NEWS: Coventry look for revenge against Swindon

Coventry Devlins Newsagents Cycle Speedway team host Swindon at Hearsall Common this Sunday (25th May) – looking to turn the table on their rivals after losing in Wiltshire in March.

The Hearsall Common based side will be looking for a morale boosting victory after a string of narrow defeats. They recall Kelvin Williams, who missed the mid-week defeat at Wednesfield Dragons, but are without heat leaders Myke Grimes and Konrad Pietak.

Coventry team (2pm start): 1 Kelvin Williams 2 Dominik Rycharski 3 Kyle Roberts 4 Matthew Lawrence 5 Dave Frith 6 Dan Drewett 7 Jake Slatter 8 Joe McLaughlin

12 year old Bailie Phillips produced her best ever display last Saturday afternoon as she won the third round of the British Youth & Junior League, for her respective age category, at Bretford.

Bailie, who only started the sport 20 months ago, joined Coventry at the start of the 2014 season and has made great progress, courtesy of the ever popular ‘club night’ hosted by the Hearsall Common club every Wednesday night. Phillips won all of her qualifying rides before going on to win the final itself against an all male line up.

The Rugby based rider will now head into round 4, hosted by Wednesfield Aces, on high confidence in the knowledge that she has already qualified for the National rounds, which will take place at four venues across the country later in the season.
However there was no such luck for Bailie’s brother, Mason, who suffered a double elbow fracture following a crash in the Grand Final of the U16’s event. Later assessment proved Mason will be out for roughly 4 weeks.
Meanwhile, Coventry slipped to a narrow 92-86 defeat at Leicester last Sunday afternoon in a thrilling encounter between the two local East Midlands rivals.

Coventry earned their first heat advantage in heat 6. Leicester immediately responded however and by the interval (heat 9) Leicester led Coventry by a solid nine points. Leicester’s lead was then extended to 15 points by heat 13. A late surge from Coventry was not enough though as they chipped away at Leicester’s lead, though to no avail, including winning the last two heats. Daniel Drewett impressed for Coventry, top scoring with 14 points, whilst Myke Grimes struggled with mechanical issues scoring 13.

Coventry were also in action on Tuesday evening at Wednesdfield Dragons in Midland League Division 1 action. Three successive tapes exclusions in the second half proved costly as the Devlins Newsagents slipped to an agonising 90-87 defeat.
Polish superstar Rycharski reeled off his third successive maximum for Coventry and Grimes joined him by also returning a maximum score. They were cheered by another dashing performance by youngster Drewett, whilst fellow rising star Kyle Roberts was also in tremendous form.

For more information on Coventry Cycle Speedway, including how to get involved, you can visit or follow the club on Twitter using @CoventryCSC.