Reports and results week ending 12 May 2013
Elite League: Ipswich v Birmingham
12 May 2013
Report: Sharon Stant
On a overcast afternoon at Ipswich , the Eagles lined up to face the Monarchs of Birmingham in what was classed the basement battle, with both sides still searching for that first elusive win of the season. For the home team Adam Peck and Chris Osborne were making their home debuts in an Ipswich shirt in a strong-looking Suffolk side, while their visitors looked under strength, only managing to field eight riders.
Heat one started with a share of the spoils with Chris Timms taking the first win of the afternoon with Adam Peck and Chris Osborne splitting the Birmingham pairing . In heats two, three and four it was the Suffolk team who turned up the heat with L Osborne and Williamson 6-4 in two, heat three Chittock and Brooke 7-3, heat four Peck and Mower another 7-3 to open up an ten point cushion in which the home side rarely looked like losing.
Heat five saw another drawn heat with C Timms picking up his second heat win. Heats six and seven once again went the way of the home team with Chittock and Brooke securing their second 7-3, Peck and Rumbold helped themselves to an 6-4 in heat seven and by this time the writing was already on the wall for the gallant Midland side; a shared heat in eight then another 7-3 in nine gave the Suffolk side a twenty point lead at half time; Ipswich 55 Birmingham 35.
Birmingham got off to the worst possible start after the break when Mark Winwood was excluded in heat ten and in the re-run Brooke and Rumbold were too much for Widdass, securing a 7-2 advantage . The next two heats saw the home team score another thirteen points to increase their lead to thirty one points. Heat thirteen saw Timms pull off a superb pass on Brooke to claim his fourth heat win but all his efforts were in vain as Chittock tied up third spot to share the heat. That was as good as it got for the away team as Ipswich claimed heats wins in heats fourteen to seventeen, scoring twenty eight points in the process. However Chris Timms had the last laugh as he rode to a maximum with his fifth heat win, holding off the attentions once again of Brooke who scored a superb eighteen points in his last match before he goes under the knife for his knee operation. It was also a fine performance from Timms who carries the weight of the Midland outfit on his young shoulders .
Ipswich, led by Brooke, also had solid performances from Peck ,Chris and Lewis Osborne and Chittock, well supported by Mower, Hill Williamson and Rumbold.
A big thank you also must go out to Dave Hill for stepping in to referee after appointed referee was unable to commit and no replacement ref was appointed.
Ipswich 112 : Josh Brooke 18, Lewis Osborne 15, Jamie Chittock 14, Adam Peck 13, Chris Osborne 13, Richard Williamson 13, Leon Mower 10, Charlie Rumbold 10 ,Ashley Hill 6.
Birmingham 67 : Chris Timms 20 , Mark Winwood 11 , Paul Timms 10 , Josh Herring 6, Olly Riley 6, Steve Hodginson 6 ,Phil Widdass 5, Richard Stevenson 3 .
Referee : Dave Hill (Suffolk ) .
Ipswich went in search of a third straight win of the campaign and were to be given a big helping hand with Birmingham conceding a massive 59 penalty points which made their difficult job an impossibility and so it prove to be with the Suffolk side running out comfortable winners by twelve points 70 - 58 before the added penalty points , Chris Timms was looking unbeatable before running out of legs in his eighth heat of the afternoon losing out to the ever improving Richard Fellgett, another all round performance from the Suffolk base club with every rider chipping in to the overall score.
Ipswich 129 (70+59 ): Richard Fellgett 18 , Daniel Knights 12 , Ashley Hill 10 , Matt Hill 9, Jordan Stant 9 , Lauren Jacobs 7 , Fraser Harris 5 .
Birmingham 58 : Chris Timms 15 , Mark Winwood 14 , Josh Herring 8 , Olly Riley 7, Richard Stevenson 5, Steve Hodginson 5, Phil Widdass 4 .
Northern Fours League Round 2
12 May 2013
Report: Mike Hack
Astley & Tyldesley hosted Round 2 of the Northern Fours League and Junior League series at a cold, wet and windy Gin Pit.
Stockport ran out convincing winners, taking their second win of this six round series, with Jack Lush and Ben Higham both racing unbeaten. Bury took 2nd place on the day, with their reserve Steve Whitaker unbeaten in his four races. Astley & Tyldesley edged out Goshen for 3rd place, with Heckmondwike relegating Hull into last place. The match was marred by a bad crash on the pits bend in heat 23, which saw racing held up for 45 minutes, while Goshen's Will Owens received first aid treatment and was subsequently taken to hospital in an ambulance, suffering back injuries. Fortunately, he was released from hospital and allowed home the same evening.
Northern Fours League Round 2 match result
Stockport 72 Bury 56 Astley & Tyldesley 51 Goshen 47 Heckmondwike 38 Hull 32
Stockport: Jack Lush 20, Ben Higham 20, Joe Pickford 15, Mat Lush 15, Connor Simpson 2.
Bury: Steve Whitaker 16, Joe Allen 13, Luke Jamson 12, Fred Rothwell 8, Paul Dyson 7.
A&T: Paul Graham 16, Danny Hughes 14, Mark Graham 7, Ron Makin 7, George Hughes 7.
