MATCH REPORT: Stars sign off with commanding win in Newport

Newport Cycle Speedway went down by 81 to 95 against Sheffield Stars in an entertaining encounter at Newport’s Sports Village, with plenty of good home grown talent on show from both teams.

The Stars, racing their last Elite League fixture for the foreseeable future, started well, winning 4 of the first 5 heats, looking at home on the big Welsh raceway. Newport kept the score close with some heat advantages and drawn heats to go into the inteval 9 points down.

Sheffield kept ahead in the second half with their strong heat leaders, Angell, Parr, Hewitson and Grimes to the fore, but Newport kept it close with Evans, Carmichael and Herbert impressing and preventing Sheffield from inflicting further damage to the scoreline.

The Stars had more depth to their team, which enabled a comfortable 14 point win in the end. Stars skipper, Gavin Parr signed off his Sheffield career with a fine 20 point maximum, along with Mikey Hewitson pulling in his best return yet.

Sheffield's Andy Angell comes to grief after challenging for the lead. Photo by Jon Sidwick.

Sheffield’s Andy Angell comes to grief after challenging for the lead. Photo by Jon Sidwick.

Andy Angell was unlucky to have a heavy fall in his final ride, which saw him fail to finish, whilst¬†Grimes was only beaten once by an opposing rider. Grimes’s Coventry team mate, Mason Phillips showed his potential with a strong 14 supporting haul.

Newport 81
M. Carmichael 16, C. Simmons 1, N. Evans 15+1, S. Bennett 10, A. Herbert 12, C. Davies 11, D. Bock 9+3, D. Clark 7.

Sheffield 95
A. Angell 10+2, G. Parr 20, N. Morton 6+2, M. Hewitson 16, M. Grimes 16+3, M. Phillips 14, A. Watson 8+1, E. Morton 5, R. Hudson DNR.

Elite League Combination Result

Newport 70 (47+23)
J. Brosnan 6, E. Lewis 5, K. Greaves 10, D. Rogers 6,  J. Turner 3, K. Jones 13, J. Sidwick 4.

Sheffield 81
N. Morton 12+3, M. Parrott 18+1, L. Morton 14+1, E. Morton 13+2, R. Hudson 12, A. Watson 12+3.

Two entertaining matches with riders giving their all in their quest for the points.

Newport face Poole in their rearranged fixture on 25th October 2015.