MATCH REPORT: Angell and Stephenson max out Northumbria
Northumbria worked hard to keep things tight during the first half of the meeting, only four down at the conclusion of heat 10, but the home side pulled away with 7-3’s in heats 12, 13 & 15, to seal the win.
Andy Angell and Adam Stephenson were both unbeaten for Hull, they also team riding well, Craig Boddice and Rich Pawson teaming up with them for two of those crucial heat advantages, while Sam Schofield also rode hard with some good gating from the No.1 team slot. The Parr brothers were as always in the thick of the action for the visitors, though Gavin was perhaps not quite at his very best after celebrating his third place at the British Veterans the day before a little too hard, leaving Jason Keith to top score from a handy reserve berth position.
HULL 96: Adam Stephenson 18+2, Andy Angell 18+2, Sam Schofield 16+1, Craig Boddice 14, David Cooper 11+1, Chris Cooke 8, Rich Pawson 7, Josh Bellis 4+1
NORTHUMBRIA 84: Jason Keith 18+1, Gavin Parr 14+3, Michael Parr 14+1, Mark Mulvey 12, Terry Kirkup 9+1, Dan Redshaw 9, Andy Knowles 6+1, Jim Graham 2
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Northumbria could hardly have tracked a more experienced side, with over 360 years worth of rider age in their veteran septet, while Hull in contrast tracked a young side including two debutants to the sport. Two of the veteran Vikings in particular played a crucial part in the match, as with all but their one young rider and maximum man Dan Redshaw dropping points they maybe shouldnt have, Jimmy Smith and Keith Dyer stepped in to put in some key rides as back up, just tilting the match in the visitors favour as they went into a last heat decider all square. Hull had their two new guys programmed in that finale, Greg Brown putting in an impressive chase before a fall, leaving young Tom Rance with no chance against Redshaw and another veteran Terry Kirkup as the Vikings took a match winning 7-3.
HULL 73: David Cooper 19, Greg Brown 13+1, Josh Bellis 13+1, Charlie Wade 10+1, Katie Greaves 8, Tom Rance 6, Craig Boddice 2+1, Rich Pawson 2+1
NORTHUMBRIA 77: Dan Redshaw 20, Neil Magee 14, Andy Knowles 12+1, Jim Graham 11+1, Terry Kirkup 10+2, Jimmy Smith 6+1, Keith Dyer 4+1