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Gateshead joy at Pairs success

Gatestead (24) have won the Club Pairs for the first time after a remarkable turnaround in form in the competition for their top two of Shane Goodwin (14) and Enrico Ludwig (10). Beaten into fourth in the semi-final at Lye they had sneaked through to the final by a point, finishing some nine adrift of the pace set by Altrincham (18) in the qualifier. However they turned the tables on the holders in the decider, the partnership from Altrincham one of five to be on the wrong end of heat advantages scored by the Gladiators, and this time it’s they who would finish down in fourth. In truth the Panthers were playing catch-up from the off after conceding a 5-1 to Tottenham in the opener, Gateshead meanwhile added to their 4-2 against Denaby (18) in heat five to take the lead with maximum points over Manor (20) in heat six, a result which would prove crucial in the final reckoning. Crucial as it would be the Miracles who would go on to finish as runners-up to Neil Magee’s side thanks to late 4-2’s over both Tottenham and Denaby, and as their main rivals were taking points off each other Gateshead completed their victory with a 4-2 over Southampton in heat 18, the injury to Craig Rowntree having weakened the Scorpions to the extent that they would follow up their semi-final win with a last place finish at Newquay. Gateshead have become the fourth successive winner of the competition from division two, a remarkable run for the second tier collective considering sides from the top flight had won the previous 17 finals, the last win from a division one outfit earned by a Goodwin led Ramsgate in SL18.

TODAY: Shorts

It’s that time of the season were a few freak results occur with many promoters mixing their sides up in order to benefit the club going forward. That was not the reason for Gateshead’s shock home loss to St Peters however, fresh from their Pairs win the early leaders of division two were beaten at home 42-48, the main culprit being the machinery of Filippo Porchia, a rider who’d been averaging 8.00 for the Gladiators. The Italian suffered three successive retirements and went through two bikes before scoring his first points on Shane Goodwin’s (15) back-up in heat 14. Those two points though came in a 4-2 against which saw the Scions secure the league win, Alois Jarolim (11) and reserve Miloslav Chaplin (6+2) taking the match clinching rides. Earlier both Porchia and Wade Dunn—who scored ten against St Peters—were left out of the Gladiators side which lost at Merseyside, 49-41. Not such a great week in the Division Two Cup for St Peters, they going down to their biggest home loss since SL18 with the visit of Dunmow, leaving them will little hope of reaching the semi-finals. The Dragons are clear favourites to go through, the 38-52 win providing them with two vital bonus points as they bid to finish in the top two in the group, Dejan Straus leading the way in the victory with a five ride maximum. In the other half of the draw Denaby put themselves in strong position to qualify with a draw at Buxton, secured with a last heat Zarek Jablonski (16+1) winning 4-2 in a meeting they had trailed in by ten.


A last heat 4-2 from guest rider Alexander Wagner (12+1) and George Farley (11) secured Southampton their first away points of the season. The visiting top two took the Scorpions in front for the first time in the fixture at Laceby, a race earlier Paul Adams (12) had completed his third successive four ride maximum with victory over Bojan Kraka (5+3). Between them the Southampton heat leaders won nine of the 15 heats in the 44-46 success, which sees takes them move level at the top of division one on eight points with three other sides. Quantock lie fifth, just a point off the leading quartet, after becoming the third side to take points at London this year, two for them for their 42-48 victory, which Corley Wolin (12+1) and Mauro Bruno (13) completed with a last heat 5-1. Elsewhere a 20 point home win for Manor over Ramsgate saw Andy Barton’s preferred top seven exceed the 47 points limit at the GSA change, team alterations ahead for the Miracles who beat a Ramsgate side that was without Jacob Cooke, who’d scored paid ten at reserve in a recent win over Southampton and helped the Rams record a 44-46 win at Exeter this week in the Division One Cup.


Hertford’s Fortinbras Andersen (14) beat Ville Lassila (8) in the final scheduled heat of the contest to win his WU19 semi-final at Cradley Heath. The 18 year old Norwegian—who was appearing in his first WSO meeting—has been attracting the attention of bigger clubs, and having since earned a more useable 4.52 GSA could be a transfer target for one or two now the market has re-opened.


Second away wins of the SL22 division three campaign for Newquay, Bolsover and Tottenham have helped the trio build a four point gap between themselves and Birmingham in fourth. Elsewhere California picked up their first away points of the year on their trip to New Cross.


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