Old Press ReleaseBECKY PARTRIDGE Thursday, June 13, 2002 15:38 GMT
SPEEDWAY RACING THIS THURSDAY AT PLOUGH LANE
This Thursday the Wimbledon Dons play host to Boston Barracuda-Braves in
another Conference League fixture with the Dons seeking their first victory
of the season.
Last week's action saw a close fought encounter with the home side narrowly
defeated 48-42 by a determined Buxton side.
On a balmy summer evening in front of another healthy crowd, both sets of
riders provided a feast of overtaking on a track that markedly improved as
the meeting progressed.
Aidan Collins once again proved to be a thorn in the side of Dons fans,
posting another top score and regaining the honour of Track record holder
with a time of 66.11 seconds.
New Wimbledon signing Jason Prynne certainly wowed the terraces with his
speed from the tapes and amassed a whopping 19 points on his debut. His only
defeat came in a vital Heat 13 when the Hitmen secured the meeting with a
Last minute replacement Phil Ambrose also made an instant impression with
his entertaining style and was immediately snapped up for the remainder of
Skipper Chris Hunt was in the wars and had to withdraw from the meeting as
early as heat 4 after sustaining a bad hand injury in an innocuous looking
tumble. Happily, Chris has declared himself fit to ride in this coming
Thursdays meeting against Boston and will be a vital presence in the reserve
Recent capture David Meldrum experienced one of those nights scoring a mere
3 points and struggled to adapt to the tight confines of the Plough Lane
circuit. Meldrum has now signed for Premier League side Edinburgh and will
be fondly missed by all Dons fans for his endeavours at both Swindon and
Following the departure of Meldrum, Dons co-promoter David Croucher
explained that he will not be seeking a direct replacement from the Premier
League. "The management have made a conscious decision to track a settled
side and as such we shall not be looking to the Premier League for riders
who would almost certainly be ruled ineligible if they desired to ride in a
higher standard of racing."
After this weeks meeting, the next speedway action is on June 6th when the
home side race against Rye House in the Knockout Cup.
In the meantime, Wimbledon Stadium will be geared up for the prestigious
Greyhound Derby which takes place on June 1st.
The Dons line up in riding order:
1. Martin Williams
2. Jon Stevens
3. Gary Sweet
4. Phil Ambrose
5. Jason Prynne
6. Chris Hunt
7. Peter Collyer
End of press release.