Cycle speedway round-up - 6/7 October 2012

Cycle speedway round-up - 6/7 October 2012

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SE Region League - East London v Ipswich | South East League Div 1, South East League Div 2
Location: East London Cycle Speedway, London
Event: 7 October 2012

Ipswich travelled down the A12 to take on East London knowing that a win would secure the South East title for a second year running.

Ipswich had to call upon their young riders from the second string with injuries and unavailability to seniors riders and with the match being classed as a double header and four points up for grabs the visitors didn't know what to expect from their hosts,

Unfortunately the home team were only able to muster six riders, the Ipswich team were ruthless in their pursuit for glory and reeled off heat after heat and by half time the match was well and truly over as a contest. In fact it wasn't to heat fourteen that the Londoner's recorded a shared heat ,but credit the East London team at no stage did they drop their heads in a one sided match .

For Ipswich young Charlie Rumbold looked the pick of the away team and will only be a matter of time before he will figure in the first team on a regular basis ,also not to be outshone were Will Clark and Richard Fellgett who both scored well form their reserve berths ,while Josh Brooke gave a captain performance and was supported by Jamie Chittock in fact all the Ipswich squad can be happy with another faultless performance.

With matches against Hethersett and Gt.Blakenham left to come team manager Tony Stant will be looking to experiment with his line up ready for next year’s assault on keeping the championship at Ipswich for a third year.


East London 58:  Nicky Gunkel 15, Toby Millen 13, Les Stevens 10, Steve Myhill 8, Adam Burt 7, Dave Hughes 5.

Ipswich  117:  Josh Brooke 19 , Jamie Chittock 19, Charlie Rumbold 17, Ashley Hill 15, Jordan Stant 12, Richard Fellgett 12, Lewis Roberts 12 ,Will Clark 11.

Division two

With the London team still shell shocked from their first match and all having to compete in the following fixture against current South East 2 champions it was no surprise this match took such a one sided affair and the young guns of the Suffolk side taking full advantage of their opposition's woes.

Like the first match were totally ruthless in going about securing two league points to keep the pressure on Norwich and with the two teams due to meet next Sunday at Ipswich it promises to be a cracking match and could go a long way on who lifts the trophy at the end of the season but firstly Ipswich face a tricky trip to Kesgrave on Wednesday night , just a thank you to Les Fellgett who took control of both team today with Tony Stant having to take on the whistle for the first match then decided


East London 55: Nicky Gunkel 14, Adam Burt 9, Les Stevens 9, Steve Myhill 9,
Toby Millen 8, Dave Hughes 6.

Ipswich 116: Richard Fellgett 20, Charlie Rumbold 19, Daniel Knights 17, Will Clark 17, Lauren Jacobs 14, Matthew Hill 14.

Exeter Cycle Speedway

S/SW Regional League results

Division 1

Exeter 111: Craig Nethercott 19, Aaron Herbert 18, Dave Hooper 16, Richard Bessant 15, Rob Geach 12, Thomas Reed 12, Dave Murphy 11, Andy Stone 8.

Horspath 65: Mike Burgess 13, Zac Payne 12, Lee Clarke 9, Charlie Jane Herbert 8, Jordan Richardson 8, George Horsley 5, Pete Payne 3.

Exeter win Division 1 title.

Newport 92: Jack Harrold 20, Oli Sidwick 15, Dean Bonnici 14, Chris Davies 13, Nicky Evans 8, Ryan Evans 8, Jacob Soper 7, Joe Lewis 7.

Poole 86: Aaron Smith 17, Wil Bristowe 14, Sam Hearn 14, Ben Donohue 13, Leyton Glover 13, Chris Shylock 8, Alex Lane 4, Jay Briggs 2.

Referee - Phil Davies

Division 2

Exeter 65: Dan Winchester 11, Will Tidball 10, Aaron Coles 9, Connor Tucker 9, Lauren Hookway 8, Owen Tidball 7, Sam Riddle 7, Robert Croal 4.

Horspath 51: Zac Payne 15, Charlie Jane Herbert 12, Jordan Richardson 10, George Horsley 9, Pete Payne 5.

Exeter win Division 2 title.

Newport 57: Colin Simmons 16, Rebecca Davies 12, Kevin Greaves 9, Joe Sidwick 8, Lee Bonnici 8,  Amy Poole 2, Kirstie Wood 2.

Poole 63: Callum Smith 14, Shane Hanmer 13, Niall Instone 13, Krissie Mines 9, Sam Lane 8, Fraser Garnett 6.

Conference League

Newport 52: Jacob Soper 16, Joe Sidwick 10, Lee Bonnici 10, Rebecca Davies 6, Amy Poole 5, Kirstie Wood 5.

