon 11, Lee Grange 12, Dan Chambers 9+1, Leon Mower 9+1, George Solomon 4+1, Leigh Cossey 3+1.

Sheffield: Andy Angel 18+1, Leon Wild 15+1, Matt Smith 14, Lee Smith 13+1, Darius Pilas 13, Ryan Hoyland 11+2, Jamie Brown 8+2, Aiden Owen 3.


In the combination match, Norwich B went on to record their first win of the season with a comfortable victory over Sheffield B by 92-54. Looking much more like their normal selves, Norwich were always in control with Liam Parker 16, Robert Warminger 15+1 leading the scorers. 

Norwich 92 Sheffield 54

Norwich: Liam Parker 16, , Robert Warminger 15+1, Joshua Colby 12+3, Kieran Parr 11+3, Barry Copping 11+1 James Wakefield 7+1, Gary Colby 3.

Sheffield: Ryan Hoyland 15, Aiden Owen 10+2, Jordan Gabbitas 9, Ayle Brough 8, Jolan Elson 6+1, Richard Hudson 5.

Youth and Junior League Regional Round 1 - 17th April 2010

Report: Glenn Grange

On Saturday pm at Eaton Park, the first regional round of the British Youth and Junior League took place, with last seasons champions Ipswich once again leading the way with 248 points. Chasing them down were Kesgrave on 209 points, but the real stars of the show were the young Norwich Riders Rohan Ewbank and Oliver Riley, who rode like they had never done before. Six year old Scott Colby made his debut for Norwich finishing 1st in the Under 8 "C" final. Another super show came from Norwich female rider Danielle Riley who left a few of the much more experienced female riders trailing in her wake. Other riders were Joshua Colby who won the Under 16 category, Emma Betts and Kieran Parr all helping Norwich to score 76 points. The other clubs scores were Hethersett 84, Great Blakenham 58, Colchester 51.

Fixtures for this coming week have Hethersett Hawks taking on local rivals Norwich Stars in the South East League 1 on Wednesday evening at the Memorial playing fields Hethersett starting at 7pm. On Saturday afternoon at Ipswich (Whitton) The British under 19 Championships will be held with interest from Norfolk Clubs Norwich and Hethersett.

On Sunday at Eaton Park Norwich entertain Ipswich whilst Hethersett are the visitors to Kesgrave, with both matches in South East League 1 starting at 2pm.


Grand Prix Series A Finals 

U8 1 Lewis Brinkhoff GTB 2 Oliver Wright KES 3 Finlay Hack GTB 4 Gemma Hill IPS
U10 1 Oliver Knight KES 2 Pierce Bacon KES 3 Harrison Bacon KES 4 Oliver Vobe KES
U12 1 Ross Knight KES 2 Colby Hack GTB 3 Matthew Gifkins KES 4 Rowan Ewbank NOR
U14 1 Will Clarke IPS 2 Harry Swallow KES 3 Adam Overett IPS 4 Daniel Knights IPS
U16 1 Josh Colby NOR 2 Ashley Hill IPS 3 Scott Grimes HET 4 Charlie Rumbold IPS
U18 1 Dan Chambers HET 2 Ben Collins HET 3 Phil Adams HET 4 Leon Wild HET
Girls 1 Laura Dale IPS 2 Danielle Riley NOR 3 Tiffany Collins HET 4 Rosie Woollard IPS

66 riders
Referees -- Steve Copping, Bill Brooke, Tony Stant 

British Youth and Junior League - South West - Round 1 - 17th April 2010 - Horspath

Report: Graham Sutton

An impressive total of 105 riders assembled at the Oxford village circuit for a fine days racing in warm sunshine. Riders from the host club dominated the younger age classes with George Horsley looking a class act in the Under 10 category. There were some familiar names heading the older A finals with James Robinson (U.12) continuing to impress while pride of East Newport Louis Harvey outpaced his close rival Matt Mildon in the U.14 group. Arron Morgan has moved up an age group since last season but it made no difference to his performance as the stylish Poole rider took the U.16 A final ahead of the rapidly improving Jack Harrold. Talented Exeter duo Lauren Hookway and Charlie Jane Herbert were the best of the Girls section while their clubmate Aaron Herbert outpaced Aaron Hughes to take the U.18 final

Horspath 222 Poole 220 East Newport 201 Newport 179 Exeter 158 Southampton 64 Swindon 32

Under 8 - 1st J.Currell ( Hor) 2nd M.Russell-Sharp (Hor) 3rd E.Wakefield ( Hor) 4th O.Tidbull (Exe)
Under 10 -1st G.Horsley (Hor) 2nd W.Tidbull (Exe) 3rd S.Bennett ( ENe) 4th J.Walton ( Hor)
Under 12 - 1st J.Robinson ( Exe) 2nd J.Richardson ( Hor ) 3rd J.Herbert ( Exe) 4th E. Greenslade ( Swi)
Under 14 - 1st L.Harvey ( ENe) 2nd M.Mildon (Poo) 3rd J.Soper ( New) 4th H.Boucher ( Poo)
Under 16- 1st A.Morgan ( Poo) 2nd J.Harrold ( New) 3rd O. Sidwick ( New) 4th J.Smith ( Hor)
Girls 14+ 1st L.Hookway ( Exe) 2nd C.J.Herbert ( Exe) 3rd R.Davies ( New) 4th N.Ward ( New)
Under 18 1st A.Herbert ( Exe) 2nd A.Hughes ( ENe ) 3rd M.Elston ( Poo) 4th W.Clarke ( Hor)

Northern Fours and Junior League Round 1 - 18th April 2010

Report: Mike Hack

Astley & Tyldesley hosted the opening round of the Northern Junior League series at Gin Pit on Sunday. A & T's Joel Partington and Stockport's Ben Higham both raced unbeaten in their respective age categories. Stockport ran out winners, with A & T second and Sheffield third on the day.

