Maybe only a challenge match but this was an excellent advert for the sport, both side giving it their all with hard but fair racing throughout.

Leicester took the lead in heat two with a 7-2 from Burns and Mark Whitehead over Aris and Griffiths and were never to be headed. In fact this was the only race Griff started, a back injury forcing him to withdraw, his absence proving to be too much of a handicap for the Aces to overcome.

The West Midlanders did get back on level terms in heat twelve thanks to a from the back 6-4 from Aris and Tom Haddock over Marchant and Doughty but immediately went behind again in the next, the home side content to take the points on offer after this and take a unexpected victory.

All of the Leicester riders contributed. Young Liam Davies, despite taking a couple of falls when in scoring positions, looked like he belongs at this level. Marchant was as difficult to pass as ever and Nowacki’s team riding was superb, his limited availability this year will be sorely missed.

The Aces were well served by Heard and Aris, who looked far sharper than last season, CJ and Johnston were always in the action and Matt Haddock was worth more than his score may suggest.

Leicester 91 (C Marchant 18, L Nowacki 16+2, K Burns 16, N Venson 10, N Whitehead 10+2, Mark Whitehead 9+3 ,A Doughty 7, Liam Davies 5)
Wednesfield 87 ( P Heard 18, L Aris 17, C Jewkes 17, R Johnston 13+3, M Haddock 8+1, Troy Allen 8, T Haddock 6, M Griffiths 0)