Birmingham Monarchs took victory in Poole on Sunday in the opening meeting of the new South/South West league with a strong team showing, leading from the off.
The Monarchs started with a 6-4 with Hancox taking victory. Heats 3 and 7 were maximum advantages from the Johnson/Millward pairing with those heats in between shared to give the visitors a 10 point lead, at the interval that lead was stretched to 12.
It was the home side who made the brighter start with maximums in heats 10 and 12 to move to within 3 points of the Birmingham men. The reply tho was swift and brutal as the Monarchs took successive maximums in the next 2 races with both reserves playing key roles in both heats, Paul Timms and Hancox winning each race.
Poole weren’t to take another advantage until the final heat when the result was already known. The home side had the rider of the day in Polish star Matty Ganczarek who dropped a single point to Johnson however the Monarchs all round strength won through on the day.
SOUTH/SOUTH WEST CROSS OVER LEAGUE
POOLE 85 v BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 94 – Nathan Groves 17+1 (5), Ricki Johnson 17+1 (5), Scott Millward 14+4 (5), Ewan Hancox 13+1 (5), Mark Winwood 11 (5), Paul Timms 11 (4), Chris Timms 10+1 (5), Phil Widdas 3+1 (2).
The mini Monarchs were in action in Coventry on Saturday in round 3 of the JYL. Charlie Buet Gannon made the A final of the U10’s and finished 4th. He lies 4th in the standings.
Connor Steel had to settle for runner up spot in the U12’s but was involved in some superb racing and excellent finishing, he leads the group by 6 points. Rebekah Humphries was in the thick of the action all day and just missed out on the A final, racing to 2nd spot in the B final.
Dylan Hawtin missed a golden opportunity to make the A final but slipped from 1st to 4th in his final race – he won the C final.
Jake Steel won the C final in the U18’s but was very much on the pace throughout whilst Marc Phipps won the D final.
The next home fixture will be saturday 3rd June as Birmingham host the 4th round of the YJL, where trophies will be presented to the winners.
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