Coventry Take Honours

Birmingham and Coventry carried on the battle from last week as they met up at a windy Perry Hall Playing Fields.

Both sides had rider availability issues and Birmingham had a slightly inexperienced side with Paul Timms still recovering from a shoulder injury. The Warwickshire side started off well with a 7-3 as Williams and Pietak got the better of Hodgkinson and Phipps, but Monarchs started to pull the gap back as Prince and Millward both claimed wins in the next heats.

Coventry though had a trick up their sleeve with Konrad Pietak as the fast Pole was on form and took the flag to give Coventry a four point lead. Heat five saw the visitors take maximum points and pull further away. Heat seven saw Drewett retire from the first bend as his chain came off though Kyle Roberts took the win to reduce the advantage for Birmingham as Hodgkinson and Phipps picked up the five points between them. By the interval time Birmingham took two more heat wins with Groves and Millward but Coventry lead 47-42.

Heat ten was a repeat to the beginning of the meeting as Coventry took a 7-3 as Barnett and Mark Roberts took the honours. Heat fourteen saw a restart as Bob Prince and Kyle Roberts clashed on the back straight with Roberts taking a tumble. By then as a contest Coventry’s strength in depth showed as they took the flag three more times to win overall 99-80. Pietak and Kyle Roberts looked dangerous whilst for the Monarchs Nathan Groves looked good with three wins as well as Scott Millward.

Birmingham Monarchs 80   Hodgkinson 15, Phipps 7, Groves 17, Prince 12, Millward 17, Pitt 5, N.Timms 3, Stevenson 4

Coventry 99   Pietak 18, Williams 13, Frith 14, Barnett 12, K.Roberts 17, Drewett 10, Morris 7, M.Roberts 8

In the combination fixture Birmingham were able to give outings to youngsters Connor Steele, Shayden Gregory and Mark Phipps. Melissa Garcia also made her debut to the team.

The first heat saw Ollie Morris take his first win as he eventually went through the card for the Hearsall Common outfit. Heat two saw Gregory and Phipps take the minor places to make it a drawn heat as Mark Phipps continues to impress after just taking up the sport under a year ago. Heat three saw Stevenson take an early lead as Natalie Timms did well to shield the Coventry pair. Dan Drewett though eventually passed the Birmingham pair to make it another drawn heat. Drewett had no time to rest as he then took a 7-3 with Morris to help extend the lead.

The Monarch pairing of Stevenson and Timms once more worked well and got a 5-5 as then Chris Callow got a fine second place as now with his own equipment he is starting to show his speed. After that though Coventry rattled off four consecutive 7-3’s to make sure that they won both meetings but the last heat Birmingham claimed a 7-3 with Callow and Phipps.

Birmingham Monarchs 52   Callow 13, Steele 5, Phipps 9, Gregory 6, N.Timms 5, Stevenson 11, Garcia 1

Coventry 78   Drewett 13, Morris 16, Marsh 15, Bloor 9, Barnett 13, Dickinson 12