Speedway: Horspath strength leads to win

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Location: Leicester Cycle Speedway, Leicestershire
Event: 16 September 2012
Report: Tim Jarvis

With the league champions at full strength and Leicester yet again fielding a weakened team, the result of this encounter was never in doubt, but the home side did at least show some fight.

Although the first eight heats only produced two heat wins for the home side, both courtesy of Marchant, the Hammers only held a slender five point advantage.

Cue their super reserves Boaler and Rudman in the ninth, the England internationals taking the heat with a maximum score and extending the lead prior to the interval.

The visitors sealed the match with further maximums in heats thirteen and fourteen, but after claiming the inside grids the Monarchs had a rider cross the line first in the final four heats to make the score line respectable.

Horspath were strong throughout their line up with Carmichael and Bates probably being the pick, Marchant dropped just a point for the Monarchs whilst Stephenson chipped in with a couple of wins late on.

Another pat on the back for a referee. This time Bob Prince who controlled the match with authority and fairness, a fact acknowledged by both sides.


Leicester 81 (Craig Marchant 18+1, Adam Stephenson 14+2, Adam Peck 13, Jason Ashford 10, Dan Pike 8, Dave Frith 7, Norm Venson 6, Phil howells 5)
Horspath 95 (Mark Carmichael 17+1, Lewis Bates 16+1, Shaun Rudman 13+3, Lewis Osborne 13, Matty Szymczak 13, Shaun Rudman 13+3, Mark Boaler 9+1, Chris Osborne 4)
Leicester 51 (Nick Whitehead 12+1, Ash Doughty 10+1, Liam Davies 7+1, Lauren Davies 6, Joe Kemp 6, Laura Watson 5, Liam Wood 3, Jenna Whitehead 2)
Horspath 77(Zac Payne 17+2, Simon Munden 16, Lee Clarke 16+1, Mike Burgess 13, Rich Harrison 12+3, Wayne Clarke 6+1)

British Cycling would like to thank the organising team, officials and everyone else who helped promote this event. Our sport could not exist without the hundreds of people, many of them unpaid volunteers, who put in many hours of hard work running events, activities and clubs.