Wednesfield v Birmingham
Event: 6 October 2013
Location: Wednesfield Cycle Speedway, Wolverhampton
Report: David Jewkes
Wednesfield finished their 2013 Elite League season against their midland neighbours Birmingham with a convincing 106-61 win.
The Aces were in total control of the match from start to finish with Birmingham only recording three heat advantages and those coming via the three exclusions.
Apart from start tapes infringments by young Troy Allen, the Aces pack were alert and all riders contributed to the win, using a full squad and utilizing the nine and 10 berths to give their younger squad members match experience in the top flight.
Wednesfield's number 1 Paul Heard was in superb form going through the card unbeaten on a 20 points max. The highlight of the match came in race 11 when Lee Aris executed a top class manoeuvre to switch under Chris Timms going into the first turn on the third lap and bringing team partner Mark Griffiths through at the same time to go on to record a 7-3 heat win.
Birmingham rider Chris Timms saw red later in the meeting when he came up against the Aces' awesome pairing of Heard and Aris in heat 17, with the Wednesfield duo leading the race from a lightning start, Timms chasing hard for a couple of laps. The frustrated Timms clashed with Aris coming out of the third turn ramming Aris' back wheel, taking out half a dozen spokes in the process. Timms clearly frustrated and upset, chose to swear with the referee Mick Knowles showing him the yellow card and indicated for him to return to the pits. At this, Timms lost his cool and swore again; this time the referee gave a red card with Birmingham then being deducted eight match points; a silly end to Timm's Elite league season.
The Aces showed Birmingham no mercy, finishing off the job with a final heat eighteen 7-3 from Ben Mould and Ricki Johnson.
Wednesfield Aces 106: Paul Heard 20,Ben Mould 17+1,Lee Aris 16+4,Ricki Johnson 14+2,Mark Griffiths 11+1,Chris Jewkes 9+3,Craig Marchant 9,Matt Haddock 6+1,Troy Allen 3.
Birmingham 61: Myke Grimes 16,Chris Timms 11+1,Mark Winwood 11,David Ball 8+1,Olly Riley 8,Paul Timms 6+1,Nathan Groves 4,Steve Hodginson 4. (Less 8 Points Yellow & Red Card Chris Timms)
Much the same as the first team match, the Aces totally dominated the combination match with Haddock and Allen recording maximums from their three rides from the seven and eight reserve births. The match saw great backup from the ever improving Harrie Everiss and a good show from a youngster to watch out for next season, Dylan Brooks. Birmingham's Ollie Riley looked a good rider with a nice race style.
Wednesfield Aces 75+5= 80: Matt Haddock 12,Troy Allen 12,Harrie Everiss 11+1,Connor Dyke 9+2,Dave Meanley 9+1,Alex Aris 8+1,Dylan Brooks 7+1,Haydn Rowley 7.
Birmingham 54+6= 60: Steve Hodginson 16+1,Ollie Riley 12+1,Ewan Hancox 9+1,Natalie Timms 6,Richard Stevenson 6,Phil Widdas 5.