Team Manager: Neil Middleditch
|1. Richard Lawson||3||2*||3||2*||R||10||2|
|2. Kyle Newman||1||3||3||2*||9||1|
|3. Ben Cook||3||F||2||3||8||0|
|4. Zach Cook||2*||3||1*||1||7||2|
|5. Steve Worrall||2||2||3||3||2||12||0|
|6. Anders Rowe||3||1*||2*||3||9||2|
|7. Joe Thompson||2*||1*||1||0||4||2|
Team Manager: John Campbell
|1. Craig Cook - Rider Replacement||0||0|
|2. Paco Castagna||2||2||0||1||0||5||0|
|3. Kye Thomson||1||1*||3||1||2||1||9||1|
|4. Bastian Borke||0||0||0||0||2||2||0|
|5. Josh Pickering||0||3||XO||3||1*||1||3||11||1|
|6. Dayle Wood||0||1||F||1||0|
|7. Max Clegg||1||0||2||0||3||0|
There were no league points to be had for the Stellar Monarchs from our match at Poole this evening. We lost by a fairly hefty 59-31 but in the course of a rather drawn-out meeting we managed to play our part in some entertaining racing.
Team manager John Campbell, after his 8 hour drive from home, said to Pirates TV "We've had a tough season. You can't come to probably the best team in the league when you've got your no. 1 missing and no suitable guest, without it being a very difficult match. We did get one or two decisions going against us."
Monarchs were forced to use rider replacement for Craig Cook and that yielded just one point. It was a bad start, 4-14 after three heats, but the first boost came from Josh Pickering's great win from the back in heat 4 against Steve Worrall.
Kye Thomson also beat Worrall in winning heat 7, flying round him on the opening bends. In between these two race wins, Josh suffered an awful decision in heat 6 when Kyle Newman came down on the opening bends and came off trying to squeeze through on the outside. An obvious all-4 decision seemed inevitable, and Poole manager Middleditch agreed, but the ref threw Josh out of the heat.
Paco Castagna came down in heat 8 when there seemed a chance he was going ahead, but it was Josh up next to win heat 9 from the Cook brothers.
Poole then took two 5-1s to put the match well beyond doubt, but the heat of the night was probably heat 13. Pickering made a terrible start but flew after the Poole boys, with passing and re-passing between Josh and Richard Lawson before Josh just got squeezed out.
Bastain Borke got some reward for his efforts with a second place in heat 14 and we finished the match with an advantage as Josh Pickering raced a long way clear in the last heat. Kye Thomson also made it into double figures with third place in our only race advantage.
The Stellar Monarchs are on the road again on Sunday as they make the long journey down to Dorset to take on Poole in Championship action.
Unfortunately the long running injury bug is still ongoing and it is another match without our own 1-7 no guest could be found for Craig Cook despite a multitude of riders being asked so rider replacement will operate with all other Monarchs able to deputise.
Elsewhere Paco Castagna returns after his 2 point effort in the GP challenge yesterday so at least the rest of the lineup is as should be.
Poole are of course 2 time reigning champions and many are tipping them to make it a hat trick this season.
The Pirates are led by Richard Lawson and Cardiff GP wildcard Steve Worrall with a potent line-up the rest of the way also with the Cook brothers both making a mockery of their starting averages and Anders Rowe in fine form as well.
Joe Thompson makes his Poole debut at reserve after signing as an injury replacement for Monarchs Academy man Adam Roynon.
So, a tough prospect in store for the Monarchs but as always we will head south ready to give our all.
Tapes up is at 5pm with a live stream available at https://livestream.poole-speedway.com updates will also be available on the Monarchs website.