MATCH REPORT: Poole win entertaining match against Birmingham

Report by Graham Sutton

The English Charity Shield was aimed at providing a top class window for team cycle speedway and the encounter between the Comets and the Monarchs certainly entertained the crowd at sun-drenched Harbourside Park with excellent racing throughout. The visitors demonstrated their credentials with two race wins in the opening 3 heats but the hosts hit back with two maximum scores and steadily increased their advantage until the final race when Ben Donohue took a tumble which saw the Comets concede a 6 – 3 which limited their margin of victory to 12 points..

Ben Mould continued his rich vein of form with another maximum return, the highlight coming in heat 7 when he powered his way past Paul Heard after an epic wheel to wheel encounter. Despite the continuing absence of Fraser Garnett, the Comets were solid from 1 to 8 and packed plenty of scoring power while the Monarchs tended to lean heavily on their twin spearhead of Chris Timms and Paul Heard for the bulk of their points.


Poole: Ben Mould 20, Aaron Smith 14, Nathan Goulden 13, Wil Bristowe 13, Matt Mildon 11, Jay Briggs 11, Ben Donohue 10, Kenzie Bennett 3 (1r)

Birmingham: Paul Heard 19, Chris Timms 15, Scott Millward 12, Mark Winwood 11, Carl Winwood 8, Ricky Johnson 8, Jake Steel 6, Ryan Winwood 4

Referee – Dean Hook