|Sunday 22nd October, Young Shield Semi-final|
|Swindon 'Softwater' Robins||49||92||DIXON Ford Sheffield 'STAR' Tigers||40||87|
|Alan Mogridge (g)||0||3||3||ef||6||Sean Wilson||3||3||3||3||3||3||18|
|Martin Dixon||2||2'||0||2||0||6||1||Paul Lee||1||0||0||0||1|
|Neil Collins (c)||rider replacement||(7)||(1)||Simon Stead||1||1||2'||2||2||8||1|
|Claus Kristensen||3||1'||1||3||3||2||13||1||Adam Allott||0||f||1||1|
|Paul Fry||3||2'||0||2||ef||1'||8||2||André Compton (g)||0||2||3||1'||2'||0||8||2|
|Oliver Allen||3||2||3||1'||2'||11||2||Darren Pearson||0||1'||0||1||1|
|Mark Steel||1||2'||1'||1||5||2||Andy Moore||2||1||0||3|
1. 67.21 2-4 ( 2-4 ) Wilson, Dixon, Lee, Mogridge(r/rem) 2. 68.89 4-2 ( 6-6 ) Allen, Moore, Steel, Pearson 3. 68.15 5-1 (11-7 ) Kristensen, Dixon(r/r), Stead, Allott 4. 67.33 5-1 (16-8 ) Fry, Steel, Moore, Compton 5. 68.21 3-3 (19-11) Wilson, Allen, Kristensen, Lee 6. 68.30 3-3 (22-14) Mogridge, Compton, Pearson, Dixon(r/rem) 7. 68.08 5-1 (27-15) Allen, Fry, Stead, Allott 8. 67.33 3-3 (30-18) Wilson(t/s), Dixon, Steel, Lee 9. 67.05 1-5 (31-23) Compton, Stead(t/s), Kristensen, Fry 10. 66.90 3-3 (34-26) Mogridge, Stead, Compton(t/s), Dixon(15 yds) 11. 66.55 3-3 (37-29) Wilson, Fry, Allen, Lee 12. 67.30 4-2 (41-31) Kristensen(r/r), Stead, Steel, Moore 13. 68.71 0-5 (41-36) Wilson, Compton, Mogridge(ef), Fry(ef) 14. 68.30 5-1 (46-37) Kristensen, Allen, Allott, Pearson 15. ??.?? 3-3 (49-40) Wilson, Kristensen, Fry, Compton
Having put up such a good show at Owlerton the KO Cup champions were extremely confident that they would be able to contain the Tigers at the Abbey Stadium. Indeed many Tigers fans were sceptical about their chances, but thanks in no uncertain terms to a brilliant unbeaten display by Sean Wilson the Tigers were still in with a glimmer of a chance right up the the final flag.
André was the only other race winner for the Tigers, and he and Simon Stead took the fight to the Robins in support of their gallant captain. Andy Moore rose to the occasion to follow Oliver Allen home in heat 2 and richly deserved more rides than he was given. Paul Lee looked disinterested compared to his Blunsdon form in the League match in July and should have been sent packing after his compulsory 3rd ride. Adam was another who looked as if this was one match too many, while Darren Pearson was just off the pace.
The Robins fans were out in force to cheer their side on and their lads should give the League Champions a stern test in the final.
|Thursday 19th October, Young Shield Semi-final|
|Sheffield 'Dixon Ford STAR' Tigers||47||Swindon 'Softwater' Robins||43|
|Sean Wilson||3||1||3||3||3||3||16||Alan Mogridge (g)||1'||2'||2||2||2||9||2|
|Paul Lee||r||3||0||2'||5||1||Martin Dixon||2||3||3||2||1'||0||11||1|
|Simon Stead||2||1||3||3||1||10||Neil Collins (c)||rider replacement||(6)|
|Adam Allott||1'||0||2||3||1||Claus Kristensen||0||3||1||2||3||9|
|André Compton (g)||3||2||2'||3||1||11||1||Paul Fry||2||2||1||1||x2||6|
|Darren Pearson||0||0||0||0||Ollie Allen||3||1'||0||0||1'||0||5||2|
|Andrew Moore||1||ef||ef||1'||2||1||Mark Steel||2'||tps||1'||0||0||3||2|
1. 63.0 3-3 ( 3-3 ) Wilson, Dixon, Mogridge, Lee(r) 2. 64.2 1-5 ( 4-8 ) Allen, Steel, Moore, Pearson 3. 62.4 3-3 ( 7-11) Dixon(r/r), Stead, Allott, Kristensen 4. 61.9 3-3 (10-14) Compton, Fry, Allen, Moore(ef), Steel(tps) 5. 62.6 1-5 (11-19) Dixon, Mogridge, Stead, Allott 6. 62.3 4-2 (15-21) Lee, Fry, Wilson, Allen 7. 62.8 2-4 (17-25) Kristensen, Compton, Fry(r/r), Pearson 8. 62.1 3-3 (20-28) Wilson(t/s), Dixon, Steel, Lee 9. 62.1 5-1 (25-29) Stead, Compton, Fry, Allen 10. 63.0 5-1 (30-30) Wilson, Lee, Kristensen, Steel(r/r) 11. 62.7 3-3 (33-33) Compton, Mogridge, Dixon, Pearson 12. 62.5 3-3 (36-36) Stead, Kristensen(t/s), Allen, Moore(ef) 13. 63.2 4-2 (40-38) Wilson, Mogridge, Compton, Allen, Fry(2mins) 14. 63.0 3-3 (43-41) Kristensen, Allott, Moore, Steel 15. 63.0 4-2 (47-43) Wilson, Mogridge, Stead, Dixon
A real thriller of a match with no quarter asked or spared from both sides. Darren Pearson's debut replacing the injured Simon Cartwright was somewhat inauspicious as he failed to score and the Tigers cause suffered further when Andy Moore suffered 2 broken chains, the first on the final lap when he had held Paul Fry at bay for three fantastic laps in heat 4!
To be fair Martin Dixon also suffered machine problems and at the end of the day it was the Robins strength in depth that won them a tremendous chance of qualifying for the Young Shield final. The Robins having twice extended their lead to 8 points it was all the Tigers could do to haul themseleves back into the match and preserve their home record, thanks mainly to the home heat leaders including old favourite André Compton.
|Sunday 15th October, Conference League|
|Peterborough Pumas||47||81||Sheffield Prowlers||43||99|
|Ian Barney||3||3||3||1'||3||1||13||1||Adam Allott||2||2||3||3||3||3||1||17|
|James Horton||1||1||0||2||David Speight||0||0||2||2|
|Adam Pryer||3||2||2||2||2'||11||1||James Birkinshaw (c)||rider replacement|
|David Nix||1||1'||0||2||4||1||Luke Priest||0||1'||f||1||1|
|Chris Schramm||1'||3||2||2||8||1||Andrew Moore||3||2||3||3||0||0||11|
|Gordon Meakins||1'||0||f||1'||2||2||Richie Hawkins||x2||0||1||1||0||2|
|Derek Harrison||2||2||1||2'||x||7||1||Matt Cambridge||3||0||2'||1||1||3||10||1|
1. 65.6 4-2 ( 4-2 ) Barney, Allott,Horton, Speight 2. 67.2 3-3 ( 7-5 ) Cambridge, Harrison, Meakins, Hawkins(2mins) 3. 66.4 4-2 (11-7 ) Pryer, Allott(r/r), Nix, Priest 4. 67.2 3-3 (14-10) Moore, Harrison, Schramm, Cambridge 5. 66.7 3-3 (17-13) Allott, Pryer, Nix, Speight 6. 65.6 4-2 (21-15) Barney, Moore, Horton, Hawkins 7. 67.6 3-3 (24-18) Schramm, Speight(r/r), Priest, Meakins(fx) 8. 67.3 1-5 (25-23) Allott(t/s), Cambridge, Harrison, Hawkins 9. 67.6 2-4 (27-27) Moore, Pryer, Hawkins, Nix 10. 66.6 5-1 (32-28) Barney, Harrison, Cambridge(r/r), Priest(f) 11. 67.3 2-4 (34-32) Allott, Schramm, Cambridge, Meakins 12. awd 2-4 (36-36) Moore(r/r), Pryer, Hawkins(f), Harrison(fx 13. 67.3 3-3 (39-39) Allott, Schramm, Barney, Moore 14. 68.0 3-3 (42-42) Cambridge, Nix, Meakins, Hawkins 15. 66.5 5-1 (47-43) Barney, Pryer, Allott, Moore
Some fine racing in this second half of a double header, with Andy, Adam and Matt all featuring in some tremendous battles with the Pumas. The Prowlers clawed their way back to level pegging when Derek Harrison was excluded from heat 12 having brought down Richie Hawkins on the 3rd turn. Chris Schramm and Ian Barney both passed Andy Moore to keep the scores level in heat 13, and while Matt won heat 14 young Richie couldn't quite get on terms with Graham Meakins at the back.
Dead level into the last race and the championship there to be won, unfortunately it was Ian Barney that leapt into the lead, to be joined by Adam Pryer who breezed past Adam Allott with ease. No champagne for the Prowlers then, but a big vote of appreciation to all the riders who have donned the Tigers bib this year.
|Friday 13th October, Young Shield Quarter-final|
|Hull Vikings||55||90||DIXON Ford Sheffield 'STAR' Tigers||35||90|
|Paul Thorp (c)||3||3||3||3||3||15||Sean Wilson||2||3||3||3||2||2||15|
|René Aas||1||1||2||2'||6||1||Paul Lee||0||0||1||1||1||3|
|Paul Smith||1||1'||3||2||7||1||Simon Stead||2||ef||0||1||3||6|
|Lee Dicken||3||2||1||3||9||Adam Allott||0||1||0||fx||1|
|Garry Stead||2||2'||2||1||1||8||1||André Compton (g)||3||2||2||1||0||0||8|
|Mike Smith||3||3||fx||2'||8||1||Andrew Moore||2||0||0||2|
|Jamie Smith||0||0||1||1||Simon Cartwright||dnr||0|
1. 66.6 4-2 ( 4-2 ) Thorp, Wilson, Aas, Lee 2. 71.4 4-2 ( 8-4 ) M. Smith, Moore, J.Smith, Cartwright(inj) 3. 67.9 4-2 (12-6 ) Dicken, S.Stead, P.Smith, Allott 4. 68.6 3-3 (15-9 ) Compton, G.Stead, J.Smith, Moore 5. 67.8 3-3 (18-12) Wilson, Dicken, P.Smith, Lee 6. 67.6 4-2 (22-14) Thorp, Compton, Aas, Moore 7. 67.5 5-1 (27-15) M.Smith, G.Stead, Allott, S.Stead(ef) 8. 69.3 2-4 (29-19) Wilson(t/s), Aas, Lee, J.Smith(fx) 9. 68.2 4-2 (33-21) P.Smith, Compton, Dicken, S.Stead(t/s) 10. 67.6 5-1 (38-22) Thorp, Aas, S.Stead, Allott 11. 68.2 2-4 (40-26) Wilson, G.Stead, Lee, M.Smith(fx) 12. 68.1 2-4 (42-30) S.Stead, P.Smith, Compton(t/s), J.Smith 13. 67.7 4-2 (46-32) Thorp, Wilson, G.Stead, Compton 14. 70.6 5-1 (51-33) Dicken, M.Smith, Lee, Allott(fx) 15. 67.6 4-2 (55-35) Thorp, Wilson, G.Stead, Compton Deciding run-off: 67.3 - S.Wilson beat P.Thorp
Friday the 13th part one! Another meeting which went on forever with the decider exceeding the 10pm curfew. Crap racing, crap refereeing (courtesy of Dave Dowling this time) but with the tension being wound tighter and tighter before the unbelievable climax in the run-off.
Paul Thorp cut across Sean on the first turn in heat 1 but when Paul Lee slipped past René out of turn 2 things looked promissing. Paul then went so wide on turn 3 René had no option but to regain 3rd place and that's how things stayed with Paul Lee dropping further and further behind. How has he so quickly forgotten how to ride what used to be his home track? The rot really set in in heat 2 when Jamie Smith collected Simon Cartwright on the first turn and rode him full tilt into the fence. Jamie walked away with damaged front forks while Simon was whisked away to hospital suffering concussion. Justice was served in the rerun when Jamie Smith (not excluded for some inexplicable reason) led for 3 laps before developing a miss-fire. Adam Allott flew from the start in heat 3 only to be stone dead last by the back straight, but guest André Compton was the convincing winner of heat 4, and Sean made no mistakes in heat 5.
René forced André onto the grass in heat 6 but a determined André eventually made a sweet outside pass on turn 2 of the last lap to take second place. After a terrible start to heat 7 things took on a bad complexion as Simon Stead ground to a halt with a blown motor and the Tigers were now only 8 ahead on aggregate. With Simon's bikes already being en-route to the Czech Republic this meant Simon was on borrowed bikes for the rest of the evening. Jamie Smith was at it again in heat 8 falling on the first bend and collecting Paul Lee. The referee showed how consistent his decisions were by excluding him this time! René had the audacity to pass Sean exiting turn 2 but Sean simply blasted around the outside of turns 3 & 4 to regain the lead and put the Tigers back to 10 ahead on aggregate.
Tactical substitute Simon trailed in last in heat 9 but André atoned for a poor start by passing Lee Dicken, but couldn't get the better of Paul Smith. Simon out again in heat 10, this time on Sean's bike, couldn't get past René and the aggregate lead is now 4! Mike Smith goes straight on into the 3rd turn fence in heat 11, but walks away. Sean easily outpaces Garry and the lead is now 6.
Simon traps on Paul Lee's bike in heat 12, and with André in close company the Tigers look on for a 5-1, until 'Black Friday' strikes again with André's bike developing a terrible backfire on the 3rd lap, and Paul Smith gleefully sweeing past down the back straight on the last lap. Heat 13 sees Sean go round Paul Thorp wide into turn 3, but he can't hold it tight enough and Paul regains the lead out of turn 4 while André just can't wrestle Paul Lee's bike around fast enough to catch Garry Stead. Lead is now 6.
Adam makes a lightning start to heat 14 and while Lee Dicken goes clear, Paul Lee slots in behind Adam for a potential 3-3. Inexplicably Adam does the same as Mike Smith in heat 11 and piles into the 3rd turn fence. With no-one to help him in the rerun Paul trundles around last as if a 2 point lead is ample for this stage of the match! The nominated heat sees elbows flashing on the first turn before Paul Thorp emerges in the lead, but Andreé on his spare machine cannot make up ground and the match is drawn on aggregate.
With a run-off to decide who goes through to the semi-finals, and Paul Thorp with home track advantage having beaten Sean three times already the Sheffield supporters heads were down. Just as well Sean doesn't believe in statistics as he set the stadium alight with his own forcefull first turn and the ride of the night to sink the Vikings. The Tigers hardly deserved to go through and Sean could be expected to have some harsh words for certain members of the team who seemed far too complacent. Having said that the fates seemed to be against us with two of our heat leaders suffering mechanical failures and our trump card reserve being hopitalised before reaching the second turn. Swindon are our semi-final opponents and have a tasty looking side. Adam didn't have much idea of how to get around Blunsdon and if Simon isn't fit I fear that Sean may have bought himself and the team just two more pay days.
|Friday 13th October, Conference League (at Armadale)|
|Jamie Swales||2'||3||3||3||3||1||15||1||Jon Priest||0||1||0||1|
|Robert McNeil||3||3||2'||2'||2'||12||3||Richie Hawkins||1||r||x||2'||2||1||2||8||1|
|Aiden Collins||rider replacement||Carl Downs||2||0||x||2|
|Garry Flint||f||2'||1||1||4||1||Luke Priest||1'||1||1||0||3||1|
|Craig Branney||0||2'||x||1||2'||5||2||James Birkinshaw (c)||rider replacement|
|Derek Sneddon||3||3||3||3||3||3||3||21||Matt Cambridge||2||2'||1||3||2||2||12||1|
|Jaz Denholm||0||1||0||1||David Speight||1'||3||1||1'||0||f||6||2|
1. 62.8 5-1 ( 5-1 ) McNeil, Swales, Hawkins, J.Priest 2. 61.1 3-3 ( 8-4 ) Sneddon, Cambridge, Speight, Denholm 3. 61.8 3-3 (11-7 ) McNeil(r/r), Downs, Speight, Flint(f) 4. 62.7 1-5 (12-12) Speight, Cambridge(r/r), Denholm, Branney 5. 60.7 5-1 (17-13) Sneddon(r/r), Flint, J.Priest, Hawkins 6. 62.1 5-1 (22-14) Swales, McNeil, Cambridge, 7. 60.1 5-1 (27-15) Sneddon, Branney, L.Priest, Downs 8. 61.6 5-1 (32-16) Sneddon, McNeil, Speight, Hawkins 9. 62.9 1-5 (33-21) Cambridge, Hawkins(r/r), Flint, Branney(r/r)(x) 10. 62.3 5-1 (38-22) Swales, McNeil, L.Priest, Downs(x) 11. 61.3 4-2 (42-24) Sneddon, Hawkins, Branney, J.Priest 12. 62.7 3-3 (45-27) Swales(r/r), Cambridge, Speight, Denholm 13. 63.6 5-1 (50-28) Swales, Branney, Hawkins(t/s), L.Priest(r/r) 14. 6?.? 4-2 (54-30) Sneddon, L.Priest, Flint, Speight 15. 6?.? 4-2 (58-32) Sneddon, Hawkins, Priest, Speight(f)
Missing all three heat leaders, the Prowlers were on a hiding to nothing although Matt Cambridge, Richie Hawkins and David Speight were all commended for their efforts. Derek Sneddon rode to a perfect 7 ride maximum, and Robert McNeil got in on the act with an 18 point paid maximum. Jamie Swales missed out on his finishing behind Richie Hawkins in heat 15.
|Thursday 12th October, Conference League|
|Sheffield Prowlers||56||Peterborough Pumas||34|
|Adam Allott||3||3||tps||3||2'||11||1||Ian Barney (c)||2||2||3||3||0||1||11|
|Richie Hawkins||0||tps||0||1'||ef||1||1||James Horton||1'||0||0||1||1|
|Andrew Moore||3||3||3||3||3||15||Adam Pryer||2||2||2||3||2||0||11|
|Luke Priest||1||1||0||1'||3||1||Michael Mitchell||fx||0||0||0|
|James Birkinshaw (c)||rider replacement||(6)||(1)||Chris Schramm||1||0||1'||2||3||7||1|
|Matt Cambridge||3||3||3||2||2||2||15||Gordon Meakins||0||0||1||0||1|
|David Speight||1||2'||2'||2||1||1||9||2||David Nix||2||0||1||3|
1. 64.6 3-3 ( 3-3 ) Allott, Barney, Horton, Hawkins 2. 65.0 4-2 ( 7-5 ) Cambridge, Nix, Speight, Meakins 3. 66.1 4-2 (11-7 ) Moore, Pryer, Priest, Nix 4. 66.0 5-1 (16-8 ) Cambridge, Speight, Schramm, Meakins, Downs(tps) 5. 64.2 4-2 (20-10) Moore, Barney, Priest, Horton 6. 65.4 5-1 (25-11) Allott, Speight, Meakins, Schramm, Hawkins(tps) 7. 66.5 4-2 (29-13) Cambridge, Pryer, Downs, Mitchell(fx) 8. 66.4 2-4 (31-17) Horton, Speight, Nix, Hawkins 9. 64.5 3-3 (34-20) Moore, Pryer, Schramm, Priest 10. 67.0 3-3 (37-23) Pryer, Cambridge, Hawkins, Mitchell, Allott(tps) 11. awd 3-3 (40-26) Barney, Cambridge, Downs(f), Horton(f/x) 12. 65.1 4-2 (44-28) Moore, Pryer, Speight, Meakins 13. 66.3 4-2 (48-30) Allott, Schramm, Speight, Barney, Downs(tps) 14. 67.7 3-3 (51-33) Schramm, Cambridge, Priest, Mitchell 15. 64.2 5-1 (56-34) Moore, Allott, Barney, Pryer.
This match seemed to take forever, primary cause being the inordinate length of time referee Graham Flint held the riders on the green light before releasing the tapes. This led to 4 sets of tapes being destroyed, with another set going after a starting gate malfunction.
Ian Barney was the pick of the visitors, although he had no response when young David Speight passed him out of turn 2 in heat 13 relegating him to last place! Chris Schramm took time to settle in, surprising as you would have thought Owlerton would have required a similar set-up to Alwalton?
Adam only dropped points when he went through the tapes, Andrew was untouchable as he rode to a 5 ride maximum on Robbie K's wide outside line, and Matt Cambridge continues to improve looking confident and stylish. David Speight deserved his paid 11 score and the margin of victory would have been much greater had the Prowlers not given all Jamie's rider replacement rides to No.8 Carl Downs. This was probably intended to give him an idea of what to expect tomorrow when he moves into the team propper at Armadale in the absence of Adam and Andrew!
|Sunday 8th October, Conference League|
|Sheffield Prowlers||40||72||Rye House Rockets||38||96|
|Adam Allott||3||3||3||3||3||15||Simon Wolstenholme (c)||2||2||2||2||3||1'||12||1|
|Richie Hawkins||ef||1||1||1||ef||3||Daniel Gifford||1'||1'||3||0||5||2|
|Andrew Moore||3||3||3||1'||10||1||David Mason||2||2||2'||2||3||2||13||1|
|Luke Priest||1||0||0||1||Russell Payne||fx||0|
|James Birkinshaw (c)||rider replacement||(7)||(1)||Phil Ambrose||rider replacement||(7)|
|Matt Cambridge||3||3||r||2||1||9||Nathan Morton||2||1||0||x||3|
|David Speight||f||2'||0||0||2||1||Garry Sweet||1'||0||1'||1'||2'||5||4|
1. 65.1 3-3 ( 3-3 ) Allott, Wolstenholme, Gifford, Hawkins 2. 67.7 3-3 ( 6-6 ) Cambridge, Morton, Sweet, Speight(f) 3. 66.0 4-2 (10-8 ) Moore, Mason, Priest, Payne(fx) 4. 69.2 5-1 (15-9 ) Cambridge(r/r), Speight, Morton(r/r), Sweet 5. 66.9 3-3 (18-12) Moore, Wolstenholme, Gifford, Priest 6. 66.3 4-2 (22-14) Allott, Wolstenholme(t/s), Hawkins, Morton 7. 66.1 3-3 (25-17) Allott(r/r), Mason, Sweet, Cambridge(r) 8. 69.5 1-5 (26-22) Gifford, Mason(t/s), Hawkins, Speight 9. 67.1 3-3 (29-25) Moore, Wolstenholme(r/r), Sweet, Priest 10. 65.3 4-2 (33-27) Allott, Mason, Hawkins, Morton(x) 11. 67.3 3-3 (36-30) Wolstenholme, Cambridge, Moore, Gifford 12. 66.6 1-5 (37-35) Mason, Sweet, Cambridge, Speight 13. 66.2 3-3 (40-38) Allott, Mason, Wolstenholme, Hawkins(ef) 14. match abandoned
The second half of the double header saw the Rockets claw back from an eight point defecit despite losing Russell Payne after a spectacular off on the first turn first time out. It's hard to tell if his ancient Weslake would have had been on the pace at Owlerton. After six or seven outings each in the first match the Prowlers top men were beginning to struggle as they discovered aches in muscles they didn't even know they had!
The Rockets 5-1 in heat 12 brought them back to just two behind and a mouthwatering conclusion was in prospect. Adam Allott outpaced the Rockets top pair to win heat 13 but had to receive medical attention as he returned to the pit gate in obvious distress. After a lengthy delay he was taken straight to hospital in the ambulance suffering from a partially collapsed lung! With a considerable delay likely until the ambulance returned and the evening wearing on the referees decision was to abandon the match with the result standing.
While the Rockets could be justifyably peeved as they could have turned over the weakened and exhausted Prowlers, David Mason should consider himself very lucky as he would have had little or no chance of defending his Bronze Helmet against the Prowlers top scorer. Fingers crossed that the Prowlers can re-group in time for the Peterborough match on Thursday.
|Sunday 8th October, Conference League|
|Sheffield Prowlers||48||100||St. Austell BWOC Gulls||42||80|
|Adam Allott||3||3||3||3||3||3||18||Wayne Barrett||rider replacement||(6)|
|Richie Hawkins||0||0||1||1||Richard Ford||1'||2||2'||0||5||2|
|Andrew Moore||3||3||2||3||3||2'||16||1||Gary Phelps||2||1||2||2||2||9|
|Luke Priest||0||1||1'||1'||3||2||Darren Andrews||1'||ef||1||1|
|James Birkinshaw (c)||rider replacement||(6)||Jason Prynne (c)||2'||2||2||3||1'||0||10||2|
|Matt Cambridge||3||0||2'||fx||1||fx||2||8||1||Martin Williams||1'||0||1'||0||1'||tps||3||3|
|David Speight||0||1||1||0||2||Gary Lobb||2||3||3||2||3||1||14|
1. 63.8 3-3 ( 3-3 ) Allott, Prynne(r/r), Ford, Hawkins 2. 65.2 3-3 ( 6-6 ) Cambridge, Lobb, Williams, Speight 3. 64.4 3-3 ( 9-9 ) Moore, Phelps, Andrews, Priest 4. 66.9 1-5 (10-14) Lobb, Prynne, Speight, Cambridge(r/r) 5. 64.4 4-2 (14-16) Moore, Ford, Priest, Williams(r/r) 6. 64.0 3-3 (17-19) Allott, Prynne, Williams, Hawkins 7. 64.2 5-1 (22-20) Allott(r/r), Cambridge, Phelps, Andrews(ef) 8. 67.3 1-5 (23-25) Lobb, Ford, Speight(f/rem), Cambridge(fx) 9. 65.9 3-3 (26-28) Prynne, Moore, Priest, Williams 10. 63.7 4-2 (30-30) Allott, Phelps, Hawkins, Andrews(ns) 11. 66.5 4-2 (34-32) Moore(r/r), Lobb(r/r), Cambridge, Ford 12. 68.6 3-3 (37-35) Moore, Phelps, Williams, Speight(f/rem) 13. 68.6 3-3 (40-38) Allott, Phelps|(r/r), Prynne, Cambridge(fx) 14. 73.6 3-3 (43-41) Lobb, Cambridge, Priest, Williams(tps) 15. 66.8 5-1 (48-42) Allott, Moore, Lobb, Prynne
The Prowlers were missing James Birkinshaw, Lee Hodgson, Andrew Taylor and Malcolm Carter, all injured, and chose to give Richie Hawkins his debut against the experienced St. Austell Gulls. Having won comfortably in Cornwall it must have been a shock to find themselves trailing by four points after four heats, quick staring reserve Gary Lobb responsible for most of the damage. As the rain began to fall track conditions became a little slippy, but it was mostly the Prowlers who were caught out, Matt Cambridge in particular as he was just trying that little bit too hard.
Andy Moore dropped just one point to the opposition in six rides, but Adam Allott went one better with a perfect six ride maximum. The Prowlers had a long tail however with David Speight, Luke Priest and Richie Hawkins only managing 3rd places after some sluggish starts.
The match was delicately ballanced until Martin Williams touched the tapes in heat 14 earning himself an exclusion after which the Prowlers twin spearhead romped away to win the nominated heat. The deciding factor in the Gulls defeat was probably Darren Andrews withdrawal from the meeting following machine failure, after all this junior has in the past beaten Robbie Kessler around Owlerton!
|Thursday 5th October, Premier League Play-Off|
|Sheffield 'Dixon Ford STAR' Tigers||55||Hull Vikings||35|
|Sean Wilson||2||3||3||2||3||13||Paul Thorp (c)||3||3||r||1||1||1||9|
|Paul Lee||1'||1||3||2'||7||2||René Aas||0||0||1||1|
|Simon Stead||2||2||3||3||2'||12||1||Paul Smith||0||1||0||1|
|Adam Allott||1'||1'||2'||x2||4||3||Lee Dicken||3||3||1||2||fx||9|
|Robert Kessler||3||2||2||0||7||Garry Stead||2||2||1||3||3||r||11|
|Simon Cartwright||3||ef||0||2'||5||1||Jamie Smith||0||0||1'||1||2||1|
|Andrew Moore||1||1||2'||0||3||7||1||Mike Smith||2||ef||0||2|
1. 63.1 3-3 ( 3-3 ) Thorp, Wilson, Lee, Aas 2. 65.6 4-2 ( 7-5 ) Cartwright, M.Smith, Moore, J.Smith 3. 66.0 3-3 (10-8 ) Dicken, S.Stead, Allott, P.Smith 4. 66.1 4-2 (14-10) Kessler, G.Stead, Moore, M.Smith(ef) 5. 64.6 3-3 (17-13) Thorp, S.Stead, Allott, Aas 6. 66.2 4-2 (21-15) Wilson, G.Stead, Lee, J.Smith 7. 65.4 2-4 (23-19) Dicken, Kessler, P.Smith, Cartwright(ef) 8. 65.6 5-1 (28-20) Lee, Moore, Aas, M.Smith 9. 64.1 5-1 (33-21) S.Stead, Allott, G.Stead, Thorp(t/s)(r) 10. 65.0 5-1 (38-22) Wilson, Lee, Dicken, P.Smith 11. 63.8 2-4 (40-26) G.Stead(t/s), Kessler, Thorp, Cartwright 12. 64.9 3-3 (43-29) S.Stead, Dicken(t/s), J.Smith, Moore 13. 63.6 2-4 (45-33) G.Stead, Wilson, Thorp, Kessler 14. awd 5-1 (50-34) Moore, Cartwright, J.Smith, Dicken(fx), Allott(2min) 15. 64.4 5-1 (45-35) Wilson, S.Stead, Thorp, G.Stead(r)
After a couple of nail biting encounters between the Tigers and Vikings this season this match at first appeared to be yet another in the same vein. Paul Thorp sped away from Sean to win the first heat, and with Lee Dicken passing Robbie to win heat 7 the Tigers held a narrow 4 point advantage. Heat 8 saw Andy Moore bravely squeezing around René on the 4th turn to join Paul in a 5-1 and suddenly the wind had left the Vikings' sails.