Poole 68: Jay Briggs 11, Alex Lane 10, Niall Instone 9, Shane Hanmer 9, Krissie Mines 9, Callum Smith 8, Sam Lane 8, Fraser Garnett 4.

Northern League - Hull v Sheffield | Northern League
Location: Hull Cycle Speedway, Livingston Road, Hessle, East Yorkshire
Event: 7 October 2012

The Northern League encounter between Hull and Sheffield CRA Rockets produced some exciting racing in the October sunshine at the Hessle raceway as the home team climbed above their visitors in the league table following a 94-83 victory.

The difference between the two evenly matched teams was the returning Corey Graham for the home club, who won three of his five races from the reserve berth. Hull started the match with a well taken 7-3 in heat one from Graham and Adam Stephenson, who kept at bay the challenge thrown down from first Kyle Holland an then Aiden Owen.

When Graham fell on the first corner of heat 5, it allowed Sheffield to take a 7-3 from Holland and Matt Parrot and the visitors went into a 25-24 lead. Andy Angell and Stephenson won the next two races, with Sheffield happy to fill the minor placings the heats were drawn 5-5. Sheffield then increased their lead with a 6-4 in heat 8 with a good win by Owen over Ben Swanborough while Holland got the better of Lewis Aylmer.

Graham then won both races either side of the half time interval as Hull edged into the lead by 51-47. The home side increased their lead to 57-51 with a well taken 6-4 in the very next race as Swanborough and Aylmer both made good passes to get the better of Liam Webster and Zach Smurthwaite respectively.  Sheffield were again no match for Stephenson and Angell in heats 12 and 13 so settled for drawing the heats 5-5 and were still behind by 61-67.

Heat 14 was a critical one in the match as a potential Sheffield 7-3 from Parrott and Webster was overturned by a well executed pass from Lewis Aylmer, the drawn heat maintaining Hull’s six point lead. When Graham was excluded in heat 15 Sheffield were given another opportunity to reduce Hull’s lead.  However an inspired Swanborough prevented any damage as he swept pass Smurthwaite to take the race win. Angell easily won the next race and the scores stood at 81-76 for the home team with just two races remaining.

With Stephenson out for Hull the visitors new the best they could hope for was another shared heat.  Stephenson duly made the start and Richard Hudson and Smurthwaite were looking to consolidate for the 5-5. However Aylmer surpassed his earlier passing move to cut back and take both Sheffield riders on turn three and join Stephenson for a match winning 7-3.

Hull had provided the race winner in every race after the interval and any hopes of a consolation for the visitors in heat 18 disappeared when Webster slipped his pedals on the very last corner as he went from first to last in the space of 5 yards and the resulting 6-4 gave Hull a well deserved eleven point victory.


Hull 94: Andy Angell 19, Adam Stephenson 19, Ben Swanborough 18, Corey Graham 13, Lewis Aylmer 12, David Cooper 6, Rob Stockton-Garner 4,  Andy Cooper 2.

Sheffield 83: Kyle Holland 13, Aiden Owen 13, Liam Webster 13, Richard Hudson 12, Matt Parrott 9, Zach Smurthwaite 9, Louis German 8, Vicky Brown 6.

Combination League

Hull are still left looking for their first win of the Northern Combination League season following a 69-81 home reverse against the Sheffield Phantoms.

This was possible the last ever match for the Phantoms, as Sheffield will only be fielding one Combination team in the 2013 Northern League season, so it was good to finish on a winning note for the Steel City Club.

A very young Hull team restricted Sheffield to just two 7-3  maximums in the match and even recorded a maximum 7-3 of their own when  Charlie Davis and Katie Greaves benefitted from a generous ride by Louis German in heat 12. For Sheffield Ellie Sullivan was unbeaten by an opponent for the third match running and would have been joined on a maximum score by Vicky Brown, except the Phantoms captain sacrificed a race win to assist team partner Niamh Morton to take second place in heat 11.


Hull 69: Josh Bellis 13, Charlie Davis 13, Nathan Everett 11, Katie Greaves 10, Harrison Davis 8, Jack Lister 8, Edward Lister 3, Jack Patterson 3.

Sheffield Phantoms 81: Ellie Sullivan 19, Vicky Brown 17, Billie Owen 14, Niamh Morton 11, Emily Morton 7, Louis German 6, Liam Webster 6, Aiden Owen 1.

Northern Combination

Hull’s David Cooper raced to a fine 20 point maximum but finished on the losing side as the Sheffield CRA Rockets took this Northern Combination match with a close 76-73 victory. 

