The Leicester Monarchs took a well deserved yet surprising victory at their home track in Slater Street on Sunday, the battle of the Monarchs very much going the home sides way.
Both teams were missing key riders, Leicester had 2 of their main team riders unavailable whilst Birmingham were missing heat leader Ricki Johnson.
After a drawn opening heat it was the home side who took a solid maximum in heat 2 that set them up for defending that lead from there on in.
2 drawn heats followed before Phil Widdas was excluded from heat 5 for moving at the tapes which gifted the home side another point advantage. It wasn’t until heat 9 that the visitors took their first heat advantage through Millward/Hodgkinson. Half time scores 48-41.
Birmingham’s struggles to build any heat advantages continued in the 2nd half as the home side continued their solid and consistent display limiting the visitors to one further advantage in heat 18 with the result already secured.
Chris Timms was class personified with a stunning 20 point maximum but declared that “only Hodgkinson, Millward and Groves did their job and 3 tape exclusions were unacceptable”.
MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
LEICESTER MONARCHS 93 v BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 84 – Chris Timms 20 (5), Scott Millward 15 (5), Nathan Groves 12+1 (5), Mark Winwood 12 (5), Paul Timms 10+2 (5), Steve Hodgkinson 8+3 (4), Ewan Hancox 7 (5), Phil Widdas 0 (2).
The 2nd division fixture was a one sided affair with the home side dominating against a mostly junior team with only veterans Hodgkinson and Widdas able to take points off Leicester riders.
MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION 2
Leicester Monarchs 88 v Birmingham Monarchs 53 (61-8 penalty points) – Hodgkinson 15 (4), Widdas 14 (4), Phipps 9 (5), R Winwood 6 (4), Arkinstall 5 (2), Humphries 4 (3) A Heagren 4 (4), Steel 2 (2).
The juniors brought some joy by starting the day with a win to continue their unbeaten run this year, romping to a 20 point win. Alex Heagren took his first ever team win.
LEICESTER MONARCHS 30 v BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 50 – Ryan Winwood 10+1 (3), Marc Phipps 9+3 (3), Connor Steel 9+1 (3), William Arkinstall 8 (2), Rebekah Humphries 7 (2), Alex Heagren 6+1 (2), Ben Heagren 2(2).
Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6PM for anyone to join in with free use of bikes and equipment!