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Reports and results week ending 12th June 2011

11th June 2011, East Newport Cycle Speedway Club
Report: Rob Absalom | Images: Gilbert Davis


The final was always going to be an open affair and once again this match went right to last race. The compact East Newport circuit always provides great racing moments and nail biting incidents and today was no exception to the rule. With the track looking resplendent decked out in bunting and racing surface the best it has ever been thanks to the hard working club members the scene was set for a great final. The first shock of the day was in heat 3 with Stockport 2006 rider Matt Turner heading home Astley and Tyldesley's Adam Phillips. Will Tidball of Exeter kept winning races and looked very much at home with his smooth cornering and show of power down the straights kept him in contention all the way through the meeting. The East Newport trio of riders kept the crowd alive with their great passing skills and determination. Adam Bennett looked at ease even though he was nursing a displaced knuckle and who knows what he may have achieved had he been fully fit?

The final four races dished up the best racing of the day with all riders knowing what they needed to make it to the podium. Matt Turner enjoyed his third win of the day to finish on 17 points. The final race of the day saw Adam Phillips take his gate 2 against the diminutive Will Tidball who got himself ready on gate 4. The tapes shot up releasing the four riders and it was Adam Phillips who turned on the power to shoot away and take the win without any drama. Tidball however had a real battle on his hands. A second place would give him second overall and try as he may he just could not find the position to secure the runner up spot with pass after pass seeing him on the outside of the Leicester rider Liam Davies who held on for the second spot in the race. While Phillips basked in his winning glory Tidball and Turner was put through a run off situation for second and third overall.

Tidball won the toss and elected to take grid 2. The race started with Tidball holding his gate and defending off a strong challenge from the Stockport rider. After four laps of chasing the rider from Devon celebrated a great win and the silver medal much to the supporter's pleasure. Referee, Colin Simmons put on a great display from the centre green and kept the racing flowing. All riders were presented with cups sponsored by Trident Health Safety and Environmental and supplied by Dash Trophies. Overall a great day for riders and spectators and with so many young riders putting on such a great show the sport enjoyed one of its finest moments. The weather held off for the day allowing the hard work put in by the East Newport club to be fully appreciated and special thanks most go all who worked so hard to make this day stand out.

1st Adam Phillips Astley & Tyldesley - 19points
2nd Will Tidball Exeter - 17pts (after run off)
3rd Matt Turner Stockport 2006 - 17pts
Ethan Greenslade East Newport - 16pts
Lee Kemp Bretford - 15 pts
Liam Davies Leicester - 14pts
George Horsely Horspath - 14pts
Adam Bennett East Newport - 13pts
James Elston Bury - 13pts
Jake Neighbour Horspath - 13pts
Adam Watson Sheffield - 10.5pts
Liam Doughty Leicester - 10pts
Callum Smith Stockport 2006 - 8pts
Tudor Coombes East Newport - 8pts
George Newman Poole - 6.5 pts
Callum Albin Poole - 4pts
1st Reserve Matthew Gifkins Kesgrave DNR
2nd Reserve Jay Briggs Poole DNR
Referee - Colin Simmons Gwent


Just prior to the match the East Newport track witnessed thunder, lightning and a downpour but nothing was going to stop the home club putting on a top match for this inaugural Under 13s Girls event.

The sport of cycle speedway has taken big strides in providing racing opportunities for all and this match was seen as a tester to see if the strategy was working and judging b the quality of racing cycle speedway has a good future. Girls from all over the country came together to pit their skills against each other and the sport's top club, Wednesfield, provided two favourites in Sharna Cox and Courtney Aris. With the first three races gone Cox and Aris had both won their battles and were brought together in heat 5 along with East Newport's Jamielea Walters who had won her first outing against the two Sheffield girls Billie Owen and Amber Webster.

Heat 5 was the battle of the big guns and all three riders lined up with Walters on grid 1, Cox on grid 2 and Aris on grid 3. Walters made the gate and all three girls bunched up going into the first turn but it was Walters who kept her cool and powered in well and picked up her pedals early to exit in first place. Aris was in hot pursuit though and after 2 laps ad caught the Welsh girl going into the first turn on lap 3. Once again Walters stayed strong and was not put off by the challenge which resulted in Aris taking a fall.