Cooper took a heat one win over Niall Morton as the Hull youngsters went into a 6-4 lead.  The lead was short-lived as Sheffield took a 7-3 maximum in the very next race, a pattern that would continue throughout the match, from Ed Morton/Rob Mawhood.

Hull regained the lead by 21-19 with a 6-4  in heat 4. The teams traded maximums in the next three races, with Sheffield taking heats 5 and 7 and Hull taking heat 6 following an exclusion for Luke Morton for causing David Cooper to fall, with the lead changing hands following each race. Hull briefly regained the lead by 45-44 with a 6-4 in heat 9. Mawhood came through to join Luke Morton for a 7-3 to Sheffield in heat 10 and the visitors led again by 51-48.

The next three heats were all shared, with Niall Morton taking a good win over Rob Stockton-Garner in heat 11 and David Cooper completing his maximum score by passing Richard Hudson on the last corner of heat 13 as the Sheffield rider slipped his pedals. Hull then sensed their first Combination win of the season as Charlie Wade and Charlie Davis took a 7-3 in the penultimate race over the Brownell brothers to edge the home side into a 70-69 lead. 

However the pattern that had emerged throughout the match continued in the very last race as Niall Morton completed a superb performance by sprinting from gird two in the last race and was joined by his dad Luke for a match winning 7-3 result.       


Hull 73: David Cooper 20, Charlie Wade 12, Andy Cooper 11, Rob Stockton-Garner 11, Harvey Southgate 8, Charlie Davis 6 , Josh Bellis 5.

Sheffield Cra Rockets 76: Niall Morton 19, Ed Morton 16, Luke Morton 13, Rob Mawhood 10, Jack Brownell 6, Joe Brownell 6, Richard Hudson 3, Matt Parrott 3.

Hethersett v Norwich Stars | South East League Div 2
Location: Hethersett Memorial Playing Field
Event: 10 October 2012
Report: Glenn Grange

On a clear, crisp Autumnal evening at Hethersett, the Norwich ‘Stars’ were the visitors at the Hethersett Memorial Playing Field for their 10th South East League Division 2 match of the season, and with being unbeaten, sitting proudly on top of the league, local rivals Hethersett / Swinton Chartered Accountants ‘Hawks’ ‘B’ looked to see if they could be the first side to topple ‘The Stars’ in 2012.

Norwich started the better of the two teams with a 6-4 heat win from Alan Parkins and Oli Riley, and the next five heats were all shared scoring heats (29-31). A race exclusion to Scott Grimes in heat 7 for obstructing visitor Oli Riley gave Norwich a 7 - 2 heat advantage, (31 - 38), but Hethersett took advantage in Heat 9 when Steven Clare was excluded for a ‘Tapes Offence’, making the score at the break of Hethersett ’B’ 42, Norwich Stars’ 46.

Hethersett came out for the second half with a determined look about them, and when Norwich’s Alan Parkins was ‘excluded for a tapes offence’ the home side took the advantage and scored a 6-3 heat win from Harley Hamill and Roger Carter (48-49).

This now became the crucial point in the meeting, as Norwich scored a 6-4 and a 7-3 to establish their lead (55-62), but back came The Hawks with their first 7-3 of the match to once again narrow the gap (62 - 65).

Paddy Wenn and Gary Colby managed to steady Norwich with a heat 14 6-4 heat win (66-71), and when Steven Clare and Oli Riley rode for a shared heat in heat 15 (71-76), barring anything stupid, Norwich went into the final heat knowing that they had only to finish to keep up the unbeaten tag in the league, before going to take on Ipswich in the league, this coming Sunday at Whitton.

With Danni Riley and Toby Sands going out for Norwich against Hethersett’s Oli Buxton and Harley Hamill, it was no surprise as the Hawks pair took the win, but with Danni and Toby doing their job, it meant that Norwich remained unbeaten by a result of Hethersett ’Hawks’ ’B’ 78, Norwich ’Stars’ 79. Throughout the match, Hethersett kept Norwich on their toes, but when they were within striking distance, they failed to take up any advantage that was going.


Hethersett / Swinton Chartered Accountants ‘Hawks ‘B’ 78: Ben Collins 10+1, Oli Buxton 19, Scott Grimes 16, Katie Adams 7,Harley Hamill 16+3, Roger Carter 10+1, Mel Perkins D.N.R.

Norwich ‘Stars’ 79: Alan Parkins 13, Oli Riley 12+3, Paddy Wenn 17+1, Alex Dyball 9+1, Steven Clare 14+1, Gary Colby 8, Toby Sands 1, Danni Riley 5.

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