Hethersett Hawks v Norwich
Hethersett Hawks completed a double over neighbours Norwich Stars to put them in pole position for runners-up spot but with two tricky away matches to come. The local derby was a physical and tetchy affair but it never got out of hand.
On paper Hethersett looked to have a stronger side but did make hard work of it at times and certainly got the rub of the green from many of the incidents. Their solid teamwork - they only lost three races - and a good performance from Leigh Cossey saw them home. The Buxton/Cossey paring dropped just one point in their three races together and a 7-2 win by Phil Adams and Josh Herring sealed the match in heat 14.
HETHERSETT 97 NORWICH 79
(L.Cossey 18 O.Riley 14 D.Chambers 13 P.Adams 11 D.Adams 10 O.Buxton 10 J.Herring 9 H.Hamill 7 D.Riley 5)
In the Division 2 match Hethersett again looked too strong but credit to the young Norwich side who certainly gave them a stiff challenge as the Hawks made several errors. After five heats it was all square but a Danni Riley/Phil Adams 7-3 started a run of three heat wins that gave the Hawks an eight-point cushion that they were able to defend successfully. Olly Riley won four races and Katie Adams got in the points despite racing with a cracked rib incurred in a fall at Leicester the previous week.
HETHERSETT B 82 NORWICH B 73
(D.Riley 16 O.Riley 16 P.Adams 15 O.Buxton 14 K.Adams 9 R.Carter 7 D.Adams 5)
Olly Riley (U16s), Olly Buxton (Seniors) and Danni Riley (Ladies) all won their categories at Spixworth to retain their leads in the Norfolk Grand Prix Series with three rounds to go. All three will take that good form into this coming weekend's British Championships at those categories in the Midlands where Dan Chambers will also be competing in the Seniors.
East London v Kesgrave
With both teams well balanced, this is a match that either team could win. The first race getting under way. East London's pairing of L Stevens and D Hughes with a 7-3, against Kesgrave's pairing of J Oakley and L Giffkins.
However in the second race Kesgrave leveled the scores with a 7-3. With the pairing of M Oakley and Gary Brown against East London's pairing of S Myhill and K Smith.
The scores remained close throughout. With East London's L Stevens scoring well, with 20 points from six races. Was well supported by the rest of the East London team. Kesgrave's G Brown scoring 23 from six races, along with team riding his partner home in race two. G Brown was unbeaten by an East London rider!. The Kesgrave team performed well giving G Brown support, and were unlucky not to win.
East London 82 Kesgrave 78
East London scores: L Stevens 20, D Hughes 11, S Myhill 14, K Smith 11, N Lester 19, K Johnson 4, A Burt 3
J Oakley 7, L Giffkins 10, M Oakley 12, G Brown 23, C Repman 10, P Repman 16
South East Div 1 .
Ipswich v Great Blakenham
Ipswich hosted Great Blakenham looking to wrap up their last home fixture in this season South East division one with a win and to continue their unbeaten run in the league. With the team boasting all the members from the successful under 19's British Club Champions it was always going to be a long afternoon for the visitors and so it proved to be with the home team in irresistible mood; racking up fifteen heats advantages to ease to a comfortable victory.
Lead from the front by captain Ashley Hill and was well supported by his best performance of the season by Fraser Harris who posted a fine 17+2. Great Blakenham on the other hand only managed two heat advantages only after exclusions to Ipswich riders the other heat being shared as Adam Peck done all he could to keep the score respectable while Will Jennings gave a good account of himself and young Sam Broom is improving all the time.
Ipswich 116: Lauren Jacobs 19 , Ashley Hill 18, Fraser Harris 17, Richard Fellgett 15, Matt Hill 13, Dan Knights 13, Charlie Rumbold 12, Lewis Roberts 9
Great Blakenham 63: Adam Peck 15, Will Jennings 10, Ray Pyke 9, Gavin Whitehouse 9, Sam Turland 6, Vlad Simmons 5, Sam Broom 4, Terry Ashford 4
South East Div 2
Just like the first team Ipswich were looking to keep their 100% record intact and with even a very
young team been sent out by manager Les Fellgett they still proved to be too strong for a tiring Blakenham side.
