Report: David Jewkes
5th June 2011
Leicester turned up at Wednesfield’s Ashmore Park race track today with a power packed team of riders, and what a spectacular show of cycle speedway racing was given by the two teams,
Howells & Peck opened the scoring for the visitors with a 6-4 in heat 1 from Jewkes & Beharrell the next two races were drawn 5-5 then in heat 4 the Aces opened up a lead from a 7-3 from Matt Beharrell & Dylan Radcliffe against Adam Stephenson & Adam Peck, but then the Monarchs struck back in the next race with a 6-4 from Howells & Yelland to level the scores at 25 points each,
The next heat was drawn 5-5 then in heat 7 Wednesfield took full advantage when Craig Marchant was excluded by match referee Bob Prince for moving whilst under starters orders that left Beharrell & jewkes up against World Champion Luckasz Nowacki Aces CJ done the job on Nowacki closing him down whilst Beharrell took the lead and CJ held off the challenge of the world champ to take a 7-2 advantage to Wednesfield score 37-32, heat 8 was drawn and in the next going into the interval Leicester came bouncing back with a 7-3 win from Wadhams & Stephenson to put themselve just one point behind 45-44.
Second half started with a 5-5 and then in heat 11 the turning point of the match for Leicester came when Mark Griffiths Uncharacteristically broke through the start tapes whilst under orders and got his marching orders back to the pits leaving Leicesters Marchant & Nowacki to take a 7-2 win from lone Aces rider Terry Norman putting them in a 4 points lead 56-52 a lead they held for the next two races with two 5-5s, heat 14 saw the Aces come back with a 6-4 from Griffiths & Radcliffe to narrow leicesters lead to just 2 points, then another two drawn heats and then with just two races remaining leicester sprang a 6-4 in heat 17 to put them 4 points up again going into the last heat,
But Wednesfield were not going to lay down and almost sprang a suprise come back with Phil Howells making the gate from grid two over Terry Norman but Lee Aris had other thoughts and held Marchant from the gate takeing him out wide for a lap before terry Norman let him by for a final last two laps assault on Howells who had gained quite a lead but Aris drew him into his sights and coming upto the final two turns made his move for a pass on the inside only for Howells to dump him and his self onto the center green allowing Terry Norman through to take the lead, everyone waited with baited breath for the refs whistle to blow but nothing happend and the race stood in the order it finished with Norman the winner followed by Marchant, Howells and Aris 5-5 the result but what a fantastic match between these two teams!
LEE ARIS 17, MARK GRIFFITHS 15, CHRIS JEWKES 14+2, MATT BEHARRELL 12+1, DYLAN RADCLIFFE 11+1, TERRY NORMAN 11,LUKE DRAISEY 4, BEN HIGHAM 3+1.
PHIL HOWELLS 15+2, MARCUS WADHAMS 15,ADAM PECK 12+1, JASON ASHFORD 11+3, LUKASZ NOWACKI 11+1, CRAIG MARCHANT 10+1, ADAM STEPHENSON 9+1, LEON YELLAND 8.
PREMIER LEAGUE COMBINATION
WEDNESFIELD 57 LEICESTER 73
Leicester took the points in this match but the racing was much closer than the scores suggest Leicester’s Charlie Cooper rode well concidering he as not long started the sport and solid performances were given by Ashley Doughty & Nick Whitehead from the visitors,
Star of the Aces was youngster Matt Haddock he continues to improve and inpress with every ride, he had good back up from Stuart Bentley & Tony De’Leon.
MATT HADDOCK 11+2, TONY DE’LEON 10+1, STUART BENTLEY 10+1, TROY ALLEN 9, STEVE MULLINDER 6, JORDAN HOLDCROFT 6, MICK ARIS 5+1.
CHARLIE COOPER 17, ASHLEY DOUGHTY 15+1, MATT HARTSHORNE 12, NICK WHITEHEAD 10+2, JOE KEMP 10+2, NORMAN VENSON 7+3, GEORGE BARRETT 2.
MATCH RACE TROPHY RESULT
Holder: Marcus Wadhams
Challenger: Lee Aris
Result of Race – Winner: Lee Aris