Edinburgh Monarchs
Josh Pickering 12+1 (5)
Redcar Bears
Lewis Kerr 12 (5)
Championship Play Off
57
33
Tuesday 12th October 2021
Armadale Stadium
Edinburgh Monarchs
Team Manager: Alex Harkess
57
1. Sam Masters FD 3 3 0 6 0
2. Anders Rowe 2 0 3 1 6 0
3. Kye Thomson 3 1* 1 2 7 1
4. Josh Pickering 2* 2 3 3 2 12 1
5. Richie Worrall 3 2* 3 2 E 10 1
6. Drew Kemp 2* 3 2* 2* 9 3
7. Jason Edwards 3 1 2* 1* 0 7 2
Redcar Bears
Team Manager: Jade Mudgway
33
1. Charles Wright 3 3 1 1 8 0
2. James Sarjeant - Rider Replacement 0 0
3. Jake Allen 1 FD 2 3 1 7 0
4. Michael Palm Toft 0 1 F 1 0
5. Lewis Kerr 2 2 2 3 3 12 0
6. Ryan Kinsley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7. Jordan Jenkins 1 1 0 1* 1 0 1 5 1
Heat 1
Time: 58.5
1. Sam Masters  
FD
2. Anders Rowe  
2
1. Charles Wright  
3
2. James Sarjeant  
7. Jordan Jenkins
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
2
2
Away
4
4
Heat 2
Time: 59.2
6. Drew Kemp  
2
7. Jason Edwards  
3
6. Ryan Kinsley  
0
7. Jordan Jenkins  
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
7
Away
1
5
Heat 3
Time: 58.3
3. Kye Thomson  
3
4. Josh Pickering  
2
3. Jake Allen  
1
4. Michael Palm Toft  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
12
Away
1
6
Heat 4
Time: 58.6
5. Richie Worrall  
3
7. Jason Edwards  
1
5. Lewis Kerr  
2
7. Jordan Jenkins  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
4
16
Away
2
8
Heat 5
Time: 57.4
3. Kye Thomson  
1
4. Josh Pickering  
2
1. Charles Wright  
3
2. James Sarjeant  
6. Ryan Kinsley
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
19
Away
3
11
Heat 6
Time: 58.8
1. Sam Masters  
3
2. Anders Rowe  
0
5. Lewis Kerr  
2
6. Ryan Kinsley  
7. Jordan Jenkins
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
22
Away
3
14
Heat 7
Time: 58.0
5. Richie Worrall  
2
6. Drew Kemp  
3
3. Jake Allen  
FD
4. Michael Palm Toft  
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
27
Away
1
15
Heat 8
 
2. Anders Rowe  
3
7. Jason Edwards  
2
2. James Sarjeant  
4. Michael Palm Toft
F
7. Jordan Jenkins  
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
32
Away
1
16
Heat 9
Time: 58.3
3. Kye Thomson  
1
4. Josh Pickering  
3
5. Lewis Kerr  
2
6. Ryan Kinsley  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
4
36
Away
2
18
Heat 10
Time: 58.3
1. Sam Masters  
3
2. Anders Rowe  
1
3. Jake Allen  
2
4. Michael Palm Toft  
7. Jordan Jenkins
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
4
40
Away
2
20
Heat 11
Time: 57.2
5. Richie Worrall  
3
6. Drew Kemp  
2
1. Charles Wright  
1
2. James Sarjeant  
6. Ryan Kinsley
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
45
Away
1
21
Heat 12
Time: 59.1
3. Kye Thomson  
2
7. Jason Edwards  
1
3. Jake Allen  
3
6. Ryan Kinsley  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
48
Away
3
24
Heat 13
Time: 58.2
1. Sam Masters  
0
5. Richie Worrall  
2
1. Charles Wright  
1
5. Lewis Kerr  
3
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
2
50
Away
4
28
Heat 14
Time: 59.5
4. Josh Pickering  
3
6. Drew Kemp  
2
4. Michael Palm Toft  
6. Ryan Kinsley
0
7. Jordan Jenkins  
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
55
Away
1
29
Heat 15
Time: 58.9
4. Josh Pickering  
2
5. Richie Worrall  Tapes
7. Jason Edwards
0
3. Jake Allen  
1
5. Lewis Kerr  
3
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
2
57
Away
4
33

The What the Fork Monarchs started tonight's Championship quarter final a dozen points ahead, and it didn't take long to realise that they were in great form on their own circuit. They won 57-33 on the night and 108-72 on aggregate.

Team manager Alex Harkess said "I was a little bit nervous at the start expecting Redcar to come back at us, especially when Sam Masters came off in the first race. But the team just got on with it, every one in very good form, and in the end there was nothing to worry about. Congratulations especially to Drew Kemp on his paid maximum."

There was an unexpected start to the meeting when Sam Masters spun off on the opening bend. Partner Anders Rowe led Charles Wright down the straight but Masters could not clear the track in time, giving Wright a second chance which he took.

The home reserves were in sparkling form though, and took a comfortable 5-1 in heat 2 which calmed the nerves. From that point on regular heat advantages flowed and it was soon obvious that there was no way back for the Bears.

Again they were unfortunate with the Michael Palm Toft situation. The plucky Dane has been trying to ride with broken fingers, sustained at Wolverhampton, and has had some success, but he clearly found it tricky to cope with the tight turns and a surface which had taken quite a bit of rain in recent days. He battled through three rides but overall it was left to heat leaders Lewis Kerr, Jake Allen and Wright to put up such resistance as there was.

Allen suffered a curious exclusion in heat 7 when it seemed that Richie Worrall had brought him down by cutting across him coming off the inside of the second bend. However it was Allen who was ruled out.

Everyone on the home side scored at least six, and there were only four non-scoring rides for Monarchs – two of these by Sam Masters! Drew Kemp scored paid 12 from his four rides and took the scalp of Charles Wright who had been unbeaten going into heat 11 when they met.

For Anders Rowe it was a big improvement on recent performances with six points, more than doubling his tally since joining the team and looking highly determined. Jason Edwards has been a revelation and his paid 9 score was entirely deserved. He got a heat 15 ride when a twitchy Richie Worrall touched the tapes and was well on the pace battling with Allen for third. Worrall had dropped just a single point up to then.

There were a few interesting battles – not least Josh Pickering's first ride when he lost control twice on the same patch on the pits bend, but roared back both times to finish behind his partner. Lewis Kerr never gave up and his reward was to win both heats 13 and 15.

Thoughts now turn to the first of two battles with Glasgow coming up – Friday's second leg of the Knockout Cup semi-final at Armadale in which Monarchs face a hefty 16 point deficit.