Tactical substitute Paul Thorp rode through the tapes (before the green light) in heat 9 and despite frantic activity in the pits to sort out his clutch he was forced onto Lee Dicken's bike. It was obviously not to his liking and he retired in last place. With Garry Stead too far behind Adam to mount any sort of challenge the Tigers lead was now up to 12. When Paul Lee made an uncharacteristic fast start and team rode with Sean to yet another 5-1 the Viking were now 16 points down and looking broken.
Eric Boocock put Garry Stead in as a tactical in heat 11 and he responded by claiming his first win while Robbie consolidated second place ahead of Thorpy and Simon C (who was Andy Moore's spare machine). Lee Dicken was drafted into heat 12 but to little effect as Simon Stead came through from 3rd to claim the win and preserve the Tigers 14 point lead. The Vikings sped into the lead in heat 13 and while Sean went around Thorpy on turn 2 of the 3rd lap, Garry Stead was by then too far ahead, and the Tigers lead was down to 12.
The vital heat 14 was delayed when Adam developed engine problems and despite a frantic rush to get him a spare machine he exceeded the 2 minute allowance. This left the Sheffield reserves against the Vikings top scorer, but in a tremendous race young Andy Moore took the lead from Lee Dicken with an audacious wide 4th bend pass before pulling out a slight lead. Lee kept up the pressure, all the while resisting Simon C (on Paul Lee's bike) trying to find a way through on the inside, until the last lap when he collected young Andy full astern (red mist? stuck throttle?) throwing then both headlong into the fence. Andy was able to walk away from the debris but Lee left the track in the Ambulance. The race awarded 5-1 and the lead back to 16. Perhaps the Vikings heads went down as Garry Stead retired from heat 15 and Thorpy could only watch as Sean and Simon blasted away to another 5-1 and the comfort of a 20 point first leg advantage.
An unexpected big win for the Tigers on a track which was obviously not at its best. Times were slow and passing seemed more difficult than usual, probably due to recent stock cars and the wet weather. The second leg next Wednesday should be a formality, especially if Lee Dicken is unfit.
|Saturday 30th September, Premier League|
|Berwick 'ACC BT Cellnet' Bandits||51||82||DIXON Ford Sheffield 'STAR' Tigers||39||98|
|Paul Bentley||2||2||3||1||8||Sean Wilson (c)||3||2||3||2||r||10|
|Jorg Pingel||rider replacement||(4)||(1)||Paul Lee||0||0||2||1||3|
|David Meldrum||1'||1'||3||3||3||2'||13||3||Simon Stead||ef||2||1'||2||5||1|
|Scott Smith||2||1||3||2'||3||11||1||Simon Cartwright||3||1'||2||1||7||1|
|Alan Mogridge||2||3||2||3||3||13||Robbie Kessler||3||3||r||0||1||7|
|Dean Felton||2||0||0||0||1||2'||5||1||Andrew Moore||0||1||1||2|
|Phil Pickering||1'||0||0||0||1||1||Adam Allott||3||1||1'||0||0||5||1|
1. 68.5 3-3 ( 3-3 ) Wilson, Bentley, Meldrum(r/r), Lee 2. 70.3 3-3 ( 6-6 ) Allott, Felton, Pickering, Moore 3. 68.9 3-3 ( 9-9 ) Cartwright, Smith, Meldrum, Stead(ef) 4. 67.5 2-4 (11-13) Kessler, Mogridge, Allott, Pickering 5. 67.8 4-2 (15-15) Meldrum, Wilson, Smith, Lee 6. 68.1 2-4 (17-19) Kessler, Bentley, Moore, Felton(r/r) 7. 67.4 3-3 (20-22) Mogridge, Stead, Cartwright, Felton 8. 68.2 3-3 (23-25) Smith(r/r), Lee, Allott, Pickering 9. 67.7 5-1 (28-26) Meldrum, Smith, Moore, Kessler(r) 10. 67.5 3-3 (31-29) Bentley, Cartwright, Stead, Felton(r/r) 11. 66.6 2-4 (33-33) Wilson, Mogridge, Lee, Pickering 12. 67.7 4-2 (37-35) Meldrum, Stead, Felton, Allott 13. 66.3 4-2 (41-37) Mogridge, Wilson, Bentley, Kessler 14. 70.3 5-1 (46-38) Smith, Felton, Cartwright, Allott 15. 67.2 5-1 (51-39) Mogridge, Meldrum, Kessler, Wilson(r)
The Tigers kept the scoreline close throughout the early stages of the match but then collapsed in the latter stages. Very little passing in evidence, Paul Bentley went under Robbie in heat 13, and Simon Stead battled around Dean Felton in heat 10 and that was about it! At the time there was still a mathematical possibility that the Tigers could have won the League if they had amassed a big enough win, but it looked as if heads went down when they realized it wasn't going to happen. Good display by Scud against his owning club and a very impressive show by Simon Cartwright who looked fast and confident (and moves back to reserve for October).
|Thursday 28th September, Premier League|
|DIXON Ford Sheffield 'STAR' Tigers||54||93||Edinburgh Monarchs||39||92|
|Sean Wilson||3||3||3||3||2'||14||1||Robert Eriksson||1'||2||3||2||1||0||9||1|
|Paul Lee||0||2'||2||1||5||1||Blair Scott||2||0||f||0||1'||3||1|
|Simon Stead||2||3||3||2||10||Peter Carr||3||2||2||3||6||1||17|
|Simon Cartwright||1'||1||1||1||4||1||Ross Brady||0||1'||0||1||1|
|Robert Kessler||3||3||3||2'||3||14||1||Kevin Little||1||0||0||1|
|Andrew Moore||3||0||0||fx||3||Christian Henry||2||1||2||2'||7||1|
|Adam Allott||1||2'||1'||0||4||2||Will Beveridge||0||fx||1||1|
1. 61.2 3-3 ( 3-3 ) Wilson, Eriksson, Scott, Lee 2. 62.3 4-2 ( 7-5 ) Moore, Henry, Allott, Beveridge 3. 60.9 3-3 (10-8 ) Carr, Stead, Cartwright, Brady 4. awd 5-1 (15-9 ) Kessler, Allott, Little, Beveridge(fx) 5. 62.0 4-2 (19-11) Stead, Eriksson, Cartwright, Scott 6. 63.5 5-1 (24-12) Wilson, Lee, Henry, Little 7. 61.8 3-3 (27-15) Kessler, Carr, Brady, Moore 8. 62.2 3-3 (30-18) Eriksson(t/s), Lee, Allott, Scott(f) 9. 62.6 4-2 (34-20) Stead, Henry, Cartwright, Scott(t/s) 10. 61.8 4-2 (38-22) Wilson, Carr, Lee, Brady 11. 62.0 3-3 (41-25) Kessler, Eriksson, Scott, Moore 12. 61.1 2-4 (43-29) Carr, Stead, Beveridge, Allott 13. 62.3 5-1 (48-30) Wilson, Kessler, Eriksson, Little 14. 62.8 1-8 (49-38) Carr(G*D), Henry, Cartwright, Moore(fx) 15. 61.5 5-1 (54-39) Kessler, Wilson, Carr, Eriksson
A tremendous win for the Tigers against the old adversary who yet again displayed their dislike for the wide open spaces of Owlerton. The Tigers clawed back the fouteen point defecit by heat 9 but were always facing a Peter Carr golden double in heat 14. Not wanting to disappoint the Owlerton public Peter Carr twice blasted his way from the handicapped start to steal six points after Andrew Moore fell into the fence on the first occasion. This set the meeting alight as it meant the Tigers required a 5-1 over Carr and Eriksson to claim the bonus point, which they accomplished in style with PC trailed off well behind.
PC was the cream of the Monarchs but he received scant support. Eriksson's points were all cheap and he failed to beat any Sheffield heat leader. Kevin Little disgraced himself by finishing last in all his rides, even succumbing to reserve Adam Allott! Blair Scott and Ross Brady were little better, both riding below their best Owlerton form and Will Beveridge was a pale shadow of the heat leader who visited with Glasgow last season. The only saving grace was the excellent form showed by Christian Henry who looks to be a potential star of the future if he maintains that kind of improvement!
Paid maximums for Sean and Robbie who both brushed PC aside with imperious ease. Simon Stead was however my man-of-the-match for his excellent wins from the back in heats 5 and 9. The first saw him make up yards of ground on quick starting Robert Eriksson (after being baulked by his own team mate on the first turn). He then squeezed through the smallest of gaps on the outside of the last turn on lap 3. The second was even better! Trapping last he passed Simon C out of turn 2 and gave chase to Blair Scott and Christian Henry. After a breathtaking first bend he powered straight past Scott on the inside out of turn 2, and then without a pause for breath he went straight around Henry on the outside of turn 3! Brilliant!!
Paul was his usual frustrating self as he steadfastly refused to move off the white line. He luckily had Sean to cover him in heat 6, but Tigers fans are beginning to seriously doubt whether Paul will ever get any better. A quiet day for Simon Cartwright whose only moment worthy of note was when he blasted around Blair Scott on the very last bend of heat 9. Andrew Moore was the comfortable winner of heat 2, but thereafter found the competition a little tough and he took a nasty tumble when he caught his arm in the fence in heat 14. Adam Allott still hasn't got his bike right and he trailed in last in heat 12 issueing clouds of blue smoke. His moment of glory was the ease with which he dismissed heat leader Kevin Little in heat 4, but he lost a place to Blair Scott in heat 8 before Blair threw it all away on the last bend.
With the Tigers out of the title chase this result was only important in deciding who we get to pick in the play-offs!
|Thursday 21st September, Premier League|
|DIXON Ford Sheffield 'STAR' Tigers||50||94||Hull Vikings||43||88|
|Sean Wilson||3||3||3||2||3||14||Paul Thorp (c)||2||3||6||1||3||r||15||1|
|Paul Lee||1||1||1||2'||5||1||René Aas||0||1||2'||2||1||6||1|
|Simon Stead||2'||2||2||2||8||1||Paul Smith||0||2||1||3||6|
|Simon Cartwright||3||0||1'||2||6||1||Lee Dicken||1||1'||r||2||1|
|Robert Kessler||3||3||3||1'||1||11||1||Garry Stead||2||2||3||3||0||2||12|
|Andrew Moore||3||0||0||0||3||Phil Pickering||1||ef||0||1|
|Adam Allott||2'||1||0||0||3||1||Jamie Smith||0||0||1||1|
1. 61.2 4-2 ( 4-2 ) Wilson, Thorp, Lee, Aas 2. 63.8 5-1 ( 9-3 ) Moore, Allott, Pickering, J.Smith 3. 62.0 5-1 (14-4 ) Cartwright, S.Stead, Dicken, P.Smith 4. 62.4 4-2 (18-6 ) Kessler, G.Stead, Allott, J.Smith 5. 60.4 2-4 (20-10) Thorp, S.Stead, Aas, Cartwright 6. 60.7 4-2 (24-12) Wilson, G.Stead, Lee, Pickering(ef) 7. 61.2 3-3 (27-15) Kessler, P.Smith, Dicken, Moore 8. 63.0 1-8 (28-23) Thorp(G*D), Aas, Lee, Allott 9. 62.4 3-3 (31-26) G.Stead, S.Stead, Cartwright, Pickering 10. 64.5 5-1 (36-27) Wilson, Lee, P.Smith, Dicken 11. 62.6 3-3 (39-30) Kessler, Aas, Thorp, Moore 12. 62.3 2-4 (41-34) G.Stead(t/s), S.Stead, J.Smith, Allott 13. 61.1 3-3 (44-37) Thorp, Wilson, Kessler, G.Stead 14. 63.6 2-4 (46-41) P.Smith(t/s), Cartwright, Aas(t/s), Moore 15. 61.3 4-2 (50-43) Wilson, G.Stead, Kessler, Thorp(r)
The injury hit Vikings found the Tigers still smarting from the 1 point reversal at New Craven Park. No mistakes were made this time, and despite a spirited Golden Double fightback at the half-way stage the match points were never really in doubt.
Thorp beat Sean fair and square in heat 13 after a flying start, but pulled out of heat 13 as Robbie Kessler relegated him to last place. He can consider himself lucky in the heat 8 Golden Double as for 2 laps he had no idea what to do about the wide riding Paul Lee, until Paul turned off his brain and tried his favourite inside line. Thorpy gratefully accepted the place on the next bend and with René almost stopping before the line the 8-1 was secured. Bruce seems not to have learned anything about Owlerton in the last two years! Garry Stead twice beat his namesake Simon but couldn't gate alongside Sean or Robbie. Paul Smith claimed a cheap win as a heat 14 tac-sub but didn't ride like a heat-leader, and with René and Lee Dicken struggling the Vikings had too long a tail.
Sean rode well, Robbie claimed three wins, although Steady was a little subdued. Simon Cartwright got stuck in although the same could not be said for comeback man Paul Lee who was still in pain from his broken big toe. Adam Allott burned out two sets of clutch plates before Nicky let on he had changed the clutch spring cups over to titanium ones(!) and Andy struggled after his heat 2 win.
David Speight looked sharp in his after the match rides and it took Matt Cambridge a couple of laps to find his way past. Hopefully we will return from Peterborough on Sunday with a full complement of juniors.
|Saturday 16th September, Premier League|
|Stoke Potters||50||94||DIXON Ford Sheffield 'STAR' Tigers||40||88|
|Paul Pickering (c)||3||2||2'||1||2||10||1||Sean Wilson (c)||1||3||3||3||2'||3||15||1|
|Mark Burrows||2'||1'||1'||3||inj||7||3||Paul Lee||rider replacement||(1)|
|David Walsh||3||1'||3||3||10||1||Simon Stead||1||ef||2||0||1||2||6|
|Tony Atkin||2'||2||1||3||8||1||Simon Cartwright||0||0||2||1||2||5|
|Rene Madsen||2||3||2||0||7||Robbie Kessler||3||3||fx||3||fx||1||10|
|Wayne Broadhurst||3||1||2||0||1||0||7||Andrew Moore||0||2||0||2|
|Neil Painter||1||0||0||1||Adam Allott||0||1||0||1'||2||1|
1. 62.8 5-1 ( 5-1 ) Pickering, Burrows, Wilson, Moore(r/r) 2. 66.0 4-2 ( 9-3 ) Broadhurst, Moore, Painter, Allott 3. 64.4 5-1 (14-4 ) Walsh, Atkin, Stead, Cartwright 4. 65.4 2-4 (16-8 ) Kessler, Madsen, Allott, Painter 5. 63.4 3-3 (19-11) Wilson, Atkin, Walsh, Cartwright(r/r) 6. 64.1 3-3 (22-14) Kessler, Pickering, Burrows, Moore 7. 65.1 4-2 (26-16) Madsen, Cartwright, Broadhurst, Stead(ef) 8. 64.8 3-3 (29-19) Wilson(t/s), Broadhurst, Burrows, Allott 9. 64.4 4-2 (33-21) Walsh, Stead(t/s), Atkin, Kessler(fx) 10. 64.7 5-1 (38-22) Burrows, Pickering, Cartwright, Stead 11. 64.9 2-4 (40-26) Wilson, Madsen, Stead(r/r), Painter 12. 64.5 3-3 (43-29) Walsh, Stead, Allott, Broadhurst 13. 64.2 1-5 (44-34) Kessler, Wilson, Pickering, Madsen 14. awd 4-2 (48-36) Atkin, Cartwright, Broadhurst, Kessler(fx) 15. 64.1 2-4 (50-40) Wilson, Pickering, Kessler, Broadhurst, Burrows(inj)
After a lot of rain on Friday and with puddles all over the infield the track looked amazingly good, and indeed there was no evidence of the usual Loomer Road hazzards. Unfortunately there was neither any evidence of grip and the racing was mainly processional. Sean locked up on the very first turn allowing Pickers and Buzz into an unassailable lead, and when Adam let every one go first on the first bend in heat 2 it started to look glum. Tony Atkin graciously accepted 2nd place when Steady went far too wide on the 4th bend in heat 3 but thankfully Robbie romped away with heat 4, although Adam surrendered 2nd place to Rene Madsen.
Sean was quick to make ammends making no mistake in heat 5, and Robbie gave Pickers and Buzz a good view of his rear wheel in heat 6. Steady was hit by gremlins in heat 7 and although Simon Cartwright just squeezed ahead of Rene out of turn 2, Rene dived back into the lead on the next turn. Sean came in as a tac-sub to win heat 8 but Adam was welded to the white line.
Walsh and Atkin made a real hash of the 2nd turn in heat 9 and just as tac-sub Steady swooped into the lead Robbie slid off at the back. Steady took second in the rerun, but out again in the next heat he contrived to forget to turn his fuel on! Out again in heat 11 as rider replacement and set for a 5-1 with Sean he too pulled a locker on turn 1 from which he barely recovered. Setting off on a long chase he eventually passed Neil Painter on the second bend on the last lap. Guess who was out in heat 12 and tiring in his comeback meeting, although Adam made his sole contribution to the entertainment sneaking under Broadhurst on the 4th turn. Robbie popped out to win heat 13 with Sean diving past Pickers out of the 2nd turn on lap 2 to join him for the maximum.
Reg now resorted to the Golden Double in a desperate attempt to salvage the bonus point, and it looked as if it might pay off for a few seconds as Simon Cartwright led the field into the first turn. Robbie off 15 meters had already made up the defecit and was going to breeze past Wayne Broadhurst just as Wayne pulled a locker on the second turn. Left with the option of collecting Wayne or baleing out Robbie did the decent thing and waited for the race to be stopped, but to the very evident joy of the partisan Loomer Road faithful the referees decision was to exclude Robbie, and to award the race which had'nt even completed a single lap. A delay ensued while the Sheffield team manager (I could think of a better term) protested to Mr Craig Ackroyd but the only outcome was a £100 fine for Robbie for not attempting to leave the track.
Robbie's nomination for heat 15 brought huge boos from the Potties which were merely amplified by the first bend bunching which saw Robbie and Buzz tumbling hard into the first turn fence. Mark received trackside attention before going to hospital complaining of lower back pain. Best wishes to Mark for a speedy recovery. Robbie rode to a spirited 3rd place behind Sean and Pickers in the rerun on an uncontrollable bike which was later found to have a wrecked diamond and forks, Altogether an expensive evening for Robbie who must learn to stop falling as it doesn't do him or his bikes any good whatsoever!
|Monday 11th September, Premier League|
|Newcastle KBS Diamonds||47||91||'Dixon Ford' Sheffield STAR Tigers||43||91|
|Jesper Olsen||rider replacement||Sean Wilson||2||1||3||3||3||3||15|
|Krister Marsh||1||1||2||0||0||4||Paul Lee||0||0||1||1||2|
|Stuart Swales||2'||3||1'||2||2||1'||11||3||Paul Bentley (g)||fx||3||1||2'||3||9||1|
|André Compton||3||2'||3||2||2'||2||14||2||Simon Cartwright||1||0||0||1|
|David Walsh (g)||3||3||1'||0||1||8||1||Robbie Kessler||2||2||3||3||2'||0||12||1|
|Rob Grant||3||2||1||0||3||9||Andrew Moore||ef||0||0||0|
|Paul Macklin||1||f||f||1||Adam Allott||2||1'||1||4||1|
1 64.6 4-2 ( 4-2 ) Walsh, Wilson, Marsh, Lee 2 66.5 4-2 ( 8-4 ) Grant, Allott, Macklin, Moore(ef) 3 65.9 5-1 (13-5 ) Compton, Swales, Cartwright, Bentley(fx) 4 66.6 3-3 (16-8 ) Walsh, Kessler, Allott, Macklin(f) 5 64.7 5-1 (21-9 ) Swales, Compton, Wilson, Lee 6 65.7 4-2 (25-11) Compton, Kessler, Marsh, Moore 7 65.8 3-3 (28-14) Bentley, Grant, Walsh, Cartwright 8 awd 2-4 (30-18) Wilson(t/s), Marsh, Lee, Macklin(f) 9 65.2 3-3 (33-21) Kessler, Compton, Swales, Moore 10 65.9 2-4 (35-25) Kessler(t/s), Swales, Bentley, Marsh 11 65.7 1-5 (36-30) Wilson, Bentley(t/s), Grant, Walsh 12 65.3 2-4 (38-34) Bentley, Swales, Lee(t/s), Grant 13 66.1 1-5 (39-39) Wilson, Kessler, Walsh, Marsh 14 66.4 5-1 (44-40) Grant, Compton, Allott, Cartwright 15 65.6 3-3 (47-43) Wilson, Compton, Swales, Kessler Run-off for bonus point: Compton, Wilson 64.7
A thrilling meeting in which a below-strength Newcastle team rode superbly to pull out a fourteen point lead after seven heats, only to see themselves outgunned in the six following as Sheffield, reinforced by four tactical substitutions, pulled level after heat 13. Newcastle then worked hard to create a four point winning margin, and Andre Compton (who was control personified all evening) excelled himself by defeating Sean Wilson in the bonus point run-off.
Newcastle had David Walsh as guest for Bjarne Pedersen, who is still ill, and used r/r for Jesper Olsen (who said on the PA that he hopes to return in a couple of weeks). Sheffield had Paul Bentley guesting for Simon Stead.
Sheffield stuttered in the opening heats. In heat 1 Walsh had a surprisingly easy win over Wilson, while in the reserves' race Rob Grant was unchallenged and Paul Macklin (who seemed to have machinery problems from the ride-around) picked up a point when Andy Moore packed up.
Things went from bad to worse from a Sheffield perspective in heat 3 as Andre Compton and Stuart Swales had an easy win over Simon Cartwright in a rerun caused by a fall involving Swales and Paul Bentley on turn 3 in which Bentley appeared to lock up and was collected by Swales.
In heat 4 Macklin spectacularly somersaulted at the tapes but was thankfully unhurt: meanwhile Robbie Kessler led out of turn 2 but was overhauled by Walsh, who was unchallenged to the flag.
Heat 5 saw Wilson surprisingly passive as Swales and Compton took another 5-1. Compton was out again in heat 6, and scored a comfortable win, with Marsh snapping at Kessler's heels throughout the last two laps.
David Walsh (who had blown his engine at the end of the first heat) completely missed the gate in heat 7, but overhauled Cartwright to follow Rob Grant in his (fruitless) chase of Bentley.
Sean Wilson was the first of four Sheffield tac subs, being introduced for Adam Allott in heat 8, and winning easily ahead of Krister Marsh, himself a distance ahead of Paul Lee. The points were shared in heat 9 as Kessler stayed well clear of Compton and Swales, but in the next four heats the Tigers moved up a gear and wiped out a twelve point deficit through use of tac subs.
Sheffield were set for a 5-1 in heat 10, but Stuart Swales produced a fine pass of Bentley on the third lap and set off in pursuit of tac sub Kessler, but without success. A 5-1 did come in the next heat, in which Walsh was the meat in a sandwich of Wilson and Bentley on the second bend, and dropped away to fourth. The arrears were further reduced in heat 12, where Lee was the tactical, and beat Grant for one point, with Bentley keeping Swales at bay for the win.
Rider replacement in heat 13 had to be Krister Marsh, and perhaps unsurprisingly he was never competitive with Wilson and Kessler: disappointingly, however, neither was David Walsh, who followed the Sheffield pair without being able to make a real challenge.
Newcastle had to pull something out of the bag in heat 14, and did so as Compton helped Grant to his second win of the evening, leaving the Diamonds four ahead going into the last heat, in which Wilson was the unchallenged winner ahead of Compton and Swales, with Kessler curiously quiet at the back.
The 3-3 in heat 15 set up a run-off for the bonus point between Sean Wilson and Andre Compton, and the tension produced a superb match race. Compton made the gate and led out of turn 2, but Wilson ate up the ground on the back straight and passed on the inside on turn 3, only for Compton to take the lead back off turn 4, a position he held to the finish.
For Newcastle, Andre Compton was back to his best, and very much the rider of the night. He was solidly supported by Stuart Swales and David Walsh, whose performance tailed off somewhat. Rob Grant continues to develop in leaps and bounds, and again made a very meaningful contribution.
Sheffield relied almost entirely on their heat leaders. Sean Wilson was not his usual dominant self, however, particularly early on, but he was well supported by Robbie Kessler and the perennial guest at Newcastle, Paul Bentley. The second strings made little contribution, with Paul Lee - who has ridden Brough Park very well in the past - particularly disappointing.
All in all, by far the best meeting at Newcastle this season, in my view.
Match report by Vaughan Jones.
|Sunday 10th September, Premier League Riders Championship|
|Adam Allott (res)||0||1||0||0||1|
1 (re-run) 62.5 Kessler, Fry, Coles, Henriksson (FX) 2 63.0 Stonehewer, White, Collins, Morton 3 62.5 Pickering, Mogridge, Carr, Thorp 4 61.9 Wilson, Compton, Eriksson, Morris 5 62.5 Pickering, Fry, Morris, Morton (R) 6 61.7 Stonehewer, Mogridge, Compton, Henriksson 7 60.9 Wilson, Carr, Kessler, White 8 62.2 Thorp, Coles, Collins, Eriksson (R) 9 61.3 Stonehewer, Fry, Carr, Eriksson (R) 10 61.3 Wilson, Thorp, Henriksson, Allott 11 (re-run) 62.2 Compton, Pickering, Collins, Kessler (FX) 12 62.4 Mogridge, Morris, Coles, White 13 61.3 Thorp, Fry, White, Compton 14 61.9 Collins, Carr, Henriksson, Morris (R) 15 61.6 Mogridge, Kessler, Allott (three riders only) 16 61.9 Pickering, Stonehewer, Wilson, Coles 17 61.5 Wilson, Mogridge, Collins, Fry 18 62.6 Pickering, Henriksson, White, Allott 19 62.0 Stonehewer, Kessler, Thorp, Morris 20 62.1 Carr, Compton, Coles, Allott semi final 61.0 Wilson, Carr, Thorp, Mogridge (F) FINAL (re-run) 60.9 Stonehewer, Carr, Pickering, Wilson (X)
An excellent meeting marred only by Jim McGregor's inconsistent refereeing. The track improved as the meeting progressed and was still offering excellent racing after 22 heats. As is often the case with top class line-ups, the racing was a little poor in the opening heats. Les Collins picked up a place in heat 2 but nothing much happened until André battled past Pickers in heat 11.
Les Collins and Peter Carr featured in a real hummdinger in heat 14 with PC resorting to his classic 3rd bend dive on the last lap. Les has seen it all before though and brilliantly cut back to the inside line out of turn 4 to take the win.
Heat 16 was a classic with Pickers flying into the lead while Sean fought from the back passing both Michael Coles and Stoney. Stoney then got the bit between his teeth and pressured Sean into a rare mistake on the last lap to snatch back second place.
Robbie Kessler looked set for a semi-final place as he led heat 19 but incredibly went too wide and gifted Stoney the win on the last bend! Michael Coles then waved PC through to the front in heat 19 to make doubly sure that it was PC and not Robbie in the semi's.
The semi-final looked settled as Sean powered to an emphatic win, but a desperate PC attempted another 3rd bend dive from a long way behind which resulted in Alan Mogridge being deposited in the fence. Unbelievably Jim McGregor decided that this was a legitimate maneouvre and Moggo was dumped out of the final!
With Jim McGregor now taking even firmer control he proceeded to exclude Sean as Peter Carr failed in a suicidal attempt to go around Sean on the outside of turn 2, exactly at the point where the camber runs out for the tractor gate. PC knew he wouldn't make it and was later heard to admit that Sean shouldn't have been excluded, but significantly omitted to pass this on to Mr. McGregor's guide dog! Stoney could hardly beleive his luck as he hit the front in the rerun, and although PC barged his way past Pickers, Jimmy Mac failed to find any way to exaggerate PC's second place into the PLRC title.
