Cycle Speedway Weekly Reports
Reports and Results Week Ending 8th August 2010
British Club Championships
8th August 2010 | Report: Graham Sutton
Six contending heavyweights were whittled down to four in the Open semi's as Horspath and Sheffield narrowly missed the cut leaving Leicester, Wednesfield, defending champions Birmingham and hosts Poole to contest the final at Harbourside Park.
After a nailbiting finish in the Womens final there was every expectation that the seniors would provide an equally dramatic finale to the 2010 Club Championships and early exchanges seemed to bear this out as Leicester sought to capitalise on their inside grids. All went well in the two opening heats as Dan Pike and Craig Marchant delivered the wins but Lee Aris got the better of Adam Peck in heat 3 with Ben Mould taking an impressive second place.
Wednesfield rode their luck in heat 4 after Thomas Reed fell whilst comfortably ahead of a re-run heat following an exclusion to Nathan Groves, allowing Mark Griffiths to pick up a four point bonus ahead of Jason Ashford. This levelled the scores at 13 apiece for Leicester and Wednesfield with Birmingham on eight and Poole failing to pick up points from gates 4's with a meagre 5 points.
Birmingham were expected to strike back in the next four heats from their insides but they surprisingly trailed in last in heats 5 and 6 as Gavin Wheeler and Thomas Reed gave Poole fresh hopes with impressive wins. Nathan Groves won a re-run heat 7 after Craig Marchant and Pete Young crashed at the first attempt with referee Colin Simmons ruling the Poole captain out of the re-start. Ben Mould scorched away in heat 8 and the interval scoreline stood at Wednesfield 24 Leicester 22, Birmingham 18 and Poole 14.
Marcus Wadhams proved an effective reserve replacement winning heat 9 from gate 2 over Thomas Reed thwarting the host clubs' chance of a second half surge. Gavin Wheeler and Tom Colling got a full return from their next two inside grids but Pete Young, clearly less than 100% after his earlier spill could only manage a point behind a supercharged Paul Heard in heat 12 and with four heats remaining it was a three horse race between the Midland clubs with Leicester and Wednesfield on 32 and Birmingham in with a shout on 30.
Wednesfield were clearly favourites with four insides to finish and when Scott Docherty capped an impressive day with a win in heat 13 it was down to a two way fight as Nathan Groves incurred another exclusion. Ben Mould rode an outstanding four laps in heat 14 but with Jason Ashford falling and Chris Jewkes securing 3 points with a pass on youngest competitor Arron Morgan, the Aces were odds on. Who better to nail the title than British Champion Lee Aris who delivered the vital win in the penultimate heat and the margin was up to 7 points as Dan Pike got his marching orders after a do or die effort.
The new champions could afford the luxury of resting Mark Griffiths in heat 16 and Roger Cox returned the happiest last place of the day as his team started their victory celebrations.
Wednesfield 44 - Scott Doherty 12, Lee Aris 12, Chris Jewkes 11, Mark Griffiths 8, Roger Cox 1
Leicester 40 - Craig Marchant 13, Adam Peck 10, Jason Ashford 9, Dan Pike 8, Kevin Burns dnr
Birmingham 38 - Ben Mould 11, Chris Timms 7, Paul Heard 7, Marcus Wadhams 7, Nathan Groves 6
Poole 34 - Gavin Wheeler 12, Tom Reed 10, Tom Collins 8, Pete Young 2, Aaron Morgan 2
Referee: Colin Simmons (Gwent)
Semi Final 1
Poole 51 - Thomas Reed 15 Tom Colling 12 Gavin Wheeler 12 Pete Young 10 Arron Morgan 2
Birmingham 48 - Chris Timms 12 Paul Heard 10 Marcus Wadhams 9 Nathan Groves 9 Ben Mould 8
Horspath 43 - Lewis Osborne 11 Steve Harris 11 Chris Osborne 8 Mark Carmichael 8 Sean Rudman 5
Referee: Wayne Aris
Semi Final 2
Wednesfield 48 - Lee Aris 16 Scott Docherty 11 Chris Jewkes 9 Mark Griffiths 9 Roger Cox 3
Leicester 43 - Dan Pike 13 Jason Ashford 11 Craig Marchant 9 Adam Peck 8 Kev Burns 2
Sheffield 42 - Andy Angel 11 Jamie Brown 11 Ryan Hoyland 10 Ben Dickenson 10
Ipswich 22 - Jamie Chittock 6 Jordan Stant 6 Dan Johnson 5 Ashley Hill 5
Referee - Colin Simmons
South West League Roundup - Graham Sutton
Further demonstration of the competitive nature of 2010 Division 1 racing came at two South Coast venues as Poole and Hellingly snatched the points in last heat deciders. Poole held an 8 point lead with four races remaining but great rivals Horspath fought back to level the scores only for the home side to open up a 3 point lead in the penultimate heat. Steve Harris competed an unbeaten performance in the decisive heat 18 but two stars of the Poole U.16 squad Leyton Glover and Arron Morgan kept cool heads to clinch the all important minor places.
