South East And East Scorch To A Double Win As The Temperature Rises At Cookson

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Updated: June 27, 2018
The South East and East region remain unbeaten in the battletrax Battle of Britain series after winning by 108-91 in the senior match at Cookson this afternoon.  With cloudless skies and soaring temperatures the race track was very dry and dusty,  despite the best efforts of the Sheffield track staff on preparing a top racing surface.  Their would be fine margins between success and failure, which led to some very interesting races. Some riders would go from last to first, with others unfortunately going the other way, and their were a few unexpected spills. SE & E provided the race winner in seven of the first ten races as they took control of the match to lead by 56-44 at the halfway point. The one maximum heat win came in heat 2, Matt and Lewis Osborne profiting after Andy Angell came off after getting tangled up with Hill. Angell set the fastest race time  in heat 11, going home £10 better of from sprinting round in 38:56. Two races later Richard Fellgett put the time under serious pressure, winning in 38:66. Josh Brooke pushing his team mate round as the SE & E  gained a second maximum 7-3. Two more maximums followed in the next three races as the visitors sealed victory by heat 17. The N & S finished strongly, Steve Harris (pictured, with Ciaran Collins for N & S at Astley) rolling back the years with race wins in heats 18 and 19 as he went on to top the scores for N & S. Pawel Idziorek,  a former Sheffield elite rider, was some what subdued (winning just two races). The visitors scored solidly from 1-8, with only Leon Mower and Harrison Bacon not gaining a race win.
Scorers
North and Scotland – Ben Higham 14, Adam Watson 8+1, Andy Angell 16+2, Paul Graham 10, Pawel Idziorek 16, Steve Harris 17, Devon Campbell 4, Lewis Foxley 6.
South East and East – Josh Brooke 17+2, Richard Fellgett 14, Lewis Osborne 14+1, Matt Hill 15 +1, Leon Mower 10+2, Ashley Hill 16+1, Harrison Bacon 7+1, Pierce 15.
Ref Darren Kent
The junior match saw the two unbeaten teams going head to head.  The teams traded eight 6-4 results in the first half,  SE & E  going into the interval with a 52-48 lead. Both teams providing five race wins, the outstanding Lewis Brinkoff with three for SE & E.  With the teams separated by just four points (78-82) the match turning point came in heat 17. Ed Morton led with Louis Wright making an audacious outside pass on Pierce Bacon. The dusty track meant Wright had to put his leg well out to navigate the corner,  Bacon coming down leading to a re-run with Wright excluded. Morton led the re-run, only for Ben Clarke make a great move to attempt a pass on turn three of the first lap.  The move was unsuccessful for himself, but provided a gap that Bacon gleefully exploited to race away for the heat win.  The visitors now led by seven, seeing out the last three races with two drawn heats and a final race 6-4, after turning over a N & S 7-3 position. Michael Preston (pictured) was the only N & S  rider to win more than one race, while Lewis Brinkoff returned a superb 24 point maximum for SE & E.  The meeting fastest race time (and £10 winner) was set by Pierce Bacon in heat 19 with a time of 40:03.
Scorers
North and Scotland – Ed Morton 16+1, Max Evans 16+1, Michael Preston 20, Louis Wright 6, Ciaran Collins 12, Devon Campbell 14+2, Kaysor Mohammedi 7+1, Lewis Foxley 4.
South East and East – Tyler Brinkoff 7, Harrison Bacon 19+1, Ben Clarke 10+1, Lewis Brinkoff 24, Adam Cooper 11, Pierce Bacon 20+1, Ethan Mitchell 7, James Porter 6.
Ref Andy Schofield
For the second year running this new competition provided a great afternoons entertainment,  far better than watching England.  The crowd though cheering everyone of the three lions goals,  courtesy of radio five live.

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