||Last Updated: Apr 5th, 2016 - 18:40:23
A bad tempered match littered with exclusions showed that there was nothing 'friendly' about the season opener EL friendly match at Perry Hall Park on Sunday.
The reigning champions turned up with a power packed line up to ensure the home side would have a serious work out on the track.
The Aces started with a comfortable maximum in heat 1 but that was redressed with a superb team riding effort from Chris Timms to get his partner Jamie Whetton through for a maximum of there own. Ben Mould became the first rider to earn an exclusion after leaving the track in this heat (10-9).
Heat 4 was drawn before the Aces hit hard in heat 5, following a 6-4 in heat 3. (22-27). Timms again the winner in heat 8, following the win from Ricki Johnson in heat 6. Heat 9 took us into the break with a 5-4 home advantage - the Aces having just one rider complete the race.
Half time scores 41-47.
Johnson took his 2nd win of the match winning heat 10 and with partner Luke Draisey working hard to gain 3rd place the fight was back on. (47-51)
Heats 11& 12 saw only 2 finishers in both heats. Both riders from Birmingham in heat 12 excluded for separate incidents. (51-61).
Heat 13 saw the aces this time with only 1 finisher as Birmingham took a 5-4 through the Millward/Johnson pairing.
Heat 14 and the Aces bounced straight back with a maximum.Timms the winner of heat 15 in a drawn heat.
An unsavoury heat 16 saw Millward take a classy win however the battle at the back turned ugly when Paul Heard deliberately rode Jamie Ball right to the kerb earning a rightful exclusion and prompting a bitter exchange between the duo. The resulting 6-4 saw the scores at 70-80.
Heats 17 and 18 were exchanged maximum heat advantages.
Heat 19 saw Jamie Ball pull out with an injury but his replacement Luke Draisey took an excellent win over an impressive Lee Aris, the Wednesfield rider knowing 2nd place was enough to secure victory.
The Monarchs finished strong with a Johnson/Timms maximum to ensure the scores finished respectfully.
For the Monarchs Timms was superb with a 6 ride paid maximum, whilst Johnson was great value for his points.
ELITE LEAGUE FRIENDLY
Birmingham Monarchs 93 - Mark Winwood 7+1 (5), Jamie Ball 7 (5), Chris Timms 21+3 (6), Jamie Whetton 10(5), Scott Millward 13+1 (5), Ricki Johnson 19+1 (6), Ewan Hancox 6 (2), Luke Draisey 10 (5).
The juniors lost by 3 points to the young aces but all gave great effort.The crowd were very entertained by the efforts put in by the youngsters.
Dylan Hawtin top scored for the Monarchs with an impressive 14 points. The Heagren brothers made their debuts both taking heavy tumbles but showed plenty of spirit to continue racing.
Birmingham juniors 58 - Marc Phipps 10+2, Dylan Hawtin 14, Connor Steele 9+2, William Arkinstall 10, Ryan Winwood 12+1, Alex Heagren 2, Ben Heagren 1.
Wednesfield juniors 61.
This Saturday 9th April is the 1st round of the British Youth Junior League (BYJL) for ages groups 8-16 with a start time of 12 noon.
Sunday 10th April the Monarchs travel to East Park for a Midland League fixture. Start time 1PM.
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