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South West Round-Up
Report: Graham Sutton

There were well earned away wins for Exeter and Horspath as South West teams endured near to thirty degree temperatures in the latest round of League fixtures.

Top of the table Newport were too hot for nearest challengers Poole in the big clash of the day as they quickly raced to a 13 point interval lead. After the break the Dorset club mounted a comeback which reduced the arrears to just 3 but the home side held on to underline their position at the top.

Swindon v Exeter

Swindon 84: Andy Hill 17 Rob Hunt 15 Matt Rayson 13 Paul Matthews 13 James Bailey 9 Martin Glover 8 Danny Rayson 6 Sam Gardner 3

Exeter 95: Dave Murphy 19 Aaron Herbert 18 Dan Winchester 17 Craig Nethercott 14 Will Tidball 11 Joe Avery 8 Robert Croal 5 Andy Riddle 3

Newport v Poole

Newport 92: Mark Carmichael 17 Dan Bock 14 Nicky Evans 13 Oli Sidwick 12 Kieren Jones 11 Jack Harrold 11 Aaron Hughes 8 Jacob Soper 6

Poole 87: Arek Szymanski 23 Arron Morgan 15 Sam Hearn 11 Aaron Smith 10 Steve Harris 9 Wil Bristowe 9 Ben Donohue 7 Luke Armes 3

Southampton v Horspath

Southampton 86: Nathan Harris 16, Hayden Chant 15, Gavin.Wheeler 13, Connor Wilson 12, Peter Chant 11, Josh Robertson 10, James Colling 5, Colin Wheeler 4

Horspath 91: Zak Payne 16, Lewis Bates 16, Errol Thaw 16, Simon Munden 14, Richard Harrison 11, Leighton Bates 10, Wayne Clarke 5,George Horsley 3

Newport v Poole
Report: Colin Simmons

Newport Cycle Speedway Club's division one team scorched to victory on the hottest day of the year to maintain their unbeaten record, beating also unbeaten Poole by 92 points to 87 at Newport Sports Village.

Poole came to Newport with a very strong team determined to take the points, the Dorset club also requested a neutral referee which was agreed.

The impressive Szymanski and Morgan won the opening heats to give Poole an early lead, this lead was shortlived as the home side posted three maximum heat wins through the Bock/Soper Bock/Hughes and Carmichael/Evans to take an interval lead of 13 points.

Poole knew the match was slipping away and manager Pete Barnes quickly claimed the inside gate positions and gave tactical substitution rides to Harris and Morgan; they managed to pull back to seven points then three points behind but Newport were not to be denied and Evans/Carmichael combined well for another maximum heat win in heat 14 to settle it for the determined welsh eight who have now raced eight and won eight matches.

Newport 92: Mark Carmichael 17+1 Daniel Bock 14 Nick Evans 13+1 Oli Sidwick 12 Jack Harrold 11+1 Kieran Jones 11 Aaron Hughes 8+1 Jacob Soper 6 + 1.

Poole 87: Arek Szmanski 23 Arron Morgan 16+1 Sam Hearne 10+1 Aaron Smith 10+1 Steve Harris 9+2 Will Bristowe 9 Ben Donahue 7 Luke Armes 3.

Birmingham v Coventry
Report: Joe McLaughlin

Racing at Birmingham last Tuesday evening in the Midland League division one, Coventry's amazing run of senior team victories continued, with the Devlins Newsagents sponsored team edging to a narrow 92-84 success.

It was Coventry's sixth win in a row in senior team matches, their second successive league win and their first ever league away win since rejoining league racing 18 months ago.

England international star Myke Grimes superbly led the city side, posting a 19 point score and dropping just a single point. He received excellent support from Polish ace Konrad Pietak and skipper Dave Frith.

Coventry point scorers: Myke Grimes 19, Konrad Pietak 18, Dave Frith 15, Tom Sensicall 10, Mason Phillips 10, Joe McLaughlin 8, James Kirrane 8 and Dan Drewett 6.