Monarchs Against Familiar Faces: Weekend Review

Sometimes the fixture list can throw up some strange things and this weekend is one of them as Birmingham face Wednesfield again this Sunday.

This time it is in the Elite League at the surroundings of Sandwell’s Lower City Road track as both sides will be looking for better conditions to what greeted them last Sunday.

Birmingham will have Chris Timms back in action after missing the defeat to Horspath last time out. Questions marks will be on Scott Millward and Chris Parish who are both injured whilst Mark Winwood will be back on the saddle after his bad spill last time out at Sandwell.

Winwood: Back in action after terrible spill

Winwood: Back in action after terrible spill

The Aces will be without Ben Mould but they will have plenty of options with Paul Heard, Lee Aris, Craig Marchant all wearing the orange and yellow. Like Birmingham, Wednesfield lost last time out to Poole and will no doubt be looking to put that behind them on Sunday.

Also on Sunday Paul Heard will be defending his Elite Rider Trophy against one of the Monarchs riders. Last season at Perry Park Wednesfield came away with all the points as the Monarchs fielded a slightly weaker side. Paul Heard was top scorer for the home side as Steve Hodgkinson had a great afternoon on his comeback year.

Birmingham 64: Paul Heard 16, Steve Hodgkinson 11, Paul Timms 10, Chris Timms 8+1, Phil Widdas 7, Richard Stevenson 6, Reece Winwood and Dylan Hexley both 3.

Wednesfield 112: Ben Mould 16+2, Matt Haddock 16+3, Troy Allen 16+1, Mark Griffiths 14+2, Chris Jewkes 13+1, Lee Aris 13+3, Ricki Johnson 12+2, Gavin Wheeler 12+1.


Before Sunday though at Wednesfield’s Ashmore Park the British Isles do battle as the home International takes place with juniors at 2pm and seniors at 4pm

Groves: In action for Scotland

Groves: In action for Scotland


Wales will be bolstered with Monarchs Mark Winwood and also Kieron Jones and Nicky Evans. Nathan Groves will be riding for Scotland as they will be looking to push Wales and England all the way. Myke Grimes will make his debut for England.

Also on Saturday Paul Timms and Steve Hodgkinson will do battle at Cookson Park as the Eurovets takes a visit to Yorkshire. Paul is currently leading the series just ahead of Joe McLaughlin as Hodgkinson has been improving with every round.