Two closely matched sides raced nip and tuck at Lower Dicker as Exeter held a slender 1 point advantage going into heat 18 on the tricky Eastbourne circuit. Hellingly sprung a 7-3 in the final race to take their fifth Division 1 win of the season and put a big dent in the Devon clubs title aspirations. One point was all that separated Newport and Southampton at the half way stage at the International Sports Village track but after the break the home side capitalised on their greater strength in depth to run out comfortable winners.
Poole v Horspath
Poole 90: Arron Morgan 18 Chris Shylock 14 Leyton Glover 14 Sam Hearn 13 Dean Hook 12 Ben Donohue 8 Matt Mildon 6 Luke Armes 5
Horspath 87: Steve Harris 19 Matt Szymczak 15 Mike Burgess 15 Jack Smith 10 Paul Gibbs 9 Wayne Clarke 7 Matt Coulter 7 Lee Clarke 5
Hellingly v Exeter
Hellingly 9: Neil Hollebon 19 Martin Hollebon 16 Joel Moore 14 Dave Bonniface 11 Ed Ridley 11 Zac Parsons 11 Sam Craddock 6 Steve Archer 3
Exeter 88: Tom Reed 17 Mark Reed 15 Craig Nethercott 15 Aaron Herbert 12 Dave Dart 10 Andy Collett 9 Sam Dart 5 Jamie Lovering 5
Newport v Southampton
Newport 96: Colin Simmons 17 Mark Carmichael 17 Jack Harrold 15 Dave Murphy 15 Chris Davies 9 Joe Lewis 9 Lee Tippings 9 Ryan Evans 5
Southampton 83: Gavin Wheeler 18 Rob Haywood 16 Tom Colling 13 Colin Wheeler 12 Josh Robinson 9 Dan Miller 8 Haydn Chant 4 Alex Matthews 3
Newport maintained their place at the top of the Conference table with a victory over Southampton but 2009 champions Poole remain the only U.18 side in the region with a 100% record after overcoming Horspath. Exeter won their foot of the table clash with Hellingly but there were some encouraging performances from the home side who are new to the league in 2010.
Poole v Horspath
Poole 86: Harry Boucher 16 Dean Hook 15 Matt Mildon 15 Arron Smith 13 Matt Elston 9 Arron Morgan 8 Will Bristowe 7 Leyton Glover 3
Horspath 61: JackSmith17 Zac Payne 11 Wayne Clarke 10 Jordan Richardson 9 Lee Clarke 7 Matt Coulter 4 George Horsley 3
Hellingly v Exeter
Hellingly 68: Jess Moore 18 Sam Craddock 16 Tristian Bassett 10 Steve Archer 7 Phoebe Kemp 7 Matthew Ridley Washer 6 Richard Ball 4
Exeter 80: Aaron Herbert 19 Lauren Hookway 14 James Robinson 13 Sam Dart 12 Jamie Lovering 12 Charlie Jane Herbert 10
Newport v Southampton
Newport 84: Ryan Evans 20 Jack Harrold 14 Lee Tippings 14 Joe Lewis 11 Dan Denny 11 Rebecca Davies 9 Dean Bonicci 4 Natalie Ward 1
Southampton 65: Dan Miller 15 Alex Matthews 12 Haydn Chant 11 Josh Robinson 10 Ethan Day Lewis 9 James Colling 5 Jamie Miller 3
Astley & Tyldesley v Heckmondwike Challenge Match
8th August, Gin Pit, Astley | Report: Mike Hack
Astley & Tyldesley welcomed Heckmondwike to compete in a challenge match at Gin Pit. The visitors arrived with three veteran riders, so A & T lent them three juniors to make their team up. The scores were close for the first seven races, as A & T edged into a 38-32 lead. The home team then banged in five maximum 7-3 heat wins in the remaining eight races, to run out convincing 90-60 winners. All of A & T's junior riders rode and scored well, with Luke Jamson, Adam Phillips, Joel Partington, Max Evans and Reece Pollitt only losing to the visitors' best rider Darren Kent. Both Matthew Turnbull and Adam Turnbull weighed in with important third places which ensured heat advantages for A & T in their races. For Heckmondwike, Darren Kent was impressive throughout and lost only to Luke Jamson in heat 13, with Richard Westcott and Alex Green both picking up two second places each.
Challenge match result
Astley & Tyldesley 90 Heckmondwike 60
A & T: Luke Jamson 18 (1), Adam Phillips 17 (2), Joel Partington 15 (2), Max Evans 14 (1), Adam Turnbull 10 (1), Reece Pollitt 9 (2), Matthew Turnbull 7.
Heckmondwike: Darren Kent 19, Richard Westcott 12, Alex Green 9, Andy Morris 8 (1), Adam Jamson 7, Ross Green 5.
Referee - Bill Phillips.