Northern Junior League Round 1 result

Stockport 118 Astley & Tyldesley 60 Sheffield 24

U-10s: Tyler Koch (A & T) 14, Adam Turnbull (A & T) 12.
U-13s: Joel Partington (A & T) 16, Matt Turner (Stockport) 14, Adam Watson (Sheffield) 12, Georgina Healey (Stockport) 10, Stefan Whitelegg (A & T) 10.
U-16s: Jack Lush (Stockport) 15, Dylan Radcliffe (Stockport) 15, Mat Lush (Stockport) 14, Jake Read (Stockport) 10, Joe Pickford (Stockport) 8.
U-19s: Ben Higham (Stockport) 16, Luke Jamson (Sheffield) 12, Matthew Turnbull (A & T) 8.
Combination: Jon Wilkinson (Stockport) 16.
Referee - Bill Phillips.

Northern Fours Round 1 - 18th April 2010

Bolstered by the inclusion of two Edinburgh riders on secondary registrations, Bury pipped Stockport by just 1 point to win the opening round of the Northern Fours League series at Gin Pit. The match was keenly fought throughout, with Stockport's Mat Lush the only rider to defeat the Bury duo of Chris Parish and Mikey Hewitson.

Northern Fours League Round 1 result

Bury 53 Stockport 52 Hull 30 Heckmondwike 21

Bury: Mikey Hewitson 15, Chris Parish 15, Robert Bandosz 12, Neil Howarth 11.
Stockport: Mat Lush 14, Ben Higham 13, Dylan Radcliffe 13, Jack Lush 9, Jon Wilkinson 3.
Hull: Graham Storey 8, Simon Plows 8, Lewis Aylmer 7, Ben Swanborough 7.
Heckmondwike: Darren Kent 12, Jake Read 5, Richard Westcott 4.
Referee - Alan Farrell.

More Results 

South East League Division 1 - 21st April 2010

HETHERSETT 79 Dan Chambers 19 Phil Adams 17 David Adams 11

NORWICH 99 Lee Grange 16+1 Leigh Cossey 15+2 Barry Copping 14+1 Alan Parkins 14+1

Referee Ian Grange

British Youth and Junior League (Midland) Round 1 - 17th April 2010 - Leicester

Wednesfield 141 Bretford 130 Leicester 102 Sandwell 66 East Park 41 Birmingham 26

Grand Prix Series A Finals

U8 K Bell (Wed) B Winwood (BH) S Price (Bre) C White (Wed)
U10 N Cleaver (Bre) D Price (Bre) J Harriman (Wed) C Thomas (Bre)
U12 L Kemp (Bre) L Doughty (Lei) S Cox (Wed) L Davies (Lei)
U14 M Haddock (San) L Johnston (EP) J Brooks (Lei) C Cooper (Lei)
U16 S Millward (San) M Smith (San) J Kemp (Bre) W Hanson (Bre)
U18 L Draisey (Wed) M Hartshorn (Lei) J Hill (San) J Burke (EP)
Girls A Crouch (Lei) C Ellitts (Wed) R Brindley (Wed) J Ellitts (Wed)

British Youth and Junior League (Northern) Round 1 - 17th April 2010 - Stockport


Under 8s
A FINAL: Max Evans (A&T); Tyler Koch (A&T):

Under 10s
A FINAL: Ed Morton (Sh); Adam Turnbull (A&T); Alfie Woolley (St); William Woolley (St):
B FINAL: Niamh Morton (Sh):

Under 12s
A FINAL: Adam Phillips (A&T); Matt Turner (St); Adam Watson (Sh); Amber Webster (Sh):
B FINAL: Sam Schofield (Hu); Niall Morton (Sh); Kieron Hale (Sh); Jake Millington (Sh):
C FINAL: Katy Unwin (Sh):

Under 14s
A FINAL: Jake Reed (St); Jordon Gabittas (Sh); Richard Hudson (Sh); Kyle Brough (Sh):
B FINAL: James Carter (St); Joe Pickford (St); Joel Partington (A&T); Ashley Houlden (Sh):
C FINAL: Sacha Street (A&T):

A FINAL: Laura Watson (Sh); Karolina Olczak (Sh); Georgina Healey (St):

Under 16s
A FINAL: Mat Lush (St); Jack Lush (St); Ben Swanborough (Hu); Dylan Radcliffe (St):
B FINAL: Aiden Owen (Sh); Liam Webster (Sh); Will Owens (Bu); James Unwin (Sh):

Under 18s
A FINAL: Luke Jamson (Sh); Ben Higham (St); Ben Dickenson (Sh):