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Falcons fight hard, dig deep and win!

David Kirby  Tuesday, May 08, 2001  10:24 GMT

Falcons beat Trelawny!

Exeter SVR Falcons seek not just the bonus point but an outright win when they go to the Clay Country Moto Parc for tonight's Premier Trophy return with Trelawny Tigers.
Their hopes of qualifying from the southern section don't look great at the moment, despite beating Trelawny in front of a bumper Bank Holiday crowd at the County Ground yesterday.
But Exeter skipper Mark Simmonds insisted: "If we can win tonight, we're in with a shout."
Simmonds' greatest concern is his own fitness as he continued his early comeback from a bad injury to his left knee.
His courage is beyond question and, for the second meeting running, he scored a respectable seven points when many a rider would have rested.
"It's very sore when I put my foot down going into the corners. I'm not 100 per cent, far from it," Simmonds admitted.
"I know I'm struggling. Normally, it's between me and Mike (Coles), who's fastest but I'm having a job to get under 70 seconds at the moment. I'm not moving on the bike properly."
Simmonds had a bit of luck when he won heat five after Brett Wooddifield had led all the way, only to break down on the final bend.
Luck immediately evened itself out, though, when former Falcon Chris Harris won a re-run of heat six. He missed the gate and was then warned to keep stationary at the start when the first attempt to run the race had been stopped.
Harris, with three heat wins, led the Tigers in the style that made him such a firm favourite with Exeter fans.
He even beat Coles in their first head to head but, almost inevitably, the current Falcon squared the account at the next opportunity.
Coles, as everyone already knew, is Exeter's man for all seasons. It made no difference to him that the track became drier and slicker in the later stages.
He twice set a new fastest time of the season, lowering it to 67.1 seconds, and dropped just one point — giving him his eighth double figure score in nine Exeter meetings, home and away, so far.
Tigers' two other former Falcons didn't have such a happy return as Harris.
Graeme Gordon, Trelawny's captain, mustered just three points from four races and Wayne Barrett had to settle for paid five from four.
Matt Cambridge, meanwhile, chipped in with a gutsy paid five in only his second outing at reserve for Exeter.
"We hope he's going to be here for the season," said promoter Colin Hill.
Cambridge, on loan from Sheffield, helped Bobby Eldridge secure the first of three consecutive 5-1s that helped turn the contest Exeter's way after Tigers had started brightly.
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