Elite: Ipswich 79 Poole 99

Ipswich Eagles : Jamie Chittock 16 , Charlie Rumbold 11 ,Lewis Roberts 11, Richard Williamson 11, Lewis Osborne 10, Joshua Brooke 7, Ashley Hill 7, Leon Mower 4,Richard Fellgett 1 .

Polle Comets : Macin Szymanski 18, Greg Gulowski 17, Gavin Wheeler 16, Aaron Morgan 11, Leyton Glover11, Steve Harris 10, Phil Howells 8, Michel Nowak 8, Aaron Smith 0.

Referee: Terry Ashford (Suffolk ).

Ipswich went into today’s Elite league encounter with Poole Comets looking to get their season off to a winning start. Unfortunately their hopes were dealt a blow even before they could take to to track when illnesses to two of their winter signings Chris Osborne and Adam Peck meant that new team manager Bill Brooke had to reshuffle his line-up .

Youngsters Ashley Hill and Charlie Rumbold came in to replace the absent pair , but Ipswich could call upon Lewis Osborne making his first start in the colours of Ipswich. The Poole line-up looked purposeful packed with quality and experience with the likes of Harris, Howells, Wheeler and current European champion Macin Szymanski .

Heat one one was shared with a winning start for Osborne with Poole pairing Harris/Wheeler holding off the enthusiastic challenge of Rumbold.  Heat two had Ipswich’s Williamson/Roberts split the Poole riders for another shared heat. In heat three Ipswich made the break through with Chittock/Brooke getting the better of Szymanski/Howells. Chittock looked particularly impressive showing he could be right back to his best as well team mate Brooke looking impressive as the pair were to remain unbeaten all afternoon .

In heat four Poole hit back by securing a 7-3 after  Mower clipped the rear wheel of Wheeler while sitting in second position allowed Nowak to pick up the second place spot . The next two heats were shared but certainly the loudest cheer of the day was for Rumbold with Glover/Harris sitting a comfortable 7-3 ,young Rumbold dived inside Harris on the last lap going into the first bend and getting his partner Hill through to snatch a share of the spoils .

In the next five heats Poole took control of the match and racked five heat advantages in a row, effectually  killing the match as a contest as they opened up a seventeen point gap. Heat thirteen did bring some joy to the home team when Chittock/Brooke lowered the colours of Wheeler/Harris 6-4 ,but any last hopes that Ipswich could close the gap were killed off in the following heat by Glover/Szymanski recording a 7-3 over Williamson /Mower.

Young Leyton Glover looked the pick of the Poole team with some mature team riding which was shown in his  eleven point haul from reserve.

This was a tough start for new manager Bill Brooke in his first outing. He will have learned a lot from this and will take the positives from defeat. With the likes of Peck, Cossey, Pike and C.Osborne still to come in the Eagles will look forward to better days. As for the visitors today they will be right up there in the mix and if they can make their away form match their home form they wont be far away come September .

The match was very well officated by Mr.Terrry Ashford and the match itself ridden in a good sporting manner . Rider of the day for Ipswich must go to Charlie Rumbold .