Round 5 of the North West Go-Race Grand Prix series followed, with the 13 riders handicapped according to age, ability and experience, which once again led to some close final laps. Newcomer Charlotte Gilmore took full advantage of her pole position starts to record a 20 points maximum, narrowly holding off a late charge from another newcomer, Adam Jamson, to win the decisive heat 17. That was Adam's only defeat of the match, as he took runners-up position on the day. Adam Phillips and Max Evans took joint third place on the day, with Adam Turnbull one point behind. A most impressive display was put in by 6 year old newcomer Thomas Whituam, who took two wins and two second places, pedalling furiously to hang on to his favourable starting positions.
North West Go-Race Grand Prix Round 5 result
Charlotte Gilmore 20, Adam Jamson 19, Adam Phillips 17, Max Evans 17, Adam Turnbull 16, Thomas Whituam 15, Ross Green 13, Alex Green 12, Matthew Turnbull 11, Joel Partington 11, Luke Jamson 11, Reece Pollitt 10, Ben Thornton 10.
Referee - Bill Phillips.
With one round remaining, Max Evans leads the series on 60 points, ahead of Adam Turnbull on 54 and Adam Phillips on 53. 36 riders have contested this series so far this season.
East London v Norwich
8th August 2010 | Report: Brian Barnett: www.cyclespeedwayphotos.co.uk
East London started badly with two tape exclusions for Steve Woodruff in the opening race, followed by Neil Lester being excluded in the second race for moving at the start. Steve Woodruff suffered a heavy fall on the first corner in race 12 resulting in him being excluded from the rerun.
East London 94
Manchester Individual League Finals
4th August 2010, Bury | Report: Mike Hack
Bury hosted the first of the three Manchester League Individual Finals evenings, to be held on three successive Wednesdays.
First up were the U-10s and Bury's James Elston recorded a 16 points maximum score to take the title, in his first season of racing. Astley & Tyldesley riders took the next three places, with Adam Turnbull runner-up, Max Evans third and first year rider Ross Green just missing out on a top three slot. All the finalists received an award. Adam Turnbull received the trophy for winning the U-10 Grand Prix series, held over six rounds earlier in the season.
Manchester League U-10 Individual Final result
James Elston (Bury) 16, Adam Turnbull (A & T) 15, Max Evans (A & T) 14, Ross Green (A & T) 13, Jack Hart (Bury) 12, Alfie Woolley (Stockport) 11, Max Elliott (Bury) 10, George Mitchell (Bury) 9.
Referee - Graham Lush (Stockport).
There was a good turn-out of 14 riders for the U-16 event, despite there being a few riders missing on holiday. Heat 2 proved to be a decisive race, as Jake Read was excluded for moving at the start, with Jack Lush taking an easy win from grid 4 in the re-run. Both riders won their remaining races, as Lush took the title with a 20 points maximum score. Adam Phillips and Joe Pickford seized on Read's misfortune to rack up the points and fill the other two rostrum positions, with Phillips' win over Pickford in heat 9 ultimately deciding the runner-up position. Jack Lush was commanding throughout to take an impressive win, with 12 year old Adam Phillips putting in an excellent performance in an older age category for him. Joe Pickford rode consistently to take third place, ahead of James Carter, with Jake Read left to rue his early exclusion, as Stockport riders took four of the top five places.
Manchester League U-16 Individual Final result
Jack Lush (Stockport) 20, Adam Phillips (A & T) 18, Joe Pickford (Stockport) 17, James Carter (Stockport) 16, Jake Read (Stockport) 16, Laura Watson (Bury) 14, Phil Peach (Bury) 14, Ryan Livesey (Bury) 13, Adam Watson (Bury) 13, James Elston (Bury) 12, Alex Green (A & T) 10, Bradley Smethurst (Bury) 9, Connor Smethurst (Bury) 9, Jamie Chester (Bury) 7.
Referee - Alan Taylor (Stockport).
The Manchester League U-13 and U-19 Individual Finals will take place at Stockport next Wednesday evening, 7 pm registration.
4/8 Norfolk Grand Prix Series Round 5 at Harford Park
U13 & Novice
1 Oliver Riley NOR 2 Dane Parkins NOR 3 Oliver Buxton HET 4 Isaac Bocz NOR
1 Scott Grimes HEt 2 Danielle Riley NOR 3 Robert Warminger NOR 4 Tiffany Collins HET
U19 & Seniors & Vets
1 Josh Colby NOR 2 Dan Chambers HET 3 Jason Barker NOR 4 Phil Adams HET
Referee - Ian Grange
8/8 South East League Division 1
IPSWICH 114 - Marcus Szyszlyk 13+4 James Chittock 16 Lauren Jacobs 16 John Mason 15+1
Ashley Hill 15+1 Leon Mower 14+2 Dan Pike 13+3
HETHERSETT 64 - Ben Collins 13+1 Tim Grimes 11 Scott Grimes 10
Ref - Dave Hill
8/8 South East Combination Division
IPSWICH (105+26) 131 - Tom Pike 15+5 Matt Hill 18+1 Daniel Knights 16+3
HETHERSETT 55 - Scott Grimes 19 Oliver Buxton 10
Ref - Dan Pike
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