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Weekend round-up

David Crane  Thursday, May 24, 2001  18:29 GMT



  • Friday 18th May - Somerset 54 Newport 36 (KO Cup - 96-84 on agg)
  • Saturday 19th May - Boston 58 Mildenhall 31 (League Trophy)
  • Rye House 62 Buxton 28 (League Trophy)
  • Sunday 20th May - Buxton 28 Rye House 61 (League Trophy - 123-56 on agg)
  • Monday 21st May - Sheffield 58 Somerset 32 (League)

All five Conference League fixtures that took place last weekend provided one-sided matches with an 18 points difference being the smallest margin and 32 points being the largest.

Somerset are the first team to clinch a semi-final place in the KO Cup after overturning Newportís slender first leg victory on Friday and taking the aggregate win by 12 points. Without injured Malcolm Holloway, the Rebels piled on the points with Steve Bishop (16), Jamie Smith (14) and Jamie Holmes (11+2) leading the way. Newport again suffered the PL absence of Shane Colvin, and despite good scores from Scott Pegler (12+1), Rob Finlow (11+2) and Nick Simmons (10), it simply wasnít enough.

On Saturday, Boston put their recent poor form behind them with a comprehensive 58-31 win over luckless Mildenhall, largely helped by their newest acquisition Will Beveridge. He scored 11+2, but was outdone by team-mates Peter Boast and Rob Hollingworth who scored 12 apiece, the latter was a full maximum. Hindered by mechanical failures, the Tigers best score came from reserve Phil Knowles with 10.

Over two days Rye House showed their explosive power by blasting Buxton to smithereens by a massive 67 points on aggregate in the League Trophy to go top of the table. They notched up a 62-28 win in the home leg on Saturday, David Mason and Darren Andrews both recording full maximums with 15 and 12 respectively. The Hitmenís only resistance came from Gary Flint, who scored 13 of the teams 28 total.

Things didnít get much better for Buxton in the return leg the following day either, going down 28-61 and not recording a single race win all night on their home track. Mason yet again showed his status as the leagueís hottest rider with another 15 point maximum, with Simon Wolstenholme and Darren Andrews missing out on maximum points in their last races. Buxton, again without injured James Mann, were led by Paul Burnett with 9+1.

Reigning champions Sheffield kept themselves at the top of the Conference League table with a comfortable 58-32 win over Somerset. The Prowlers could even afford to miss Jamie Birkenshaw and Matt Cambridge, while the Rebels, without Lee Herne, Jamie Smith, Simon Phillips and Matthew Cross, were angry at the decision of being declined the use of Steve Bishop in the side, as Holloway was already in the team, the "Old Hands" ruling permitting that these two canít ride in the same team together. Sheffield in fact were happy for them to field both of them, but League co-ordinator Peter Morrish denied them.

Andrew Moore kept his impressive run going with another 15 point maximum and was ably backed by Lee Complin with a paid maximum, 13+2. Holloway led the visitors with 12 but it wasnít enough, and now the Somerset management are fearing these early season defeats could prove costly in the long running.


  • Friday 25th May - Somerset v Buxton (League Trophy)
  • Sunday 27th May - Boston v Somerset (League Trophy)
  •                                - Mildenhall v Buxton (League Trophy)
  •                                - Newport v Sheffield (League)

All results, tables and averages have been added today to their respective pages, whilst next Thursday I shall be producing a Top 20 Riders Averages table to prove who are currently the best riders around.

RYE HOUSE won the "Who will win the Conference League?" poll, taking 50% of the 20 votes themselves. The remainder were shared across the board: Buxton, Mildenhall and Sheffield all getting 10% each, and Boston, Newport, Peterborough and Somerset all got 5% each.  A new poll has began today.


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