A good meeting as PLRC's go with excellent riding on a beautifully prepared track but tragically marred by abysmal and inconsistent refereeing.
|Thursday 7th September, Premier League|
|Sheffield 'Dixon Ford STAR' Tigers||48||89||Workington 'Kirkland Carpets' Comets||42||90|
|Sean Wilson||3||3||3||3||3||15||Carl Stonehewer||2||1||2||2'||2||2||11||1|
|Paul Lee||1||2'||0||1||4||1||Lee Smethills||rider replacement|
|André Compton||1||2'||3||2||0||8||1||Peter Karlsson||2'||2||2||r||3||1'||10||2|
|Simon Cartwright||0||3||0||3||6||Brent Werner||3||1'||1'||2||3||2||12||2|
|Robert Kessler||r||3||1||1||5||Mick Powell||3||1||1'||0||1'||6||2|
|Andrew Moore||1||0||0||1||James Mann||2||0||0||0||2|
|Adam Allott||3||2||3||1'||0||9||1||Adrian Newman||0||0||1||1|
1. 4-2 ( 4-2 ) Wilson, Stonehewer, Lee, Newman(r/r) 2. 4-2 ( 8-4 ) Allott, Mann, Moore, Newman 3. 1-5 ( 9-9 ) Werner, Karlsson, Compton, Cartwright 4. 2-4 (11-13) Powell, Allott, Newman, Kessler(r) 5. 5-1 (16-14) Cartwright, Compton, Stonehewer, Mann 6. 5-1 (21-15) Wilson, Lee, Powell, Mann 7. 3-3 (24-18) Kessler, Karlsson, Werner, Moore 8. 3-3 (27-21) Allott, Karlsson(t/s), Werner(t/s), Lee 9. 3-3 (30-24) Compton, Stonehewer(t/s), Powell, Cartwright 10. 4-2 (34-26) Wilson, Werner, Lee, Karlsson(ef) 11. 1-5 (35-31) Werner, Stonehewer, Kessler, Moore 12. 3-3 (38-34) Karlsson, Compton, Allott, Mann 13. 4-2 (42-36) Wilson, Stonehewer, Kessler, Powell 14. 3-3 (45-39) Cartwright, Werner, Powell(t/s), Allott 15. 5-1 (48-42) Wilson, Stonehewer, Karlsson, Compton
Despite a lukewarm display from Grand Prix star Carl Stonehewer the Comets have sufficient strength in depth to take the bonus point by the odd point. Stoney never won a race, but Brent Werner put on one of his better Owlerton performances. Sean was untouchable as he sped to a perfect maximum, but André made very hard work of his score, and failed yet again when the chips were down in heat 15, so often a characteristic of his 1999 season. Dismal displays by Robbie Kessler and Paul Lee have to be the reasons why this bonus point was lost, and the Tigers will now require some serious away wins if they want to keep the trophy cabinet stocked!
|Thursday 24th August, Premier League|
|Sheffield 'Dixon Ford STAR' Tigers||59||Berwick 'ACC BT Cellnet' Bandits||31|
|Sean Wilson||2'||3||3||3||3||14||1||Paul Bentley||1||0||1'||0||2||1|
|Paul Lee||3||1||0||2'||6||1||Jorg Pingel||r||1||1||2||3||r||7|
|Simon Stead||dnr||2'||3||3||8||1||David Meldrum||1||1'||1||1||4||1|
|Adam Allott||2||3||1||2||8||Scott Smith||3||2||ef||fx||5|
|Robert Kessler||3||3||3||1||2'||12||1||Alan Mogridge||2||2||3||2||2||1||12|
|Andrew Moore||2'||0||fx||0||2||1||Wesley Waite||fx||0||0||0|
|Simon Cartwright||3||1||2||2'||1'||9||2||Dean Felton||1||0||0||1|
1. 62.7 5-1 ( 5-1 ) Lee, Wilson, Bentley, Pingel(r) 2. awd 5-1 (10-2 ) Cartwright, Moore, Felton, Waite(fx) 3. 62.6 2-4 (12-6 ) Smith, Allott, Meldrum, Moore, Stead(dnr) 4. 62.8 4-2 (16-8 ) Kessler, Mogridge, Cartwright, Felton 5. 63.2 5-1 (21-9 ) Allott, Stead, Pingel, Bentley 6. 62.7 4-2 (25-11) Wilson, Mogridge, Lee, Waite 7. awd 3-3 (28-14) Kessler, Smith, Meldrum, Moore(fx) 8. 62.5 2-4 (30-18) Mogridge(t/s), Cartwright, Pingel, Lee 9. 61.0 4-2 (34-20) Stead, Mogridge, Allott, Waite 10. 63.1 5-1 (39-21) Wilson, Lee, Meldrum, Smith(ef) 11. 62.3 3-3 (42-24) Kessler, Pingel, Bentley, Moore 12. 63.1 5-1 (47-25) Stead, Cartwright, Meldrum, Smith(t/s,fx) 13. 62.6 4-2 (51-27) Wilson, Mogridge, Kessler, Bentley 14. 63.7 3-3 (54-30) Pingel(t/s), Allott, Cartwright, Felton 15. 62.3 5-1 (49-31) Wilson, Kessler, Mogridge, Pingel(r)
Steady took a real purler in heat 3 when it was four abreast around the first 2 corners and he just ran out of track. He missed the rerun as he was being checked out by the paramedics, but returned painfully to the saddle with a very sore back to go unbeaten in his remaining rides, including posting the fastest time of the year in heat 9! As if he didn't have enough aches and pains already he was also the innocent victim of a nasty spill in heat 12 when Scud bounced off the fence on the second turn and his bike collected Simon who was right on his tail. Simon Cartwright also had to lay down having just blasted around David Meldrum and all three spent quite some time on the track before managing to walk back to the pits. Scud's helmet saved the day again, but split apart and was impounded by the referee, and Scud withdrew from the meeting suffering from concussion.
The Bandits' had two ineffectual heat leaders and nothing in reserve and were easy prey for the fired up Tigers. Adam and Simon both left straight after the meeting for long hauls to Slovenia and Poland respectively, Adam for the World U19 Final, and Simon for the World U21. Another good home return from Simon C who is destined to return to the team come September...
|Wednesday 23rd August, Premier League|
|Hull Vikings||45||'Dixon Ford' Sheffield STAR Tigers||44|
|Paul Thorp||2||3||3||2||2||12||Sean Wilson||1||x||3||1||3||8|
|Mike Smith||0||0||3||3||Paul Lee||3||1||2||1||7|
|Paul Smith||0||2'||3||2||0||7||1||Simon Stead||2'||2||2||3||1||10||1|
|Lee Dicken||1||x2||2'||3||6||1||Adam Allott||3||0||1'||2||6||1|
|Garry Stead||3||1||2||0||6||Robbie Kessler||tx||2||r||3||5|
|René Aas||3||3||3||1||0||1'||x||11||1||Andrew Moore||1'||1'||1'||1||0||4||3|
|Jamie Smith||fx||0||f||0||Simon Cartwright||2||2||0||fx||4|
1 67.6 2-4 ( 2-4 ) Lee, Thorp, Wilson, M.Smith 2 68.4 3-3 ( 5-7 ) Aas, Cartwright, Moore, J.Smith(fx) 3 67.3 1-5 ( 6-12) Allott, S.Stead, Dicken, P.Smith 4 67.9 3-3 ( 9-15) G.Stead, Cartwright, Moore, J.Smith, Kessler(tx) 5 68.8 5-1 (14-16) Aas, P.Smith, Lee, Wilson(x), Dicken(x2) 6 66.7 3-3 (17-19) Thorp, Kessler, Moore, M.Smith 7 66.5 4-2 (21-21) Aas, S.Stead, G.Stead. Allott 8 67.8 4-2 (25-23) M.Smith, Lee, Aas, Cartwright 9 66.9 5-1 (30-24) P.Smith, Dicken, Moore, Kessler(r) 10 67.8 3-3 (33-27) Thorp, S.Stead, Allott, J.Smith(f) 11 67.2 2-4 (35-31) Wilson, G.Stead, Lee, Aas 12 67.5 3-3 (38-34) S.Stead, P.Smith, R.Aas, A.Moore 13 67.7 2-4 (40-38) Kessler, Thorp, Wilson, G.Stead 14 3-2 (43-40) Dicken, Allott, Aas(x), Cartwright(fx) 15 68.3 2-4 (45-44) Wilson, Thorp, S.Stead, P.Smith
Robbie excluded for nearly touching the tapes in heat 4, and Sean for allegedly fencing René in heat 5, and our 6 point lead had vanished. The Tigers rallied in the latter stages and were on a 5-1 in heat 14 until the 3rd bend caught Simon(C) out again. Adam missed the gate in the re-run and despite René throwing away a point we were left needing a 5-1 in heat 15. Steady did get his nose ahead of Thorpy towards the end of the race, but Paul got the better line on the exit of the bend to deny the Tigers by one point!
|Tuesday 22nd August, Conference League|
|St. Austell Gulls||38||Sheffield Prowlers||52|
|Wayne Barrett||2||2||1||2||7||Adam Allott||3||3||3||3||3||3||18|
|Richard Ford||0||1'||0||1||1||Luke Priest||1||1||1||0||3|
|Jason Prynne||2||2||3||1||0||8||Andy Moore||3||2||2||3||3||1||14|
|Michael Williams||1'||0||x2||0||1||1||David Speight||0||0||1||1|
|Garry Phelps||3||3||2||f||2||10||James Birkinshaw||rider replacement|
|Will James||1'||1||1'||1||1||5||2||Matt Cambridge||3||0||f||0||2'||3||8||1|
|Garry Lobb||2||2'||2||0||0||6||1||Jamie Young||0||1||3||2'||2'||8||2|
1. 56.0 2-4 ( 2-4 ) Allott, Barrett, Priest, Ford 2. 55.8 3-3 ( 5-7 ) Cambridge, Lobb, James, Young 3. 56.35 3-3 ( 8-10) Moore, Prynne, Williams(f/rem), Speight(f/rem) 4. 55.56 5-1 (13-11) Phelps, Lobb, Young, Cambridge 5. 55.31 2-4 (15-15) Allott, Prynne, Priest, Williams 6. 55.43 3-3 (18-18) Allott, Barrett, Ford, Cambridge(f) 7. 55.72 4-2 (22-20) Phelps, Moore, James, Speight 8. 57.0 2-4 (24-24) Young, Lobb, Priest, Ford 9. 56.7 4-2 (28-26) Prynne, Moore, James, Cambridge, Williams(x2) 10. 56.8 1-5 (29-31) Moore, Young, Barrett, Lobb 11. 55.9 3-3 (32-34) Allott, Phelps, James, Priest 12. 56.71 1-5 (33-39) Moore, Cambridge, Prynne, Lobb 13. 55.78 2-4 (35-43) Allott, Barrett, Speight, Phelps(f) 14. 56.8 1-5 (36-48) Cambridge, Young, James, Williams 15. 56.2 2-4 (38-52) Allott, Phelps, Moore, PrynneAdam Allott was in imperious form. If he didn't gate he just swept around the outside to lead down the back straight. Andy Moore followed suit and Matt Cambridge had two pointless rides and a fall before getting back on the winning trail towards the end of the meeting.
|Monday 21st August, Conference League|
|Rye House Rockets||58||Sheffield Prowlers||32|
|Simon Wolstenholme||1'||1'||3||3||2||2'||12||3||Adam Allott||3||3||3||2||3||f||14|
|Simon Moon||2||3||2||2||2'||11||1||Luke Priest||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|David Mason||3||3||3||3||3||3||18||Andy Moore||2||1||2||1||2||3||1||12|
|David Osborn||0||2'||1||1'||4||2||David Speight||1'||0||0||0||1||1|
|Phil Ambrose||rider replacement||James Birkinshaw||rider replacement|
|Nathan Morton||3||1||1||2||2||7||Matt Cambridge||0||1||0||2||0||1||4|
|Garry Sweet||2'||2'||1'||1||0||6||3||Lee Hodgson||1||fx||1|
1. 58.4 3-3 ( 3-3 ) Allott, Moon, Wolstenholme, Priest 2. 60.9 5-1 ( 8-4 ) Morton, Sweet, Hodgson, Cambridge 3. 58.7 3-3 (11-7 ) Mason, Morre, Speight, Osborn(f/rem) 4. 60.1 5-1 (16-8 ) Moon, Sweet, Moore, Hodgson(f/x) 5. 58.0 5-1 (21-9 ) Mason, Osborn, Cambridge, Priest 6. 58.9 3-3 (24-12) Allott, Moon, WOlstenholme, Cambridge 7. 58.1 4-2 (28-14) Mason, Moore, Morton, Speight 8. 57.6 3-3 (31-17) Allott, Moon, Sweet, Priest 9. 58.4 4-2 (35-19) Mason, Cambridge, Osborn, Priest 10. 60.9 5-1 (40-20) Wolstenholme, Moon, Moore, Speight(f/rem) 11. 59.3 4-2 (44-22) Wolstenholme, Allott, Morton, Priest 12. 57.9 4-2 (48-24) Mason, Moore, Sweet, Cambridge 13. 58.2 2-4 (50-28) Allott, Wolstenholme, Cambridge, Sweet 14. 59.7 3-3 (53-31) Moore, Morton, Osborn, Speight 15. 58.3 5-1 (58-32) Mason, Wolstenholme, Moore, Allott(f) Bronze Helmet: David Mason beat Andy Moore(holder)
The Prowlers, already weakened by the loss of James Birkinshaw through injury, suffered a further blow when Lee Hodgson suffered a broken leg in his second outing. Adam and Andy battled away but the Prowlers tail was too long for the very strong Rye House outfit.
|Thursday 3rd August, Premier League|
|Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||48||Stoke Potters||44|
|Sean Wilson||3||3||3||2'||1||18||Paul Pickering (c)||x2||3||2'||3||1||fx||9||1|
|Paul Lee||2'||1||1||1||5||1||Mark Burrows||0||2'||3||f||2'||7||2|
|Simon Stead||3||1||2||3||9||David Walsh||2||2||2||2||8|
|Adam Allott||ef||ef||1'||0||1||1||Tony Atkin||1'||1'||0||2||2|
|Robert Kessler||3||3||f||3||3||12||Paul Thorp (g)||2||2||3||r||6||2||15|
|James Birkinshaw||1||0||2||3||Wayne Broadhurst||2||0||0||0||2|
|Simon Cartwright||3||1||0||1||1||6||Paul Macklin||1||x2||0||1|
1. 66.7 5-1 ( 5-1 ) Wilson, Lee, Macklin, Burrows, Pickering(2 mins) 2. 68.8 4-2 ( 9-3 ) Cartwright, Broadhurst, Birkinshaw, Macklin(2 mins) 3. 66.6 3-3 (12-6 ) Stead, Walsh, Atkin, Allott(ef) 4. 66.7 4-2 (16-8 ) Kessler, Thorp, Cartwright, Macklin 5. 67.7 1-5 (17-13) Pickering, Burrows, Stead(pushed), Allott(ef) 6. 66.4 4-2 (21-15) Wilson, Thorp, Lee, Broadhurst 7. 66.5 3-3 (24-18) Kessler, Walsh, Atkin, Birkinshaw 8. 67.1 1-5 (25-23) Burrows, Pickering(t/s), Lee, Cartwright 9. 65.4 3-3 (28-26) Thorp, Stead, Allott, Broadhurst 10. 66.3 4-2 (32-28) Wilson, Walsh, Lee, Atkin 11. 66.0 2-3 (34-31) Pickering, Birkinshaw, Kessler(f), Burrows(f) 12. 65.3 4-2 (38-33) Stead, Walsh, Cartwright, Broadhurst 13. 65.2 5-1 (43-34) Kessler, Wilson, Pickering, Thorp(15yds) 14. 67.1 1-8 (44-42) Thorp(G/D), Burrows(t/s), Cartwright, Allott 15. 63.8 4-2 (48-44) Kessler, Thorp, Wilson, Pickering(fx)
Where do you start to write this match up? The track was saturated by a steady downpour for an hour or more just before the start and both teams allowed Graham Trollope extra time to work on the track. With a good forecast for the evening it was worth the 30 minute wait, and indeed the resulting surface was eminently raceable. After a delayed start we then experienced Paul Pickering running into Sean before the 30 yard post and the race was restarted. Paul and Sean both went into the pits to sort out machinery but only Sean returned within the 2 minutes. Paul Macklin came out to replace his captain, and went into the tapes! Electing to go from a 15yd handicap he then very nearly earned an exclusion under the 2 minute time allowance as his bike wouldn't start. Paul then came back out for heat 2 having been given extra time for two on the trot and guess what? He got excluded under the 2 minute rule as he couldn't get his bike started! Half an hour late starting, it now has taken 25 minutes to run 2 races!
Proceedings stepped up a pace now although both Steady and Adam suffered engine failures in heat 5, and the Stoke management had the audacity to ask for a track inspection after heat 6. Extra time was allowed for Graham and his tractor to do his stuff on the rapidly drying track.
The Potters benefitted from a Paul Pickering tactical substitution in heat 8 as he pushed Buzz home for another 5-1 and narrowed the magin to just 2 points. Sean blasted around Dave Walsh to win heat 10 and with Paul Lee 3rd the margin was stretched back to 4, but disaster struck in heat 11. Pickers was leading comfortably from Robbie while Buzz was comfortable in 3rd until he made a right dogs dinner of the 1st bend on the last lap and fell heavily gifting 3rd place to James. Not to be outdone Robbie needlessly attacked the last bend and also overdid things taking an awkward tumble which will have done his ribs no good at all. In an attempt to keep the bike going Robbie tried to scramble back on board only to end up being dragged right off the circuit which MUST have hurt his ribs!
Heat 12 and the margin goes to 5 points thanks to the ride of the night from Steady. Chasing wide riding David Walsh Simon made a gallant attempt up the inside out of turn 4 on the third lap and very nearly got alongside. David obviously decided he needed to cover the inside line and left Simon a run at the grippy outside which Simon grabbed with both hands to lead by 4 bike lengths down the rear straight!
At this point everyone on the terraces including grannies, babes in arms, and the greyhounds in their kennels knew that a 3-3 was required from heat 13 to prevent a double tactical substitution in heat 14, and that a 5-1 would be murderous as it would allow a Golden Double. Did our championship winning team manager tell our riders what the score was? If he did they bloody ignored him! The surprising thing was that they went for Burrows to accompany Thorp when I would have expected Walsh to have been given the job. It made no difference as Buzz trapped, Adam cocked up the second turn and Thorpy was soon in second place. Buzz kept checking over his shoulder but it took a full throttle last turn from Thorpy to claim the 6 points. It's time someone told the management that Reg isn't respected out on the terraces, more like he's a laughing stock!
Just two up into heat 15 and it looked good as Robbie sped from the tapes. Sean joined him by passing Paul Pickering down the back straight and Paul took a high speed tumble into the fence on the 3rd turn as he went ever wider looking to get back on terms. Robbie repeated the exercise in the rerun, but when Thorpy blasted around Sean out of turn 2 and scraped the fence as he chased after Robbie, Sean decided enough was enough with such a busy weekend ahead and settled for 3rd.
The junior second-half was now cancelled as it was already past 10pm and the Tim Lucking memorial Trophy will have to be restaged at a later date. We have now had 2 consecutive matches at Owlerton where heat 14 Golden Doubles by visiting riders and their guests have been used against us. I wonder who Arena will use next week?
|Sunday 30th July, Premier League|
|Workington 'Kirkland Carpets' Comets||48||Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||41|
|Carl Stonehewer||ef||2||3||3||2'||3||13||1||Sean Wilson||3||3||3||x||2||2||13|
|Lee Smethills||f||1'||1||2||1||Paul Lee||2'||0||1||1||4||1|
|Peter Karlsson||2||2||2'||3||3||12||1||Simon Stead||3||1'||2||ef||6||1|
|Brent Werner||1'||1'||1||2||5||2||Adam Allott||0||2||0||2|
|Mick Powell||2||3||2||3||1||11||Paul Fry (g)||3||3||2||1||3||0||12|
|Geoff Powell||0||0||f||0||James Birkinshaw||1'||0||0||1||1|
|Adrian Newman||3||0||2'||0||5||1||Simon Cartwright||2||1||0||f||3|
1. Wilson, Lee, Stonehewer (ef), Smethills (f) ( 0-5 ) 2. Newman, Cartwright, Birkinshaw, G. Powell ( 3-8 ) 3. Stead, Karlsson, Werner, Allott ( 6-11) 4. Fry, M. Powell, Cartwright, Newman ( 8-15) 5. Wilson, Karlsson, Werner, Lee (11-18) 6. Fry, Stonehewer, Smethills, Birkinshaw (14-21) 7. M. Powell, Allott, Stead, G. Powell (17-24) 8. Stonehewer, Karlsson, Lee, Cartwright (22-25) 9. Karlsson, Fry, Werner, Birkinshaw (26-27) 10. Stonehewer, Stead, Smethills, Allott (30-29) 11. Wilson, M. Powell, Lee, G. Powell (F) (32-33) 12. Karlsson, Newman, Cartwright (F), Stead (EF) (37-33) 13. M. Powell, Stonehewer, Fry, Wilson (EX) (42-34) 14. Fry, Werner, Wilson, Newman (44-39) 15. Stonehewer, Wilson, M. Powell, Fry (48-41)With Lee Smethills falling and Stoney suffering bike problems the Tigers are gifted a 5-0 in the first heat and lead by 7 points into heat 8. A double tactical by the Comets nearly backfires as Paul Lee leads for 2 laps, but the Tigers then grimly maintain a 1 point lead until heat 11. Simon is left at the start in heat 12, and things get worse when Sean is excluded for passing Mick Powell in heat 13 (after Mick had nearly fenced Sean on the previous turn). Now 8 points adrift the Tigers bring in Paul Fry along with Sean Wilson as a golden double in heat 14. Paul won with ease but Sean just couldn't find a way past Brent Werner! The final heat saw Sean and Mick Powell knocking chunks out of each other on the first turn and a restart was required. Second time Sean made his way past without upsetting the referee!
Not the result Sheffield deserved, but excellent speedway and a real crowd thriller. It should nicely set the scene for the return at Owlerton.
|Thursday 27th July, Premier League|
|Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||48||Newcastle 'KBS' Diamonds||44|
|Sean Wilson||3||3||3||3||3||3||18||Bjarne Pedersen||2||3||3||3||1'||1'||13||2|
|Paul Lee||1||1||2||1||0||5||0||Grant MacDonald||0||r||0||0|
|Simon Stead||3||2||3||3||2||0||13||Stuart Swales||1'||1'||x||0||2||2|
|Adam Allott||0||1'||1||1||3||1||Jesper Olsen (c)||2||2||2||3||3||12|
|Robert Kessler||rider replacement||(7)||(1)||André Compton||2||2||2||2||4'||2||14||1|
|James Birkinshaw||2||0||2||0||4||Rob Grant||3||0||0||3|
|Simon Cartwright||1'||1||1'||1'||1'||5||4||Darren Pearson||f||0||0||0|
1. 63.2 4-2 ( 4-2 ) Wilson, Pedersen, Lee, MacDonald 2. 68.7 3-3 ( 7-5 ) Grant, Birkinshaw(f/rem), Cartwright(ef), Pearson(f) 3. 63.9 3-3 (10-8 ) Stead, Olsen, Swales, Allott 4. 62.9 4-2 (14-10) Wilson(r/r), Compton, Cartwright, Pearson 5. 63.2 3-3 (17-13) Pedersen, Stead, Allott, MacDonald(r) 6. 62.4 4-2 (21-15) Wilson, Compton, Lee, Grant 7. 63.5 3-3 (24-18) Stead(r/r), Olsen, Swales, Birkinshaw 8. awd 3-3 (27-21) Pedersen(t/s), Lee, Cartwright(f/awd), Swales(t/s)(fx) 9. 63.0 4-2 (31-23) Stead, Compton, Allott, Grant 10. 61.9 4-2 (35-25) Wilson, Olsen, Lee, Swales 11. 62.0 3-3 (38-28) Pedersen, Birkinshaw, Cartwright(r/r), MacDonald 12. 62.1 3-3 (41-31) Olsen(t/s), Stead, Cartwright, Pearson 13. 62.4 3-3 (44-34) Wilson, Compton, Pedersen, Lee(r/r) 14. 63.3 1-7 (45-41) Olsen, Compton(G/D), Allott, Birkinshaw 15. 62.8 3-3 (48-44) Wilson, Compton, Pedersen, Stead
The Tigers were always going to struggle with Robbie Kessler missing due to his broken ribs suffered while riding for his country last weekend. With no suitable guests available rider replacement was utilised meaning that only two of his rides could be taken by heat leaders, and at the end of the day there were only 2 Sheffield riders who won a race! The Diamonds came to town with Pedersen, Olsen and last season's Tigers star André Compton all in determined mood, but luckily heat leader Stuart Swales let them down. With the reserves and Grant MacDonald unable to score a point (save the fluke win in heat 2) the Diamonds just didn't have the legs.
Sean romped to a perfect six ride maximum and was razor sharp from the tapes. Paul Lee failed to rise to the occasion having his worst show for weeks. When will he come to terms with his new home track? Steady made some of his hallmark appaling starts but never gave in trying, passing Jesper on the final bend of heat 3, and again on the last lap of heat 7, although his worst gate in the final heat was more than he could make amends for. Adam Allott never looked like getting stuck in on a track made heavy by a pre-meeting downpour, although he put up a spirited but unsuccesful attempt to keep Golden Double André at bay in heat 14. James had a couple of good first bends and well deserved his meagre score, while Simon had a quiet night by recent standards while still scoring paid 9.
Bjarne looked good on his first ever visit to Owlerton and I'm sure he would have been an asset to the club had we signed him some time ago. Grant MacDonald was an embarrasment and Stuart Swales was little better. Jesper was back to typical Owlerton form although he could have helped André to a Golden Double win in heat 14 if only he hadn't scampered off into such a big lead. André rode very well without claiming a single heat win and participated in the race of the night as he just failed to outwit Steady in heat 9. Rob Grant fluked a win in heat 2 when first James fell & remounted, then Darren slid off on the next lap, and finally Simon Cartwright shed a chain as he started the final lap!
Robbie Kessler was at the track to support the Tigers and it seems his injuries are not nearly as bad as first reported. His doctor has told him not to ride until the 17th of August but it seems Robbie wants to be back by next Thursday!
|Friday 21st July, Conference League|
|Newport Mavericks||41||Sheffield Prowlers||49|
|Lee Herne||1||0||1||0||2||Adam Allott||3||2||2||1||8|
|Steve Aston||0||0||1||1||Matt Cambridge||2'||tx||1||1'||4||2|
|Chris Courage||3||3||3||3||3||3||3||21||James Birkinshaw||2||2||2'||2||2||10||1|
|Rob Finlow||1||r||1||1'||3||1||Carl Downs||0||0||0||0|
|Scott Pegler||rider replacement||Andy Moore||3||2||2||3||1'||11||1|
|Jamie Holmes (c)||x||1||0||2||2||0||5||David Speight||1||0||f||1|
|Graig Gough||2||2||3||2||f||f||9||Lee Hodgson||3||1||1'||3||3||1'||3||15||2|
1. 62.64 1-5 ( 1-5 ) Allott, Cambridge, Aston, Herne 2. 65.24 2-4 ( 3-9 ) Hodgson, Gough, Speight(f/rem), Holmes(fx) 3. 62.28 4-2 ( 7-11) Courage Birkinshaw, Finlow, Downes 4. 63.37 2-4 ( 9-15) Moore, Gough, Hodgson, Herne 5. 63.34 3-3 (12-18) Courage, Allot, Hodgson, Finlow(r), Cambridge(tx) 6. 63.70 4-2 (16-20) Gough, Moore, Herne, Speight 7. 63.38 4-2 (20-22) Courage, Birkinshaw, Holmes, Downs 8. 63.52 2-4 (22-26) Hodgson, Gough, Cambridge, Aston 9. 63.58 4-2 (26-28) Courage, Moore, Finlow, Speight(f) 10. 64.74 1-5 (27-33) Hodgson, Birkinshaw, Aston, Gough(f) 11. 62.96 3-3 (30-36) Courage, Allott, Cambridge, Holmes 12. 62.96 3-3 (33-39) Courage, Birkinshaw, Hodgson, Herne 13. 63.56 2-4 (35-43) Moore, Holmes, Allott, Gough(f) 14. 63.54 3-3 (38-46) Hodgson, Holmes, Finlow, Downs 15. 62.61 3-3 (41-49) Courage, Birkinshaw, Moore, Holmes Bronze Helmet: Andy Moore beat Chris Courage(holder) 63.84
Carl Downs replaced Jamie Young at the Hayley stadium and found the racing just a little too hectic for his debut. The track was a bit unpredictable and there were a number of fallers, and quite a few near fallers along the way. The Prowlers took a four point lead in the first heat and despite some heroic riding by Chris Courage the Mavericks never even managed to draw level. Local lad Graig Gough fell in both his last two races while his counterpart in the Prowlers had a magnificent paid 17 point total including four wins.
