The new season of Midland League Cycle Speedway began at a snowy Hickman Avenue as Birmingham made the short trip to East Park Wolves.
East Park had a strong looking side with Scotland International Jamie Ball in the ranks as well as David who had guested for the Monarchs last weekend in the challenge match at Wednesfield. Birmingham had a few riders unavailable but still had a good looking side with Chris Timms, Scott Millward and Nathan Groves in the red and white.
The conditions may of been cold around the track but on it the temperature rose as in the first heat a great dice between Millward and David Ball saw the home side just pip the ex Sandwell rider to the line to take a slight advantage and to give the crowd reason to watch what looked to be a close battle. Birmingham then shared a couple of heats with Chris Timms coming out to take victory whilst Brandon Whetton kept him honest in second place. Nathan Groves won heat three but once more East Park claimed the second and third places to keep honours shared.
Heat six saw then saw Chris Timms get forced wide from the start by Luke Draisey, but willing to never giving up Chris got under the Wolves rider on the same bend in the second lap to keep Birmingham in touching distance. After a third heat advantage to the home side on heat 8 thanks to Jamie Ball, heat nine saw them go 51-39 into the interval as a nasty fall by Paul Timms on the back straight helped them race away to a 7-3.
After the break Birmingham claimed their only 7-3 in heat twelve as Paul and Chris Timms showed how valuble team riding can be. Heats fourteen and fifteen saw East Park move away with two advantages as Groves and Jamie Ball had a good tussle for four laps. Chris finished the day with four wins out of five and the final heat saw some late drama as Scott Millward helped Phil Widdas get round Jamie Ball with the Wolves rider hitting the shale. East Park in the end came out 100-80 winners, but Birmingham should not be to disheartened as they kept with the hosts with a weaker looking side on paper.
East Park Wolves 100 D. Ball 10, W. Cartwright 13, J. Ball 14, B. Whetton 13, J. Whetton 15, L. Draisey 8, M. Smith 16, L. Kemp 11
Birmingham Monarchs 80 R. Stevenson 6, S. Millward 17, P. Timms 8, C. Timms 19, P. Widdas 7, N. Groves 16, Ry. Winwood 4, Re. Winwood 4
In the combination match Birmingham were always going to be up against result wise as they had to use the same riders in the first team. Reece Winwood top scored for the Monarchs with 17 points, two heat wins at the end as the youngster is improving all the time. Paul Timms nearly went through the card as Chris Timms and Richard Stevenson both got a win apiece as well. East Park had Josh Hill and Coventry rider Lee Kemp helping them tick along with good support from Josh Whetton and Jemma Cartwright.
Scores before 1st team deductions.
East Park Wolves 62 L. Kemp 13, L. Morrisey 4, L. Cartwright 4, J. Hill 14, J. Cartwright 7, Jo. Whetton 12, Ja. Whetton 4, B. Whetton 4
Birmingham Monarchs 67 P. Widdas 8, Re. Winwood 17, P. Timms 15, Ry. Winwood 7, C. Timms 11, R. Stevenson 9