Coventry battle to first away win in five years at Stoke

Coventry battle to first away win in five years at Stoke


Location: Stoke Cycle Speedway, Shelton
Event: 27 May 2012

Coventry Cycle Speedway team raced to their first away win in five years by winning 95-85 at Stoke last Sunday afternoon in the Midlands League.

The Hearsall Common side produced a fine all round team performance at the impressive new Potteries track on a scotching afternoon as temperatures reached 28 degrees celsius.

They set a hot pace on the track led by heat leaders Konrad Pietak, Myke Grimes and Mark Winwood in a morale boosting win. They turned the tables on their Potteries rivals after Stoke had won a tight contest at Hearsall Common in March.

The first three heats were drawn, with the speedy Grimes showing a new found confidence, mounted on a new £500 bike, in winning heat 2. Coventry edged ahead for the first time by winning heat 4 via the Pietak – Paul Janaway pairing.

Fast starting Pole Pietak zoomed away for another win in heat 8, before Grimes and Janaway combined for a well worked maximum advantage in heat 9 ensured Coventry reached the interval leading by 48-42.

A succession of drawn heats followed as Coventry held on, before veteran reserve Joe McLaughlin easily won heat 14, joined by Winwood after smart team riding by the pair on the first corner.

Two more shared heats followed and Coventry wrapped up the league points in the penultimate heat 17 with another heat success by the flying Grimes, supported well by Norman Venson.

Coventry’s three pronged spearhead of Pietak, Grimes and Winwood all scored heavily but it was the consistent contributions of all the rest of the team that secured the league points.

In the following Midland League division 2 encounter, Coventry won 92 – 77 over their Stoke counterparts with their five man team of Macauley Burmnett, Adam Dickinson, Spencer Sawbridge, Calum McCarroll and James Kirrane all scoring well.