Andy Moore got the honour of challenging for the Bronze helmet and became the first man to pass Chris Courage on the night as he wrote his name into the record books.
|Thursday 20th July, Premier League|
|Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||59||89||Exeter Falcons||31||91|
|Sean Wilson||3||3||ef||2'||2'||10||2||Mark Simmonds (c)||1||2||2||1||1||7|
|Paul Lee||2'||1||1'||3||7||2||Graeme Gordon||0||1'||0||1||1|
|Simon Stead||3||3||2||1'||9||1||Brent Werner (g)||1||2||1'||3||1||0||8||1|
|Adam Allott||2'||0||0||2'||4||2||Roger Lobb||0||1'||2||0||3||1|
|Robert Kessler||3||3||3||3||3||15||Michael Coles||1||2||3||1||0||0||7|
|James Birkinshaw||2'||ef||0||2||1||Chris Harris||f||0||3||0||3|
|Simon Cartwright||3||2'||2||2||3||12||1||Bobby Eldridge||1||0||1'||2||1|
1. 61.9 5-1 ( 5-1 ) Wilson, Lee, Simmons, Gordon 2. awd 5-1 (10-2 ) Cartwright, Birkinshaw, Eldridge, Harris(f) 3. 63.1 5-1 (15-3 ) Stead, Allott, Werner, Lobb(15m) 4. 63.6 5-1 (20-4 ) Kessler, Cartwright, Coles, Eldridge 5. 62.6 3-3 (23-7 ) Stead, Simmons, Gordon, Allott 6. 62.4 4-2 (27-9 ) Wilson, Coles, Lee, Harris 7. 62.7 3-3 (30-12) Kessler, Werner, Lobb, Birkinshaw(ef) 8. 62.7 3-3 (33-15) Coles(t/s), Cartwright, Lee, Gordon 9. 62.3 2-4 (35-19) Harris, Stead, Coles, Allott 10. 62.1 3-3 (38-22) Lee, Lobb, Werner, Wilson(ef) 11. 62.2 3-3 (41-25) Kessler, Simmons, Eldridge, Birkinshaw 12. 62.6 3-3 (44-28) Werner, Cartwright, Stead(15m), Harris 13. 62.0 5-1 (49-29) Kessler, Wilson, Simmons, Coles 14. 62.9 5-1 (54-30) Cartwright, Allott, Werner(t/s), Lobb 15. 63.1 5-1 (59-31) Kessler, Wilson, Simmons, Werner
The Falcons were easy prey for the rampant Tigers who would have secured the bonus point if not for a rare engine failure for Sean Wilson when leading in heat 10. The Falcons made the occasional lightning starts but just seemed disinterested once they were passed.
Sean made 3 super fast starts, but after his engine problems in heat 10 he was content to team ride Robbie home in heat 13, and indeed slowed to allow Robbie his full maximum in heat 15.
Paul Lee had a good night joining Sean for the 5-1 in heat 1, scything under Greame Gordon in heat 8 and passing Roger Lobb down the back straight in heat 10.
Simon was his usual action packed self squeezing past Michael Coles on the last bend of heat 9, and making up a 15 meter handicap to pass Chris Harris in heat 12 after Chris Harris had spooked him into the tapes.
Adam looked good when he gated beating Brent Werner twice, but he rode like a Falcon when behind.
Robbie powered his way to an impressive maximum with his best ride being from the back in heat 15, scraping the boards to get around Mark Simmons.
James was unlucky with engine problems while Simon Cartwright is a totally different rider now he is at reserve and finished ahead of both Brent Werner and Michael Coles.
Chris Harris rode into the back of James Birkinshaw in heat 2 and fell awkwardly into the fence. He then flew from the gate in heat 9 but that win constituted his only points of the night. None of the other Falcons merit a mention and they can consider themselves very lucky to take the bonus point. Remember that Robbie Kessler was suffering from the flu when we visited the County Ground and that could prove costly later in the season. The Falcon's team management must be worried about the team for 2001. On current averages the Falcons reserve pair would be heat leaders for Sheffield, except they ride like reserves. Who is going to employ an ex-Exeter reserve or second string as a heat leader next year? There are going to be three or possibly more riders that Exeter can't employ under the 45 point limit and who will probably find themselves un-employable!
|Sunday 16th July, Conference League|
|Buxton Hitmen||46||86||Sheffield Prowlers||44||94|
|Lee Smethills||3||3||2||2||3||13||Adam Allott||tx||3||3||f||3||2||11|
|Lee Howard||1||2'||1'||4||2||Matt Cambridge||f||f||3||3|
|Paul Burnett||1||2||3||2||1||9||James Birkinshaw (c)||3||2||r||3||8|
|Steve Mildoon||0||1'||1||2||1||Jamie Young||2'||0||3||5||1|
|James Mann||1'||3||2||r||6||1||Andrew Moore||3||f||2||3||1||0||9|
|Neil Painter (c)||2||1||1'||1'||2||7||2||David Speight||f||1||0||1|
|Phil Pickering||1'||2||2||f||0||5||1||Lee Hodgson||2||3||ef||fx||1||1||7|
1. 56.1 4-2 ( 2-4 ) Smethills, Hodgson, Howard, Cambridge(f), Allott(tps) 2. 57.5 3-3 ( 7-5 ) Hodgson, Painter, Pickering, Speight(f) 3. 56.8 1-5 ( 8-10) Birkinshaw, Young, Burnett, Mildoon 4. 57.9 3-3 (11-13) Moore, Pickering, Mann, Hodgson(ef) 5. 55.8 3-3 (14-16) Allott, Burnett, Mildoon, Cambridge(f) 6. awd 5-1 (19-17) Smethills, Howard, Speight, Moore(f) 7. 56.5 4-2 (23-19) Mann, Birkinshaw, Painter, Young 8. 57.8 3-3 (26-22) Cambridge, Pickering, Howard, Hodgson(fx) 9. 56.9 4-2 (30-24) Burnett, Moore, Mildoon, Speight 10. 55.2 3-3 (33-27) Allott(t/s), Smethills, Painter, Birkinshaw(f/rem/ret) 11. 57.5 3-3 (36-30) Moore(t/s), Mann, Painter, Allott(f) 12. awd 2-4 (38-34) Birkinshaw, Burnett, Hodgson, Pickering(f) 13. 57.9 2-4 (40-38) Allott, Smethills, Moore, Mann(r) 14. 59.0 2-4 (42-42) Young, Painter, Hodgson, Pickering 15. 58.2 4-2 (46-44) Smethills, Allott, Burnett, Moore
The Prowlers effectively gave this match away as they struggled to come to terms with the tricky Buxton track. Jamie Young was the only Prowler who didn't come to grief while only Phil Pickering was a faller for the Hitmen. Andrew Moore cited a badly ridged area around the 3rd & 4th bends which was very tricky, but he himself fell downhill into the second bend.
Adam Allott had a real Jeckyl & Hyde meeting; breaking the tapes in heat 1, setting a new track record in heat 10, falling behind his team mate while on a 5-1 in the very next race and then allowing Lee Smethills to drift both himself and Andrew Moore out of contention in the final deciding heat.
Matt Cambridge discovered the ruts on the 3rd turn in heat 1, overslid on the 1st turn in heat 5, but then rode a smashing race in heat 8 putting leader Phil Pickering under more and more pressure until he forced a mistake on the last bend and claimed the heat win.
James Birkinshaw looked a confident and assured winner first time out, but was taken out on the first turn by Lee Smethills in heat 10 and then fell while trying to make up ground on the 4th turn. He won heat 12 in fine style and it was a big surprise when he was not nominated for heat 15.
Jamie Young was instrumental in complaining about the state of the track. As a Buxton rider last season he should know what he was talking about. Jamie complained to the ref. about Neil Painters tactics in heat 7, and gained revenge with a forceful inside maneouvre on the 2nd turn of heat 14.
Andrew Moore continues to develop, but was taken right out of contention in the deciding heat after making a quite decent start from the outside gate. Andrew looked good when in front, but the Buxton track does not lend itself to passing and Andrew was not able to slice through the field as he is accustomed to at Owlerton.
David Speight struggled but I'm sure he will have benefitted from the experience, while Lee Hodgson started strongly but following an engine failure (whilst set for a 5-1 in heat 4) and a fall he only picked up two more points.
Lee Smethills was pick of the Hitmen but he was twice beaten by Adam Allott. When the chips were down in heat 15 it was Lee's forecful first turn which allowed Paul Burnett through into second and won the match for the home side. James Mann retired while running last in heat 13 and left the centre green shouting the odds at the home promoter so loudly that he could be heard on the second turn!
The Prowlers took the bonus point, but you have to say they threw away 2 league points which were there for the taking.
|Saturday 15th July, Conference League|
|Boston Barracuda Braves||45||74||Sheffield Prowlers||45||103|
|Peter Boast||2||1'||r||1||4||1||Adam Allott||3||3||0||2'||8||1|
|David Chadburn||1'||2||3||1||7||1||Matt Cambridge||0||f||2m||0|
|Luke Clifton||2||2'||0||2||3||9||1||James Birkinshaw (c)||3||2'||3||1||tx||9||1|
|Rob Hollingworth||1'||3||3||2'||1||10||2||Jamie Young||0||2'||fx||2||1|
|Freddie Stephenson||0||1||1'||fx||2||1||Andrew Moore||3||3||2||3||2||13|
|Carl Wilkinson||2'||0||2||3||7||1||David Speight||f||0||2||1||0||3|
|Ricki Scarboro||3||2||1||0||6||Lee Hodgson||1||1||1||2m||1'||3||3||10||1|
1 - Allott; Boast; Chadburn; Cambridge; 63.8 (3-3)( 3-3 ) 2 - Scarboro; Wilkinson; Hodgson; Speight(F); 64.4 (5-1)( 8-4 ) 3 - Birkinshaw; Clifton; Hollingworth; Young; 64.0 (3-3)(11-7 ) 4 - Moore; Scarboro; Hodgson; Stephenson; 64.0 (2-4)(13-11) 5 - Hollingworth; Clifton; Hodgson; Cambridge(F); 65.9 (5-1)(18-12) 6 - Moore; Chadburn; Boast; Speight; 64.3 (3-3)(21-15) 7 - Allott; Birkinshaw; Stephenson; Wilkinson; 64.0 (1-5)(22-20) 8 - Chadburn; Speight; Scarboro; Cambridge(2mins); 65.5 (4-2)(26-22) 9 - Hollingworth; Moore; Hodgson; Clifton; 65.1 (3-3)(29-25) 10 - Birkinshaw; Young; Chadburn; Boast(R); 66.2 (1-5)(30-30) 11 - Hodgson; Wilkinson; Stephenson; Allott; 64.6 (3-3)(33-33) 12 - Hodgson; Clifton; Birkinshaw; Scarboro; 64.5 (2-4)(35-37) 13 - Moore; Allott; Boast; Stephenson(Fx); 64.6 (1-5)(36-42) 14 - Wilkinson; Hollingworth; Speight; Young(Fx); 65.2 (5-1)(41-43) 15 - Clifton; Moore; Hollingworth; Speight; Birkinshaw(tps) 65.4 (4-2)(45-45)
After several one-sided encounters at 'home' the Cuda-Braves were taken right to the wire in this one, losing a six point lead to trail 36-42 with two to go. A wonderful last bend by Clifton grabbed a draw against a Sheffield side with three excellent heat-leaders.
When Hodgson started to provide effective support from reserve the match swung Sheffield's way.
A rare double time exclusion for Cambridge and Hodgson in heat 8 had long-term effect with Hodgson denied a place in heat 14 due to the time exclusion counting to his maximum allowance of seven rides.
A tape exclusion for Birkinshaw in heat 15 handed Cudas a chance but until Clifton's dramatic last bend burst Moore appeared to have the win sewn up for a very impressive Prowlers side.
Report by Rob McMcCaffery.
|Thursday 13th July, Conference League|
|Sheffield Prowlers||58||Boston Barracuda Braves||29|
|Adam Allott||3||3||3||3||12||Peter Boast||r||2||2||2||1||2||9|
|Matt Cambridge||2'||2'||2'||2'||ef||8||4||Dean Garrod||1||0||0||1|
|James Birkinshaw (c)||3||3||3||3||12||Luke Clifton||1||1'||1||1||4||1|
|Jamie Young||2'||1||fx||3||1||Rob Hollingworth||0||2||0||1||3|
|Andrew Moore||3||3||3||2'||3||14||1||Freddie Stephenson||2||1||0||1'||0||4||1|
|David Speight||tx||0||1||f||1||Carl Wilkinson||fx||0||dnr||0|
|Lee Hodgson||tx||1||3||2'||2||8||1||Ricki Scarboro||3||0||1||3||1'||8||1|
1. 64.0 5-1 ( 5-1 ) Allott, Cambridge, Garrod, Boast(r) 2. 3lap 0-3 ( 5-4 ) Scarboro, Wilkinson(f), Speight(tx), Hodgson(tx) 3. 66.2 5-1 (10-5 ) Birkinshaw, Young, Clifton, Hollingworth 4. 63.4 4-2 (14-7 ) Moore, Stephenson, Hodgson, Scarboro 5. 65.0 4-2 (18-9 ) Birkinshaw, Boast, Young, Garrod 6. 64.2 5-1 (23-10) Allott, Cambridge, Stephenson, Wilkinson 7. 64.7 3-3 (26-13) Moore, Hollingworth, Clifton, Speight 8. 64.1 5-1 (31-14) Hodgson, Cambridge, Scarboro, Stephenson(t/s) 9. 64.1 3-3 (34-17) Birkinshaw, Boast(t/s), Stephenson, Young(fx) 10. 63.5 5-1 (39-18) Allott, Cambridge, Clifton, Hollingworth 11. 63.6 4-2 (43-20) Moore, Boast, Speight, Garrod 12. 64.6 5-1 (48-21) Birkinshaw, Hodgson, Clifton, Wilkinson(dnr) 13. 63.2 5-1 (53-22) Allott, Moore, Boast, Stephenson 14. 64.3 2-4 (55-26) Scarboro, Hodgson, Hollingworth, Speight(f) 15. 64.2 3-3 (58-29) Moore, Boast, Scarboro, Cambridge(ef)
The Prowlers had a field day as the powerful Barracuda Braves were never at the races. Each of the Prowlers heat leaders claimed a maximum and the winning margin could have been bigger but for some problems for their team mates.
Both Lee and David touched the tapes in heat 2 leaving the Braves pair to race un-opposed. Carl Wilkinson must be kicking himself then for making a mess of the first turn on the last lap and falling spectacularly when well in front!
Jamie Young made a similar mistake on turn 2 in the next heat but just recovered his composure in time to retain second place.
Lee Hodgson was sent back to the pits for his goggles before heat 4, and must have been wrongly geared for he made no impression after a tardy start.
JY passed Dean Garrod on turn 2 in heat 5, but had to give second best as Peter Boast rounded him on the final lap.
David Speight had some hairy moments as he tried to round Luke Clifton in heat 7 but to no avail.
JY tried a Peter Carr dive up the inside on the 3rd turn in heat 9 but got it all wrong as he wiped out Freddie Stephenson and very nearly took James with him as well.
David Speight rounded Dean Garrod on turn 2 in heat 11, and tried valiantly for lap after lap in heat 14 but couldn't catch Rob Hollingworth. In a final 'all or nothing' blast on the final turn he clipped the fence as he entered the straight and somersaulted over the finish line.
With four Prowlers on maximums it was Matt and Andrew who got the nominations for heat 15. Andrew powered around Peter Boast to lead on the 3rd turn but Matt suffered mechanical problems.
An impressive display from the youngsters, and credit to Ricki Scarboro who was the deserved race winner for the Braves. It's a long time since I recall a 1 man finish at Owlerton, but he passed Lee Hodgson to win heat 14 in style. Can the Prowlers do the business at Kings Lynn on Saturday?
|Friday 7th July, Premier League|
|Edinburgh Monarchs||53||Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||39|
|Robert Eriksson||3||2||3||3||3||14||Sean Wilson (c)||2||1||4||3||1'||0||11||1|
|Blair Scott||0||1'||3||2'||6||2||Paul Lee||1'||0||1'||0||2||2|
|Peter Carr||3||3||3||3||2'||14||1||Simon Stead||2||3||1||2||2'||10||1|
|Ross Brady||1||2'||1||1||4||1||Adam Allott||0||1||0||1|
|Kevin Little||2||2||2||0||6||Robbie Kessler||3||3||2||2||3||1||14|
|Will Beveridge||3||0||1'||0||4||1||Simon Cartwright||ef||0||fx||0|
|Christian Henry||2'||1'||0||1||4||2||James Birkinshaw||1||0||0||1|
1: Eriksson, Wilson, Lee, Scott 57.4 3-3 ( 3-3 ) 2: Beveridge, Henry, Birkinshaw(-15), Cartwright(ef) 59.6 5-1 ( 8-4 ) 3: Carr, Stead, Brady, Allott 58.6 4-2 (12-6 ) 4: Kessler, Little, Henry, Birkinshaw 58.1 3-3 (15-9 ) 5: Carr, Brady, Wilson, Lee 58.1 5-1 (20-10) 6: Kessler, Eriksson, Scott, Cartwright 58.9 3-3 (23-13) 7: Stead, Little, Allott, Beveridge 58.8 2-4 (25-17) 8: Scott, Wilson(GD), Lee, Henry 58.1 3-5 (28-22) 9: Carr, Kessler, Brady, Cartwright(fx) 58.7 4-2 (32-24) 10: Eriksson, Scott, Stead, Allott 58.9 5-1 (37-25) 11: Wilson, Little, Beveridge, Lee 58.9 3-3 (40-28) 12: Carr, Stead, Henry, Birkinshaw 58.2 4-2 (44-30) 13: Eriksson, Kessler, Wilson, Little 58.7 3-3 (47-33) 14: Kessler, Stead, Brady, Beveridge 59.2 1-5 (48-38) 15: Carr, Eriksson, Kessler, Wilson 57.9 5-1 (53-39)
Edinburgh produced possibly their best performance of the year at Armadale to beat Premier League leaders and championship favourites Sheffield by a margin of 14 points.
With Sheffield effectively a three-man team and only Robbie Kessler providing serious resistance, most of the home riders got amongst the points. The match was free from controversy. This is rare in an Edinburgh-Sheffield encounter. Referee David Peet (from Sheffield!) didn't have a call to make all evening. The only incident worthy of comment was Simon Stead showing some petulance after being held off by Blair Scott in heat 10.
The highlight of the meeting was heat 8 when Sean Wilson came in as a golden double tactical substitute but was easily held off by a flying Blair Scott. Armadale once more escape the forecast rain although there was hint of a light drizzle in the air for part of the meeting. The track was quite grippy and some of the riders, notably the Sheffield reserves, had problems on the second bend.
Peter Carr and Robert Eriksson dominated the meeting with Robbie Kessler the only threat. Kevin Little found it tough going at number 5 against the powerful Sheffield heat leaders but was always in contention.
Blair Scott let things slip in heat 1 but was excellent value after that with a great win over Wilson and also a paid win ahead of Stead. Ross Brady did well on his comeback including a paid win ahead of Wilson. Will Beveridge produced his first Armadale win for Monarchs and was unlucky to be on the wrong end of a double tactical substitution in heat 14. Christian Henry looked very assured.
Sean Wilson didn't have one of his best Armadale meetings and never came near Carr or Eriksson. Robbie Kessler was very fast out of the gate and difficult to dislodge when in front. Simon Stead had a good meeting without troubling the top two home riders. He didn't like it when Blair Scott beat him in heat 10.
Paul Lee remains an enigma. He certainly can ride Armadale as he proved when taking third place in the Under-21 championship earlier this season. He wasn't really in contention apart from a good point in the opening heat and third behind Wilson in heat 8. The rest of the Sheffield team only scored two points between them. Allott was on the pace as was Birkinshaw after a ragged first ride but were never likely to pick up more than gift points. Simon Cartwright showed his customary inability to get around Armadale culminating with a fall in heat 10 that probably denied Kessler a win over Carr.
One unusual thing about this match was that Peter Carr won the toss twice for gate position. With the tape penalty for Birkinshaw in heat 2 and the Sean Wilson golden double in heat 8, Edinburgh riders took 1 and 3 for six of the first eight heats and ten out of fifteen in total.
Man of the match: Blair Scott, most exciting rider: Peter Carr.
Report by John Lowe.
|Thursday 6th July, Premier League|
|Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||60||Glasgow Tigers||30|
|Sean Wilson||3||3||3||2'||2'||13||2||James Grieves||1'||0||0||1||1|
|Paul Lee||r||1||3||2'||6||1||Emiliano Sanchez||2||1||1'||2||1||7||1|
|Simon Stead||3||2'||3||1||9||1||Rusty Harrison||1||1||1||3||1||1||8|
|Adam Allott||2'||3||0||2'||7||2||Mark Courtney||r||0||0||0|
|Robert Kessler||2||2'||3||3||3||13||1||Les Collins (c)||3||2||2||2||0||0||9|
|Simon Cartwright||3||3||1||ef||3||10||Aidan Collins||1||0||1'||2'||4||2|
|James Birkinshaw||2'||ef||0||2||1||Scott Courtney||0||1||0||1|
1. 64.6 3-3 ( 3-3 ) Wilson, Sanchez, Grieves, Lee(r) 2. 67.5 5-1 ( 8-4 ) Cartwright, Birkinshaw, A.Collins, M.Courtney 3. 66.0 5-1 (13-5 ) Stead, Allott, Harrison, M.Courtney 4. 66.7 2-4 (15-9 ) L.Collins, Kessler, S.Courtney, Birkinshaw(ef) 5. 68.0 5-1 (20-10) Allott, Stead, Sanchez, Grieves 6. 65.8 4-2 (24-12) Wilson, L.Collins, Lee, A.Collins 7. 67.4 5-1 (29-13) Cartwright, Kessler, Harrison, M.Courtney 8. 64.9 3-3 (32-16) Lee, L.Collins(t/s), Sanchez, Birkinshaw 9. 65.6 3-3 (35-19) Stead, L.Collins, A.Collins, Allott 10. 66.6 5-1 (40-20) Wilson, Lee, Harrison, M.Courtney 11. 66.1 4-2 (44-22) Kessler, Sanchez, Cartwright, Grieves 12. 66.8 1-5 (45-27) Harrison, A.Collins, Stead, Cartwright(ef) 13. 65.0 5-1 (50-28) Kessler, Wilson, Harrison(t/s), L.Collins 14. 66.1 5-1 (55-29) Cartwright, Allott, Sanchez(t/s), S.Courtney 15. 65.1 5-1 (60-30) Kessler, Wilson, Harrison, L.Collins
After torrential rain on the previous day and persistent drizzle throughout Thursday the meeting started on a greasy, but rideable track. Les Collins was first to demonstrate that the penalty for moving out wide was not harsh, as he rounded Robbie Kessler on the second bend, lap 3, heat 4. Robbie experienced engine problems in heat 7 making some terrible noises and only holding 2nd place because Rusty Harrison, hard on his tail, was too circumspect on his first visit to Owlerton. Heat 11 saw Simon Cartwright getting into trouble on the outside of turn 2 allowing both Grieves and Sanchez to pass him. He blasted around James on the very next bend but had no chance of catching Emiliano. In heat 13 Robbie and Sean demonstrated absolutely perfect team riding which augers very well for the pairs on Saturday, and Adam Allott caused a few astonished looks as he passed Sanchez on the OUTSIDE(!) of turn 2 in heat 14.
Race of the night was reserved for heat 15 when Rusty had the audacity to trap ahead of both Robbie & Sean. Robbie made a beautiful move around the outside of the 4th bend on lap 2 to take the lead and then Sean made up yards of ground and sliced through on the inside of turn 1 on the last lap to join him for the 5-1.
Spirited showings by both Simon C and Adam were the highlights for the TCH Tigers while new boy Rusty Harrison certainly caught the eye for the Scottish breed.
|Sunday 2nd July, Premier League|
|Swindon 'Soft Water' Robins||49||83||Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||41||97|
|Frank Smart||1||3||3||1'||8||1||Sean Wilson (c)||3||3||3||3||3||3||18|
|Oliver Allen||0||2'||0||2||1||Paul Lee||2'||2'||1||1||0||6||2|
|Neil Collins (c)||2||1||2'||1||6||1||Simon Stead||3||2||2||0||3||1||11|
|Martin Dixon||1'||0||3||2||6||1||Adam Allott||0||0||0||0|
|Paul Fry||2'||3||2||2||2||11||1||Robbie Kessler||0||fx||1||2||3|
|Nathan Murray||2'||1||0||1'||4||2||James Birkinshaw||1||1||0||2|
|Claus Kristensen||3||3||2||1||3||0||12||Simon Cartwright||0||1||0||1|
1. 67.53 1-5 ( 1-5 ) Wilson, Lee, Smart, Allen 2. 67.91 5-1 ( 6-6 ) Kristensen, Murray, Birkinshaw, Cartwright 3. 67.59 3-3 ( 9-9 ) Stead, Collins, Dixon, Allott 4. 67.25 5-1 (14-10) Kristensen, Fry, Cartwright, Kessler 5. 67.64 1-5 (15-15) Wilson, Lee, Collins, Dixon 6. 67.57 5-1 (20-16) Smart, Allen, Birkinshaw. Kessler(f/x) 7. 67.46 4-2 (24-18) Fry, Stead, Murray, Allott 8. 67.08 2-4 (26-22) Wilson(t/s), Kristensen, Lee, Allen 9. 68.06 5-1 (31-23) Dixon, Collins, Kessler, Birkinshaw 10. 67.59 4-2 (35-25) Smart, Stead, Kristensen, Allott 11. 66.74 2-4 (37-29) Wilson, Fry, Lee, Murray(15m) 12. 68.64 4-2 (41-31) Kristensen, Kessler(t/s), Collins, Stead 13. 67.05 3-3 (44-34) Wilson, Fry, Smart, Lee(t/s) 14. 68.25 3-3 (47-37) Stead, Dixon, Murray, Cartwright 15. 67.30 2-4 (49-41) Wilson, Fry, Stead, Kristensen
Every one of the Robins had a win or a paid win in a good solid team effort. Paul Fry was only beaten by Sean Wilson, and super sub Claus Kristensen had a field day. Even the pedestrian Nathan Murray picked up points as the Tigers tail failed to wag. Neil Collins featured in the race of the night as he harried and eventually passed Simon Stead in heat 12, and even Martin Dixon picked up a win after stitching up Robbie on the first turn in heat 9.
Sean Wilson was in magnificent form as he streaked to six perfect wins, and Simon Stead was usually up there with the leaders. Paul Lee teamed up with Sean for 5-1's in their first two outings, but he couldn't keep up the momentum. As for the rest of the team; Robbie started with a last trailed off well behind and was unable to catch even Simon Cartwright. He then threw away the lead with a sucker fall leading heat 6 and never looked like a heat leader all night. Simon made some decent starts but just went too wide and let everyone past. James had more idea but just couldn't make it to the first bend ahead of anyone. Adam was just the opposite making some lightning starts, and even passing people out of the second turn, but then slowing almost to walking pace for the third turn and watching all and sundry go streaming past. Why should half the team have Exeteritis at Swindon? The bonus point puts us top of the League, but on this showing we hardly deserve it!
|Thursday 29th June, Premier League|
|Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||56||Swindon 'Soft Water' Robins||34|
|Sean Wilson||3||3||3||2'||3||14||1||Frank Smart||1||2||3||1||0||7|
|Paul Lee||2'||1||2||0||5||1||Ollie Allen||0||0||0||0|
|Simon Stead||3||3||f||2||8||Neil Collins (c)||1||2||1'||1||3||0||8||1|
|Simon Cartwright||2'||1||2||2||7||1||Martin Dixon||0||1'||2||0||3||1|
|Robert Kessler||2||3||3||3||2'||13||1||Paul Fry||3||2||3||3||1||1||13|
|James Birkinshaw||1||0||2'||3||1||Nathan Murray||0||0||1||1|
|Adam Allott||3||1'||1'||0||1'||6||3||Claus Kristensen||2||0||0||2|
1. 62.5 5-1 ( 5-1 ) Wilson, Lee, Smart, Allen 2. 63.5 4-2 ( 9-3 ) Allott, Kristensen, Birkinshaw, Murray 3. 62.0 5-1 (14-4 ) Stead, Cartwright, Collins, Dixon 4. 62.2 3-3 (17-7 ) Fry, Kessler, Allott, Kristensen 5. 62.3 4-2 (21-9 ) Stead, Smart, Cartwright, Allen 6. 62.0 4-2 (25-11) Wilson, Fry, Lee, Murray 7. 62.1 3-3 (28-14) Kessler, Collins, Dixon, Birkinshaw 8. 63.0 3-3 (31-17) Smart(t/s), Lee, Allott, Kristensen 9. 62.4 2-4 (33-21) Fry, Cartwright, Murray, Stead(f) 10. 61.8 3-3 (36-24) Wilson, Dixon, Collins, Lee 11. 61.7 5-1 (41-25) Kessler, Birkinshaw, Smart, Allen 12. 61.6 2-4 (43-29) Fry(t/s), Stead, Collins, Allott 13. 61.2 5-1 (48-30) Kessler, Wilson, Fry, Smart 14. 63.1 3-3 (51-33) Collins(t/s), Cartwright, Allott, Dixon 15. 61.8 5-1 (56-34) Wilson, Kessler, Fry, Collins
I guess the lads were given a good talking to after Mondays defeat as there seemed to be some reformed characters on track tonight. Simon Cartwright gave his best display of the season, the highlight being when he passed Neil Collins in heat 3! Even Adam looked determined and he resisted some strong challenges as he raced to his biggest home score of the season. Not sure why James was dropped from his last ride, scant reward for passing both Ollie Allen and Frank Smart in heat 11. Paul Lee looked much sharper from the gate although he seemed to lose ground as the night wore on and the grip moved out wide.
