Monarchs Out Of British Team

Southampton came out winners in the British Team cup at Stoke Road and will now focus on Wednesfield in the next round.

Birmingham travelled down for what will be their final long road trip of the season to Hampshire to face Southampton in what looked on paper a close one to call. The Monarchs were without injured Scott Millward but Nathan Groves returned to action. The hosts had Gavin Wheeler, Tom Collings and the father and son Chant combination in their lineup as well as some good up and coming youngsters.

Wheeler on song for Southampton

Wheeler on song for Southampton

Captain Chris Timms and Nathan Groves both won their respective heats before the home side took a slight advantage in heat three as Wheeler beat Bob Prince with Robertson picking up third ahead of Winwood. Timms once more came out to win, this time heat four but then two 6-4 heats to Southampton opened the gap to six points. Heat seven saw the first exclusion as Hayden Chant moved at the tapes. The restart saw Mark Winwood beat Collings with Prince picking up third to close the gap slightly.

Just before the interval the Hampshire side claimed there first 7-3 as Woodhouse and Poole rider Colling beat the Monarch pairing of Paul Timms and Steve Hodgkinson to make it 48-41 at the break.

Groves: Back in Monarch action

Groves: Back in Monarch action

After the interval Southampton stretched the lead with a further two heat advantages with Bob Prince disqualified in heat eleven for moving at the startline. Heat twelve Groves steadied the ship with his second heat win but then a run of three heat advantages once more to the homeside killed off any ambitions of an away win and further involvement in the competition. Groves and Chris Timms came out in sixteen to get a 7-3 to help the scoreboard but Southampton came out 100-77 winners on the day.

Ref: Mike Legge

Southampton 100

Gavin Wheeler 18, Nathan Harris 18, Shaun Woodhouse 16, D Miller 13, Tom Colling 12, Hayden Chant 10, Pete Chant 8, J Robertson 8

Birmingham 78

Chris Timms 19, Mark Winwood 17, Nathan Groves 16, Paul Timms 8, Bob Prince 6, Richard Stevenson 4, S Stevenson 4, Phil Widdas 4