MATCH REPORT: Hawks win to keep up play-off chance

Hethersett Hawks/Myhill Decorators kept their play-off chances alive after two wins in seven days in the South East & Eastern League Division 1.

Having completed the double over local rivals Norwich Stars in an typically action-packed local derby, they took a much weaker team to face bottom club East London and came away from the capital with the points.

Scott Grimes made a welcome return against Norwich and he supported Dan Chambers and Leigh Cossey well and the Hawks had too much depth for the Stars who relied heavily on Lee Grange and Paddy Wenn.

A 7-3 win by ever-improving Owen Wells and experienced Glyn Morgan brought the Hawks level at the interval at Canning Town Rec and it was Wells again who teamed up with top tactician Harley Hamill for two more wins in the second half. This gave Hethersett a four point advantage going into the last heat and Hamill made no mistake to win the race and secure his team victory.

Photos by Brian Barnett:

The Hawks gave first team debuts to Daniel Longlands and Ayrin Larter while Danny Machin had his first-ever competitive racing.

The Division 2 match against Norwich was abandoned after Norwich rider Bruce Rainbow fell in heat 5 and needed an ambulance for an ankle injury.

At East London the Hawks’ B team retained their unbeaten record with a comfortable victory spearheaded by unbeaten rides from Hamill, Wells, Morgan and Dan Butler while Machin recorded two wins.

Highlight of the midweek Norfolk GO-RIDE series at Harford Park was an Under-10 victory in his first match for BMX rider Shaun Kell who regularly attends Hethersett Club Nights on Tuesdays.

This Saturday three Hethersett riders, Hamill, Butler and Katie Adams, represent Ireland in Bury (Greater Manchester) while the Hawks entertain Sussex side Hellingly at the Memorial Playing Field on Sunday (2 p.m.)

Division One

R.Austen 21 (6) N.Gunkel 19+1 (6) M.Renna 12+2 (5) D.Hughes 11+1 (5) S.Stanley 8+1 (5) K.Smith 7 (5)

H.Hamill 18+2 (6) O.Wells 18 (5) D.Butler 17 (6) G.Morgan 12+4 (5) D.Longlands 7 (3) K.Adams 5 (3) D.Machin 3+1 (2) A.Larter 2 (2)

Division Two

M.Renna 15+2 (6) D.Hughes 13+2 (6) I.Olspn 12 (5) K.Smith 10+1 (5) S.Stanley 9 (5) G.Austen 6 (5)

H.Hamill 20 (5) O.Wells 17+3 (5) D.Butler 15+1 (4) G.Morgan 14+2 (4) D.Machin 11 (5) A.Larter 8 (4) D.Longlands 6+1 (3) K.Adams 4+1 (2)

Cover photo by Kevin Wells. Report by Mel Perkins.