Steady made some blistering passes and nearly brought the house down as he wound it up for an all-or-nothing blast past Paul Fry in heat 9. Unfortunately it ended with him picking the bike up off the track, but seemingly with no ill effect. Robbie finished heat 4 with flames shooting from the silencer, but after that he looked back to his best and didn't drop another point. Sean was once again in supreme form and his two 5-1's with Robbie bode very well for the imminent Premier Pairs Final.
Paul Fry was the pick of the visitors, but he always rides Owlerton well. Once he trapped and went out wide there was little anyone could do about it. Neil was below usual form, Frank Smart struggled as the meeting progressed, and the only back-up came from the intermitent Martin Dixon. I'm glad we didn't make a large investment in Nathan Murray!
The bonus point should be a formality, although after tonight's demolition job I can imagine the management looking for something even better from Sunday's return.
|Monday 26th June, Premier League|
|Exeter Falcons||60||Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||30|
|Mark Simmonds||1||3||3||1'||8||1||Sean Wilson (c)||2||3||3||3||3||2||16|
|Graeme Gordon||3||1||2||2'||8||1||Paul Lee||0||0||0||0||0|
|Seemond Stevens||3||2||2||3||1||11||Simon Stead||1'||1||0||x||2||1|
|Roger Lobb||0||1'||1'||2'||4||3||Simon Cartwright||2||0||1||1||0||4|
|Michael Coles||3||3||2||2||3||13||Robbie Kessler||1||2||3||1||0||7|
|Chris Harris||3||2'||1'||3||9||2||James Birkinshaw||f||0||0||0|
|Bobby Eldridge||2'||2'||1'||2'||7||4||Adam Allott||1||0||0||1|
1. 67.9 4-2 ( 4-2 ) Gordon, Wilson, Simmonds, Lee 2. 66.1 5-1 ( 9-3 ) Harris, Eldridge, Allott, Birkinshaw(f) 3. 67.5 3-3 (12-6 ) Stevens, Cartwright, Stead, Lobb 4. 67.3 5-1 (17-7 ) Coles Eldridge, Kessler, Allott 5. 67.5 3-3 (20-10) Wilson, Stevens, Lobb, Lee 6. 67.2 4-2 (24-12) Simmonds, Kessler, Gordon, Birkinshaw 7. 67.5 5-1 (29-13) Coles, Harris, Stead, Cartwright 8. 66.4 3-3 (32-16) Wilson(t/s), Gordon, Eldridge, Lee 9. 68.5 3-3 (35-19) Kessler, Stevens, Lobb, Stead 10. 68.1 5-1 (40-20) Simmonds, Gordon, Cartwright, Stead(fx) 11. 66.7 3-3 (43-23) Wilson, Coles, Harris, Lee 12. 68.7 5-1 (48-24) Stephens, Eldridge, Kessler, Birkinshaw 13. 66.1 3-3 (51-27) Wilson, Coles, Simmonds, Kessler 14. 67.4 5-1 (56-28) Harris, Lobb, Cartwright, Allott 15. 66.4 4-2 (60-30) Coles, Wilson, Stephens, Cartwright
Where would Sheffield be without Sean, a magnificent 16, more than half the Tigers total, and by all accounts the best visitor to the County Ground so far this year. Robbie was suffering from flu and it was the intention to rest him after his three compulsory rides, but he battled on to take five as his team mates all came down with Exeteritis. Paul and Adam in particular were badly infected. Simon looped in his last race and trapped his steel shoe under his bike damaging his toes. He faces a fitness battle to be fit for Thursday and cancelled a guest booking on the IOW.
|Sunday 25th June, Premier League|
|Newport 'Talkback' Wasps||43||79||Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||47||101|
|Anders Henriksson||2||3||3||1'||2||11||1||Sean Wilson (c)||3||3||3||3||3||15|
|Jon Armstrong||1'||2||0||2||1||6||1||Paul Lee||0||1||3||1||5|
|Chris Neath (c)||1'||2||2||2||3||10||1||Simon Stead||3||2||2||3||1||11|
|Andrew Appleton||rider replacement||(5)||Simon Cartwright||0||0||0||0|
|Ben Howe||3||3||2||2||f||10||Robbie Kessler||ef||2||3||f||5|
|Craig Taylor||r||0||1||0||0||1||2||James Birkinshaw||1||1'||1||fx||f||3||1|
|Chris Courage||2||1||0||1'||4||1||Adam Allott||3||2||1||2||8|
1. 60.9 3-3 ( 3-3 ) Wilson, Henriksson, Armstrong, Lee 2. 63.2 2-4 ( 5-7 ) Allott, Courage, Birkinshaw, Taylor(r) 3. 62.4 3-3 ( 8-10) Stead, Armstrong(r/r), Neath, Cartwright 4. 61.2 4-2 (12-12) Howe, Allott, Courage, Kessler(ef) 5. 61.7 2-4 (14-16) Wilsom, Neath, Lee, Taylor(r/r) 6. 60.6 3-3 (17-19) Henriksson, Kessler, Birkinshaw, Armstrong 7. 61.1 4-2 (21-21) Howe, Stead, Taylor, Cartwright 8. 61.3 2-4 (23-25) Lee, Armstrong, Allott, Courage 9. 62.3 2-4 (25-29) Kessler, Neath, Birkinshaw, Taylor(r/r) 10. 60.6 4-2 (29-31) Henriksson, Stead, Armstrong, Cartwright 11. 59.9 2-4 (31-35) Wilson, Howe, Lee, Taylor 12. awd 3-3 (34-38) Stead, Neath, Courage, Birkinshaw(fx) 13. 60.4 3-3 (37-41) Wilson, Howe, Henriksson, Kessler(f) 14. 62.5 4-2 (41-43) Neath(r/r), Allott, Taylor, Birkinshaw(f) 15. 59.8 2-4 (43-47) Wilson, Henriksson, Stead, Howe(f)
The 'Talkback' Wasps had no answer for the Tigers on what must be their best ever showing at Queensway Meadows. Skipper Sean was in determined form and led by example with a perfect maximum. Robbie led his first race until the gremlins struck again, and fell in heat 13 while under pressure from Anders Henriksson. Steady passed Jon Armstrong off the final bend to steal heat 3, but was passed by Ben Howe next time out. Simon again passes Armstrong in heat 10 and left it late to pass Chris Neath on the run-in to the chequered flag in heat 12. Simon got a well deserved nomination for heat 15 and inherited a point when Ben Howe fell.
Paul was the deserved winner of heat 8, but was too slow to garner much from his other rides. James was always in the thick of the action and survived some hair-raising maneouvers as he battled for his points. Adam once more displayed his liking of the tricky Newport track although he only beat Chris Courage and Craig Taylor of the Wasps on his way to a flattering score line.
Andrew Appleton was sorely missed with only 5 points coming from his rider replacements and the Wasps didn't match the Tigers in the heat leader department despite Robbie Kessler having an unusually subdued afternoon at one of his favourite tracks. The Waps also lacked any sting in the tail and were unable to capitalise on the Tigers weak second-strings. Brilliant result for the Tigers who look to be shaping-up for another good league run.
|Friday 23rd June, Conference League|
|Somerset Rebels||41||Sheffield Prowlers||49|
|Steve Bishop||2||3||3||3||3||2||16||Adam Allott||3||3||2||1'||1||10||1|
|Andy Carfield||x||0||0||0||0||Matt Cambridge||1||1||3||0||5|
|Gary Philips||2||2||3||1||8||James Birkinshaw (c)||3||2||2||3||3||13|
|Matthew Cross||m||0||1||0||1||Jamie Young||1||1'||1'||1'||4||3|
|Adrian Newman||3||3||3||0||x||9||Andrew Moore||0||2||2||2||6|
|Simon Philips||1||0||1||2||David Speight||0||1'||0||1||1|
|Mark Philips||3||0||1||1||0||5||Lee Hodgson||2||2||2'||2'||2||10||2|
1. 61.58 2-4 ( 2-4 ) Allott, Bishop, Cambridge, Carfield(fx) 2. 62.58 4-2 ( 6-6 ) M.Philips, Hodgson, S.Philips, Speight 3. 62.70 2-4 ( 8-10) Birkinshaw, G.Philips, Young, M.Philips, Cross(2m) 4. 61.27 4-2 (12-12) Newman, Hodgson, M.Philips, Moore 5. 62.70 2-4 (14-16) Allott, G.Philips, Cambridge, Cross 6. 62.82 3-3 (17-19) Bishop, Moore, Speight, Carfield 7. 62.08 3-3 (20-22) Newman, Birkinshaw, Young, S.Philips 8. 63.22 1-5 (21-27) Cambridge, Hodgson, M.Philips(f/rem), Carfield 9. 61.77 4-2 (25-29) G.Philips, Moore, Cross, Speight 10. 60.78 3-3 (28-32) Bishop, Birkinshaw, Young, Carfield 11. 61.55 4-2 (32-34) Newman, Allott, S.Philips, Cambridge 12. 61.56 1-5 (33-39) Birkinshaw, Hodgson, G.Philips, M.Philips 13. 61.11 3-3 (36-42) Bishop, Moore, Allott, Newman 14. 61.10 3-3 (39-45) Bishop, Hodgson, Young, Cross 15. 61.57 2-4 (41-49) Birkinshaw, Bishop, Allott, Newman(fx)
Somerset had to give second best to the Prowlers in their opening home Conference League fixture. Matthew Cross and Simon Philips in particular were both below previous form, and Adrian Newman ended in the fence in heat 15 to add to their worries.
The Prowlers may have been riding away, but they were on their own shale! Somerset bought their shale from Bradford's Odsal stadium, who in turn were supplied by Sheffield. They obviously felt at home and all played their part in the victory with Lee in particular catching the eye.
|Thursday 22nd June, Premier League|
|Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||25||Arena Essex 'Hammers'||11|
|Sean Wilson||3||3||6||Colin White (c)||2||1||3|
|Simon Cartwright||r||2'||2||1||Garry Corbett||did not arrive|
|Simon Stead||2'||3||5||1||Matt Read||0||0|
|Paul Lee||3||2'||5||1||Jan Pedersen||1||1|
|Robert Kessler||3||3||Savalas Clouting||1||1||2|
|James Birkinshaw||2||2||Barrie Evans||1||0||1|
|Adam Allott||fx||2'||2||1||Justin Elkins||1'||3||0||4||1|
1. 64.4 3-3 ( 3-3 ) Wilson, White, Elkins, Cartwright(f/rem, r) 2. 69.1 2-4 ( 5-7 ) Elkins, Birkinshaw, Evans, Allott(fx) 3. 69.2 5-1 (10-8 ) Lee, Stead, Pedersen, Read 4. 70.2 5-1 (15-9 ) Kessler, Allott, Clouting, Elkins 5. 68.7 5-1 (20-10) Stead, Lee, White, Corbett(dnr) 6. 67.3 5-1 (25-11) Wilson, Cartwright, Clouting Evans
Sean and Steady attacked the soggy track as if there was nothing wrong with it, but it was always going to be a case of 'lets do 6 heats and then look at the track'. The Arena riders just weren't interested although they cannot argue the track was unrideable as Paul Lee and Simon Stead both stormed from the back to take a 5-1 in heat 3.
The track inspection commenced in the sunshine, but within minutes the rain was lashing down again and the result was inevitable.
|Monday 19th June, Premier Trophy|
|Newcastle KBS Diamonds||42||75||Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||48||105|
|Paul Bentley (g)||2||3||2'||0||7||1||Sean Wilson (c)||3||3||1'||2'||2'||3||14||3|
|Jesper Olsen||1'||2'||2||3||1||9||2||Simon Cartwright||f||0||fx||0|
|Stuart Swales||2||2||2||r||6||Simon Stead||3||2||1||3||9|
|Grant McDonald||1'||1'||1'||2||5||3||Paul Lee||0||0||0||3||3|
|André Compton||3||3||3||1||0||10||Robbie Kessler||2||fx||3||2||3||2'||12||1|
|Darren Pearson||2||1||0||r||3||James Birkinshaw||1||1||0||2|
|Rob Grant||0||0||1'||1||2||1||Adam Allott||3||1'||3||1||8||1|
1. 61.0 3-3 ( 3-3 ) Wilson, Bentley, Olsen, Cartwright(f) 2. 65.7 2-4 ( 5-7 ) Allott, Pearson, Birkinshaw, Grant 3. 65.9 3-3 ( 8-10) Stead, Swales, McDonald, Lee 4. 65.6 3-3 (11-13) Compton, Kessler, Allott, Grant 5. 64.6 3-3 (14-16) Wilsom, Swales, McDonald, Cartwright 6. 65.9 5-1 (19-17) Bentley, Olsen, Birkinshaw, Kessler(fx) 7. 65.5 4-2 (23-19) Compton, Stead, Paerson, Lee 8. 65.2 3-3 (26-22) Allott, Olsen, Grant, Cartwright(fx) 9. 65.4 3-3 (29-25) Kessler, Swales, McDonald, Birkinshaw 10. 64.6 5-1 (34-26) Olsen, Bentley, Stead, Lee 11. 64.5 3-3 (37-29) Compton, Kessler(t/s), Wilson, Pearson 12. 65.3 1-5 (38-34) Stead, Wilson(t/s), Grant, Swales(r) 13. 65.5 1-5 (39-39) Kessler, Wilson, Compton, Bentley 14. 66.2 2-4 (41-43) Lee, McDonald, Allott, Pearson 15. 64.8 1-5 (42-48) Wilson, Kessler, Olsen, Compton
The Tigers again fight back from 8 down in the dying stages of the match and indeed take a comfortable 6 point win! Skipper Sean followed up his World Championship qualification with some top notch speedway, including knocking a staggering 2.5 seconds off the track record!
Robbie bounced back from a fall in heat 6 and joined with Sean in two 5-1's in the last three heats. Steady too rode well for his points and was only beaten by the Diamonds top three.
Paul looked out of touch until the vital heat 14 when he stalked Grant McDonald for three laps before making a sweet outside pass on the very last bend. James passed Rob Grant in heat 2 but did little else, and Simon Cartwright fell twice in his three outings when perhaps trying too hard.
The match winning performance though came from reserve Adam Allott whose 8 points included an impressive win over Jesper Olsen. If only Adam could find that kind of form at Owlerton...
|Thursday 15th June, Premier League|
|Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||51||96||Reading Racers||39||84|
|Sean Wilson||3||3||3||3||3||15||Armando Castagna||2||2||2'||3||2||2||13||1|
|Simon Cartwright||ef||2'||0||2'||4||2||Paul Clews||1'||1'||3||1||3||0||9||2|
|Simon Stead||3||3||2'||1||1||10||1||Phil Morris (c)||2||2||1||2'||2'||9||2|
|Paul Lee||1||0||3||0||4||Krister Marsh||0||0||0||0|
|Robert Kessler||3||3||2||ef||8||Ross Brady (g)||1||r||1||3||5|
|James Birkinshaw||2'||1||ef||1||4||1||Marc Norris||1||1||0||2|
|Adam Allott||3||2'||1||0||6||1||Shane Colvin||0||0||1'||1||1|
1. 62.6 4-2 ( 3-3 ) Wilson, Castagna, Clews, Cartwright(ef) 2. 64.5 5-1 ( 8-4 ) Allott, Birkinshaw, Norris, Colvin 3. 64.2 4-2 (12-6 ) Stead, Morris, Lee, Marsh 4. 64.6 5-1 (17-7 ) Kessler, Allott, Brady, Colvin 5. 62.6 3-3 (20-10) Stead, Castagna, Clews, Lee 6. 63.7 5-1 (25-11) Wilson, Cartwright, Norris, Brady(r) 7. 63.0 4-2 (29-13) Kessler, Morris, Birkinshaw, Marsh 8. 62.9 1-5 (30-18) Clews, Castagna(t/s), Allott, Cartwright 9. 63.6 5-1 (35-19) Lee, Stead, Brady, Norris 10. 63.7 5-1 (40-20) Wilson, Cartwright, Morris, Marsh 11. 62.5 2-4 (42-24) Castagna, Kessler, Clews, Birkinshaw 12. 62.3 1-5 (43-29) Clews(t/s), Morris, Stead, Allott 13. 62.2 3-3 (46-32) Wilson, Castagna, Colvin, Kessler(ef) 14. 64.5 1-5 (47-37) Brady(t/s), Morris(t/s), Birkinshaw, Lee 15. 62.7 4-2 (51-39) Wilson, Castagna, Stead, Clews
Sean looked in a class of his own tonight as he sped to another 5 ride maximum. Lets hope he can find this form at Poole on Sunday. Robbie looked better than last week but had no answer to Armando in heat 11, and ground to halt again in heat 13. I hope he soon gets those gremlins sorted out. Steady survived a hair raising excursion to the fence as Phil Morris tried to prevent him passing in heat 3, and couldn't find any advantage on the freshly regraded track in heat 12. Not a classic display by Steady but excellent by any other standard.
Simon Cartwright had a better meeting, passing Paul Clews in heat 1 before being hit by the gremlins, and pulling clear of Phil Morris after trapping in heat 10. He also battled past Ross Brady in heat 6 before Ross pulled up with a puncture. Adam also passed Ross in heat 4 and was shepherded home by Robbie for the 5-1. Despite getting alongside Armando several times in heat 8 Adam bottled out on the third turn each and every lap. How long before we see some aggression from young Adam?
James was steady and made a much better fist of chasing Phil Morris in heat 14 than his partner. Paul Lee looked disinterested in all his races except heat 9 when he blasted under Ross Brady on the third bend to take the lead. When is Paul going to turn the corner and show us what he is capable of?
The Racers were never in with a chance, although they did fight back after the track was comprehensively regraded after heat 10. Armando rode well, as did surprise package Paul Clews even though both his wins saw him being shielded home by his partner. Ross Brady was very poor until he claimed a tac-sub heat win in the penultimate race. Marsh, Norris and Colvin all failed to beat anyone and looked all at sea on the big Owlerton track. Phil Morris was his typical boorish self, and as expected he made his intentions known as he attempted to stuff Steady into the fence in heat 3. How Simon squeezed through the narrowest of gaps and regained control over his bike I'll never know, and half the stadium must have caught their breath in amazement. It's no wonder people are tempted to take a pop at him in the pits!
|Sunday 11th June, Conference League|
|Sheffield Prowlers||50||89||Mildenhall Fen Tigers||40||91|
|Adam Allott||2||2'||3||1'||8||2||Steve Camden||3||3||3||2||3||3||3||20|
|Matt Cambridge||1'||3||2'||0||6||2||Phil Knowles||r||0||1||1'||r||2||1|
|James Birkinshaw (c)||2||2||3||2||2||11||Barrie Evans||rider replacement||(8)||(1)|
|Jamie Young||1'||1'||r||2||2||Gavin Hedge||0||3||1'||2||3||2||0||11||1|
|Andrew Moore||3||2||1'||2||1'||9||2||Ian Etherington||0||0||0||0|
|David Speight||3||1||0||1||5||Paul Lydes-Uings||1'||1'||0||2||2|
|Lee Hodgson||fx||3||2||1'||3||9||1||Jitendra Duffill||2||2||1||0||0||5|
1. 65.1 3-3 ( 3-3 ) Camden, Allott, Cambridge, Knowles(r) 2. 66.2 3-3 ( 6-6 ) Speight, Duffill Lydes_Uings, Hodgson(fx) 3. 64.8 3-3 ( 9-9 ) Camden(r/r), Birkinshaw, Young, Hedge 4. 64.3 4-2 (13-11) Moore, Duffill, Speight, Etherington 5. 64.1 3-3 (16-14) Camden, Birkinshaw, Young, Knowles 6. 65.2 5-1 (21-15) Cambridge, Allott, Lydes-Uings, Etherington 7. 65.2 2-4 (23-19) Hedge, Moore, Duffill(r/r), Speight 8. 64.8 5-1 (28-20) Hodgson, Cambridge, Knowles, Duffill 9. 64.5 3-3 (31-23) Birkinshaw, Camden(t/s), Hedge(t/s), Young(r) 10. 64.7 3-3 (34-26) Allott, Hedge, Knowles(r/r), Cambridge 11. 65.0 3-3 (37-29) Camden, Hodgson, Moore, Knowles 12. 64.7 3-3 (40-32) Hedge(r/r), Birkinshaw, Hodgson, Lydes-Uings 13. 65.4 3-3 (43-35) Camden, Moore, Allott, Etherington 14. 65.0 4-2 (47-37) Hodgson, Hedge, Speight, Duffill(f) 15. 65.7 3-3 (50-40) Camden, Birkinshaw, Moore, Hedge
With Andy Taylor nursing a broken collar-bone young David Speight was drafted into the Prowlers squad. When Lee Hodgson fell on the second turn it left Dave as the sole Prowler in heat 2 against the experienced Jitendra Duffill and Paul Lydes-Uings. Despite a slow start David rode a lovely steady line and breezed past his opponents to claim a classic win on his debut ride!
Lee was to miss his next ride as he received medical attention, but bounced back with a heat 8 win looking none the worse for wear. He nearly beat Steve Camden in heat 11, Steve only catching him on the last lap, and certain terrace managers had him pencilled in for heat 15.
Andy Moore only claimed the one heat win and was passed by Steve Camden in three races, and Gavin Hedge in the other, no disgrace in that. In fact it is a good omen because it suggests Andy is getting out of the starts better.
Matt Cambridge was again riding neat and tidy lines and indeed claimed his first Owlerton heat win (despite Adam Allott trying to steal it on the line). Matt continues to impress and is making good progress.
James found himself facing Steve Camden in four of his five rides, getting the better of him just once, but also featuring in some superb racing. Adam had an easier path to his points but couldn't handle Steve Camden and it was conspicuous that even at Conference League level James and Adam's gating is not up to scratch.
The Fen Tigers should be congratulated on an entertaining meeting with lots of classy speedway racing. Steve Camden single handedly scored half their team total dropping just one point en-route, but the way he rode to those points was more important as he fought from the back time after time. Gavin Hedge recovered from a terrible first ride when he looked like a novice, going on to pass Andy Moore and beat James Birkinshaw. Rider replacement for Barrie Evans accounted for 8 plus one which I guess would have been less than Barrie would have made, but that is academic as the bonus went to the Fen Tigers after Steve Camden battled past James in the crucial final heat.
Those supporters who stayed home for the football on the box missed an excellent meeting. These lads are the future of the sport and really do deserve more support, especially when the racing is as good as this.
|Thursday 8th June, Knockout Cup|
|Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||45||87||Hull Vikings||45||93|
|Sean Wilson||3||r||3||3||3||12||Paul Thorp (c)||2||3||3||2||1||11|
|Simon Cartwright||1||2||1||0||4||René Aas||0||ef||2'||2||1|
|Simon Stead||3||2||3||3||2'||13||1||Paul Smith||1||2||2||2||7|
|Paul Lee||2'||1'||1||2||6||2||Lee Dicken||0||1'||1'||3||5||2|
|Robert Kessler||2||3||2||0||7||Peter Carr (g)||3||3||2||1'||9||1|
|James Birkinshaw||1||0||0||1'||2||1||Mike Smith||3||1||3||1||1'||0||9||1|
|Adam Allott||0||1'||ef||0||1||1||Jamie Smith||2'||0||0||0||2||1|
1. 62.6 4-2 ( 4-2 ) Wilson, Thorp, Cartwright, Aas 2. 63.8 1-5 ( 5-7 ) M.Smith, J.Smith, Birkinshaw, Allott 3. 63.2 5-1 (10-8 ) Stead, Lee, P.Smith, Dicken 4. 63.0 3-3 (13-11) Carr, Kessler, Allott, J.Smith 5. 61.9 3-3 (16-14) Thorp, Stead, Lee, Aas(ef) 6. 62.2 2-4 (28-18) Carr, Cartwright, M.Smith, Wilson(ef) 7. 62.4 3-3 (21-21) Kessler, P.Smith, Dicken, Birkinshaw 8. 62.7 1-5 (22-26) M.Smith(r), Aas, Cartwright, Allott(ef) 9. 61.9 4-2 (26-28) Stead, Carr, Lee, J.Smith 10. 61.9 3-3 (29-31) Wilson, P.Smith, Dicken, Cartwright 11. 61.6 2-4 (31-35) Thorp, Kessler, M.Smith, Birkinshaw 12. 61.8 3-3 (34-38) Stead, P.Smith, M.Smith, Allott 13. 61.4 3-3 (37-41) Wilson, Thorp, Carr, Kessler 14. 63.1 3-3 (40-44) Dicken, Lee, Birkinshaw, J.Smith 15. 62.7 5-1 (45-45) Wilson, Stead, Thorp, M.Smith
Oh dear! After a much improved display at New Craven Park the Tigers capitulated in style against the rampaging Vikings. Where do you start to allocate blame? An inept display from Adam Allott whose one virtue, gating, was conspicuously absent, and who compounded his woes with an engine failure while second in his only worthwhile attempt of the night. Perhaps it is time for him to look for a new engine tuner? God help us next month when he takes over Simon Cartwrights team place!
James battled away but to little effect, just imagine how difficult it would be to pass him if he could only make it to the first bend in front!
Simon Cartwright at least passed a few riders as he scratched his meagre score, more than Paul Lee achieved. Paul may have impressed the Poles at the weekend in Bydgoszcz but he was extremely average on his home track tonight.
What a meeting for Robbie to be experimenting with a new engine! If he had an alternative then why didn't he use it, if not then how does he call himself a professional speedway rider?
(Peterborough management should skip to the next paragraph). Eventually something to praise. Steady was the first Tiger to beat PC, dropped a point to Thorpy after a poor start, but made up for it in spades when the chips were down in the final heat. What a brilliant ability in one so young.
Sean was so close to his own maximum until forced out of heat 6 when ahead of PC. He never looked like being beaten and made inside and outside passes at will after some sluggish starts. I guess Sean will be gutted after being knocked out of the competition we missed out on last year. Never mind Sean, there's always next year. 2001 the Cup Odyssey!