The crowd waited to see if the referee was going to stop the race but thankfully Aris remounted and rejoined the race. By now Jamielea Walters was a good half lap in front and took the race win. Walters third race was on the outside of the Jess Drane of Poole but another show of strength saw Walters round Drane on the first turn to take her third chequered flag. Courtney Aris and Sharna Cox both completed their matches in winning style leaving a final race off between the two girls from East Newport.

With Jamielea on gate 2 and Sophie Thomas who looked far older than her real age of 8 years old on gate 3 it was all down to who would hold their nerve. The tapes flew up and both girls raced off the gate. Walters sheer power gave her the advantage and she pulled away to take her fourth race win and a perfect maximum score to take the title in great style. The home supporters erupted with delight for both of their girls as the Welsh club enjoyed its newest British Champion and Sophie coming fourth overall in a field where she was four year younger than the next girl. This event has a future and deserves to be staged in great fashion. Congratulations to Jamielea who spent the rest of the afternoon with such a huge smile on her face and well done to all the girls who made the match very memorable.

1st Jamielea Walters East Newport - 16points
2nd Sharna Cox Wednesfield - 15pts
3rd Courtney Aris Wednesfield - 14pts
Sophie Thomas East Newport 13pts
Jessica Drane Poole 11pts
Billie Owen Sheffield 11pts
Amber Webster Sheffield 10pts
Referee - Teresa Mourant Wiltshire

Sandwell v Stoke
12th June 2011
Report: Roger Beaman


On a cold and very, very wet afternoon two teams met to ride their tie in the British Team Championship, and both sets of riders deserved full praise for turning up and riding in the rain which fell all afternoon, and got worse as the match went on.

It was not an afternoon of great racing, but it still had its stars, Lewis Bates for Stoke, showed once again how happy he is on Sandwell's track, and Lee Smith Sandwell young International, who is having a great season, showed that the rain could not stop him from scoring well.

After both teams took maximum points from their two opening heats, Stoke had Lance Bates excluded for moving at the tapes, and Stoke also lost Simon Munden to the same fate in heat 9. Sandwell were 13 points up, and in the second half moved further away from their visitors. Even losing Ricki Johnson for slowing the race down in heat 14, or Matt Smith moving at the tapes, couldn't stop Sandwell's march to victory.

But take nothing away from any one of the riders - they all did their best, and on another day the scores may have been different. However Sandwell went through to the next round after winning by 93 points to 75.

Sandwell: Lee Smith 16+1, David Ball 15+1, Scott Millward 14, Matt Smith 14+1, Steve Brooks 11+1, Jim Palmer 11+1, Ricki Johnson 9+3, Luke Brookes 3

Stoke: Lewis Bates 20, Richard Harris 15, Errol Thaw 14+1, Leighton Bates 10+1, Simon Munden 10+1, Lance Bates 6.

Hull v Norwich, 12th June 2011
Report: Adam Stephenson

Hull hosted Norwich in the opening round of the 2011 British Team Cup on a wet and miserable Sunday afternoon. The meeting opened with 2 drawn heats before disaster struck for the home side in heat 3 after Lee Grange and Josh Colby got the better of Hull's Corey Graham and Andy Angell to pull out a 4 point lead which they would not relinquish all afternoon.

Another shared heat followed before the Norwich pairing of Ian Grange and Jake Bacon gained the 2nd 7-3 advantage of the match, this time over Hull's Swanborough and Storey. Try as they might Hull could not make any inroads into the deficit until the second half, with deadlock between the 2 sides for the next 7 heats.

Heat 13 then saw Hull's first advantage of the match with Corey Graham leading Ian Grange over the line and Andy Angell holding Jason Barker at the back to pull within 5 points. Norwich however hit straight back with a 6-4 of their own with Ian Swanborough splitting Lee Grange and Jake Bacon. Another shared heat followed as Stephenson just missed out to Colby on the line after shepherding partner Graham Storey ahead of Rich Hunt.