Goshen: Ryan Livesey 15, Will Owens 10, Adam Watson 10, Kristian Ramsden 7, Danny Taylor 5.
Heckmondwike: Darren Kent 14, Jake Wood 10, Laura Watson 6, Justin Naylor 6, Andy Morris 2.
Hull: Craig Boddice 12, Rob Stockton-Garner 7, Ryan Harrison 6, David Cooper 5, Nathan Everett 2.
Referee - Graham Lush (Stockport).
Astley & Tyldesley riders turned out in force and ran out convincing winners in the Junior League match, to make it two wins out of two in this six round series.
Bury's Tom Whitwam raced unbeaten in the U-10s event, as did Bury's James Elston in the U-13s match. Heckmondwike's Adam Watson top scored in the U-16s category. The rain came down hard and the track was really wet for the final event, the U-19 and Combination categories. Stockport's Jack Lush and Bury's Ryan Livesey both raced unbeaten in the U-19 and Combination categories respectively.
Northern Junior League Round 2 match result
Astley & Tyldesley 146 Hull 80 Bury 77 Stockport 59 Heckmondwike 15
U-10s: Tom Whitwam (Bury) 16, Matthew Snell (A&T) 13, Louis Turner (Bury) 13, Emily Burgess (A&T) 11, Ben Dickinson (A&T) 10, John White (A&T) 7, Charlie Burgess (A&T) 6.
U-13s: James Elston (Bury) 16, Rob Stockton-Garner (Hull) 14, Ciaran Collins (A&T) 11, Max Evans (A&T) 11, Josh Bellis (Hull) 9, Adam Turnbull (Bury) 9, Alex Semtyshin (A&T) 6, Harvey Johnson (A&T) 4.
U-16s: Adam Watson (Heckmondwike) 15, Joel Partington (A&T) 13, Danny Taylor (Bury) 7, Nathan Everett (Hull) 5.
U-19s: Jack Lush (Stockport) 16, Connor Simpson (Stockport) 15, Mat Lush (Stockport) 15, Reece Pollitt (A&T) 13, Ryan Harrison (Hull) 13, Joe Pickford (Stockport) 13, David Cooper (Hull) 12.
Combination: Ryan Livesey (Bury) 16, Craig Boddice (Hull) 15, George Hughes (A&T) 15, Roy Heslop (A&T) 13, Ron Makin (A&T) 13, Katie Greaves (Hull) 12.
Referee - Bill Phillips (Astley & Tyldesley).
Elite League: Horspath v Poole
12 May 2013
Report: Graham Sutton
The rain did little to dampen the spirits in this fiesty encounter as Poole repeated their 2012 success by an even closer margin than their two point victory at the end of last season. This time however, there were no last lap heroics as Thomas Reed once again featured in a match winning 7-3 along with partner Maciej Ganczarek in heat 17 to make the scoreline 81-86. This presented the Comets pairing of Gavin Wheeler and Greg Gluchowski with the luxury of conceding a 7-3 in the final race which came as scant consolation to homesters Mark Boaler and Lukasz Nowacki who were left to reflect on two defeats in three Elite matches.
There was every indication of a tight result before a pedal was turned as Poole arrived "fully loaded" and Mike Morgans appeared for his first Hammers outing in ages. The visitors took a 3 point lead in heat 4 after Sean Rudman was excluded at the tapes but the "Hammer" made amends in heat 9 with a win ahead of Ganczarek with little sign of the drama that was to unfold between these two later in the match. It was 44-45 at the break with neither side having been able to get the upper hand but race wins to Poole in heats 10 and 11 looked to be ominous for the hosts with Tom Reed and Gav Wheeler taking a 6-3 over Lukasz Nowacki in the eleventh to make it 51-57 after Sean Rudman had suffered his second exclusion of the day.
With their star man Marcin Szymanski seemingly invincible having already lowered the colours of World champion Nowacki in his opening ride, surely drawn heats all the way would sew it up for the Dorset side but their victory hopes were potentially dashed in heat 15 when Thomas Reed moved on gate 2 and the Hammers capitalised with a 7-2 to make it 74-75. Szymanski rounded off a faultless maximum in heat 16 leaving the stage set for the dramatic penultimate race. Ganczarek had endured a wretched afternoon by his own high standards but the former European champion erased all of that in five explosive seconds as he gated across on hapless Rudman from two to one and created the opportunity for "Devon Express", Thomas Reed to drop under the Oxford pair from gate four to join his partner. Game over!
For the Hammers, this was a bitter disappointment after their recent defeat at Sheffield and they know that they cannot afford any more slip-ups if they are to have any chance of retaining their title. Poole headed off back home down the A34 wondering what lays in store for them in their next match when they travel to Wednesfield on June 9th with a 100% from their first three matches. For Steve Harris back on his old stamping ground and tackling his former clubmates for the first time in a blue and white shirt, the result was probably the best birthday present in the world!
Lukasz Nowacki 14 Mark Carmichael 14 Mark Boaler 13 Mike Morgans 12 Lewis Bates 11 Jack Harrold 11 Sean Rudman 8 Dave Carmichael 5
Marcin Szymanski 20 Greg Gluchowski 15 Thomas Reed 13 Gavin Wheeler 11 Steve Harris 11 Maciej Ganczarek 10 Leyton Glover 5 Arron Morgan 4