MATCH REPORT: Horspath claim Gold Cup honours

The Gold Cup lived up to its reputation for close racing as a three way battle for the trophy between the 3 SW Elite clubs saw Horspath lift the trophy on their own circuit, finishing a single point ahead of league champions Newport and defending cup holders Poole a further 3 points away.

Had it not been for a tapes exclusion for Dan Bock in heat 17, the positions may well have been reversed while Poole were hampered by a heat 11 7-3 reversal at the hands of Rose Bowl winners Swindon. Horspath were greatly boosted by the inclusion of Mark Boaler who has been largely absent from any S&SW regional racing this season and his 21 points tally matched that of team colleague and British Champion Zac Payne.

HORSPATH 64: Zac Payne 21 Mark Boaler 21 Lee Clarke 11 Andy Johnson 11

NEWPORT 63: Nicky Evans 20 Oli Sidwick 19 Mark Carmichael 13 Dan Bock 11

POOLE 60: Greg Gluchowski 22  Dean Hook 16 Will Bristowe 11 Hayden Chant 7 Pete Chant 4

SWINDON 51: Steve Harris 17 Jake Neighbour 16 Danny Harper 6 Matt Rayson 6 James Bailey 6

Referee – Mike Legge

Cover photo by Peter Payne.