Team Manager: Laurence Rogers
|1. Nick Morris||3||2||3||R||3||2||13||0|
|2. Alfie Bowtell||0||2||1*||3||1||7||1|
|3. James Wright||2||2||0|
|4. Stefan Nielsen - Rider Replacement||0||0|
|5. Justin Sedgmen||2||2*||2||0||0||6||1|
|6. Joe Thompson||2||FD||0||0||2||0|
|7. James Pearson||1*||0||0||2||1||4||1|
Team Manager: John Campbell
|1. Rory Schlein||1*||3||3||1*||8||2|
|2. Lasse Fredriksen||2||2*||2||1||7||1|
|3. Kye Thomson||1||0||3||3||7||0|
|4. Paco Castagna||3||1||2*||3||1||10||1|
|5. Craig Cook||3||3||3||2||3||14||0|
|6. Kyle Bickley||0||0||0||0||0|
|7. Jacob Hook||3||1||1*||2*||1||8||2|
The Stellar Monarchs showed their mettle at Birmingham on Wednesday evening with a powerful display running out 18 point victors to record their first league win of the season.
Much had been made of a lack of heat winners in matches so far this year and that blight was righted with 11 of the 15 races seeing a Monarch cross the line first leaving manager John Campbell to enthuse
"Very pleased with the excellent display. There was good scoring throughout showing what we can do.
'Rory was a great guest and Craig lead the team brilliantly.
'We now look forward to pushing on from this performance."
Campbell's men were never headed and took a lead they wouldn't relinquish in heat three as Paco Castagna took the win with Kye Thomson slotting into third.
Further heat advantages in heats four and five, the former with a tenacious ride by the impressive Jacob Hook to steal third on the line meant the home men were in tactical territory and they duly pulled the trigger in the seventh race.
Top home man Nick Morris joining Justin Sedgmen for a maximum and the lead was cut to four.
Any fear this would lead a capitulation were quickly put to bed albeit with a bit of good fortune as Morris ground to a halt when looking well placed in heat 10, this to take nothing whatsoever away from Thompson and Castagna who recorded a heat maximum the hard way both passing remaining home man Alfie Bowtell.
With an eight point lead and unbeaten to this stage Craig Cook due out in three of the last five races confidence in the Monarchs camp was high and this would prove to be well founded as they stretched their advantage in heats 11, 12 and 14.
The only bright spot for the home men during this run a heat 13 win for Morris in undoubtedly the heat of the night.
This would be the only blip on the copy book for Cook as he duly finished an excellent night for himself and the team taking the win in the last race.
So, a big bounce back win for the Armadale men who will hope that is the ship righted with the league campaign now well underway.
Bitmingham 36: Morris 13, Bowtell 7+1, Wright 4+1, Sedgmen 6, Thompson 2, Pearson 4+1
Stellar Monarchs 54: Schlein 8+2, Fredriksen 7+1, Thomson 7, Castagna 10+1, Cook 14, Bickley 0, Hook 8+2
The Stellar Monarchs hit the road on Wednesday evening as they open up their away league campaign with a visit to Perry Barr and a match-up against the Birmingham Brummies.
Coming off a home defeat to Redcar last Friday and with a shortened league season all points are vital and with a good recent record in the Midlands this is a match the Monarchs will be looking to win to get back on track.
A victory will be no easy task though as the Brummies showed on Tuesday night taking a victory at Plymouth to start their own campaign with a bang.
Both sides are see changes with Josh Pickering still out with his shoulder injury the Monarchs bring in Rory Schlein to guest at number 1. Rory hasn't been back to Perry Barr since returning to the sport this year, but he has an excellent record there in the past so the Monarchs will hope for a big score to set the table for the rest to follow.
Elsewhere the Monarchs are as expected and key man for many will be Paco Castagna, Castagna a former Brummie has already guested multiple times for the hosts this season with scores of 8 and 10 at Perry Barr to his name.
For the home men as one team member returns from injury another departs. James Wright will make his Birmingham season debut after crashing out in Paul Starke's testimonial at the start of the season. His return being tempered by the injury to Stefan Nielsen at Plymouth on Tuesday. Rider replacement will be in operation with Wright, Alfie Bowtell and reserves James Pearson and recent acquisition Joe Thompson all eligible to fill in.
Another 'old friend' of the Monarchs Justin Sedgmen has been the main man so far for the Brummies with excellent 13 and 14 point hauls at Redcar and Plymouth already to his name and with back-up from Nick Morris some big battles will be in store at the top end of the septets.
For those not making the trip down the M6 you don't need to miss out as Birmingham are the latest to join the streaming revolution purchase the stream HERE.
Nick Morris, Alfie Bowtell, James Wright, Stefan Nielsen R/R, Justin Sedgmen, Joe Thompson, James Pearson
Rory Schlein, Lasse Fredriksen, Kye Thomson, Paca Castagna, Craig Cook, Kyle Bickley, Jacob Hook
Tonight's away match at Perry Barr will be live streamed by BrummiesTV priced at £11.99.