East Newport Vs Horspath
Premier League newcomers, East Newport, put up a brave fight against the current League champions, Horspath, on a warm and windy Sunday afternoon in Wales. Many predicted a whitewash score in favour in the visitors but home advantage on a superbly prepared racing surface saw the home side keep the visitors in check for most of the match.
Eight races were drawn, one race in favour of the home side and the rest in favour of Horspath meant that the score was kept close to the magical 100. For the home side Neil Power could only manage 2 rides before withdrawing through illness and the Eastenders sorely missed Craig Nethercott who had to honour work commitments. With a full side the match could've become much closer but never the less the crowd were witness to a great feast of cycle speedway with a final score of 74 - 102 in favour of the visitors.
Ben Mould 19 Rob Absalom 5
Aaron Hughes 7 Nicky Evans 13
Neil Power 5 Aaron Herbert 8+1
Chris Davies 4 Dan Bock 13
Chris Osborne 13+4 Paul heard 14
Chris Timms 9+ Lewis Osborne 14
Mark Boaler 11+3 Mark Szymzac 13
Steve Harris 15 Mark Carmichael 13+4
In the corresponding combination match, the scores were once again kept close for much of the match until Horspath banged in three 7 - 3 heat wins to take the match comfortably. The East Newport side all had impressive races and even though this was their third Premier League have learned quite a lot about the level of fitness and speed that is required to exist at this level.
Matt Davis 10+2 Colin Wildy 8
Corey B Jones 14 Ethan Greenslade 5
Simon Bendon 6 Josh Davis 8
Tudor Coombes 2
Mike Burgess 13+2 Zac Payne 11
Matt Coulter 17 Jack Smith 8+3
Wayne Clarke 11 Lee Clarke 13