SE1: Ipswich 81 Gt Blakenham 95

Ipswich  81
Chittock 15 , Roberts 13 , Pike 11 , Mower 10 , Williamson 10 , Stant 9 , M.Hill 7 , A.Hill 6 .

Gt. Blakenham 95
Ashford 20 , L.Osborne 18 , C.Osborne 14 , Howells 14 , Peck 14 , Slaughter 7 , Pyke 4 , Jennings 4 .

Ipswich went into this afternoon’s fixture hoping to continue their good start to the season against local rivals Great Blakenham who themselves were looking to bounce back after their shock defeat at the hands of East London. A win for Ipswich would open up a four point cushion over their opponents ,likewise Blakenham knew a victory for them would put them right back in contention even at this early stage of the season.

Ipswich’s plans were throw in to chaos with late withdrawals from the team, which meant a reshuffle to the team with fourteen year old Matt Hill being called in at the last moment so that the hosts could field eight riders ,while their opponents looked at full strength with Phil Howells coming for his first match of the season. It was the away team that who dominated right from the start and would continue to do so through out the meeting only dropping two heats all afternoon as the hostshad no answer to Blakenham’s big guns. Jason Ashford was the stand out rider of the afternoon turning the clock back with some impressive riding and leadership which their hosts seemed to lack, in fact the home team looked very flat all afternoon .
Jamie Chittock was the only home rider to look anywhere near his best with a good 15 point haul claiming five seconds and young Matthew Hill did well to score seven plus two from reserve against such strong opposition. This will surely only have served to be a wake up call for the Ipswich lads who have been in good form that they can’t take their eye off the prize. After match discussions were held with every rider allowed to have their say on where they can improve and go forward from here before we lock horns again with Poole Comets up next in the Elite League. Ipswich will need to lick their wounds quickly and be ready to put things right. Thanks must go to Richard Hunt for refereeing this afternoon and thank you for his efforts on controlling what could have been an explosive match.

Ipswich can have no arguements on the final out come Great Blakenham were worthy winners and looked the more solid and hungry out of the two teams.