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MATCH REPORT: Coventry Snatch Victory In Dramatic Ashmore Tie

A blockbuster weekend of sport for the city of Coventry was topped off at Ashmore Park on Sunday afternoon as Coventry Cycle Speedway triumphed by one point over the Wednesfield Dragons in the clubs latest Midland League encounter.

After sporting success in the most dramatic fashion for both the Coventry Bees & Blaze, Coventry team manager Lee Marsh fired up his troops for what was going to be a tough away encounter. Wednesfield immediately put Coventry to the sword with a 7-3 in the opening race of the afternoon.

A couple of heat advantages later and Coventry were ahead – but only by a single point. Wednesfield nudged to the front when Dragons youngster Brandon Whetton picked up his third win of the afternoon in heat 7. By the half way stage, Coventry trailed the Dragons by two points.

There was further agony for the Devlins Newsagents when Myke Grimes was excluded in heat 11 – a 7-2 to the Dragons resulted as Coventry now trailed by 7 points with heats quickly running out.

A huge 7-3 for Mason Phillips and Bobby McMillan over Brandon Whetton and Carl Parfitt ensured Coventry lived to fight another day; further heat wins for Pole Dominik Rycherski, Myke Grimes & Daniel Drewett left Coventry just one point behind with three heats to go.

The great comeback appeared to be all but over when the Dragons secured a 7-3 in heat 16, however in true dramatic, Coventry, fashion the Devlins Newsagents managed to plug a 6-4 from the penultimate race – meaning a maximum 7-3 was required in the final race to earn victory.

Grimes & Rycherski powered from their respective gates and earned Coventry a narrow one point win – it proved to be the only time the Hearsall Common based side led the meeting.

Following on from the dramatic victory, Coventry boss Lee Marsh said “That was a fantastic match and although we snatched victory in the final race, Cycle Speedway was the winner.

“Everyone worked hard for their points and we never gave in, the boys displayed great team spirit this afternoon and were rewarded with the two Midland League points.”

This weekend, Coventry hosts the first round of the Coventry League. Action gets underway at 2pm with Coventry, Brandon, Earlsdon & Warwick all in action aiming to become 2015 Coventry League champions.

For more information on Coventry Cycle Speedway, including how to get involved, you can visit or follow the club on Twitter using @CoventryCSC.