The Leicester v Lakeside Elite League ‘B’ fixture that was rained-off on 19th July will now take place on Saturday 16th August with a start time of 7.30 pm.
The Leicester Lion Cubs made the long journey to Sittingbourne today to race against the Kent Kings who were bottom of the National Trophy League table and without a match point after five fixtures but it was the home side that took their chances during a difficult start that was spoilt by rain.
The track conditions made the contest a great leveller where those making the best starts were unaffected by the spray that was coming off the rear wheels of the bike in front. Leicester were hardest hit with Tom Woolley excluded for falling on the first bend in Heat 2 before the Cubs captain Tom Perry also coming to grief after trying a wide line in the next race. A clear vision was proving to be a growing threat to the riders and both James Sarjeant and Danny Ayres had to remove their shale splattered racing goggles during the course of the fourth race to see where they were going. With Leicester trailing by 15 points to 9 and the safety of the riders of paramount importance referee Barbara Horley called a halt to the racing and declared the meeting abandoned.
“I was thrilled that we got the vital 3 points against Mildenhall on Sunday, clinched on the last bend of the last race. It was a great effort by all the riders and kept us in the hunt for a National Trophy Final spot.
“Tonight at Kent was a frustrating but unavoidable conclusion, with the abandonment after 4 races, as the constant heavy rain made vision almost impossible for any rider not in the lead. It’s all to play for when the last two group meetings arrive, at Mildenhall and when it’s re-arranged against Kent” commented the Lion Cubs Team Manager David Howard.
Kent 15 points: Ben Morley 1+1, Aaron Baseby 2, David Mason 1+1, Benji Compton 2, Simon Lambert 3, Jason Garrad 1 and Danny Ayres 5+1
Leicester 9 points: Oliver Greenwood 3, Dan Greenwood 0, Tom Perry 0, Max Clegg 3, James Sarjeant 1, Sam Chapman 2 and Tom Woolley 0
The Lion Cubs completed their home fixtures in the National Trophy competition with a win against a lively Mildenhall team by 50 points to 43 but they were fortunate to end the meeting with all three match points as the Tigers lost a raft of points due to crashes when in scoring positions.
Entering the final race the Tigers were still in with a chance of a consolation bonus match point. The previously unbeaten Joe Jacobs lined up with Daniel Halsey and the pairing only needed a share of the points. Facing them was Steven Worrall and James Sarjeant and it was Worrall who swept into the bend ahead with the Mildenhall pairing content to hold the minor positions. That’s how it remained but with the finishing line in sight Halsey fell and with it their chance of a match point disappeared.
Leicester had taken the lead with a 5-1 in the first heat and remained ahead throughout and despite a catalogue of setbacks the visitors came within three points of catching the Cubs after taking a 4-2 in the ninth race. Steven Worrall, who broke the National League track record, led the scoring for the Cubs and was the only rider to take a point off Joe Jacobs. Tom Perry was one point short of a paid maximum and solid performances from Max Clegg, James Sarjeant and Dan Greenwood kept the Lions ahead.
“Interest was held right until the end of the match and whilst Mildenhall had most of the bad luck going we managed to avoid it. There were many good signs out there today on both sides and the content of the meeting was full of incident and good racing. Mildenhall kept coming back at us and overall the meeting was a good advert for National League racing” enthused the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.
Leicester Lion Cubs 50 points: Steven Worrall 11, Dan Greenwood 6+2, Max Clegg 8+1, Tom Perry 10+1, James Sarjeant 10, Sam Chapman 2+1 and Tom Woolley 3
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 43 points: Daniel Halsey 4+1, Connor Coles 4, Brendan Johnson 3, Joe Jacobs 17, Jack Kingston 7 and Connor Mountain 8+2
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