MATCH REPORT: Wednesfield step closer to league title

Wednesfield Aces took a step closer to defending there Midland League title with a convincing win against there closest rivals Birmingham Monarchs.

The match did not get off to the best start for the Aces as they was on the end of a 7-3 but hit straight back in heat 2 with a 7-3 of there own from the Heard/Haddock pairing.

The next 3 races were all 5-5 shared heats but then the Aces moved into the lead when Griffiths/Whetton teamed up and won heat 6 with a 7-3 of there own.

Next race resulted in a 5-5 but then the Aces extended there lead with 6-4 in heat 8
by Heard/Kemp and a 7-3 in heat 9 by Aris/Whetton.

Half time score 50-40 to the Aces.

After the interval the Aces continued where they left off with a 7-3 through the Griffiths/Kemp pairing but in the next heat they hit a slight blip.

Birmingham registered a 7-2 when Heard had a couple of spokes ripped out of his back wheel and had to bring his race to an end. Tom Haddock could only roll over the line in 3rd place behind the Monarchs pairing.

Wednesfield got back to winning ways and started to stretch there lead with two 7-3s in the next 2 heats with the pairings of Smith/Haddock in heat 12 and Whetton/Griffiths in heat 13.

Lee Aris took his 2nd win of the afternoon as he teamed up with Tom Haddock for a 6-4 in heat 14 the next race was a share of the points with a 5-5.

The Aces finished the match strongly with a 7-3 in heat 16 with Matt Haddock taking the chequered flag followed by his partner Brandon Whetton who only dropped one point all afternoon and finished on 19 points.

Heat 17 went the same way as Matt Smith and partner Lee Kemp finished 1st & 2nd. The Aces wrapped up the match with a 6-4 as Paul Heard took his 3rd win of the afternoon and his partner Mark Griffiths securing 3rd place.

Final score

Wednesfield Aces 104

Matt Smith 9+1, Matt Haddock 15+1, Paul Heard 15+1, Tom Haddock 8, Brandon Whetton 17+2, Mark Griffiths 15+2, Lee Aris 13+2, Lee Kemp 12+2

Birmingham Monarchs 75

Nathan Groves 11, Ricki Johnson 14+1, Paul Timms 10, Steve Hodgkinson 6, Scott Millward 13, Mark Winwood 11+2, Phil Widdas 6+1, Jake Steel 3