BIG DEFEAT ON THE ISLAND

NEWS Tuesday 3rd July 2007, 11:59pm

by Mike Hunter

The Scotwaste Monarchs took their biggest drubbing of the season when they went down 24-67 on a heavy track at the Isle of Wight.

It was difficult to find a success on the Monarchs' side though it should be recorded that Ronnie Correy was extremely unfortunate to twice lose a chain when well placed. He was the only visiting rider who seemed to attack the first corners, and had heat 7 in the bag when he stopped on the third lap.

He was also ahead of Chris Holder for three laps of heat 10, only to suffer the same fate on the second corner of the last lap.

Following his chain loss at Newport on Sunday, this is becoming a chronic problem which must be sorted soon. It will certainly affect Ronnie's confidence and caused him to miss his fourth ride on the Island.

The points Ronnie lost through his bad luck perhaps balanced up a troubled night for home star Jason Bunyan, so the score was about right.

Henrik Moller scored 8 but in reality only beat home reserve Chris Johnson. Jack Roberts gradually improved in his first match at Smallbrook, and after an otherwise disappointing night, Matt Wethers pulled off a very good pass on Andrew Bargh in heat 14 to spoil his paid maximum.

That was about it for Monarchs who must surely improve at Birmingham on Wednesday.