Birmingham Monarchs continue there winning run in the Midland League 1st Division with another victory this evening, this time over the Wednesfield Dragons.
Both teams had riders missing – the Dragons were missing 2 of there riders whilst Birmingham had both Captain Chris Timms and Scott Millward out due to work.
Level after 2 heats a Carl Winwood led 6-4 in the 3rd broke the deadlock.
Heat 5 saw another 6-4 to the Monarchs, this time thru Paul Timms and Ewan Hancox. Meanwhile Heats 4, 6 and 7 were shared to keep things nicely poised.
Heat 8 saw the Dragons gain a slice of luck as Mark Winwood had a chain come off and bent chain ring in the process giving the Dragons a 6-3 advantage to get themselves right back into the match at 40-39.
The response was swift tho for the Monarchs – Timms and Groves partnering up for a maximum in heat 9.
The 2nd half saw the Monarchs start to assert some authority in the match and limiting the visitors to only 2 heat advantages to ensure there was no fight back.
Heat 11 saw a home 6-4 before another chain problem this time for Ewan Hancox who attempted to scoot round to pick up his point for 2 laps but was lapped before the chequered flag, giving the Dragons a 4-5 advantage. At that stage the Dragons might have had believed there was still hope with the scores at 62-56. Again the response from the Birmingham side to a dropped point was swift – a maximum and a ten point lead 69-59.
With heats running out the 6-4 in Heat 16 was a little too late for the Dragons, but it was a good mature ride from young Hayden Rowley.
Again the answer to a fightback is a good hard kick and that’s just what the Monarchs provided – 2 maximums to add insult to injury and gave the final scoreline a somewhat emphatic feel.
The Dragons at least can take some heart from the performance as Hayden gave excellent support to Mark Griffiths.
MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 98 – Marcus Wadhams 19+1(5), Ewan Hancox 5(5), Mark Winwood 15(5), Bob Prince 15+1(5), Nathan Groves 14+2(5), Carl Winwood 16+2(5), Phil Widdas 2(2), Paul Timms 12+1(4).
WEDNESFIELD DRAGONS 79 – Hayden Rowley 15+1(5), Courtney Aris 4(3), Karl Parfitt 9(5), Mark Griffiths 16+1(5), Glyn Rowley 8(4), Harrie Everis 11+1(5), Alex Aris 5+1(4), Mick Aris 11+1(5).