Pierce Bacon and Ben Harvey led the assault on their visitors with clinical passing manuovers and younger brothers Alex Harvey and Harrison Bacon weren't going to be outshone by their older brothers as they shewn off their alround potential while Lisa Bown continues to learn from her mentor Lauren Jacobs.
All in all another solid team performance from the Ipswich team and now they will look forward to their next fixture away to Norwich and bring the curtain down on another successful season.
Ipswich 104: Pierce Bacon 18, Ben Harvey 17, Alex Harvey 13, Lisa Bown 11, Harrison Bacon 11, Lauren Jacobs 10, Fraser Harris 10, Dan Knights 7, Richard Fellgett 7
Great Blakenham 56: Ray Pyke 13, Sam Turland 11, Gavin Whitehouse 9, TerryAshford 8, Sam Broom 8, Vlad Simmons 7
Northern League Division 1
Astley & Tyldesley v Sheffield Rockets
On a bright sunny day, Astley & Tyldesley / CWTS welcomed Sheffield Rockets for a Northern League fixture at Gin Pit. Torrential rain the day before had left the track grippy, but in need of some reinstatement work, which was carried out beforehand.
Polish star Tomasz Wlodarczyk marked his return to the A&T side by winning heat 1, but another returnee, Danny Swales, fell at the first bend, as the points were shared. The next two races were drawn, before A&T took the lead after Rich Hudson collected a gate exclusion. In the re-run, A&T held a 7-2 right up to the chequered flag, before Rob Mawhood pipped George Hughes on the line, to take second place behind Mark Graham for a 6-3.
Two more shared races followed, before an action packed heat 7. Mick Knowles took the lead after Kyle Holland moved out Danny Hughes on the first bend. Hughes pulled off a great pass on Holland on the third lap and chased after a slowing Knowles. He made his move to pass the Sheffield veteran on the last bend, but a smart switch by Holland saw him cut back inside to join his partner for a Sheffield 7-3.
This put the visitors one point ahead for the first time in the match, but A&T hit back with a 6-4 to the Graham brothers over Ellie Sullivan and Vicky Brown, for an interval lead of 40-39. Astonishingly, all seven races in the second half were shared 5-5, as A&T held on grimly to take a 75-74 win and move off the bottom of the Division 1 table.
Tomasz Wlodarczyk rode to an immaculate 20 points maximum score, with great performances from Danny Hughes, Paul Graham and Mark Graham. A&T provided the race winner in 10 of the 15 races, but it was good solid team riding by Sheffield in packing the minor places, which kept them in strong contention throughout the match. Their captain Kyle Holland and Zac Smurthwaite led their charge, whilst a back injury restricted Rich Hudson to two race wins.
Astley & Tyldesley 75 Sheffield Rockets 74
A&T: Tomasz Wlodarczyk 20, Danny Hughes 16, Paul Graham 13 (2), Mark Graham 12, George Hughes 5 (1), Roy Heslop 5 (1), Danny Swales 3, Ciaran Collins 1.
Sheffield: Kyle Holland 16 (1), Zac Smurthwaite 14 (2), Vicky Brown 9 (2), Rob Mawhood 8 (1), Rich Hudson 8, Mick Knowles 7 (1), Matt Parrott 7 (1), Ellie Sullivan 5 (1).
Referee - Alan Farrell.
In the Division 2 match, Sheffield eased into a 39-31 lead after heat 7, before scoring four successive 7-3 heat wins to put the outcome beyond any doubt. Sheffield had four unbeaten riders - Rich Hudson, Matt Parrott, Kyle Holland and Rob Mawhood, with solid support from Ellie Sullivan, Mick Knowles and James Bunting. Roy Heslop and George Hughes won a race apiece for A&T, in a match which was good experience for A&T's youngsters.