The Vikings? The gating tarts have little to commend them. I hereby award them honoraray Danish nationality! Jamie Smith passed James in heat 2 when James got it all wrong looking for the grip out wide, and Peter Carr repassed a pedestrian Robbie in heat 13, but that doesn't count as he is a Monarch. I can see the Vikings fortunes changing in July when René drops to reserve, unless of course he is sacked in the meantime. At least the Vikings fans enjoyed themsleves tonight. They would do well to remember that it is only a short drive to Sheffield on a Thursday whenever they want to watch some proper speedway racing, as in Sean's heroics against Thorpy in heat 13, and the brilliance of Steady in the last race.
|Wednesday 7th June, KO Cup|
|Hull Vikings||48||Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||42|
|Paul Thorp (c)||3||3||3||2||3||14||Sean Wilson (c)||2||3||2'||3||0||2||12||1|
|René Aas||1||2'||1||0||4||1||Simon Cartwright||fx||0||0||0|
|Paul Smith||3||2||1'||1||7||1||Simon Stead||2||2||1'||2||7||1|
|Lee Dicken||1||1'||2||1'||5||2||Paul Lee||0||1'||2||0||3||1|
|Peter Carr (g)||3||3||2||1'||fx||9||1||Robbie Kessler||2||ef||3||3||3||1'||12||1|
|Mike Smith||3||0||1'||3||2||9||1||James Birkinshaw||2||1||0||0||3|
|Jamie Smith||0||0||0||0||Adam Allott||1'||1'||3||5||2|
1. 4-2 ( 4-2 ) Thorp, Wilson, Aas, Cartwright(fx) 2. 3-3 ( 7-5 ) M.Smith, Birkinshaw, Allott, J.Smith 3. 4-2 (11-7 ) P.Smith, Stead, Dicken, Lee 4. 3-3 (14-10) Carr, Kessler, Allott, J.Smith 5. 3-3 (17-13) Wilsom, P.Smith, Dicken, Cartwright 6. 5-1 (22-14) Thorp, Aas, Birkinshaw, Kessler(ef) 7. 3-3 (25-17) Carr, Stead, Lee, M.Smith 8. 1-5 (26-22) Wilson(t/s), Allott, Aas, J.Smith 9. 3-3 (29-25) Kessler, Dicken, P.Smith, Birkinshaw 10. 3-3 (32-28) Thorp, Lee, Stead, Aas 11. 3-3 (35-31) Wilson, Carr, M.Smith, Lee 12. 4-2 (39-33) M.Smith, Stead, P.Smith, Birkinshaw 13. 3-3 (42-36) Kessler, Thorp, Carr, Wilson 14. 3-3 (45-39) Kessler(t/s), M.Smith, Dicken, Lee 15. 3-3 (48-42) Thorp, Wilson, Kessler, Carr(fx)
The Tigers fight back from 8 down thanks to a brilliant piece of team riding from skipper Sean to shepherd home Adam Allott in heat 8. The six point difference could have been much closer as the Tigers were set for a maximum heat win in heat 15 until Peter Carr fell on the 3rd turn and made no move to get up. Paul Thorp flew from the gate to win the rerun and set up a mouthwatering second leg at Owlerton.
Race of the night was heat 7 which saw Simon Stead and Peter Carr exchanging the lead several times. Simon's fall on the last lap of heat 1 and Robbie's engine failure on the last turn of heat 4 proved costly, but all-in-all a much better performance from the Tigers than their last visit to New Craven Park.
|Thursday 1st June, Premier League|
|Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||54||Newport 'Talkback' Wasps||36|
|Sean Wilson||3||3||3||3||3||15||Anders Henriksson||2||2||3||2||1||2||12|
|Simon Cartwright||1||2'||fx||1||4||1||Jon Armstrong||ef||0||ef||0|
|Simon Stead||2||3||3||3||11||Chris Neath (c)||0||1'||0||1'||2||2|
|Paul Lee||1'||1||2'||1||5||2||Andrew Appleton||3||2||2||2||2'||1'||12||2|
|Robert Kessler||3||3||3||2'||0||11||1||Ben Howe||2||1||r||r||3||6|
|James Birkinshaw||3||0||1||0||4||Lee Herne||0||0||1||1|
|Adam Allott||1||1||2||0||4||Chris Courage||2||0||1||3|
1. 63.0 4-2 ( 4-2 ) Wilson, Henriksson, Cartwright, Armstrong(ef) 2. 65.2 4-2 ( 8-4 ) Birkinshaw, Courage, Allott, Herne 3. 62.9 3-3 (11-7 ) Appleton, Stead, Lee, Neath 4. 63.4 3-3 (15-9 ) Kessler, Howe, Allott, Courage 5. 61.8 4-2 (19-11) Stead, Henriksson, Lee, Armstrong 6. 63.0 5-1 (24-12) Wilson, Cartwright, Howe, Herne 7. 63.8 3-3 (27-15) Kessler, Appleton, Neath, Birkinshaw 8. awd 2-4 (29-19) Henriksson(t/s), Allott, Courage, Cartwright(fx) 9. 61.7 5-1 (34-20) Stead, Lee, Herne, Howe(r) 10. 62.8 4-2 (38-22) Wilson, Appleton, Cartwright, Neath 11. 62.9 4-2 (42-24) Kessler, Henriksson, Birkinshaw, Armstrong(ef) 12. 62.0 3-3 (45-27) Stead, Appleton(t/s), Neath, Allott 13. 62.7 5-1 (50-28) Wilson, Kessler, Henriksson, Howe(r) 14. 63.1 1-5 (51-33) Howe(t/s), Appleton, Lee, Birkinshaw 15. 62.0 3-3 (54-36) Wilson, Henriksson, Appleton, Kessler
Sean continues in his rich vein of form with his first full maximum of the year to lead his team to a comfortable victory. He received solid backup from his fellow heat leaders. Steady was impressive from behind, only failing to beat Andrew Appleton by inches in heat 3 after wasting too much time waiting for Paul Lee to make a pass, and repeating the heroics after a terrible start in heat 12. He also scraped around a wide riding Anders Henriksson twice in heat 5 to the crowds delight. Robbie too was untroubled until left with nowhere to go on the outside in the final heat. Why does Robbie leave it until heat 15 to make his worst gate of the night? Simon Cartwright continues to improve, beating Ben Howe and even challenging Anders Henriksson on the first lap in heat 1. He did however fall while second to Anders in heat 8 squandering 2 points. Paul Lee was frustratingly slow again and needs to recover the speed from the tapes he demonstrated only a month or so ago. Of the reserves Adam was poor again, only beating their reserves and never looking like challenging anyone while James (melons) Birkinshaw was again spectacular on the track and much more entertaining. He survived some hairy moments in heat 2 when his seat came loose and he found himself sliding back onto the rear mudguard. No wonder the front wheel was a little on the light side!
Anders Henriksson rode well for his points, and young Andrew Appleton was very good value, unlike 11.00 point man Ben Howe who looked uninterested if he didn't gate. I always had Ben down as a real grafter who never gave in, but he did just that tonight. Chris Neath was another who rode well below expectations and the two Wasps reserves were just their to make up the numbers. It looks like being a lean year for the Taffies unless they can find a way to strengthen their team.
|Monday 29th May, Premier League|
|Reading Racers||45||Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||45|
|Armando Castagna||3||3||3||1||2||12||Sean Wilson (c)||2||3||3||2'||3||13||1|
|Paul Clews||1||1||3||2'||7||1||Simon Cartwright||0||1||2||3|
|Phil Morris (c)||2'||2||2||3||1'||10||2||Simon Stead||1||3||ef||2||6|
|Krister Marsh||3||0||1'||3||7||1||Paul Lee||0||1||1||2||4|
|Per Wester||1'||2||1||fx||4||1||Robbie Kessler||3||2||3||2'||3||0||13||1|
|Marc Norris||3||0||0||0||3||James Birkinshaw||2||0||0||1'||1'||4||2|
|Shane Colvin||ef||2||0||0||2||Adam Allott||1'||0||1'||2||2|
1. 61.58 4-2 ( 4-2 ) Castagna, Wilson, Clews, Cartwright (f/rem) 2. 63.80 3-3 ( 7-5 ) Norris, Birkinshaw(15 yds), Allott, Colvin(ef) 3. 61.87 5-1 (12-6 ) Marsh, Morris, Stead, Lee 4. 62.45 3-3 (15-9 ) Kessler, Colvin, Wester, Allott 5. 61.52 2-4 (17-13) Wilson, Morris, Cartwright, Marsh 6. 62.42 4-2 (21-15) Castagna, Kessler, Clews, Birkinshaw 7. 62.21 2-4 (23-19) Stead, Wester, Lee, Norris 8. 62.68 3-3 (26-22) Clews, Cartwright, Allott, Colvin 9. 62.30 3-3 (29-25) Kessler, Morris, Marsh, Birkinshaw 10. 62.58 5-1 (34-26) Castagna, Clews, Lee, Stead(ef) 11. 63.21 1-5 (35-31) Wilson, Kessler(t/s), Wester, Norris 12. 63.18 3-3 (38-34) Morris, Stead, Birkinshaw, Colvin 13. 63.02 1-5 (39-39) Kessler, Wilson, Castagna(15 yds), Wester (fx) 14. 63.02 3-3 (42-42) Marsh, Lee, Birkinshaw, Norris 15. 63.17 3-3 (45-45) Wilson, Castagna, Morris, Kessler
Armando Castagna seems to have recovered his old form but it seems he has still got an air of unpredictability. He out rode Sean to win heat 1, and produced the class move of the night to go around Robbie out of turn 4 in heat 6. What transpired in heat 13 very nearly lost them the match. As the Racers led into the first bend Armando (off gate 2) went high and wide looking for what little grip there was leaving Per Wester (off gate 4) with nowhere to go but the fence. With his team mate excluded Armando compounded his mistake by nudging the tapes, earning himself a 15 yard handicap from which he never recovered against the Tigers big guns.
Phil Morris rode his heart out without ever looking like making a pass and Per Wester hardly made a gate all night, hence 4 points. Krister Marsh trapped twice but was passed by Simon Cartwright in heat 5, Paul Clews was flattered by his score and Marc Norris' only notable move was to pass the pedestrian Adam Allott in heat 2. On this show the Racers are going to be in for a torrid run in the League.
Sean Wilson was the star for the Tigers with some snappy starting and accomplished riding. He rode a couple of laps in heat 11 stuck to the white line looking for Robbie to move onto his shoulder while Robbie was waiting for him to go wide. The fiasco in heat 13 allowed them to polish their team riding and he again sped to the front in the vital final race giving the Racers no opportunity to mount a challenge. A real captains performance.
Simon was unlucky not to get his 4th ride as he was showing well in the tough no.2 jacket, an encouraging performance.
Steady was disappointing for a heat leader, his biggest problem was his poor gating. One more point from Simon would have given us a win!
Paul Lee likewise gave the Racers yards to the first bend and while riding a neat and tidy line he never looked like making a pass on the ultra slick inside.
Robbie was another class act until he became victim of the narrow band of grip on the outside of second bend in the vital deciding heat. Slowly away from gate 4 he was squeezed out by Phil Morris after which he just couldn't get back into contention.
James Birkinshaw came from 15 yards behind to pass Adam in heat 2, rode a determined 3rd bend to pass Shane Colvin in heat 12, and a somewhat unconventional (but entertaining) line to deny Mark Norris in heat 14 for a vital point. Keep up the good work James!
Fast starting Adam was just too pedestrian to stay ahead of his rivals, squandered points in all his rides and only finished ahead of Shane Colvin. His problems appeared to be mechanical so perhaps he should have a word with his Grandad.
A brilliant display by Sean and Robbie to get us back into the match after being 8 down, and if only their back-up had been just a little sharper from the gate the match would have been won. A point lost rather than a point gained in my final analysis. The track? Slick as hell inside, light and dusty out wide despite puddles all over the centre green and the car park. How do they do it? When the fast starting teams get to Smallmead they will clean up!
|Thursday 25th May, Premier Trophy|
|Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||50||93||Berwick 'ACC BT Cellnet' Bandits||43||90|
|Sean Wilson||3||3||3||3||2'||14||1||Scott Lamb||rider replacement||(2)||(2)|
|Simon Cartwright||0||1||1||0||2||Scott Smith||2||2||2'||2||1'||3||1||13||2|
|Simon Stead||2'||3||3||3||3||14||1||David Meldrum||1'||1||1'||1'||1'||5||4|
|Paul Lee||3||1||1||1||6||Paul Bentley||0||0||2||2||2||2'||8||1|
|Robert Kessler||3||3||3||0||9||Alan Mogridge||2||2||6||2||2||0||14|
|James Birkinshaw||3||0||1||0||0||4||Adam Pryor||fx||0|
|Adam Allott||1||0||0||1||Dean Felton||2||1'||0||0||0||3||1|
1. 62.3 3-3 ( 3-3 ) Wilson, Smith, Meldrum(r/r), Cartwright 2. 64.8 4-2 ( 7-5 ) Birkinshaw, Felton, Allott, Pryor(f/x) 3. 63.2 5-1 (12-6 ) Lee, Stead, Meldrum, Bentley 4. 63.5 3-3 (15-9 ) Kessler, Mogridge, Felton, Allott 5. 62.6 4-2 (19-11) Stead, Smith, Lee, Bentley(r/r) 6. 61.3 4-2 (23-13) Wilson, Mogridge, Cartwright, Felton 7. 64.2 3-3 (26-16) Kessler, Bentley, Meldrum, Birkinshaw 8. 64.0 1-8 (27-24) Mogridge(g/d), Smith, Cartwright, Allott 9. 62.0 4-2 (31-26) Stead, Mogridge, Lee, Felton 10. 64.1 3-3 (34-29) Wilson, Bentley, Meldrum, Cartwright 11. 63.4 4-2 (38-31) Kessler, Smith, Birkinshaw, Felton(r/r) 12. 63.5 3-3 (41-34) Stead, Bentley(t/s), Meldrum, Birkinshaw 13. 61.6 3-3 (44-37) Wilson, Mogridge, Smith(r/r), Kessler 14. 64.1 1-5 (45-42) Smith(t/s), Bentley, Lee, Birkinshaw 15. 62.8 5-1 (50-43) Stead, Wilson, Smith, Mogridge
Another excellent return from skipper Sean showing complete mastery of the grippy Owlerton strip, even brushing off the challenges from in-from Alan Mogridge. Heat 15 was a classic example as Alan off gate 1 attempted to move Sean over on the first bend as Scud looked for the fast outside line. While all this was happening Simon off gate 4 switched back to the tight inside line to pass the whole field and lead down the back straight. A determined Sean swooped around Alan on the third bend to join Simon at the front and a dispirited Moggo left Scud to chase after the scraps. Sean & Simon believe in giving value for money at Owlerton!
Simon Cartwright didn't look quite as bad as his score suggests but he would really benefit from making the occasional start instead of being yards behind by the first bend.
Simon breezed past David Meldrum in his first outing, made a lightning start in his second and went around Alan Mogridge on the second bend in his third. A poor start in heat 12 saw him slip inside David Meldrum out of turn 4 on lap 1, and after a brief chase then power around Paul Bentley on the first turn of lap 3. Cap this with the above mentioned heat 15 and you can see why Simon is so popular with the Owlerton faithful.
Paul made a great start in heat 3 and team rode magnificently with Simon, but then gave yards away at the start for the rest of the evening. He passed Paul Bentley on the last lap of heat 5 but surely could have done so earlier and gone after Scott Smith. The bonus point began to look a little rocky when Paul made an awful start in heat 14 and failed miserably to make amends. Indeed for 3 laps it was James Birkinshaw who looked most likely to catch Paul Bentley.
Robbie Kessler was flying from the starts, rode an impressively controlled race to deny Moggo in heat 4 but was clinically taken to the fence on the first turn of heat 13 by Moggo who obviously forgot to turn left! The Berwick team manager was obviously serious about the bonus point. I wonder why?
Adam Allott was collected by Adam Pryor's runaway machine on the first turn in heat 2 and dumped in the fence. After that Adam looked very wary and never looked like scoring.
James on the other hand passed Dean Felton in the rerun heat 2 for a deserved win and came close to passing David Meldrum in heat 7 with some heart stopping, fence scraping manoeuvres. He passed Dean again in heat 11 but then got caught up in the Bandits fight back in the closing stages.
Moggo was the star of the Bandits with a glorious Golden Double win in heat 8, thanks to Scud obeying orders and waiting for him on the third lap. This was to be Moggo's only win of the evening and not up to his usual Owlerton standard, indeed he had to resort to ugly first bend tactics to take points off Robbie in heat 13. Scud was consistent and scored his only win as a tac-sub in heat 14, but his 13 points kept the Bandits in the hunt for the bonus point. Paul Bentley opened his account with two ducks and his 8 points only saw him finish ahead of Birkinshaw, Cartwright and a slow starting Paul Lee. If this was poor then David Meldrum's 5 points were pathetic and were scored at the expense of Birkinshaw and Cartwright alone. Dean Felton looked alright until he was forced onto borrowed machines and Adam Pryor took no futher part following his heat 2 fall when he threw the bike away after rearing on the approach to the first bend.
The fight for the bonus point livened up the last few heats but once again highlighted the Tigers weaknesses. We needed a 4-2 to secure the bp in heat 15 and Simon and Sean responded magnificently to ensure that it was not lost. Our trip to Smallmead on Monday will be fruitless if our riders continue to limp away from the starting gate. Perhaps they should take a leaf from the Falcon's book! Slow starting makes for interesting racing at Owlerton, but will equally make life difficult on our travels.
|Friday 19th May, Premier Trophy|
|Edinburgh Monarchs||47||79||Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||43||101|
|Robert Eriksson||2'||3||3||r||1||9||1||Sean Wilson (c)||x||2||3||2'||2||9||1|
|Kevin Little||3||1||3||1||8||Simon Cartwright||1||0||x||1|
|Peter Carr (c)||3||3||3||3||3||15||Simon Stead||0||2'||2||2'||2||8||2|
|Blair Scott||1||1||2'||2||6||1||Paul Lee||2||3||0||1'||3||9||1|
|Ross Brady||2||1||1||1||5||Robbie Kessler||3||2||1||3||r||9|
|Jonathan Swales||0||0||0||0||James Birkinshaw||1||0||0||1|
|Christian Henry||2||0||1||0||1'||4||1||Adam Allott||3||1||2||0||6|
1. 59.6 5-1 ( 5-1 ) Little, Eriksson, Cartwright(f/rem), Wilson(x) 2. 60.8 2-4 ( 7-5 ) Allott, Henry, Birkinshaw, Swales 3. 59.6 4-2 (11-7 ) Carr, Lee, Scott, Stead 4. 61.1 2-4 (13-11) Kessler, Brady, Allott, Henry 5. 58.4 4-2 (17-13) Carr, Wilson, Scott, Cartwright 6. 59.2 4-2 (21-15) Eriksson, Kessler, Little, Birkinshaw 7. 60.9 1-5 (22-20) Lee, Stead, Brady, Swales 8. 60.3 4-2 (26-22) Little, Allott, Henry, Cartwright(fx) 9. 59.4 5-1 (31-23) Carr, Scott, Kessler, Birkinshaw 10. 60.3 4-2 (35-25) Eriksson, Stead, Little, Lee 11. 60.6 1-5 (36-30) Wilson, Stead(t/s), Brady, Swales 12. 60.2 3-3 (39-33) Carr, Stead, Lee(t/s), Henry(f/rem) 13. 59.6 1-5 (40-38) Kessler, Wilson, Brady, Eriksson(r) 14. 59.8 3-3 (43-41) Lee, Scott, Henry, Allott 15. 61.1 4-2 (47-43) Carr, Wilson, Eriksson, Kessler(r)
Sean got a big bump from Robert Eriksson on the very first bend which resluted in Kevin Little's bike demolishing the fence. Sean is excluded despite angry remonstrations with the referee. He follows PC home in his next, wins his third ( a 5-1 with Simon), follows Robbie home for another 5-1 in his fourth, but with the rain pouring down is passed by Armadale specialist PC in the deciding heat.
Simon still hasn't worked out how to get around Armadale, falling twice in his three rides!
Simon Stead was passed by Blair Scott in heat 3, joined Paul for a 5-1 in heat 7, and followed Robert Eriksson home in heat 10. Another 5-1 with Sean in heat 11, but PC was too fast for him in heat 12.
A good showing from Paul, beaten by PC in heat 3 he bounced back to win heat 7. A disappointing last in heat 10 as he was passed by Kevin Little, but he passed Christian Henry in heat 12 and trapped ahead to win heat 14.
Robbie won heat 4, was passed by Robert Eriksson in heat 6, and went from first to third in heat 9. He was knocked off by Ross Brady on the first turn in heat 13 making no mistake in the rerun, but retired after a very determined pass by Robert Eriksson in the pouring rain in heat 15.
James picked up his only point while chasing Christian Henry in heat 2, but at least he escaped unscathed. Adam on the other hand made the most of his lightning starts winning heat 2, losing second to Ross Brady on the line in heat 4, and beating Christian Henry again in heat 8
Peter Carr was in unstoppable form (as usual against his old club), and Robert Eriksson made two passes over Robbie Kessler, although he seemed to give up when he couldn't pass team mate Brady in heat 13? Ross Brady was poor, the only visitor he beat was Adam Allott, and that in a photo finish. Blair Scott was good value passing both Simon Stead and Robbie Kessler, far removed from his three ducks the night before. Kevin Little's 8 points look good. When you realize he only beat the Tigers second strings and reserves you begin to see why he is no longer a heat leader. Christian Henry only beat the Tigers reserves and Jonathan Swales was again out of his league.
To force a last heat decider must be the best Sheffield display at Edinburgh for quite a long time, and the emphatic aggregate victory must have tasted very sweet.
|Thursday 18th May, Premier Trophy|
|Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||58||Edinburgh Monarchs||32|
|Sean Wilson||3||3||2||2'||3||13||1||Robert Eriksson||2||1||3||2||1||0||9|
|Simon Cartwright||0||1||2||1'||4||1||Kevin Little||1'||0||0||0||1||1|
|Simon Stead||2||3||3||2||10||Peter Carr (c)||3||2||3||3||3||2||16|
|Paul Lee||1'||2'||2'||2||7||3||Blair Scott||0||0||0||0|
|Robert Kessler||3||3||3||3||1||13||Ross Brady||1||2||ef||1||0||4|
|James Birkinshaw||2'||1||1||1'||5||2||Jonathan Swales||0||0||1||1|
|Adam Allott||3||2'||1'||0||6||2||Christian Henry||1||0||0||1|
1. 63.2 3-3 ( 3-3 ) Wilson, Eriksson, Little, Cartwright 2. 65.5 5-1 ( 8-4 ) Allott, Birkinshaw, Henry, Swales 3. 62.4 3-3 (11-7 ) Carr, Stead, Lee, Scott 4. 64.9 5-1 (16-8 ) Kessler, Allott, Brady, Henry 5. 64.2 5-1 (21-9 ) Stead, Lee, Eriksson, Little 6. 63.7 4-2 (25-11) Wilson, Brady, Cartwright, Swales 7. 63.8 4-2 (29-13) Kessler, Carr, Birkinshaw, Scott 8. 64.4 3-3 (32-16) Eriksson(t/s), Cartwright, Allott, Little 9. 64.4 5-1 (37-17) Stead, Lee, Swales, Brady(ef) 10. 62.3 3-3 (40-20) Carr, Wilson, Cartwright, Scott 11. 64.3 4-2 (44-22) Kessler, Eriksson, Birkinshaw, Little 12. 63.8 2-4 (46-26) Car, Stead, Brady(t/s), Allott 13. 64.1 5-1 (51-27) Kessler, Wilson, Eriksson, Brady 14. 64.6 3-3 (54-30) Carr(t/s), Lee, Birkinshaw, Henry 15. 64.0 4-2 (58-32) Wilson, Carr, Kessler, Eriksson
Sean gets two convincing wins under his belt before his first clash with Peter Carr in heat 10. PC speeds from the tapes and Sean has no answer. Heat 13 sees Sean slotting in behind Robbie for an easy 5-1 but his best was still to come with an audacious move on the 3rd bend of heat 15 to split the leading pair of Peter Carr and Robert Eriksson.
Simon Cartwright looked much improved upon his recent form. He pushed tactical substitute Robert Eriksson in heat 8, and passed Blair Scott twice in the dying stages of heat 10. A different rider altogether to the one who was dropping places towards the end of heats up to last week. I just hope the trip to Armadale doesn't knock his confidence back again.
Simon Stead revelled in the No.3 jacket, passing Blair Scott after a tardy start in heat 3, and only being beaten by Peter Carr. His team riding with Paul Lee was a joy to witness.
Paul also got stuck in, passing Christian Henry after a lousy start in heat 14 but then being too far behind. Paul's paid ten score meant he also only dropped points to Peter Carr!
Robbie cleverly outsmarted PC in heat 7 and looked set for a maximum until a poor first bend in heat 15. He recovered to pass Robert Eriksson but had lost too much ground to PC by this time and settled for 3rd place.
James shrugged off his troublesome knee injury and was well worth his points tonight passing Christian Henry in heat 2, Blair Scott in heat 7, Kevin Little in heat 11, and Christian Henry again in heat 14. Well done James, stay out of trouble over the weekend please.
Adam won heat 2 making a good start, passed Ross Brady in heat 5, beat Kevin Little in heat 8, but bottled the first bend in heat 12 after trapping first from gate 4.
Peter Carr accounted for half the Monarch's score and all their application. Robert Eriksson was alright when he gated but Ross Brady was very poor value for a heat leader. Blair Scott has had good matches at Owlerton, but not tonight, and Kevin Little was an embarrasment even as a second string. The two reserves gave no impression that they had ever seen the track before, let alone 4 days ago, and finished last in all their rides.
The Monarchs are sure to get their arses kicked before the return, but the bonus must surely be beyond reach...
|Sunday 14th May, Conference League|
|Sheffield Prowlers||47||Ashfield Lightning Giants||40|
|Adam Allott||3||3||3||ef||1||ns||10||Jonathan Swales (c)||2||1||3||2||2||10|
|Andrew Taylor||0||0||0||1||1||Robert McNeil||1'||0||1'||0||2||2|
|James Birkinshaw (c)||rider replacement||(9)||(1)||Christian Henry||3||1'||3||3||10||1|
|Matt Cambridge||1'||2'||2'||1'||0||6||4||Garry Flint||0||2||2'||1'||5||2|
|Jamie Young||ef||0||2||2||David McAllan||3||2||ef||0||5|
|Andrew Moore||3||2||3||3||1'||3||3||18||1||Derek Sneddon||ef||1'||ef||0||1||1|
|Lee Hodgson||2'||x||3||2||3||0||10||1||Rob Grant||f||2'||2||2||1'||7||2|
1. 65.1 3-3 ( 3-3 ) Allott, Swales, NcNeil, Taylor 2. 66.9 5-0 ( 8-3 ) Moore, Hodgson(f/rem), Grant(ef), Sneddon(f) 3. 67.5 3-3 (11-6 ) Henry, Moore(r/r), Cambridge, Flint 4. awd 0-5 (11-11) McAllan, Grant, Hodgson(x), Young(ef) 5. 64.5 5-1 (16-12) Allott(r/r), Cambridge, Swales, McNeil 6. 65.6 3-3 (19-15) Allott, McAllan, Sneddon, Taylor 7. 66.3 3-3 (22-18) Moore, Flint, Henry, Young 8. 65.8 3-3 (25-21) Hodgson, Grant, McNeil, Taylor 9. 65.6 5-0 (30-21) Moore(r/r), Cambridge, McAllan(ef), Sneddon(ef) 10. 67.5 1-5 (31-26) Henry, Flint, Taylor, Allott(ef) 11. 67.4 5-1 (34-29) Swales, Young, Moore, McNeil 12. 66.1 3-3 (37-32) Henry, Hodgson, Cambridge(r/r), Sneddon 13. 66.1 4-2 (41-34) Hodgson, Swales, Allott, McAllan 14. 66.9 3-3 (44-37) Moore, Grant, Flint, Cambridge(f/rem) 15. 66.2 4-2 (50-40) Moore, Swales, Grant, Hodgson
Adam opened with three blistering wins from the gate but ground to a halt before the first bend in heat 10. On a different bike he limped home third next time out and was unable to make the restart of heat 15. Andrew Taylor didn't manage to beat anyone, but made a few good starts and may have got his set-up right for his last ride.
Matt gated with Adam in heat 5 and rode a tidy line to beat the experienced Jon Swales. He inherited a paid win in heat 9 when both Giants pulled up, but his best ride was in heat 12 when after a slow start he reeled in Dereck Snedon, weighed up his options and then made a nicely controlled outside pass on turn 2 of the last lap. He had the same idea in heat 14 but found himself on the slippery stuff and landed on his backside! Jamie will be happier when James and Malcolm return to the saddle and he can hang up his leathers, but picked up 2 points behind Jon Swales in heat 11.
Andy Moore was once again the star of the show with some amazing passes. Heat 7 was a brilliant example as he made his way through the whole field, passing Garry Flint on the last lap to claim the lead. Replacing Adam in the rerun heat 15 he took his fifth chequered flag. Young Lee was nearly as impressive, his only mistake was to bounce off the fence exiting turn 2 in heat 4 causing David McAllan to somewhat dramatically lay down his bike in the middle of the back straight.
