The Midland League division two clash between Leicester’s young Lions and Coventry turned out to be a classic. The Godiva city outfit provided the race winner in nine of the thirteen heats but tactical awareness, particularly from Jenna Whitehead and Luke Hartshorn, saw the home riders generally able to share the points.
A 6-4 from James Kirrane and Callum McCarrol in heat four gave the visitors the lead, the highly impressive Liam Wood took heat seven, his partner Honey Whitehead getting the better of Sam Slatter after a titanic battle and the scores were back all square.
Cue a last heat decider, the previously unbeaten Kirrane lined up with partner MaCauley Burnett but it was young Monarch Wood who shot out of the gate and soaked up the pressure from the Coventry pair to take the win and share the heat. A fitting conclusion to the match as no team deserved to lose.
Leicester Lions 65 (Liam Wood 19, Elizabeth Rigley 12, Chloe Whitehead 11, Jenna Whitehead 9+4, Luke Hartshorn 7+3, Honey Whitehead 7)
Coventry 65 (MaCauley Burnett 18, Liam McGuire 15, James Kirrane 14+1, Callum McCarrol 6, Jake Slatter 5+1, Callum Lee 3+1, Adam Dickenson 3, Sam Slatter 1)
The next match saw the much stronger Monarchs take the win by 80 points to 49, however no home rider could manage to go through the card thanks to Leicester’s own Tom Sensicall who is helping out the Coventry club in local league racing in their comeback year.
Leicester 80 (Lauren Davies 15, Liam Davies 14, Lee Kemp 13+3)
Coventry 49 (Tom Sensicall 12, James Kirrane 12)