Astley & Tyldesley 59 Sheffield Rockets 91
A&T: Roy Heslop 11, Mark Graham 8 (1), George Hughes 8, Ciaran Collins 8, Max Evans 8, Matthew Snell 7 (2), Ben Dickinson 5 (2), Alex Semtyshin 4.
Sheffield: Kyle Holland 17 (3), Matt Parrott 14 (2), Ellie Sullivan 14 (1), Rob Mawhood 12, James Bunting 11 (1), Rich Hudson 10 (2), Mick Knowles 10, Jack Brownell 3.
Referee - Alan Farrell.
The top two teams in Division 3 met in a match which will go a long way to determining the overall league winners. A&T lined up with eight riders against Sheffield's three. James Bunting rode to a fine maximum for Sheffield, but all eight A&T riders rode well and scored plenty of points to secure an emphatic 87-29 win. This makes it ten wins out of ten matches ridden for A&T.
Northern League Division 3 match result
Astley & Tyldesley 87 Sheffield Rockets 29
A&T: Matthew Snell 14, Max Evans 14, Alex Semtyshin 12, Jessica Burgess 12, Ben Dickinson 10, Emily Burgess 9, Joe Quarmby 9, Charlie Burgess 7.
Sheffield: James Bunting 16, Jack Brownell 7, Joe Brownell 6.
Referee - Bill Phillips.
Manchester League Grand Prix
Round 5 of the Manchester League Grand Prix series was held at Stockport on Wednesday evening. There was plenty of good racing on a fast grippy track, with the 36 heats completed just before dusk fell.
Stockport edged out Bury to win the Division 2 (juniors) match, with Astley & Tyldesley third. Bury's Tom Whitwam and James Elston both rode unbeaten in the u-10s and u-13s categories respectively. A&T's Reece Pollitt won three races to top score in the u-16s match, whilst Stockport's Jake Read top scored in the u-19s event.
Manchester League Division 2 match result (top 5 scorers only count to team totals)
Stockport 67 Bury 63 Astley & Tyldesley 53
U-10s: Tom Whitwam (Bury) 16, James Barry (Stockport) 14, Ben Dickinson (A&T) 13, Matthew Snell (A&T) 10, Louis Turner (Bury) 9, Ashton Semtyshin (A&T) 8.
U-13s: James Elston (Bury) 16, Adam Turnbull (Bury) 11, Max Evans (A&T) 9, Alex Semtyshin (A&T) 4.
U-16s: Reece Pollitt (A&T) 13, Adam Watson (Bury) 11, Connor Simpson (Stockport) 11, Danny Taylor (Bury) 5.
U-19s: Jake Read (Stockport) 15, Jack Lush (Stockport) 14, Mat Lush (Stockport) 13, Joe Pickford (Stockport) 11, Ryan Livesey (Bury) 9, Laura Watson (Bury) 8.
Referee - Graham Lush (Stockport).
League placings after 5 rounds: Bury 13 Stockport 10 Astley & Tyldesley 7.
Stockport maintained their winning ways with a convincing win in the Division 1 (seniors) match. Home rider Ben Higham raced to four wins to go through the card unbeaten, as Stockport riders dominated the scoring. Jack Lush twice to Terry Norman and once to Reece Pollitt.
Manchester League Division 1 match result (top 5 scorers only count to team totals)
Stockport 62 Bury 30 Astley & Tyldesley 18
Seniors: Ben Higham (Stockport) 16, Jack Lush (Stockport) 13, Mat Lush (Stockport) 12, Terry Norman (Stockport) 12, Reece Pollitt (A&T) 11, James Elston (Bury) 10, Jake Read (Stockport) 9, Joe Pickford (Stockport) 9, Ryan Livesey (Bury) 8, Adam Watson (Bury) 7, Roy Heslop (A&T) 7, Laura Watson (Bury) 5.
Referee - Graham Lush (Stockport).
League placings after 5 rounds: Stockport 14 Bury 9 Astley & Tyldesley 4.
The sixth and final round of this series takes place at Bury on Wednesday 28th August.
Northern League Results and Table