Report: Poole vs. Wednesfield
Event: 21st June 2009
Report: Graham Sutton
After three home reversals, Poole finally notched a home win in the Premier League as their greater strength in depth proved to be the telling factor against old adversaries Wednesfield. The visitors cause was not helped by the absence of several of their young guns who disappointingly failed to make the journey south and the hosts further capitalised on early tapes exclusions to the Aces' top two, Terry Norman and Lee Aris.
With four maximum heat wins in the first six races, Poole had the luxury of an 18 point lead and never looked back. Thomas Reed was in outstanding form, dropping his only point to Lee Aris in heat 12 while Ben Mould was always in the thick of the action and worked hard for his points, finishing with a bonus point in four of his five outings. Former British Champion Pete Young continues to recover his old form with another dependable display while flu-victim Artur Poprawski showed up well from his three reserve races.
Wednesfield relied heavily on their top four with Mark Griffiths collecting 3 race wins in his first match at Harbourside for about 18 years! Terry Norman outpaced Gav Wheeler in heat 11 but the reigning British Champion took revenge over the former title holder four heats later and also took the scalp of his old adversary Lee Aris during a highly entertaining match enjoyed by an appreciative crowd. Special thanks must go to Wayne Aris for agreeing to officiate as referee at short notice.
Poole 101: Thomas Reed 18+1, Pete Young 17, Gavin Wheeler 15+2, Ben Mould 12+4, Tom Colling 11+1, Artur Poprawski 10+1, Chris Roberts 10, Sam Hearn 8+2
Wednesfield 77: Mark Griffiths 15, Terry Norman 14, Less Aris 13, Chris Jewkes 12+1, Mick Aris 8, Stuart Bentley 7, Craig Guest 6, Liam Johnson 2
Referee - Wayne Aris
Poole 87: Jake Williams 13, Leyton Glover 13, Luke Armes 12, Arron Morgan 9, Jessie Lamb 6, Lewis Mitchell 5, Matt Elston 4, David Buczak 2
Wednesfield 66: Liam Johnson 14, Stuart Bentley 14, Craig Guest 13, Mick Aris 10, Wayne Aris 6, Jordan Rich 5, Natalie Timms 4.
Referee - Robin Spicer