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PIRATES PLUNDERED

Rebels go second as Kristensen impresses

Recently crowned Danish Champion Morten Kristensen continues to set the league alight in SL20, the 25 year old scoring 17 as Sedgemoor ended a run of 16 without a win on Pennsylvania's Galleon circuit. Without injured number one Bryan Baah the Rebels recovered from a six point deficit to defeat their hosts 43-47 in the top flight clash, Mortensen and guest Roy Frain (14+2) the stars in the comeback, the former winning his tactical substitute ride in a heat seven 4-2, while Rugby asset Frain finished second to Mortensen when taking his extra ride in heat nine. That 5-1 was followed by another from the same pairing in heat 13, a result which gave the visitors the lead for the first time in the meeting, one concluded by a Kristensen winning 4-2 in the last, he recording his side’s tenth heat win in the clash in the decider. Sedgemoor went on to beat Chalvington at home, 40-50, that the Chiefs sixth defeat in as many competitive meetings in SL20, they having earlier lost at home to New Forest by the same ten point margin. Race wins were again the problem for the hosts, just two going the way of their heat leaders Simon Atkins (13), Robert Nicolas (8+2) and Michael Milosevic (6), in contrast the Knights top two alone raced to eight, with Kristof Muller (14+1) unbeaten by an opponent, just as he was in New Forest’s later home win over Cambridge. That success sees the Knights top the division one standings by a point from Sedgemoor. Pennsylvania meanwhile recovered from their home loss to earn a point for a draw at Rugby, that man Roy Frain again causing the Pirates pain, he preventing a visitors win when completing his maximum in the last.

TODAY: Shorts

A point lost at home, but one gained on their travels for Rugby, who fought back from 33-27 down to tie their league meeting 45-45 at Glasshougton with a last heat 5-1, Tom Lynch (15+2) and Roy Frain (14) coming up with the goods in the decider. On this evidence the duo will be contenders for the Club Pairs title next week, they having qualified for the Ashton final with a equal second place finish—alongside Sedgemoor and Cambridge—in the semi final at Pennsylvania this week, the hosts topped the meeting standings with 25 points. Favourites from the crown though with be SL15 winners New Forest (28), Kristof Muller (15) and Stephen Charnock (13) dropped just two points between them to win the second of the qualifiers by six from Glasshougton, Maldon took third and will be the sole representatives of the lower divisions in next weeks final.

 

Early season leaders Colney Hatch end the week fifth in the division one standings after suffering back-to-back league defeats, which included a 42-47 home loss against Kent. The home fans were given little to cheer about on a night where the home septet raced to just two heat wins between them, and the result would have been a lot worse if Luke Marlowe could have stayed on his bike in heats one and five, falls there costing the youngster—and his side—a total of three points. He partly made amends by winning heat eight and becoming the sixth different race winner for the Spitfires as a result, with the meeting only just at the halfway point. Despite their early dominance it wasn’t until a heat 15 4-2 from Mario Obrecht (12+1) and Lee Alty (13) that Kent could celebrate their victory, one which ended a run of seven straight defeats for the side at the venue.

 

Wordsley’s first ever visit to Newport Pagnell proved to be a fruitful one, the Wizards—who, in their 11th season, are still looking to earn promotion to the top flight for the first time—ending the night with a 5-1 and two 4-2’s to win the division two meeting, 42-48. All is not what is seems at first glance though, with victory somewhat handed to them by the hosts, whose number one Lee Cooper (8) suffered a retirement in heat 13 and was then excluded in the last, a fate that also befell Nicky Blackford (4+2) in heat 14. Per Conteh top scored for the visitors with 14, they end the week level on points with Netherton at the top of the second tier standings.

 

Pagham are they only side in the country to hold a 100% winning record after the first month of SL20, the Raccoons moving a point clear at the top of division three following their win at Bearwood, 44-46. Trailing by six with three heats to go, the visitors new look top three brought home the points, loanees Hans Berg (13+1) and Marcus Rottensteiner (13+1) winning the last 5-1, two heats earlier Berg had headed Jonas Sorensen (8+1) in another Raccoons 1-2. Newcomers Oxford end the week a point off top spot in second, they extending their unbeaten start to life in the sport to six meetings with a 42-48 victory at Kesgrave, Tamas Bukszegi (9+3) again playing a pivotal role at reserve in the visitors side, the Hungarian—signed from Colney Hatch for £15,000 in pre-season—racing to wins in heat two and 14 4-2’s.

 

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