MATCH REPORT: Earlsdon Seize Early Initiative

Earlsdon proved too strong in the opening Coventry League fixture as they triumphed by two points beating Warwick, Brandon and Coventry.

Led by Daniel Drewett, Earlsdon looked to be struggling when they fount themselves trailing by six points after seven heats. Drewett stepped up to the plate though and delivered the full eight points on offer to bring Earlsdon back into the meeting. Brandon also used their joker to the maximum effect as Matt Hambridge secured the eight points in heat 8 whilst Charlie Barnett also picked up a ‘joker’ victory in heat 13.

Warwick were the only side not to use their joker as Carl Wassall’s side never fell six points behind the leaders as the meeting progressed – for much of which Warwick led. Warwick made a super start to the meeting with wins for skipper Shaun Reynolds and the promising Jake Slatter. However as the meeting progressed, Earlsdon shadowed Warwick and nudged into the lead by the half way stage.

A couple of battling performances from Leicester based Elizabeth Rigley helped Warwick as she secured a hard fought win in her final ride. However Earlsdon’s Ollie Morris proved the key rider scoring an impressive 18 points from his five rides as his side confirmed victory in the the penultimate race when Morris himself beat Shaun Reynolds in a closely contested heat.

A win for Jake Slatter in the afternoon’s last race ensured Warwick finished second whilst Coventry and Brandon shared third.

RESULT: Earlsdon 56, Warwick 54, Brandon 51, Coventry 51.

Coventry League Standings After Round 1: Earlsdon 4, Warwick, 3, Brandon 1 1/2, Coventry 1 1/2.