British Premier League
Event: 3rd July 2011
Report: Tim Jarvis http://www.flickr.com//photos/magda_nowacki/sets/72157626983093351/show/
This was always going to be a tough match – and it certainly was! Raced in front of a three figure crowd the racing was fast and furious with numerous incidents to keep referee John Whiting busy.
Leicester raced into an early five point lead but back to back maximums from Boaler and Scymczak and Heard and Harris saw the Hammers take a five point margin into the interval.
The restart saw the fireworks begin, Stephenson made a stormer from four and Ashford joined him at the front at the end of lap one. Boaler chased Ashford and the two came together at the end of lap three, both ending in a heap, Scymczak missing the melee to take second and Boaler remounting to take third.
Heat 16 proved the real turning point though. Lewis Osborne received a tapes exclusion at the first attempt, in the re-start Adam peck shot off into the lead, Lukas Nowacki, chasing hard, pulled alongside
Steve Harris along the home straight only to end up in a heap after a heavy collision with the starting gate.
Harris was adjudged to have used excessive force and was excluded, Leicester’s world champion suffering nasty facial injuries which ruled him out of the rest of the meeting. Peck and replacement Yelland then took the formality of a 7-0 to put the Monarchs three points up.
The next heat saw Timms and Howells collide and both riders were excluded following an altercation on the track. Stephenson, having a great meeting, took the match race in the re-run from Scymczak. The final heat was shared and the home side clinched a four point victory.
In all honesty Horspath should have won this one, simply settling for positions and finishing races in the latter stages would have given them the league points, but credit to Leicester who never gave up the fight and sent their supporters home happy.
Leicester 88: (M Wadhams 16, A Peck 14, C Marchant 13+2, A Stephenson 13, L Nowacki 10, L Yelland 6+1, J Ashford 5+1)
Horspath 84: (P Heard 16+1, C Timms 15, M Scymczak 14+1, S Harris 11, M Boaler 10+2, M Carmicheal 8+1, L Osborne 6, C Osborne 4)
Horspath opened with a 6-4 advantage but this particular race flattered to deceive, the home team firing in ten maximums in the remaining twelve heats to totally outclass the Hammers and move to the top of the table.
Leicester 83 Horspath 45
Midland Div 3
A highly competitive match ridden before the PL fixture. Lee Kemp notched a maximum for the Bulldogs but the home team just had the strength in depth to take the win.
Leicester 93 Bretford 87