CYCLE SPEEDWAY: A STAR performance from promising youngster Cameron Gill couldn’t quite earn Coventry Sabres an unlikely victory against Birmingham Monarchs on Sunday.
It was Gill’s first outing for Coventry Sabres’ first team after impressing in training sessions leading up to Sunday’s fixture.
Coventry welcomed back heat leaders Dominik Rycharski and Kyle Roberts in place of the absent Jimmy Wassall who is still sidelined with a broken foot.
Stratford-upon-Avon youngster Gill got Coventry off to a flying start with a tapes to flag win in heat one ahead of Mark Winwood and skipper Myke Grimes.
Birmingham hit back with a 7-3 from veteran racer Paul Timms and his partner Scott Millward, though Coventry returned the favour two races later through international racers Grimes and Rycharski.
Points were dropped when both Marsh and Roberts came to grief in heats six and nine respectively – Marsh unable to complete his race, meaning Coventry missed out on a valuable point.
The youngster made up for it in the opening race of the second half though when teaming up with Rycharski to put the Sabres one point ahead.
More close racing followed with five shared heats – helped by an exceptional pass from Myke Grimes who raced from last to first in one move during heat 12.
However Kyle Roberts then withdrew from the meeting after three rides – costing the home side crucial points as Cameron Gill was left to race by himself in heat 16.
A sensible ride meant Gill split the Birmingham pair, though a race later Scott Millward effectively won the match for the Monarchs.
Heat 18 became a foregone conclusion with Sam Hardie and Josh Marsh always unlikely to get an advantage against Chris Timms and Nathan Groves, as the away side raced to a maximum and secure the win by six points.
Chris Timms top scored for Birmingham with 19 points, including bonuses.
Scott Millward delivered an excellent team performance picking up 5 bonus points and helping his team mate, Paul Timms, on his way to a good 15 point score.
Mark Winwood also chipped in with two important race wins.
Though Sunday’s match resulted in another loss, hard work is starting to pay off for the Coventry club.
They will be looking to turn around their fortunes at home to East Park in a few weeks time.
Meanwhile Coventry’s second team were too strong in the Midland League Division Two match.
Matt Lawrence led the way on his comeback, securing a maximum.
Birmingham rode smart in the Midland League Division Three fixture and took the win over the home side.
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