The Birmingham Monarchs wrapped up their league programme by taking victory in the 1st division match over Coventry, although both 2nd and 3rd division teams fell to defeats. 4 riders who were successful in last weekends British Championships were on show including Open Champion Myke Grimes. Nick Yarworth from British Cycling was also on hand to present the Birmingham Club with their Go Ride certificate.
The Monarchs faced a battling and determined Coventry side who fought hard throughout. Chris Timms opened with a heat 1 win over Grimes in a 5 all opening heat. 3 further heat advantages followed in the next 5 heats to take control of the meeting (35-23) before Coventry hit back with advantages in the 7th and 8th to move to within 6 at the interval (47-41).
Birmingham hit strong after the break with 2 maximums won by veterans Hodgkinson (10th and Paul Timms 11th) to move 14 points clear. Coventry finished on a high by taking a 6-4 in the final race however the Monarch men held control throughout the 2nd half to ensure the victory was confirmed. Grimes was the standout rider, going unbeaten after a 1st race defeat and had support from Dominik Rycharski. For the Monarchs 6 different riders took at least a paid win. Mark Winwood top scored on 18.
In the Division 2 fixture it was all one way traffic for the visitors who were way too strong for our mostly younger side. Jake Steel took 2 wins for the Monarchs. William Arkinstall also took a victory in a much improved performance.
In the Division 3 fixture the Mini Monarchs were beaten for the first time this season and first time in 2 years as Coventry took a well earned victory with a very strong performance. Such was the solidity of the young Coventry side that they restricted the home side to just one heat win and advantage. Despite the loss the Monarchs were still crowned Division 3 champions for the 3rd season running.
MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 99 – Mark Winwood 18 (5), Chris Timms 17+1 (5), Paul Timms 16 (5), Scott Millward 15+3 (5), Steve Hodgkinson 12 (4), Ewan Hancox 11+4 (5), Jake Steel 7+1 (5), Billy Winwood 3+1 (2) V COVENTRY 79.
BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 54 – Jake Steel 11 (4), William Arkinstall 11 (4), Billy Winwood 7 (4), Phil Widdas 6+1 (3), Natalie Timms 5 (3), Rebekah Humphries 5 (4), Vinnay Chawla 5 (5), Ryan Winwood 4 (3) V COVENTRY 95
BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 37 – Connor Steel 9 (3), Ryan Winwood 8+1 (3), Billy Winwood 8 (3), Rebekah Humphries 6+1 (3), Charlie Buet Gannon 6+1 (4) COVENTRY 43.
Mark Winwood finished 4th in Glasgow in round 6 of the Eurovets Series, he remains 3rd overall.
This weekend sees the start of the Play offs, which will be hosted by division one champions Wednesfield. The host club are joined by runners up Birmingham, Leicester and Coventry. The winners will join the other regional play offs winners to battle for the Regional title in 3 weeks time.
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