Date: Wednesday August 11, 2021
KENT climbed off the foot of the Championship with a hard-fought 46-43 win over high-flying Edinburgh at Central Park.
Recent signing Troy Batchelor won his first four rides to finish with 12 as the Kings overcame the loss of reserve Dan Gilkes after a crash in Heat 2.
Sam Masters piled up 16 points for the Monarchs, and his last-race 5-1 with Kye Thomson enabled the visitors to take a league point from the meeting.
Edinburgh boss John Campbell said: “Other than Sam, our big guns didn’t win enough races. But even with that we should have done better.
“We had Nathan Greaves falling in point scoring positions, Josh Pickering likewise and Kye Thomson having an engine failure at the start of Heat 7. Too many points lost.
“Kye though did have a good meeting otherwise, he looked very quick.”
PLYMOUTH made it back-to-back home wins over play-off chasing sides by edging out Redcar 46-43 at the Coliseum.
Bjarne Pedersen completed a paid maximum in a last-heat decider having previously combined with Jason Crump for a 5-1 in Heat 13 to put the Gladiators back in front.
Pedersen scored 14+1 with both Crump and reserve Alfie Bowtell winning two races apiece, whilst Jake Allen racked up 16 from six rides for the Bears who took a league point from the meeting.
BIRMINGHAM host play-off chasing Leicester in a Midlands derby in the Championship at Perry Barr tonight (Wednesday).
The Lions go into the meeting sixth in the table, but a third away win of the season could see them climb into the top three.
Meanwhile the Brummies are looking to build on last week’s narrow home win over Kent which also saw them welcome a much higher attendance.
Team boss Laurence Rogers said: “There were many newcomers and the response was they really enjoyed it, and hopefully they are back with us tonight and maybe a few more too.
“Some faces who had been missing as well were back, so fingers crossed we can see things progress.
“Leicester are strong, we know that, so our boys will need to be on form. Stewart Dickson is a good manager and we thank Leicester for agreeing to come at short notice. We also thank Edinburgh for putting back our Cup tie and apologies to any Monarchs fans who had made plans to be with us.”
Dickson said: “It’s definitely an away meeting that we’re looking to win, and I do feel that after the five matches we have scheduled for this month we will have a clear indication of where we are likely to be.
“We’re going there for a win, all four points would be great but a win is most important, and that would set us up well for a big home meeting against Eastbourne on Saturday.”
THURSDAY AUGUST 12:
PREMIERSHIP: King’s Lynn v Peterborough 7.30, Sheffield v Wolverhampton 7.30
FRIDAY AUGUST 13:
CHAMPIONSHIP: Edinburgh v Plymouth 7.30, Glasgow v Birmingham 7.30, Scunthorpe v Redcar 7.30