Two highly-entertaining matches went Leicester’s way, but the Coventry youngsters showed considerable improvement from the 2012 season and contributed fully to some very close racing.
The all-female Leicester Lions never looked in trouble in the opening match, but there was lots of competition for the minor places in most races to keep the crowd entertained.
Lauren Davies and Michelle Whitehead remained unbeaten for the visitors, while only Josh Marsh and Dan Drewitt could win races for Coventry.
The second match was a classic with several falls and re-runs before the outcome was settled in the very last heat.
Coventry took the lead in heat one and held on to it until the halfway mark when Liam McGuire was lapped after a fall, allowing Monarchs to open up a slender advantage.
But it needed a 7-3 from Liam Wood and unbeaten Liam Davies, who had been involved in three maximums with the impressive Jimmy Wassell, over James Kirrane and Jake Slatter in the closing heat to see the visitors safely through.
Coventry 55 (Josh Marsh 13, Sammi Marsh 8, Adam Dickenson 8+1, Callum McCarroll 7+2, Dan Drewitt 7, Oli Morris 7+1, Spencer Sawbridge 5).
Leicester Lions 75 (Michelle Whitehead 16, Lauren Davies 14+2, Elizabeth Rigley 13, Lucy Whitehead 12+2, Jenna Whitehead 12+2, Chloe Whitehead 6, Honey Whitehead 2).
Coventry 60 (Sean Reynolds 13, James Kirrane 13, Dan Drewitt 12, Liam McGuire 8+1, Josh Marsh 7+1, Jake Slatter 6, Sam Slatter 1).
Monarchs 68 (Liam Wood 17, Liam Davies 16+4, Jimmy Wassell 12, Liam Doughty 10, Hadrian Rigley 7+1, Luke Whitehead 6+2).
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