With 3 heats remaining Norwich remained in the driving seat with a 7 point lead, and a 6-4 advantage in the 16th from Chambers and Barker over Angell and Swanborough all but sealed the match for the long travelled Norfolk side. A consolation 6-4 to Hull in penultimate heat had little effect before Stephenson duly won the 18th for a share of the points.

With the scores finishing 93-86 to Norwich, Hull where left ruing every small mistake, ultimately just needing that extra spark and perhaps lacking that extra man. The telling factor of the match could be seen by comparison of the 2 sides bonus points, with Norwich amassing an impressive 12 between them compared to Hull's 2. Hull relied too heavily on their top 3, just lacking down the order despite heaps of effort from the whole side.

Norwich however packed the middle placing's all afternoon and despite accumulating only 6 of the 18 heat wins, progress through to the next round of the competition.
Credit must be left with both teams for putting on a friendly, sporting match in trying conditions, as well as with referee Darren Kent for controlling the match without a hitch. Despite the miserable conditions both sides enjoyed an after match barbeque before heading off home. This match was surely an example of that the British Team Cup should be about, 2 locally sourced teams battling it out in good spirit and enjoying their racing whatever the weather could throw at them.


Hull: Adam Stephenson 19, Andy Angell 14, Corey Graham 11, Ian Swanborough 8, Graham Storey 6+2, Ben Swanborough 6, Rich Pawson 2.

Norwich: Lee Grange 17, Dan Chambers 14+3, Ian Grange 14+2, Leigh Cossey 15, Jason Barker 10+2, Rich Hunt 6+1, Jake Bacon 5+1.

Next up for Hull is the rearranged Northern League fixture at Heckmondwyke on Wednesday evening.

12th June 2011
Report: Mike Hack

A & T staged the 4th Round of the A & T Go-Ride Grand Prix series on Sunday. The event was staged on a 55 metres grass circuit at the Three Sisters Motor Racing Circuit in Ashton-in-Makerfield, as part of the Wigan Family Cycling Day. Quite a few newcomers enjoyed a free trial in the morning, but heavy rain fell throughout the match, which reduced the numbers of potential new recruits to the event. Adam Phillips took a fall in heat 5 in the slippery conditions, but pulled off a last bend pass on Adam Turnbull to win heat 8. Turnbull took advantage of a slip by Sacha Street to win heat 10, which put him on 15 points, along with Phillips, with Street one point adrift on 14. In the run-off for 1st place, Turnbull held off Phillips to take the winner's trophy for this round.

A & T Go-Ride Grand Prix Round 4 result

Adam Turnbull 15, Adam Phillips 15, Sacha Street 14, Stefan Whitelegg 12, Thomas Whitwam 12, Matthew Turnbull 12, Max Evans 11, Ben Steen 2, Adam Carberry 2.
Referee - Mike Hack.

Leading positions after 4 rounds - Adam Phillips 88 GP pts, Adam Turnbull 63, Max Evans 61, Thomas Whitwam 60, Stefan Whitelegg 48, Matthew Turnbull 26.

Stockport v Wednesfield, 12th June 2011

Stockport 88 Wednesfield 89

8th June 2011, Harford Park

A Final results

U10 - 1 Owen Wells NOR 2 Tyler Matthews HET 3 Aaron Mills NOR 4 Scott Colby NOR
U13 - 1 Ian Gothard NOR 2 Rohan Ewbank NOR 3 Jasmin Matthews HET 4 Josh Saunders NOR
U16 - 1 Oliver Riley NOR 2 Oliver Buxton HET 3 Scott Grimes HET 4 Robert Warminger NOR (ns)

SEN - 1 Lucasz Piszczek NOR 2 Jason Barker NOR 3 Harley Hamill HET 4 Philip Adams HET

LADIES/GIRLS - 1 Danielle Riley NOR 2 Tiffany Collins HET 3 Carly Grimes HET 4 Melissa Carter HET

29 riders

Referee - Richard Hunt