Poole take honours at Baiter Park

Birmingham Monarchs travelled to Poole looking to put points on the board whilst the home side looked to carry on the unbeaten home Elite record and also make it two from two this season.

Monarchs were missing Millward due to injury and Parrish and Harper to other commitments. Poole had Steve Harris, Greg Gluchowski and Thomas Reed in their ranks as well as a full 1-10 of top class riders.

Heat 1 saw the first piece of action as Kieron Jones took a nasty tumble whilst battling into the first bend with Aaron Morgan. With Gluchowski taking the win ahead of a hard charging Chris Timms it was a 6-4 advantage to the home side. Harris and Glover claimed Poole’s first 7-3 against Evans and Hodgkinson to extend the lead but a couple of shared heats kept the Monarchs in touching distance.

Heat 5 saw the two Aaron’s of Smith and Morgan get a 7-3 as Jones was excluded at the tapes which then gave the Dorset side a 30-19 lead. Heat 6 saw great passing by Reed and Nowak to make a 6-4 as Nicky Evans slipped inbetween the Poole boys. Heat 8 saw Steve Harris win his second race as it has to be re-started due to a tangle with Joe Kemp and Leyton Glover. Heat 9 saw Nowak then excluded at the tapes for movement as Evans and Chris Timms did some great team riding to get their first 7-3 and make it 51-37 at the interval.

Heat 10 and 11 saw Poole stamp their authority on the meeting with 7-3’s as Dave Ball tried to find a way past as he tried every line on the Harbourside Park track. Birmingham could only share two more heats and took a advantage in the final as Poole turned the screw to win the meeting 106-71

Poole 106:  Gluchowski 16, Morgan 13+2, Harris 14+1, Glover 13+2, Nowak 13+1, Reed 15+2, Bristowe 7, Smith 12, Sidwick 3

Monarchs 71:  J.Kemp 6+2, Jones 8+1, Evans 13+1, Hodgkinson 4+3, P.Timms 6+1, Ball 12+2, C.Timms 13+1, Winwood 9

In the Combination fixture Poole won as Birmingham gave penalty points away as Hodgkinson and Joe Kemp came in to make the numbers.The Kemp brothers finished top scorer for Birmingham with Steve Hodgkinson also picking up 9 deserved points.

Poole 80:  Sidwick 13+2, Albin 6, Briggs 8, H.Chant 12, Yeatman 11+1, Instone 9+1, Murphy 11, Shylock 10+2

Monarchs 54:  Stevenson 7+1, J.Kemp 12+1, Hodgkinson 8+1, L.Kemp 10+1, Widdas 7, Ry. Winwood 5+2