With the first team not in action it was Ipswich's squad that took centre stage this afternoon when they welcomed local rivals Kesgrave to the Whitton raceway.
With the home team impeccable record at home in this division surely it was always going to be an uphill battle for the visitors and so it proved to be as the home team went about their business in ruthless fashion and by half time lead by twenty one points.
The home club gave run outs to Lisa Bown , Pierce Bacon and a last minute call up for Alex Harvey who was to have an eventful afternoon as the young rider having his own David vs Goliath battle in the shape of Graham Long. Unfortunately the Ipswich youngster coming off second best on three separate occasions and after a few tears brushed himself down and tried again and again proving what a gutsy rider he is even though it was Goliath who came out on top this time round, Graham doesn't realise it was suppose to be David who won the battle.
Speedway riders as we know are made of substance and young Alex proved this point when he took part in the under 13s challenge match after racing to a twenty point maximum.
Credit to the Kesgrave team they never once dropped their heads and battled for every single point, Phil Repman and Gary Brown lead from the front while there was good performances from youngsters Jay Berry and Coramc Repman.
As for the home club Lauren Jacobs posted her highest score this season and is slowly getting back to her best which can only spell trouble for all the others female riders out there that she has no intention of letting her crown go without a fight.
Ipswich 102 : Lauren Jacobs 19, Daniel Knights 19, Matt Hill 17, Richard Fellgett 14, Piecre Bacon 14, Fraser Harris 9, Lisa Bown 6, Alex Harvey 4.
Kesgrave 74 : Gary Brown 13, Phil Repman 11, Graham Long 10, James Johnson 9, Matt Oakley 8, John Oakley 8, Cormac Repman 8, Jay Bery 7.
Referee - Dave Hill
Hellingly 88: Neil Hollebon 20, Martin Hollebon 18, Steven Archer 18, Jesse Moore 15, Tristain Bassett 7, Ettiene Patel 4, Mick Stretton 3, Jamie Morley 3.
Poole 90: Aaron Smith 20, Sam Hearn 14, Ben Donohue 11, Wil Bristowe 11, Leyton Glover 10, Callum Albin 9, Luke Armes 9, Jay Briggs 6.
Hellingly 58: Stephen Archer 16, Tristian Bassett 15, Jamie Morley 8, Micky Stratton 7, Kelsey Dugard 7, Rich Ball 5.
Poole 62: Luke Armes 14, Callum Albin 13, Chris Blundell 12, Jay Briggs 10, Callum Smith 8, Krissie Mines 5.
Newport Cycle Speedway team maintained their position at the top of the South and South Wales division 1 league after beating the current league champions Exeter aces by 109.5 to 73.5 at Newport’s Sports Village.
Newport stormed into an early lead recording five maximum heat advantages in the first seven heats to lead at the break by 16 points.
Exeter were giving it there all with Reed, Herbert and Murphy impressing, but Newport were giving the large crowd plenty to cheer about with all eight riders winning at least one race. Fifteen year old Jacob Soper made his first league appearance this season scoring a fine 11 points, rider / manager Nicky Evans was on top form speeding to a five ride maximum , looking a lot leaner and fitter this season.
Newport: Nicky Evans 19 + 1, Kieran Jones 15+2, Dan Bock 14 + 2, Jack Harrold 13, Mark Carmichael 12 + 2, Oli Sidwick 12.5 +1, Jacob Soper 11 + 1, Aaron Hughes 10 + 2.
Exeter: Aaron Herbert 15.5, Dave Murphy 12 +1, Tom Reed 11 + 3, Dan Winchester 10, Andrew Yard 8, Will Tidball 8, Rob Geach 5, Andy Riddle 4.