Published on June 26th, 2012 | by James Clarke0
BCTG Elite League – Poole v Wednesfield
Location:Â Poole Cycle Speedway, Baiter, Poole
Event: 24 June 2012
Top level league rivalry between these two clubs dates back four decades and close results have always been the rule rather than the exception. The latest chapter in the long running saga featured eighteen energy sapping races on a track made very heavy by another overnight deluge.
Poole were off to the best possible start with a 7-3 from Thomas Reed and Sam Hearn with Ben Mould caught out by the heavy conditions and taking a tumble. Artur Poprawski showed little sign of match rustiness by outpacing the Wheeler/Jewkes pairing in heat 2 with Greg Gluchowski matching Artur in heat 3 ahead of the powerful Griffiths/Aris combination after Lee had won a battle royal with Michel Nowak.
Thomas Reed once again made light of the conditions inÂ the next raceÂ as he rounded Ben Mould from gate 4 to lower the colours of his great rival for the second time in the match. Sam Hearn gave the visitors an opportunity toÂ take the leadÂ in heat 5 with a tapes exclusion but Leyton Glover managed to split the Johnson/Haddock combination. Scoreline 25-24.
Then in the very next race, Gavin Wheeler got his marching orders at the start and while Chris Jewkes was at full stretch to hold off Gluchowski in the re-start, Michel Nowak won his first Elite race for his new English club. Â Reed and Mould were the next two race winners in shared heats but a Jewkes/Draisey 6-4 before the break narrowed the margin to 45-43 at the interval.
Gavin Wheeler gotÂ off with a flier in heat 10 to chalk up his first win at the expense of Gluchowski but aÂ clever third from Leyton Glover over Ricki Johnson preserved the two point advantage. Aris outmuscled Poprawski to win the next race and with Griffiths holding on to third over Morgan the scores were back level at 54-54.
Poole replied immediately with a 6-4 of their own from Reed and Glover in heat 12 with Reed picking off Wheeler superblyÂ and Glover cooly holding off Jewkes for a vital third place. Gluchowski sprinted away from gate 1 in heat 13 while Nowak and Mould battled for three laps before the Welshman got the better of his Polish rival for third place. A costly tumble by Griffiths in heat 14 allowed the Poole pairing of Morgan/Sidwick to square the race behind Ricky Johnson. Another Poole 6-4 advantage in heat 15 saw PoprawskiÂ turn the tables on Lee Aris after their previous clash and Glover once again chalk upÂ a valuable third place ahead of Draisey. Scoreline 76-72.
With three heats remaining, Wednesfield were looking for something special and they got it in heat 16 when the powerful Mould/Wheeler pairing were too good for Hearn and Nowak and it was all square againÂ at 79-79! With one eye on the line-up for the final race, Poole tracked unbeaten Thomas Reed from gate 1 in the crucial penultimateÂ heat 17Â with Aris fancying his chances alongside him on gate 2 knowing that a race advantage would relieve the pressure in a difficult looking heat 18. But it all went wrong for the Aces as Lee Aris moved at the tapes and Morgan teamed up with Reed for aÂ points winning 7-2 and a bonus maximum for the Devon Express. Home captain Gluchowski rounded the match off in style with his third race victory and for the second time this season, title contenders left Harbourside Park empty handed.
Poole 91: Thomas Reed 19+1Â Greg Gluchowski 17Â Artur PoprawskiÂ 15Â Arron Morgan 11+1Â Michel Nowak 10Â Leyton Glover 9+1Â Sam Hearn 6+1Â Oli Sidwick 4+1
Wednesfield 86: Ben Mould 13+2Â Gavin Wheeler 13+1Â Chris Jewkes 13Â Lee Aris 12+1Â Luke Draisey 11+1Â Ricki Johnson 11 Matt Haddock 3
Referee – Robin Spicer
Poole 75 (69 + 6 p/pts): Chris Shylock 13+2Â Wil Bristowe 12Â Shane Bentley 11+1 Aaron Smith 9Â Luke Armes 7+1 Dave Oddie 7Â Jay Briggs 6Â Niall Instone 4+1
Wednesfield 58: Matt Haddock 18Â Tom Haddock 10+1Â Dave Meanley 9 Harry Everiss 9 Arron O’Brian 6+1 Charlie Ellitts 6+1
Referee – Mike Legge