The second of this weekend’s Wednesfield Aces and Sheffield Stars Elite League meetings certainly lived up to the expectations with thrills, spills and many aches with incident in almost all heats.
Under the supervision of Bob Prince, heat 1 got underway with an exclusion for Matt Smith who moved, fell over and got tangled in the Wednesfield tapes. The re-run went to the home side 7-3 with Andy Angel falling in the last corner after incredible pressure from Ricki Johnson.
Heat 2 saw a spectacular gate from Jamie Ball who carried his speed well through the first bend 4-6 to the Stars. Lee Aris puts a textbook pass on Radek Handke on lap 2 in heat 3 to bring a home heat advantage 6-4.
Heat 4 saw further incident with Matt Smith taking only 1 point from his heat. Subsequently returned to the pits, send his helmet flying, his bike clattering and storms from the pits. Referee Mr Prince takes action and excludes Smith from the match.
Heat 5 and 6, the tables turn to the visitors with 3-7 after Angel shows he a team rider with a defensive display. Heat 6 Ball and Griffiths collide from the tapes, all 4 called back, Aris is excluded from the tapes with the slightest of movements on the restart. 3rd time luck the three riders are away – Ball with blistering pace followed by Griffiths 3-6. Progressive scores at the interval 45-42.
Early stages of the second half are still as tight. Heat 12 sees the home side pull out a lead with a 7 point advantage. Ball fails to finish after the pressure of the super cool Junior European Champion Ricki Johnson sees him hitting the deck and destroying his front wheel. Lee Smith picks up 2 points for the visitors.
The advantage remains with the home side, Sheffield Stars throw everything in the mix. Dan Chambers makes what can only be described as a suicide pass on the back straight only to find himself face first on the ground after catching the rear wheel of Scott Doherty.
The final heat of the meeting: Lee Aris storms puts another pass on Handke to take the victory and Ben Mould finishes ahead of Angell.
Great riding by all, and fantastic officiating by Bob Prince.
The Combination Result was equally as tight, both teams have a 5 point penalty and it finished with 2 points splitting the sides.
Wednesfield Aces 90: Chris Jewkes 17+2, Mark Griffiths 16+1, Ricki Johnson 13+2, Ben Mould 11+1, Matt Haddock 10+1, Scott Doherty 10+1, Lee Aris 9, Sam Parr 4.
Sheffield Stars 81: Pawel Idzorek 15, Andy Angell 14+1, Jamie Ball 14+1, Lee Smith 13, Radek Handke 12, Dan Chambers 7, Jamie Brown 5, Matt Smith 1.
Combination Result: Wednesfield Aces 66, Sheffield Stars 64.
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