Weekend round-up & Riders championship changeDavid Crane Thursday, June 07, 2001 18:57 GMT
DEPLETED ROCKETS GO DOWN IN FIRST LEAGUE MATCH
Friday 1st June - Newport 57 Mildenhall 32 (League)
Sunday 3rd June - Buxton 44 Mildenhall 46 (Trophy)
- Peterborough 49 Rye House 40 (League)
There were only three Conference League fixtures raced last weekend and while Mildenhall gained ground in the League Trophy, Rye House’s early season good form dipped at the wrong time when they lost their first league match of the year at Peterborough.
On Friday Newport went level on points with league leaders Sheffield after beating Mildenhall with ease 57-32. Rob Finlow top scored with 14 before breaking his thumb in his PL debut two days later and will be out for 5 weeks, ex-Tiger of the past 2 seasons Shane Colvin haunted his old club with 13+1 and Graig Gough and Martin Williams contributed 11+3 and 10+2 respectively. The Mavericks not even missing the absent riders champ Scott Pegler. The Tigers effort was mainly led by Barrie Evans with 12 and Darren Pearson 11+2.
Into Sunday and Mildenhall made up for that defeat by grabbing a narrow victory and the bonus Trophy point at Buxton 46-44, to put them in touch with Rye House, Somerset and Boston in the table. Phil Knowles continued his impressive start to the campaign with 15+1 on his old stomping ground, grabbing the vital third in the match-winning last heat decider. Paul Lydes-Uings won that last heat and scored 12 overall. For the Hitmen, enduring a disastrous start to the 2001 campaign, were led by Paul Burnett with 12, Ryan McNeil 8 and Craig Branney proving to be a useful asset again with 8.
Rye House’s first league match came at the wrong time for them when they lost Simon Wolstenholme to a broken scaphoid the night before their visit to Peterborough. Without him, their charge was led by David Mason (17) and Phil Ambrose with 12+1, but they also lost Daniel Gifford in the 49-40 defeat to a possible broken toe which could keep him out for a few weeks, to go alongside Wolstenholme’s sit out for a possible 4-5 weeks.
Again the Pumas were led by their inspirational no.1 Ian Barney, who along with a 15 point maximum too the bronze helmet from long standing holder Mason. Jason King again showed his liking for his home circuit with 11+2 and Mark Thompson also chipped in with 10.
The Riders Championship has been slightly altered following last week’s meeting with the BSPA and CL promoters. Instead of the top 16 riders after all qualifying rounds have been ridden going into the final, to make sure every club is represented, each club’s top scorer from all rounds will go into the final, with the remaining six places going to the remaining highest six finishers from all rounds.
THIS WEEKEND’S FIXTURES:
Sunday 10th June - Boston v Buxton (Trophy) 6.00 pm
- Mildenhall v Somerset (Trophy) 3.30 pm