The Giants looked strong on paper but failed to deliver and twice gave away 5-0's. I'm sure they will give the Prowlers a much sterner test when they host the rematch north of the border.
|Thursday 11th May, Premier Trophy|
|Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||47||85||Hull Vikings||42||94|
|Sean Wilson (c)||3||2||3||3||3||14||Paul Thorp (c)||2||2||2||0||1||7|
|Paul Lee||f||0||0||1||1||Mike Smith||1'||0||3||0||4||1|
|Robbie Kessler||3||3||3||3||2'||14||1||Lee Dicken||0||1'||0||2||3||1|
|Simon Cartwright||1||1||1||1||4||René Aas||2||2||2||3||9|
|Simon Stead||2||3||3||1||9||Carl Stonehewer (g)||3||3||2||2||0||10|
|Andrew Moore||ef||f||0||0||Paul Smith||3||1||2'||1'||2'||9||3|
|Adam Allott||2||1'||1||1||0||5||1||Elvis Jones||r||0||ef||0|
1. 62.8 ( 3-3 ) Wilson, Thorp, M.Smith, Lee(f) 2. 64.1 2-3 ( 5-6 ) P.Smith, Allott, Jones(r), Moore(ef) 3. 64.4 4-2 ( 9-8 ) Kessler, Aas, Cartwright, Dicken 4. 62.7 3-3 (12-11) Stonehewer, Stead, Allott, Jones 5. 63.2 4-2 (16-13) Kessler, Thorp, Cartwright, M.Smith 6. 62.7 2-4 (18-17) Stonehewer, Wilson, P.Smith, Lee 7. 63.5 3-3 (21-20) Stead, Aas, Dicken, Moore(f) 8. 64.5 1-5 (22-25) M.Smith, P.Smith, Allott, Lee 9. 62.8 4-2 (26-27) Kessler, Stonehewer, Cartwright, Jones 10. 63.6 4-2 (30-29) Wilson, Aas, Lee, Dicken 11. 63.0 4-2 (34-31) Stead, Thorp, Allott, M.Smith 12. 64.7 3-3 (37-34) Kessler, Dicken, P.Smith, Moore 13. 63.3 4-2 (41-36) Wilson, Stonehewer, Stead, Thorp 14. 64.9 1-5 (42-41) Aas, P.Smith, Cartwright, Allott 15. 63.6 5-1 (47-42) Wilson, Kessler, Thorp, Stonehewer
The Vikings exposed the Tigers weak under belly in this hard fought contest on an underwatered track which caught the home riders out more than quick starting visitors. The Tigers heat leaders recorded ten heat wins between them, but aside from a second place in heat two from Adam, no Sheffield second string managed more than a third place!
Sean rode his heart out, banging elbows with Paul Thorp down the back straight in heat 1, losing out to Stoney in heat 5, but then starring in the race of the season in heat 10. Sean and Paul trapped slowly behind René and Lee Dicken. For a couple of laps it seemed Sean was waiting for Paul to pass Lee so he could follow through. When Sean realized that wasn't going to happen he wound up a terrific fence scraping first bend on the third lap which took him around Paul and then amazingly inside Lee exiting the second bend. While the crowd urged him on he then made up yards on leader René and blasted past him on the last bend, last to first in two laps! While all that was happening Paul made his only move of the night, largely unseen as he passed Lee to snatch 3rd place. Brilliant speedway! Following such a great ride there was no stopping him now and Sean brushed aside Stoney and Thorpy to win his last two rides with consumate ease.
While Sean was earning his points the hard way, most of Robbies came from the front with some electric starts, but he very cleverly contained a hard chasing Stoney in heat 9 having blasted to the front out of the second turn. Simon Stead was another rider who was worth the admission money himself. Beaten by Stoney first time out he passed René in his second ride, was on hand to punish a mistake by Thorpy in his third, and passed Thorpy again in heat 13. Paul Lee just never got going, slow from the gate, and just slow in general. Having changed his bike for his last ride he looked a little better, but was still left at the gate. Simon Cartwright hasn't got going all season and looked as if he were getting tired by the third lap of his races. He could use some confidence boosting easy rides but I don't know where they will come from. Andy Moore struggled at this level as you would expect of a youngster, and his abysmal gating is his biggest problem. Adam on the other hand can even outgate Stoney, and did so! His problem is a different one all together which he seems to have inherited from his father. He gets very scared when anyone gets near him on track and just backs off and lets them through. He was like that last season and I'm beginning to wonder if he'll ever change. Let's hope he proves me wrong!
Paul Thorp was thankfully riding to his normal Owlerton form and never looked like attempting a pass. Mike Smith won heat 8 but did little else. Lee Dicken was out of sorts again, wonder what the excuse is this time? René was a revelation, quick from the gate and even passing people. If the track had been prepared like this when he rode for us he would still be with us now! Carl rode superbly until heat 15 when he found himself at the back and decided not to try squeezing between Paul Thorp and the fence. Paul Smith will surely find himself a heat leader when the green sheets come into force and the way he's going he could even cope with it. For all Booey is a clever sod his choice of replacement for Wesley Waite surprised us as Elvis has no Owlerton pedigree at all, and it showed. The Vikings took the bonus and for that owe a big vote of thanks to Stoney. If Garry Stead had been riding in the two fixtures I think it would have been a closer affair.
|Wednesday 10th May, Premier Trophy|
|Hull Vikings||52||Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||38|
|Paul Thorp (c)||3||3||3||2'||2||13||1||Sean Wilson (c)||fx||2||3||2||1||1||9|
|Mike Smith||1||2'||2||1||6||1||Paul Lee||2||0||0||1'||0||3||1|
|Lee Dicken||2||1||3||2||8||Robbie Kessler||3||2||2||3||3||3||16|
|René Aas||0||3||1||0||4||Simon Cartwright||1||0||0||1|
|Carl Stonehewer (g)||3||3||3||3||fx||12||Simon Stead||2||1||2||1||6|
|Paul Smith||3||1||1'||1'||2||8||2||Andrew Moore||0||0||0||0|
|Wesley Waite||1||fx||f||1||Adam Allott||2||1'||0||3||1|
1. 68.1 4-2 ( 4-2 ) Thorp, Lee, M.Smith, Wilson(fx) 2. 68.7 4-2 ( 8-4 ) P.Smith, Allott, Waite, Moore 3. 68.9 2-4 (10-8 ) Kessler, Dicken, Cartwright, Aas 4. 67.3 3-3 (13-11) Stonehewer, Stead, Allott, Waite(fx) 5. 68.9 4-2 (17-13) Aas, Wilson, Dicken, Lee 6. 68.7 5-1 (22-14) Thorp, M.Smith, Stead, Moore 7. 68.4 4-2 (26-16) Stonehewer, Kessler, P.Smith, Cartwright 8. 64.5 3-3 (29-19) Wilson(t/s), M.Smith, P.Smith, Lee 9. 69.5 4-2 (33-21) Dicken, Stead, Aas, Moore 10. 68.7 4-2 (37-23) Thorp, Kessler, M.Smith, Cartwright 11. 67.5 3-3 (40-26) Stonehewer, Wilson, Lee, Waite(f) 12. 68.4 3-3 (43-29) Kessler, Dicken, P.Smith, Lee(t/s) 13. 68.3 5-1 (48-30) Stonehewer, Thorp, Wilson, Allott 14. 68.7 2-4 (50-34) Kessler(t/s), P.Smith, Stead(t/s), Aas 15. 68.4 2-4 (52-38) Kessler, Thorp, Wilson, Stonehewer(fx)
I remember now why I was so pleased when Hull went into the Elite League. It meant I didn't have to go and watch what passes for speedway at New Craven Park. Paul Thorp seems to have got his bikes sorted, and I've a feeling that for all Garry Stead is good, he's not quite up to Stoney's standard. The rest of the Vikings (except the out of control Wesley Waite) all chipped in, and even René made one good gate and inexplicably held out Sean Wilson for 4 laps!
Robbie Kessler was the star for the Tigers dropping just one point each to Paul Thorp and Stoney in six starts. Having said that he meekly surrendered the lead to Stoney on the last lap of heat 7 without the barest hint of aggression. Sean threw away second place in heat one, failed to pass René in heat 5, accelerated past Stoney out of turn 2 in heat 11, (only for Stoney to go around him out of turn 4 on the next lap) and finished 3rd in his last two, hard on Thorpy's heels but never mounting a serious challenge. Steady is struggling in the difficult No.5 slot and it's about time he was shifted to No.3. He was soooo slow from the tapes and that is always going to bad news at Hull. Having said that he got stuck in and went around René out of turn 4 in heat 9, nearly catching Lee Dicken, and slipped under René again down the back straight on the last lap of heat 14. Paul Lee took a point from Mike Smith in heat 1 but followed that with four last places, scant return from an ex-Viking. Likewise Simon Cartwright (still a Viking!) took his single point at René's expense while Adam only beat Wesley Waite. Young Andrew was far too slow from the start to ever be in with a chance of scoring, but perhaps he'll show better form in the return at Owlerton.
Can anyone explain why Lee Dicken was allowed into heat 5 way after the two minute time allowance had expired? While he was busy changing his rear wheel Eric Boocock was seen to phone the ref (Colin Reeve), and hey presto, it seems that rule doesn't apply to the home riders! What was our team mis-manager playing at? For interested parties, the showers of sparks emanating from Steady's bike at the starts were from some old chains that he is using!??
|Sunday 7th May - Premier Trophy|
|Glasgow Tigers||47||84||Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||43||96|
|James Grieves||rider replacement||(5)||(2)||Sean Wilson (c)||2||1||3||2||3||11|
|Mark Courtney||fx||2||2||2'||1'||7||2||Paul Lee||1'||0||1||1'||2'||5||3|
|Emiliano Sanchez||1'||2'||1'||3||1||0||8||3||Robbie Kessler||3||2||1||3||3||1'||13||1|
|Richard Juul||2||3||1'||2||1||9||1||Simon Cartwright||0||1'||0||1||1|
|Les Collins||3||3||3||3||2||3||17||Simon Stead||2||3||3||2'||0||2||12||1|
|Aidan Collins||2'||0||0||0||2||1||James Birkinshaw||f||0||0|
|Scott Courtney||3||1||0||0||4||Adam Allott||1||0||0||1|
Glasgow avenged last season's home reverse against Sheffield with this 4-point win.Glasgow used rider replacement for James Grieves, still suffering from a trapped nerve after his crash at Sheffield on Thursday.
Sheffield circumnavigated the 8-day rule by redeclaring their team to include Jamie Birkinshaw during the week.
Prior to heat 1 we were treated to some vintage Mark Courtney - last on to the track and pausing before coming to the tapes to fiddle with gloves, chin strap etc. Les Collins was used as R/R for Grieves, meaning the home pairing had a combined age of 80. Collins gated and was soon joined by Courtney who produced a ruthless second bend to shock Sean Wilson. Courtney held on before dropping it at the start of the last lap, Wilson piling into him. Courtney was soon up, but Wilson received medical attention on track for a few minutes before walking away. A 3-3 was awarded with Courtney excluded. Scott Courtney recorded his first win for Glasgow in heat 2, Aidan Collins following him home for a 5-1. Heat 4 saw both Glasgow men gate before Scott Courtney was passed on the outside by Simon Stead who hit something and finished the race with his steel shoe trailing. Scott Courtney got into big difficulties on the last bend but held on to third place ahead of Adam Allott. 15-9 after 4 races.
Glasgow took a 5-1 courtesy of Juul and Sanchez in heat 5, followed by two shared heats. Birkinshaw's machine caught fire as he returned to his pit after heat 6, though the blaze was soon put out. Wilson was used as a tactical substitute in heat 8, winning the race easily. Paul Lee passed Scott Courtney for third and Sheffield took their first heat advantage. 28-20.
Juul and Sanchez gated in heat 9 but Stead surged past both to win the race. A home 5-1 (after a hard first bend) and a 3-3 followed before Sheffield, using Stead as a tactical substitute to partner Robbie Kessler took a 5-1 in heat 12. This effectively ended any ideas Glasgow had of taking the bonus point.
Wilson inflicted Les Collins' only defeat of the night in heat 13, though the impressive Stead surprisingly trailed in last behind Mark Courtney. Tactical substitutes Paul Lee and Kessler took a 5-1 in heat 14 to leave Sheffield needing another in the last race to draw. Les Collins sealed the victory for Glasgow, winning from the tapes, though Kessler got the better of a good early battle with Sanchez to share the race. Sheffield at least picked up the bonus point for their efforts.
Jamie Birkinshaw withdrew from the meeting after his second race because of a twisted knee, legacy of his crash in heat 2.
Report by Graham Kelly.
|Saturday 6th May - Premier Trophy|
|Berwick Bandits||47||Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||43|
|Scott Lamb||0||2'||2||0||4||1||Sean Wilson (c)||3||3||2||2||f||10|
|Scott Smith||2||3||2||1'||8||1||Paul Lee||1||1||3||1'||6||1|
|David Meldrum||1'||2||1||3||3||10||1||Robbie Kessler||3||0||3||2||1||9|
|Paul Bentley||3||0||2||3||8||Simon Cartwright||0||2||0||2||4|
|Alan Mogridge||3||3||3||3||2'||14||1||Simon Stead||2||1||2||1'||6||1|
|Steven McAllister||0||1||0||1||2||James Birkinshaw||2'||0||0||1'||3||2|
|Freddie Stephenson||1||0||0||0||1||Adam Allott||3||1'||1||0||5||1|
1 - Wilson ; Smith ; Lee ; Lamb ; 67.6 (2-4)(2-4) 2 - Allott ; Birkinshaw ; Stephenson ; McAllister ; 70.6 (1-5)(3-9) 3 - Kessler ; Bentley ; Meldrum ; Cartwright ; 68.4 (3-3)(6-12) 4 - Mogridge ; Stead ; Allott ; Stephenson ; 67.2 (3-3)(9-15) 5 - Wilson ; Meldrum ; Lee ; Bentley ; 67.5 (2-4)(11-19) 6 - Smith ; Lamb ; Stead ; Birkinshaw ; 68.7 (5-1)(16-20) 7 - Mogridge ; Cartwright ; McAllister ; Kessler ; 68.5 (4-2)(20-22) 8 - Lee ; Smith ; Allott ; Stephenson ; 67.6 (2-4)(22-26) 9 - Bentley ; Stead ; Meldrum ; Birkinshaw ; 67.4 (4-2)(26-28) 10 - Kessler ; Lamb ; Smith ; Cartwright ; 68.7 (3-3)(29-31) 11 - Mogridge ; Wilson ; Lee ; McAllister ; 66.0 (3-3)(32-34) 12 - Meldrum ; Kessler ; Birkinshaw ; Stephenson ; 67.5 (3-3)(35-37) 13 - Mogridge ; Wilson ; Stead ; Lamb ; 66.5 (3-3)(38-40) 14 - Bentley ; Cartwright ; McAllister ; Allott ; 69.5 (4-2)(42-42) 15 - Meldrum ; Mogridge ; Kessler ; Wilson(F) ; 67.3 (5-1)(47-43)
Lambs engine blew in his 3rd ride as he crossed the finish line. Kessler fell twice when being put under pressure by Moggo, and Wilson fell in Heat 15 while applying pressure to Meldrum, and while trying to block Moggo.
Moggo missed the gate twice - thus meaning he had to pass Wilson - a daunting prospect for anyone!
Report by David Cairns
|Thursday 4th May, World Championship British Semi-final|
|riders name||club||1||2||3||4||5||tot||1st leg||agg tot||Posn|
|Ben Howe||Newport||did not ride||+||3||=||3||16th=|
|Colin White||Arena Essex||did not ride||+||1||=||1||18th|
1. 65.9 Howe, Grieves, Carter, Hare 2. 64.8 Lee, Compton, Morton, Cunningham 3. 64.7 Wilson, G.Stead, Clouting, Dicken 4. 64.3 Robson, Tacey, S.Stead, Allott 5. 64.1 G.Stead, Cunningham, Hare, Tacey(ef) 6. 64.7 Wilson, Lee, Howe, Robson(ef) 7. 65.8 Compton, Dicken, Carter, Allott 8. 64.5 Morton, Clouting, S.Stead, Grieves 9. 65.5 Dicken, Hare, S.Stead, Lee(x) 10. 64.3 Howe, Cunningham, Clouting, Allott 11. 64.5 Morton, G.Stead, Robson, Carter 12. 64.4 Compton, Wilson, Tacey, Grieves 13. 62.6 Robson, Compton, Clouting, Hare 14. 64.5 Morton, Howe, Dicken, Tacey(ef) 15. 64.6 Wilson, Cunningham, S.Stead, Carter 16. 66.0 Lee, Allott, J.Grieves(dnr), G.Stead(x) 17. 66.7 Wilson, Hare, Allott, Morton(ef) 18. 64.1 S.Stead, Compton, Howe, G.Stead(dnr) 19. 65.0 Tacey, Lee, Clouting, Carter 20. 65.0 Cunningham, Robson, Dicken, Grieves(dnr) Run-off for British Final qualification 64.7 Cunningham(W), Lee(B), Morton(R) Run-off for 3rd place 65.1 Morton(W), Howe(Y/B), Lee(R)
Not a classic Owlerton meeting with little grip on the inside towards the end of the meeting. Grievesy an unfortunate victim after a nasty tangle with Garry Stead in heat 16. He had passed Wayne Carter in heat 1 but followed up with 2 last places. Needing some points to qualify James started like lightning and spent a couple of laps trading the lead with Garry Stead. Exiting the 4th turn after blasting around the boards he ran out of track and collected Garry and the pair were thrown heavily into the fence. Not sure why the ref (blind Jim McGregor) excluded Garry unless Garry had ef'd? Rough justice for James who was getting stuck in for a change & a bad blow for Garry and Hull as he has a suspected broken wrist.
The Coventry pair both had engine problems and Shaun Tacey just sneaked into the final with a last gasp heat win. Sean Wilson was the only Premier League qualifier while Elite league riders Sal Clouting, Lawrence Hare and Wayne Carter were never in with a chance. Paul Lee travels to Coventry as reserve and would have qualified outright but for lifting on turn 2 in heat 9, causing Lee Dicken to fall and earning him an exclusion.
|Thursday 27th April, Premier Trophy|
|Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||53||Glasgow Tigers||37|
|Sean Wilson (c)||2'||3||3||2'||3||13||2||James Grieves (c)||1||1||1'||0||3||1|
|Paul Lee||3||2'||3||2'||0||10||2||Sean Courtney||0||0||1'||1||1|
|Robbie Kessler||3||3||3||2||11||Richard Juul||1'||2||2||1||3||1||10||2|
|Simon Cartwright||0||2'||1||1||4||1||Emiliano Sanchez||2||1'||0||2||2'||7||2|
|Simon Stead||2||3||3||3||11||Les Collins||3||1||2||1||3||2||12|
|James Birkinshaw||3||0||0||ef||3||Aidan Collins||2||0||0||2|
|Adam Allott||ef||ef||0||1'||1||1||Neil Painter||1'||1||0||2||1|
1. 64.0 5-1 ( 5-1 ) Lee, Wilson, Grieves, Courtney 2. 65.3 3-3 ( 8-4 ) Birkinshaw, A.Collins, Painter, Allott(ef) 3. 64.6 3-3 (11-7 ) Kessler, Sanchez, Juul, Cartwright 4. 63.9 2-4 (13-11) L.Collins, Stead, Painter, Allott(ef) 5. 65.4 5-1 (18-12) Kessler, Cartwright, Grieves, Courtney 6. 64.5 5-1 (23-13) Wilson, Lee, L.Collins, A.Collins 7. 64.1 3-3 (26-16) Stead, Juul, Sanchez, Birkinshaw 8. 64.6 3-3 (29-19) Lee, Juul(t/s), Courtney, Allott 9. 64.9 4-2 (33-21) Kessler, L.Collins, Cartwright, A.Collins 10. 64.3 5-1 (38-22) Wilson, Lee, Juul, Sanchez 11. 64.3 3-3 (41-25) Stead, Sanchez(t/s), Grieves, Birkinshaw 12. 65.2 3-3 (44-28) Juul, Kessler, Allott, Painter 13. 64.0 5-1 (49-29) Stead, Wilson, L.Collins, Grieves 14. 64.2 1-5 (50-34) L.Collins(t/s), Sanchez, Cartwright, Birkinshaw(ef) 15. 64.3 3-3 (53-37) Wilson, L.Collins, Juul, Lee
First mention must go to the heroes of the day, the track staff who battled the elements to prepare the track following 2 stock car meetings on consecutive days, followed by rain, rain and more rain! The inside of the back straight was like a quagmire but somehow they managed to repair the devastation wreaked on the bends and produced a quite raceable surface. Not one faller on the night and several passes through the mud on the third bend bear witness to the hard work put in by Graham and his team.
Adam opened his card with an engine failure whilst way in the lead and never got going after that. James inherited the win in heat 2, but despite not being off the pace didn't manage another point. When the official green sheets come out James will move into the team and could find life even tougher. Simon had the one good ride when he rounded James Grieves and held on for the paid win, and even passed Les Collins although Les quickly redressed the balance.
Paul Lee had an exceptional night scoring points from the gate and from behind, but made the worst gate of the night when nominated for heat 15 and left himself with too much to do. Steady was another who made light of the track and featured in the race of the night. James Grieves made the start and Simon spent two laps looking for the inside line, only for Emiliano to blast right around from 3rd place to take the lead on the 4th bend. Spurred on by this Simon rounded James and caught 'Potty' napping as he dived past out of turn 2 on the last lap. Excellent! Robbies points came from jet assisted starts but he had no answer the Richard Juul's pace and wide line in heat 12. Sean never looked like being troubled, even when Les slipped inside him out of turn 4 in heat 13 Sean just powered back around him on the very next turn.
Les Collins turned in his usual professional display and Richard Juul made a good fist of things on a track he rarely shines on, and between them they claimed all three Glasgow heat wins. I can see why Emiliano gets such rave notices as he can't gate for toffee, but who cares! The rest of the team hardly merit a mention, except for the apparition that had Sheffield fans rubbing their eyes in disbelief. Mr. Sick Note actually rode, although 3+1 from four rides explains why it is such a rare occurence. He'll be back again next week for the second leg of the British Semi-final. Last year he managed 6 points and failed to qualify, but perhaps he will fare better next week.
|Monday 24th April - Premier Trophy|
|Workington 'Kirkland Carpets' Comets||51||85||Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||39||77|
|Carl Stonehewer (c)||3||3||3||1||0||10||Sean Wilson (c)||2||3||3||3||2||3||16|
|Barry Campbell||rider replacement||(4)||Paul Lee||0||0||1||1||2|
|Mick Powell||1'||2||2'||3||8||2||Robbie Kessler||3||3||fx||2||3||11|
|Peter Karlsson||2||1'||2||3||fx||8||1||Simon Cartwright||0||0||2||1||3|
|Brent Werner||3||2||2||3||2||12||Simon Stead||1||2||1||0||1||5|
|Geoff Powell||1||2'||1'||1||0||2||7||2||James Birkinshaw||0||1'||0||1||1|
|Lee Smethills||3||2'||0||0||1||6||1||Adam Allott||1||0||0||1|
1. 4-2 ( 4-2 ) Stonehewer, Wilson, G.Powell, Lee 2. 5-1 ( 9-3 ) Smethills, G.Powell, Allott, Birkinshaw(f/rem) 3. 3-3 (12-6 ) Kessler, Karlsson, M.Powell, Cartwright 4. 5-1 (17-7 ) Werner, Smethills, Stead, Allott 5. 3-3 (20-10) Wilson, M.Powell, Karlsson, Lee 6. 3-3 (23-13) Stonehewer, Stead, Birkinshaw, Smethills 7. 3-3 (26-16) Kessler, Werner, G.Powell, Cartwright 8. 2-4 (28-20) Wilson(t/s), Karlsson, Lee, Smethills 9. 5-1 (33-21) Karlsson, M.Powell, Stead, Allott 10. 4-2 (37-23) Stonehewer, Cartwright, G.Powell, Kessler(fx) 11. 2-4 (39-27) Wilson, Werner, Lee, G.Powell 12. 4-2 (43-29) M.Powell, Kessler, Smethills, Birkinshaw 13. 4-2 (47-31) Werner, Wilson, Stonehewer, Stead 14. 2-4 (49-35) Kessler(t/s), G.Powell, Cartwright, Karlsson(fx) 15. 2-4 (51-39) Wilson, Werner, Stead, Stonehewer
Sean was outgated by Stoney in heat 1, but went under Mick Powell to win heat 5 and figured in a ding-dong four man battle in heat 13, holding back Stoney while watching for a way past Brent Werner. His studies pay off as he relegates Brent to win heat 15.
Robbie wins both his first two rides at Derwent Park, but falls trying to round Geoff Powell in heat 10. Mick Powell sneaks under him in heat 12, but Robbie finishes in style with a tac/sub win in heat 14.
Steady was disappointing for a heat leader and had only beaten Lee Smethills before being a surprise nomination for heat 15. He then popped out ahead of Stoney who never looked like getting on terms.
The rest of the Tigers points came at the expense of the Comets reserves which is no way to go about winning away from home. It will take a good team to leave Derwent Park with 2 points while ever the Comets operate with four heat leaders.
|Sunday 23rd April, Conference League|
|Steve Camden||3||3||3||2'||2'||13||2||Adam Allott||2||x2||r||2|
|Philip Knowles||1||0||3||2'||6||1||Andrew Taylor||0||fx||1||1|
|Gavin Hedge||1'||3||3||1||8||1||James Birkinshaw||3||2||1||3||1||1||11|
|Matt Thompson||2||1||0||fx||3||Matt Cambridge||0||1'||0||1||1|
|Barrie Evans||3||3||3||3||3||15||Jamie Young||x||1'||1'||1||3||2|
|Jitendra Duffill||f||0||2'||2||4||1||Andrew Moore||3||2||2||2||2||2'||ef||13||1|
|Paul Lydes-Uings||1||1||0||0||2||Lee Hodgson||2'||2||1'||0||3||8||2|
After a week of heavy rain and with severe flooding just up the road, the meeting at Mildenhall was a potential victim of the weather. Fortunately, Sunday the 23rd of April was a fine dry and sometimes sunny day. Local forecasts were for mainly dry weather in the afternoon but with the slight risk of occasional showers. The forecast of the Sunday Express was 'A dry day with sunny periods but the odd shower in the afternoon cannot be ruled out'.
With a dry day and excellent forecast, we arrived at the stadium an hour before the start to find the track unwatered. With about 45 minutes to go, the water tanker makes 3 laps of the track and gives it a much needed soaking. However this was too little, too late, even though the water tanker stayed on the centre all afternoon..
Speaking before the start with more than a touch of Nostradamus than Neil Machin, the Sheffield supremo was critical of the very late and insufficient watering. Gavin Hedge won the toss and opted for gates 1 and 3. Racing commenced at 3:45.
Ht 1: Steve Camden, Adam Allott, Philip Knowles, Andrew Taylor (4-2)
Adam gets a poor start, seemingly spinning at the start and can make no gain on the fast looking Fen Tigers number 1. At the back on his debut, Andrew finds it hard to turn the bike and looks a danger to himself and others but improves as the race goes on.
Ht 2: Andy Moore, Lee Hodgson, Paul Lydes-Uings, Jitendra Duffill
(1-5) (5-7) 58.5
An amazing heat. At the first attempt, Lee drifts into the tapes and is excluded. Going off a 15 yard handicap he takes his place in the re-start. The Prowlers get a normal poor start and are a long way behind. Andy does his usual brilliant job of racing from the back and makes up ground. On the 3rd lap, Paul overdoes it and slides to the floor but remounts easily enough. With Andy now chasing Jitendra really hard, the home rider goes too wide out of the second and clips the fence. With the gap narrowing by the yard, he finds the pressure too much to bare and falls on the last bend, giving the hard working Prowlers pair a well earned if slightly fortuitous maximum.
Ht 3: Jamie Birkinshaw, Matt Thompson, Gavin Hedge, Matt Cambridge
(3-3) (8-10) 55.2
Jamie wins easily from the tapes, with home debutant Matt having a promising ride for second. A nice bit of team riding from his captain prevents any chance of a challenge by his namesake.
Ht 4: Barrie Evans, Lee Hodgson, Paul Lydes-Uings, Jamie Young (X)
(4-2) (12-12) 56.1
Barrie is away and gone from the start, Paul in second. Drifting too wide on the now rapidly drying track, Paul loses a lot of ground and is passed by both Sheffield riders. The race finishes this way only for Jamie to be excluded by the ref, Mick Bates, as his exhaust has fallen to pieces.
Ht 5: Gavin Hedge, Andy Moore, Matt Thompson, Andrew Taylor (FX), Adam
Allott (X 2 mins) (4-2) (16-14) 54.6 (re-run)
With the worryingly wobblesome Andrew off the inside, I had visions of a catastrophe and so it was. In the pivotal incident of the match, Andrew gets a good start, wobbles horrendously before the first bend and somehow manages to catapult his bike airborne across the track. Adam, coming off gate 3, sees it coming, tries to go wide and avoid it but has no chance and the bike lands squarely on his diminutive figure driving him into the fence. After a worrying 5 minute wait, Adam gets slowly to his feet and limps even more slowly back to the pits where amazingly he takes his place in the re-run. His bike is having none of it though and refuses to start. A disconsolate Adam sits out the race on the infield holding his head in his hands. Andy makes his usual poor start and then races incredibly hard, making up a little ground on Gavin but is defeated as much by the very dry, slick track as by the home captain.
