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Silkmen claim Stowmarket double
Back-to-back wins at Stowmarket’s Suffolk Raceway has ignited Dover’s season into life, the Silkmen closing in on top spot in the league and on a semi final place in the Division One Cup following the successes. A showdown against holders Newark on their own Freddie Memorial Stadium circuit will now decide which of those two clubs will reach the knock out stages of the latter competition, with Stoke having already secured their spot in the last four from the same group thanks to their win over Swanage this week. Three second places and a win earned second string Danilo Jeglich (9+1) the rider of the night award in Dover’s 41-48 cup success at the Vultures, the third of those second places in heat 14 securing the Silkmen a crucial victory in the competition. The hosts were hampered by the change in averages which deprived boss Bill Jones the services of Stewart Barton, the absence of the loanee and subsequent promotion into the top five Adrian Thomas coincided earlier with the abrupt half of their four meeting winning run in the league, Thomas managing just one point in the 40-50 defeat to Dover having last week hit a match winning paid 11 at Stoke from his position at reserve. Newark asset Jeglich (7+1) was once again amongst the heat winners for Dover, but this time the standout rider for the visitors was heat leader Pelcis Alexander, the under-fire Estonian racing to four heat victories on his way to a season best 14. 19 year old Jamie Armstrong looked more comfortable in his new role at reserve, he warmed up with paid seven at Stowmarket and latter added a paid 12 in Dover’s home rout of Putney.
More success for Dover in the WU19 Championship, with Zarek Adamski (14)—currently on loan at the Silkmen from Stoke—winning the SL30 title after beating Kostya Grasmick in a race-off for the trophy at Putney. It was the second defeat inflicted on home track rider Grasmick by the 18 year old Pole in the meeting. Staffan Lagman (11) completed the podium at Tibberts Corner, with the best placed British rider Samuel Ball (7) finishing without a race win in sixth spot.
At the tenth time of asking a West Ham rider has won the BU21 title with reserve Jake Hyde (13) topping the standings in this weeks final at Nottingham, which featured several riders vastly more experienced than the 18 year old. Last years runner-up in the competition Robert Cooke (11) finished off the podium after losing out in a race-off for third with Dominic Batchelor, while fellow semi final winner Liam Robertson (10) also disappointed. Charlie Craig (12) of Bracklesham took the runners-up spot.
A record £2.2million spent on a ‘very poor’ list of unattached riders, with West Ham—whose promoter derided the standard of those available—spending £65,000 on former Wirral second string Jokke Muurimki. That small change compared with the £600,000 plus spent by Reading on Christopher McCarron, who was released by Herne Bay in pre-season having finished tenth in the American Championship. That was one of eight six figure deals involving riders without a club, meanwhile Putney went a different route as they attempt to rebuild following an injury hit start to SL30. £900,000 the fee the Spitfires paid Wirral for 24 year old second string Sam Bray, who has top flight experience with both Swanage and Dover. Young Dane Lasse Hinsch joins the third division Warriors as part of the deal, where he’ll be hoping life is easier as he attempts to achieve a high enough GSA to be back in British League racing next season. Wirral boss Glyn Hughes spend just over two-thirds of his cash windfall on Lee Darton, who joins the club from Cradley.
Home wins for Warrington and Croxley Green in the Division Two Cup earned both clubs places in the semi finals of that competition with a round of group fixtures to spare, while both also picked up an away league point thanks to draws at Bolsover and Kent respectively. It was a 46-44 win over Peak Dean though that saw Warrington end the week top of the second tier standings on points difference, they extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to ten meetings with the narrow success. Newcastle remain second but now just points difference adrift after they picked up home and away league wins from their latest meetings, the first a 37-53 win at Cradley in which Jaka Dedic (15) scored his first ever league full maximum. Elsewhere a frustrating week for Peak Dean began with a home draw against Reading, the visitors benefiting from Ruda Cejak’s new position at reserve in the team, he one of five different winners for the Whiteknights and finished with season best figures of nine from five. In division three Milton Keynes went top of the pile for the first time this season with a 38-52 success at Benfleet, Wirral beat Lothian 41-49 on the road to move up to third spot.