Ipswich vs Wednesfield .
Last week’s losing semi-finalists came head to head for this afternoon’s Elite league match at Whitton Sports Raceway . The Suffolk club welcomed their rivals from the Midlands and soon came apparent that they would be fielding an under strength team ,so you could be forgiven that the home team fancied theirs chances of a first win of the season even though Wednesfield still could call upon the likes of Aris,Jewkes ,Mould and Doherty to steady the team . Ipswich themselves had a new look to their line up with injuries to Williamson ,Lee Grange and Ian Grange unable to attend due to work commitments ,so there were first starts for Nick Myhill making his debut and Jordan Stant being called into the line up .
The first three heats were all shared 15-15 ,heat four saw the home side draw first blood after a tape exclusion to Sam Parr ,Brooke and Stant managed to secure a 6-3 advantage with Jewkes splitting the Ipswich pairing . Heat five saw another 5-5 ,with a brilliant piece of team riding by Haddock and Holdcroft . Heat six went the way of the visitors with Mould and Johnson taking full advantage of the second exclusion of the afternoon following Roberts exclusion 7-2 to move the Midland club in front by two points ,heat saw another exclusion this Brooke was adjudged to move while under orders leaving young Ashley Hill to take Aris and Doherty and the young Suffolk rider didn’t let his side down by managing to split the Wednesfield pairing 6-3 ,the final two heats of the half ended in shared heats . Half time score Ipswich 41 Wednesfield 46 .
First heat after the interval was shared ,heat eleven saw the hosts claw back three points to close the gap back to two points following an exclusion to Doherty for legging ,Chittock and Mower saw off the challenge of Aris to secure a 6-3 win ,in the next heat Mould and Johnson recorded a 6-4 win over Brooke and Hill to open up a four point cushion ,Ipswich weren’t going to go away and immediately in heat thirteen Roberts and Cossey rode to a 6-4 over Jewkes and Haddock 62 – 64 to Wednesfield .
A tactical reserve in heat fourteen proved divident for the visitors with Parr coming in to partner Aris ,they took full advantage went Stant came down coming out the fourth bend and was unable to remount so was excluded for cause of the stoppage ,they went on to secure a important 7-2 to open up a seven point gap and put themselves in a winning position ,heat fifteen did see Ipswich secure a 6-4 through Myhill and Chittock ,but could have been a lot better only for Doherty to saved a 7-3 against them after he managed to pass Chittock on the last bend . The final thre heats went the same way as the first three with Wednesfield making sure no errors and saw the match out with shared heats making the final score . Ipswich 85 Wednesfield 90 .
The home team will feel a miss opportunity has slipped by them ,but will also take heart that they are getting closer with every meeting .
Ipswich : Brooke 15 , Roberts 13 , Mower 12 , Chittock 11 , Cossey 11 , Myhill 11 , Hill 9, Stant 3 .
Wednesfield : Johnson 18 , Aris 16 , Mould 14 , Jewkes 11 , Haddock 10 , Doherty 10 , Parr 6 , Holdcroft 5 .
Referee : Mike Legge ( Dorset ) .