MATCH REPORT: Coventry lose out in last heat thriller

Coventry Devlins Newsagents slipped to a third successive narrow defeat within a week as they lost out 87- 90 to Wiltshire club Swindon in a return challenge fixture at Hearsall Common.

The Earlsdon based side also went down narrowly away to Leicester last Sunday 92-86 and lost 90-87 to Wednesfield Dragons in Wolverhampton in mid week.

After losing out to Swindon pre-season, Coventry were seeking revenge on home territory. The Godiva city side led for the majority of the meeting, only to concede a 7-3 in the final heat of the afternoon, resulting in an agonising three point loss.

Coventry made a steady start to the meeting as both sides were deadlocked on points after the opening five heats. A couple of race advantages, in favour of the visitors, put Swindon narrowly in front at the half way stage.

Coventry’s veteran pairing of Dave Frith and Joe McLaughlin then paired up for a 7-3 immediately after the interval as Coventry re took the lead. Further race advantages in heats 10 & 16 left Coventry nursing a one point lead heading into the final race.

Unfortunately, both Kyle Roberts and Dave Frith failed to earn the 5-5 required and conceded a 7-3 as Swindon won the meeting by 90 points to Coventry’s 87.


Racing at Leicester a week last Sunday afternoon, Coventry were always in touch in a sporting East Midlands derby. Only machine trouble to star man Myke Grimes prevented Coventry from posting their first away Midland League win of the season in a 92-86 reverse.

Young guns Dan Drewett and Kyle Roberts produced excellent performances for Coventry and there were promising scores from returnees Matt Lawrence and Tom Sensicall.

Coventry point scorers:

Dan Drewett 14, Myke Grimes, Kyle Roberts and Konrad Pietek all 13, Matt Lawrence 12, Tom Sensicall 10 and Joe Mclaughlin.


Dominik Rycahrski reeled off his third successive maximum and Myke Grimes also rode unbeaten by an opponent as Coventry slipped to a 90-87 reverse at Wednesfield Dragons last Wednesday evening in a classic match.

Coventry fate was sealed in the second period as they encountered three successive tapes exclusions which robbed them of a share of the match points, although late wins to Kyle Roberts and Matt Lawrence held out a chance of a draw right to the final heat.

Coventry point scorers:

Dominik Rycharski 20, Myke Grimes 19, Dave Frith 13, Kyle Roberts 12, Dan Drewett 8, Matt Lawrence 8, Jake Slatter 4 and Joe McLaughlin 3.


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