Ht 6: Steve Camden, Andy Moore, Jamie Young, Philip Knowles (3-3)
Andy makes his usual poor start and then races incredibly hard, making up a little ground on Gavin but is defeated as much by the very dry, slick track as by the home number 1. Yes I did cut and paste but as the on track events were so similar,I feel it is justified.
Ht 7: Barrie Evans, Jamie Birkinshaw, Matt Cambridge, Jitendra Dufill
(3-3) (22-20) 55.0
Jamie makes a surprisingly good start and leads for too laps with Barrie inches behind. Coming out of the second, he locks up slightly and drifts slightly off the inside allowing Barrie the smallest of spaces which he is quick to exploit. Jamie tries very hard to make up the gap but loses ground by trying to go wide and find grip.
Ht 8: Philip Knowles, Andy Moore, Lee Hodgson, Paul Lydes-Uings (3-3)
Yet another amazingly poor start by both Prowlers sees Philip streak away and open up a big lead. Try as he might, Andy fails to get near him, being defeated as much by ... you know the rest.
Ht 9: Gavin Hedge, Andy Moore, Jamie Young, Matt Thompson (3-3)
Ditto heat 6, Andy losing out by less than half a bikes length.
Ht 10: Steve Camden, Philip Knowles, Jamie Birkinshaw, Matt Cambridge
(5-1) (33-27) 55.3
Jamie misses out on the first bend by inches and can find no way back. The harder he tries, the further back he falls.
Ht 11: Barrie Evans, Jitendra Duffill, Andrew Taylor, Adam Allott
(ret) (5-1) (38-28) 55.3
Andrew rides a good first lap and then apparently went too wide round the second bend and went back to third. By now it was impossible to see the riders around the second as there was so much dust being thrown up. Adam made a very tentative start and trundled round at the back for a lap 'til he retired and rode straight back to the pits before collapsing off his bike.
Ht 12: Jamie Birkinshaw, Andy Moore, Gavin Hedge, Paul Lydes-Uings
(1-5) (39-33) 56.4
Quite simply, an amazing race. Gavin gates but Jamie gets round him on the first bend. He stays on the outside allowing Gavin to get inside him but keeps it wound up and manages to just get in front coming on to the home straight. Diving across, he goes a little bit too wide out of 2 allowing Gavin to draw level up the back straight. Jamie stays on the outside and slightly eases off and cuts back up the inside to find himself level going into the first bend. The pair go round neck and neck but Jamie goes on to edge in front on the third bend. On the last lap, Gavin locks up slightly on the first bend allowing Andy to sneak past and go on to take the maximum.
Ht 13: Barrie Evans, Steve Camden, Jamie Birkinshaw, Lee Hodgson (5-1)
With Adam having withdrawn due to his injuries, Jamie comes in as tactical substitute. Lee Hodgson comes in as reserve replacement for Jamie Young. All this tactical manoeuvring comes to nought as the Prowlers make howlers of the start and the home pair take an untroubled maximum.
Ht 14: Lee Hodgson, Jitendra Duffill, Jamie Young, Matt Thompson (2-4)
(46-38) 57.1 (re-run)
At the first time of asking, Jamie, off 2 and Matt off 3 collide, the ruling being all 4 back. In the re-start, Matt hits the back of Jitendra and is excluded for his pains. Fortunately nothing more than pride appears to be injured. For the third time, Lee gets a fast start from the outside and goes on to take an easy win.
Ht 15: Barrie Evans, Steve Camden, Jamie Birkinshaw, Andy Moore (ef)
(5-1) (51-39) 56.7
An easy win for the home pair but a very noisy and expensive sounding blow-up for Andy whilst in third.
For the Fen Tigers, Steve and Barrie were excellent with good back up from Philip and Gavin. Jitendra looked very poor for a rider with half a season in the PL.
For the Prowlers, losing Adam so early on was a massive blow. On such an atrocious surface, losing our best gater was too much to carry. Jamie, Andy and Lee all rode well, but were unable to make up the ground lost due to poor gating.
After the meeting, the announcer apologised for the dust but blamed it on 'uncertainty over the weather'. What a load of rubbish (polite version). The forecast was good and anybody with the intelligence to look up could see that there wasn't a rain cloud in sight. Despite dust coming up from heat 1, no attempt was made to water the track even though the tanker was on the centre. After each race the track was needlessly graded when the track was crying out for water. Is there only one man who can drive a tractor in this area?
The Sheffield riders were very unhappy at the state of the track, their efforts being unrewarded.
My overwhelming feeling was that the public had been cheated out of a potentially enthralling meeting by the stupidity and incompetence of the promotion of Mildenhall. I'm not saying we'd have won, we would however have been a bit closer. However we would have got a much more entertaining meeting on what can be one of the best circuits in the country. (bet Andy doesn't put this bit in)
Report by Paul Bingham
|Friday 21st April, Premier Trophy|
|Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||57||Newcastle 'KBS' Diamonds||33|
|Sean Wilson (c)||3||3||3||2||11||Paul Pickering (g)||1||2||3||3||3||2||14|
|Paul Lee||2'||2'||2||2'||f||8||3||William Beveridge||0||1'||1||0||2||1|
|Robbie Kessler||3||3||3||3||3||15||Stuart Swales||1'||2||1||2||3||1'||10||2|
|Simon Cartwright||0||0||2'||1'||3||2||Grant McDonald||2||0||0||2|
|Simon Stead||3||3||2||1'||9||1||Jesper Olsen (c)||1||1||1||1'||f||4||1|
|James Birkinshaw||2'||1||1'||2||6||2||Jamie Smith||0||ef||0||0|
|Adam Allott||3||2'||0||0||5||1||Darren Pearson||1||0||0||1|
1. 63.5 5-1 ( 5-1 ) Wilson, Lee, Pickering, Beveridge 2. 66.7 5-1 (10-2 ) Allott, Birkinshaw, Pearson, Smith 3. 67.0 3-3 (13-5 ) Kessler, McDonald, Swales, Cartwright 4. 66.1 5-1 (18-6 ) Stead, Allott, Olsen, Pearson 5. 66.0 3-3 (21-9 ) Kessler, Pickering, Beveridge, Cartwright 6. 65.3 5-1 (26-10) Wilson, Lee, Olsen, Smith 7. 65.4 4-2 (30-12) Stead, Swales, Birkinshaw, McDonald 8. 64.4 2-4 (32-16) Pickering(t/s), Lee, Beveridge, Allott 9. 66.2 5-1 (37-17) Kessler, Cartwright, Olsen, Smith 10. 66.4 5-1 (42-18) Wilson, Lee, Swales, McDonald 11. 64.7 3-3 (45-21) Pickering, Stead, Birkinshaw, Beveridge 12. 65.8 3-3 (48-24) Kessler, Swales, Olsen(t/s), Allott 13. awd 3-3 (51-27) Pickering, Wilson, Stead, Olsen(f) 14. 66.1 3-3 (54-30) Swales(t/s), Birkinshaw, Cartwright, Pearson 15. 64.5 3-3 (57-33) Kessler, Pickering, Swales, Lee(f)
A powerful display by the Tigers to blunt the Diamonds. Sean looked invincible until he was out paced from the start by Pickers in heat 13. Paul was another who was only beaten by Pickers, until nominated for heat 15 when he clipped the fence looking for a way around Stuart Swales. Robbie made five perfect starts and then rode intelligently and never looked like being passed. Simon's first two rides saw him going backwards, but in heat 9 he held out Jesper Olsen for a paid win. Steady was just that, moving from last to join his cousin at the front in heat 4 in a fine bit of team riding, and rounding Stuart Swales in heat 7. James looked like he'd never been out of the saddle passing both Diamonds reserves simultaneously on the third bend in heat 2, and Adam made a brilliant start before suffering more engine problems.
Newcastle had a suspect tail, and a suspect middle order, and with one heat leader out of sorts they were easy prey for the rampant Tigers. Stuart Swales was the only Diamond to win a race while Paul Pickering made a cautious start before claiming three wins.
|Sunday 9th April, Conference League|
|Sheffield Prowlers||50||Buxton Hitmen||40|
|Adam Allott||3||3||3||3||1||3||16||Dean Felton||2||2||1||1||6|
|Malcolm Carter||tx||f||fx||0||Paul Burnett||1'||1'||0||2||2|
|James Birkinshaw||rider replacement||(10)||James Mann||rider replacement||(4)|
|Matt Cambridge||2'||ef||0||0||2||1||Neil Painter||f||1||2||2'||2||0||7||1|
|Jamie Young||f||2'||2||2'||ef||6||2||Lee Smethills||2||2||3||3||3||3||2||18|
|Andrew Moore||1||3||3||3||2||3||15||Richard Moss||0||1'||1||1||1|
|Lee Hodgson||ef||3||3||2||1||1'||1||11||1||Phil Pickering||2||1'||1||0||1'||5||2|
|Danny Hughes||dnr||Danny Hodgson||1||f||1|
1. 65.1 3-3 ( 3-3 ) Allott, Felton, Burnett, L.Hodgson, Carter(tx) 2. 65.9 4-2 ( 7-5 ) Hodgson, Pickering, Moore, Moss 3. 64.9 5-1 (12-6 ) Allott(r/r), Cambridge, D.Hodgson(r/r), Painter(f) 4. awd 3-3 (15-9 ) L.Hodgson, Smethills, Pickering, Young(f) 5. 65.1 3-3 (18-12) Moore(r/r), Felton, Burnett, Cambridge(ef) 6. 64.3 3-3 (21-15) Allott, Smethills, Moss, Carter(f) 7. 66.8 5-1 (26-16) Moore, Young, Painter, D.Hodgson 8. 65.6 2-4 (28-20) Smethills(t/s), L.Hodgson, Pickering, Carter(fx) 9. 66.0 2-4 (30-24) Smethills, Young(r/r), Felton(t/s), Cambridge 10. 66.4 4-2 (34-26) Allott, Painter, L.Hodgson, Pickering(r/r) 11. 65.5 5-1 (39-27) Moore, Young, Felton, Burnett 12. 65.5 3-3 (42-30) Smethills(r/r), Moore(r/r), L.Hodgson, Moss(f/rem) 13. 65.7 1-5 (43-35) Smethills, Painter(t/s), Allott, Young(ef) 14. 68.1 3-3 (46-38) Moore, Painter, Pickering, Cambridge 15. 66.2 4-2 (50-40) Allott, Smethills, L.Hodgson, Painter Bronze Helmet 67.1 Smethills, Allott
Sheffield's James Birkinshaw was the most welcome visitor to Owlerton on Sunday. Out of hospital and already itching to get back into the saddle he was the non-riding captain. As the Hitmen were also missing the injured James Mann both clubs operated rider replacement in their absences.
Malcolm Carter had a nightmare afternoon. He sped straight through the tapes in heat 1, fell whilst third in heat 6 and then suffered a suspected broken leg, just above the right ankle, whilst trying an outside pass around Lee Smethills in heat 8. Jamie Young also fell first time out but recovered to feature in two Sheffield 5-1's. Matt Cambridge was gifted 2nd place in heat 3 when Neil Painter fell on the last turn, just as Danny Hodgson's bike spluttered to a halt. After that Matt found the pace just a little too hot. Adam Allott looked unbeatable until he missed the start badly in heat 13 and then seemingly gave up? Lee Hodgson replaced Malcolm Carter in heat 1 and surprised everyone by speeding to the front. He never looked like being caught until his bike stopped entering the final lap. He went on to win his next two rides before he started to tire. Quite an auspicious debut for young Lee. Star of the Prowlers though must be Andrew Moore. Yet to learn how to gate virtually every one of Andrew's points were earned from the back, and there were 15 of them!
The Hitmen looked very strong on paper but somehow it just didn't work out with Lee Smethills their only heat winner. Dean Felton was very poor value given his experience and only Neil Painter gave any back-up. Next weeks return fixture at Buxton should be a thrilling second leg.
|Thursday 6th April, Premier Trophy|
|Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||38||Workington Comets||34|
|Sean Wilson (c)||3||3||3||9||Carl Stonehewer (c)||2||fx||3||5|
|Paul Lee||1||2'||3||ef||6||1||Barry Campbell||0||1||1||2|
|Robbie Kessler||ef||2'||3||3||8||1||Mick Powell||3||1'||2||2||2||10||1|
|Simon Cartwright||1||3||0||4||Peter Karlsson||2'||2||1'||5||2|
|Simon Stead||3||3||2||8||Brent Werner||2||1||2||5|
|James Birkinshaw||fx||0||Darren Groves||1||0||1'||1'||3||2|
|Adam Allott||2||1||ef||0||0||fx||3||Lee Smethills||3||0||1'||4||1|
1. 61.1 4-2 ( 4-2 ) Wilson, Stonehewer, Lee, Campbell 2. awd 2-4 ( 6-6 ) Smethills, Allott, Groves, Birkinshaw(fx) 3. 63.2 1-5 ( 7-11) Powell, Karlsson, Cartwright, Kessler(ef) 4. 62.4 4-2 (11-13) Stead, Werner, Allott, Smethills 5. 64.0 5-1 (16-14) Cartwright, Kessler, Campbell, Stonehewer(fx) 6. 63.0 5-1 (21-15) Wilson, Lee, Werner, Groves 7. 63.4 3-3 (24-18) Stead, Karlsson, Powell, Allott(ef) 8. 62.5 3-3 (27-21) Lee, Powell(t/s), Smethills, Allott 9. 62.8 3-3 (30-24) Kessler, Werner, Groves, Cartwright 10. 62.4 3-3 (33-27) Wilson, Powell, Karlsson, Lee(ef) 11. 62.4 2-4 (35-31) Stonehewer, Stead, Campbell, Allott 12. 62.2 3-3 (38-34) Kessler, Powell, Groves(f), Allott(fx) abandoned 38-34 result stands.
Sean gets the meeting off to a good start by outpacing Stoney from the tapes to win heat 1. Lee Smethills makes a good start to heat 2, and once James had shrugged off a spirited challenge from Darren Groves he gave chase to the leader. Trying an outside pass around Adam on lap 3 James lifted in mid bend and went hurtling into the fence under full power. When the paramedics reached him he was unconscious and not breathing, his airway being blocked by his tongue. After receiving on-the-spot attention James left the track conscious and moving his arms, but the meeting was delayed until the doctor and ambulance returned from the hospital.
Robbie lead heat 3 until his machine expired with Simon C tailed off at the back. Simon S was the convincing winner of heat 4 but Brent passed Adam on the 4th turn, and a slowing Adam just holds out Lee Smethills for the odd point. Robbie and Carl both went for the outside drive on the 2nd turn in heat 5 and it was Carl who clattered into the fence. Another long delay with Carl stretchered off as a precautionary measure. In the rerun Robbie sits on Barry on the first turn allowing Simon to sweep into the lead. Robbie then shepherds him home for the 5-1.
Sean and Lee give a display of high speed team riding to win heat 6 and the Tigers are looking more comfortable. Simon S easily wins heat 7 but Adam's second bike expires at the back. Paul swoops around tac-sub Mick Powell to win heat 8, but Adam is over cautious on his cousin's spare machine. Robbie takes heat 9 with ease but Simon C is passed easily by Darren on lap 3.
Sean streaks away to win heat 10 but the gremlins continue and this time it's Paul who goes from challenging Mick Powell for 2nd to holding out Peter in 3rd before grinding to a halt. Stoney wins heat 11 looking his normal self with Simon S not able to match his pace. Adam (on Simon's bike again) slows into turn 3 to allow Barry into 3rd place. With a 4 point lead it all points to a cracker-jack ending.
Robbie streaks away to win heat 12 and Adam is getting the hang of Simon's GM and is resisting strong pressure from Darren to hold onto 3rd place when disaster strikes. Entering turn 3 the GM drops a con-rod and Adam falls. Darren tries to take evasive action but clips Adam on the way past and falls untidily into the fence. With the time at 21:50 and a 22:00 curfew, and the ambulance leaving the stadium for another trip to hospital the referee has no option but to abandon the meeting.
|Friday 31st March, Premiership 2nd leg|
|Edinburgh Monarchs||49||88||Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||41||91|
|Kevin Little||3||2'||1'||1||7||2||Sean Wilson (c)||2||1||3||2||2||1'||11||1|
|Blair Scott||0||3||f||2||5||Paul Lee||1'||0||2'||0||1'||4||3|
|Peter Carr||3||2'||3||3||3||14||1||Robbie Kessler||2||2||3||2||3||2||14|
|Ross Brady||0||3||2'||2||7||1||Simon Cartwright||tx||fx||0||1||1|
|Robert Eriksson||3||3||3||3||0||12||Simon Stead||2||1||1||1'||5||1|
|Jon Swales||1||1||0||ef||2||Adam Allott||2'||1'||0||3||2|
|Christian Henry||0||1||1||0||2||James Birkinshaw||3||f||0||3|
Edinburgh missed out on the Premiership by a margin of three points following a last heat decider. Robert Eriksson missed the start and trailed in last with Edinburgh needing a 5-1 to win.
Edinburgh must rue a bad start including letting Sheffield have a 5-1 in heat 2. Blair Scott had the misfortune to get into trouble when pressing Sean Wilson and trying to pass on the outside.
The day was cloudy and there was a hint of rain in the air on a cool night. The track was very greasy and this seemed to put off the home riders, in particular Ross Brady, more than the visitors. Sheffield were at full strength while Edinburgh used Jon Swales despite him failing to score in two away matches at Glasgow and Sheffield.
Peter Carr won the toss and chose gate position A with Sheffield off 2 and 4 for the first heat.
Heat 1: Kevin Little, Sean Wilson, Paul Lee, Blair Scott
Heat one has been a problem for Edinburgh's new look line-up this year. Kevin Little made the gate from trap one while Sean Wilson was just behind. Blair Scott continued to try and pass Wilson on the outside. Kevin Little was having enough trouble staying ahead and could offer little support. Blair overdid things on second bend and slid wide allowing Paul Lee through into third place. Kevin managed to repulse a half-hearted challenge by Wilson. (3-3) (3-3)
Heat 2: Jamie Birkinshaw, Adam Allott, Jon Swales, Christian Henry
Another disastrous heat two with Birkinshaw and Allott gating. While Jon Swales made an attempt to challenge the wobbly looking Allott, the visitors held on to go four up. (1-5) (4-8)
Heat 3:Peter Carr, Robbie Kessler, Adam Allott, Ross Brady
Simon Cartwright taped and was replaced by Allott. Kessler made a good start and Brady fell trying to get past. Peter Carr had no difficulties in winning. Brady restarted and rode around looking rather ragged. (3-3) (7-11)
Heat 4:Robert Eriksson, Simon Stead, Christian Henry [59.2]
Robert Eriksson gated and won by a huge margin. Christian Henry fell at the back but restarted to take third as Birkinshaw and fell and retired. (4-2) (11-13)
Heat 5:Peter Carr, Ross Brady, Sean Wilson, Paul Lee [58.7]
Carr and Brady swept ahead and Wilson made no impression. (5-1) (16-14)
Heat 6: Blair Scott, Kevin Little, Simon Stead, Adam Allott
Little gated from Stead and Scott. Stead appeared to have got ahead of Blair after a strong inside surge on the back straight. Blair came back and passed Stead on the outside and led Little home to a second maximum. (5-1) (21-15)
Heat 7: Robert Eriksson, Robbie Kessler, Jon Swales [59.8]
Kessler and Cartwright made the start. Eriksson cut under Cartwright and was pursuing Kessler when Cartwright fell on the first bend. Swales had to lay down to avoid hitting Cartwright. In the rerun with Cartwright excluded, Eriksson made the start to win massively again. (4-2) (25-17)
Heat 8: Sean Wilson, Paul Lee, Christian Henry [60.3]
Sean Wilson came in as a tactical substitute for Birkinshaw. Wilson and Lee made the start with Blair Scott pressing on the outside. Good team riding by Wilson kept Blair out until the Monarchs youngsterslid off on the third bend of the last lap. (1-5) (26-22)
Heat 9: Peter Carr, Ross Brady, Simon Stead, Jamie Birkinshaw
Birkinshaw was brought in to replace Allott as a reserve change. Carr and Brady produced another 5-1 despite an attempt by Stead to pass the wide-riding Brady using the inside line. (5-1) (31-23)
Heat 10: Robbie Kessler, Blair Scott, Kevin Little, Paul Lee
Paul Lee was brought in, illegally, as a tactical substitute for Cartwright. This should not have been allowed since Cartwright had only had one valid ride and could only make three rides with the aid of a tactical substitution ride. With Edinburgh only 8 points ahead, this was not guaranteed. Kessler made the start and kept out Blair Scott. (3-3) (34-26)
Heat 11: Robert Eriksson, Sean Wilson, Paul Lee, Jon Swales
Robert Eriksson had another very easy win but Wilson and Lee kept Swales at the back. (3-3) (37-29)
Heat 12: Peter Carr, Robbie Kessler, Simon Stead, Christian Henry
Simon Stead came in as a tactical substitute for Allott. Christian Henry was looking more comfortable and pressed Kessler and Stead for a lap or so. (3-3) (40-32)
Heat 13: Robert Eriksson, Sean Wilson, Kevin Little, Simon Cartwright
Sheffield finally got around to addressing Cartwright's 'missing ride' by bringing him in as a tactical substitute for Stead. Cartwright continued his dismal form by fall and restarting when last. Sean Wilson split Eriksson and Little to keep Sheffield ahead by a single point. (4-2) (44-34)
Heat 14: Robbie Kessler, Ross Brady, Simon Cartwright
Tactical substitute Kessler made another blistering outside run to head Brady. He resisted all efforts by Ross to get by. Jon Swales on Kevin Little's bike was holding an easy third place when he stopped on the back straight of the last lap to gift Cartwright an undeserved point. This left Edinburgh needing a 5-1 in the last heat to win the Premiership. (2-4) (46-38)
Heat 15: Peter Carr, Robbie Kessler, Sean Wilson, Robert Eriksson
Edinburgh won the toss for choice of gates and took 2 and 4. The undefeated Carr and Eriksson missed the gate. Carr managed to thread his way to the front but Eriksson was kept at the back. (3-3) (49-41)
Peter Carr had an untroubled maximum. Robert Eriksson won by huge margins every time he made the start. Unfortunately he missed that start in the final heat decider. Kevin Little looked a lot sharper and only missed out to Kessler in heat 10 and to Wilson in heat 13.
Blair Scott was out of luck a couple of times but couldn't be faulted for lack of effort. Ross Brady looked a bit uncomfortable on the greasy track. Jon Swales, as ever, was hampered by his equipment although he looked a different proposition on Kevin Little's bike in his last ride. Christian Henry appeared to be on borrowed equipment and looked better as the meeting progressed.
Wilson was rather subdued although he eventually came good in the crucial heat 15. Robbie Kessler continued his fine Armadale form of 1997 as if he had never been away. Lee and Stead collected points without ever looking very convincing. Cartwright was dreadful with two exclusions and a fall and remount before picking up a gifted point in his last ride. Birkinshaw and Allott did well in heat 2 but made no real impression after that.
Match report by John Lowe.
|Thursday 30th March, Premiership|
|Sheffield 'T.C.Harrison STAR' Tigers||50||Edinburgh Monarchs||39|
|Sean Wilson||2'||2'||0||2'||2'||8||4||Kevin Little||1||1'||0||2||1|
|Paul Lee||3||3||1||1||8||Blair Scott||0||2||3||2||2||9|
|Robbie Kessler||2||3||3||3||3||14||Peter Carr||3||3||2'||3||2||1||14||1|
|Simon Cartwright||0||0||0||0||0||Ross Brady||1||1||2'||2'||6||2|
|Simon Stead||3||2||3||3||11||Robert Eriksson||2||1||1'||1||3||r||8||1|
|James Birkinshaw||2'||0||1||1||4||1||Jon Swales||ef||0||0||0|
|Adam Allott||3||1||0||1||5||Christian Henry||ef||x2||0||ef||0|
1. 62.7 5-1 ( 5-1 ) Lee, Wilson, Little, Scott 2. 64.5 5-0 (10-1 ) Allott, Birkinshaw, Henry(ef), Swales(ef) 3. 61.4 2-4 (12-5 ) Carr, Kessler, Brady, Cartwright 4. 62.3 4-2 (16-7 ) Stead, Eriksson, Allott, Swales 5. 63.3 3-3 (19-10) Kessler, Scott, Little, Cartwright 6. 63.1 5-1 (24-11) Lee, Wilson, Eriksson, Swales 7. 62.2 2-4 (26-15) Carr, Stead, Brady, Birkinshaw 8. 62.3 1-5 (27-20) Scott, Carr(t/s), Lee, Allott 9. 62.3 3-3 (30-23) Kessler, Scott(t/s), Eriksson, Cartwright 10. 62.0 1-5 (31-28) Carr, Brady, Lee, Wilson(15 yds) 11. 62.4 4-2 (35-30) Stead, Scott, Birkinshaw, Little 12. 62.8 4-2 (39-32) Kessler, Carr, Allott, Henry 13. 63.1 5-1 (44-33) Stead, Wilson, Eriksson, Henry 14. 63.7 1-5 (45-38) Eriksson(t/s), Brady, Birkinshaw, Cartwright 15. 62.9 5-1 (50-39) Kessler, Wilson, Carr, Eriksson(r)
The Tigers first showing has highlighted a few points. Despite Simon Cartwright's abysmal showing the team doesn't appear to have the strength in depth of last years squad, and significant improvement from the reserve berth will come before any silverware. Paul made a blistering start joining Sean in 5-1's in their first two rides (albeit against the weak Edinburgh heat-leaders) but couldn't cope with P.C. Sean allowed himself to be suckered into the tapes in heat 10 by a glorious piece of gamesmanship by the delighted Peter Carr (who lost the respect of a lot of Sheffield fans in that instant) but was able to regain his pride by passing P.C. on lap 2 of the nominated final heat. Robbie was sharp from the gate and back at his fence scraping best after being passed by P.C. in heat 3. He went on to gain revenge over P.C. twice including that last heat 5-1. Simon C was really off-song. A second-half spin on Simon S's machine has hopefully given him an idea of what needs doing as he easily caught Adam Skornicki. Simon S was flying and dropped his only point when passed by P.C second time out. Adam easily won heat 2 but there wasn't much to choose between the Sheffield reserves. James would benefit from getting out of the gate a bit faster and this could be an even bigger problem on our travels. The return leg will give a better indication of how we will fare this year.
Kevin Little rode well for his two points (given his usual Owlerton form) actually passing Simon Cartwright, although losing out to a Sheffield reserve in his last race. Blair Scott looked very fast and brave around the outside and was a very useful second-string. Peter Carr resorted to cheating tactics (as we now know to expect from the Monarchs) and deliberately enticed Sean into the tapes thereby ruining heat 10 for the fans. Unbeaten at this stage he subsequently only finished ahead of Allott despite riding a Joe Screen machine. Brady made some lightening starts and was well worth his points, while Eriksson seems to have caught Edinburgh-itis and can no longer ride Owlerton. Swales and Henry hadn't a clue and the Monarchs will need to do something here if they have title aspirations.
|Sunday 19th March, Hi-Peak Classic|
1. 62.4 Johnston, Wilson, Rickardsson, Staechmann 2. 61.3 Stonehewer, Hancock, Screen, Hamill(ef) 3. 62.0 Ermolenko, Compton, Stead, Stancl 4. 62.8 Sullivan, Kessler, Richardson, Correy(tps/10yd handicap) 5. 62.5 Wilson, Kessler, Stonehewer, Stancl 6. 62.4 Hancock, Compton, Johnston, Correy 7. 62.2 Hamill, Richardson, Stead, Staechmann 8. 61.8 Screen, Rickardsson, Ermolenko, Sullivan(r) 9. 62.5 Sullivan, Wilson, Hancock, Stead(fx) 10. 62.3 Ermolenko, Stonehewer, Johnston, Richardson(ef) 11. 62.8 Screen, Correy, Staechmann, Stancl 12. 61.7 Hamill, Rickardsson, Compton, Kessler 13. 62.9 Wilson, Correy, Hamill, Ermolenko 14. 63.5 Screen Johnston, Stead, Kessler(ef) 15. 62.5 Stonehewer, Sullivan, Compton, Staechmann 16. 62.8 Rickardsson, Hancock, Richardson, Stancl 17. 62.4 Wilson, Screen, Compton, Richardson(r) 18. 62.6 Hamill, Kessler, Ermolenko, Staechmann 19. 63.4 Hancock, Kessler, Ermolenko, Staechmann 20. 63.2 Rickardsson, Stonehewer, Stead, Correy
SEMI-FINAL 63.0 Hancock(B), Hamill(R), Stonehewer(W), Rickardsson(Y/B) £5000 GRAND FINAL 61.8 Hamill(R), Hancock(Y/B), Wilson(B), Screen(W)
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