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REBOUND

Superb Sedgemoor claim cup

Sedgemoor inflicted New Forest’s biggest ever defeat to claim victory in this season’s Division One Cup competition, the Rebels overcoming a 12 point first leg deficit to win the final by a clear 20 point margin. Maximums from Rafal Robakiewicz (14+1) and Morten Kristensen (14+1) helped earn Sedgemoor their record breaking success, the Rebels were still adrift on aggregate at the half way point of their home meeting, however they ended the final with five 5-1’s and four 4-2’s, leaving the visitors awestruck. The Rebels may have felt they ‘owed them one’ after losing top spot in the league to their final opponents earlier in the month, and they certainly used the opportunity to pay them back, the silverware remarkably clinched with two races to spare when their top two continued their unbeaten run in the second leg with a heat 13 5-1 win over Kristof Muller and Stephen Charnock. The Knights top pairing had dropped just two points between them in the opening meeting, however the latter had also already been on the wrong end of two earlier home side 5-1’s, losing out to second strings Ota Pelikan and James Richardson in turn, although fairing a little better, Muller still could only muster up two race wins from his six outings to the track. They the only two successes on the night for New Forest, 13 going the way of the home side, reserve Ryan Doherty amongst those to take the chequered flag for them, the 22 year olds paid 12 final tally his best for the Rebels this season, a season in which he began without a spot in Nick Howard’s septet. The victory is a record fifth in the Division One Cup for a single club and Sedgemoor’s first in any competition in nearly two years.

TODAY: Shorts

Just one more win from their final four league fixtures will seal the already promoted Durham the second tier title, and this week they secured part one of the trophy double at that level, the Saints winning the Division Two Cup after completing a 12 point final victory over Rugby. Four up from the first leg there was little doubt in the Neil Magee camp that they would claim their first piece of silverware since finishing top of division three in SL9, and that confidence built as second string Kim Poulsen (7+1) brought home victory in a heat three 5-1 in this weeks return, from then on it seemed a case of going through the motions for the home side, who eventually secured the trophy with their second 5-1—again won by Poulsen—in heat 14.

 

Pagham claimed their second Division Three Cup success in three years with a 49-41 second leg win over Wednesfield in this years final, second string Daniel Matusovic (9+2) dropping just a point for the home side, who recovered from a heat one 4-2 reversal to lead from a Gary Jones (10+1)/Matusovic heat three 5-1 onwards. Jones took the Raccoons over the line with victory over tactical substitute Rune Kjolo in heat 14. Not so good in the league for the Marc Labrum outfit though, a home 41-49 defeat to leaders Claygate leaving them four points off the promotion places with four meetings to ride. Claygate’s victory extends their unbeaten run in division three to seven meetings and takes them to the top of the third tier standings for the first time since the opening week of the season, the Riders go into the final month a point clear of both Wednesfield and Newport Pagnell.

 

Defending World Champion Andy James moved top of this years GP series standings for the first time with victory in the Danish round, the 23 year old Glasshougton star winning the event on the Horsens circuit for a record equalling third time, with the success—his eighth—moving him to within one place of top spot on the all-time GP winners list. James headed an all British podium at Horsens, his 13 point tally one more than that achieved by rookie Lee Cooper, world number two Kevin Dobinson finish a further point back in third. James takes over from Darko Kokol at the top of the overall standings on count back, amazingly 21 year old Cooper is up to third overall.


Former leaders Sedgemoor lost further ground to New Forest in this years league championship race after failing to win either bonus point in their meetings this week, meetings against their two title rivals. The Rebels did beat New Forest 49-41, the margin though four short of achieving the bonus point, they then lost at Pennsylvania by the same score, and with the reverse meeting in Devon having ended all square, the extra point also went to their opponents. That results lifts the Pirates—who host New Forest next—above Sedgemoor and into second spot in the standings.

 

A 46-44 defeat in their top of the table clash at Rugby leaves Durham still shy of the second tier title, the Gravediggers still in with a slight chance of denying the Saints following the success secured with the minor places from Roy Frain (13) and Ton Lynch (12+1) in the last. Earlier Rugby had taken a point at promotion rivals Plymouth (45-45) after Frain won the last there.

 

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