NEWS Friday 25th July 2008, 11:33pm
Monarchs' guest Carl Stonehewer was injured in heat 1, but the remaining riders performed brilliantly to clinch victory with three races remaining, eventually taking the points by 55-37.
The first heat was an absolute disaster and took over half an hour to complete. Firstly, Thomas Jonasson and Josh Auty were both excluded on 2 minutes before anyone knew the match had started.
Jonasson was replaced by Sneddon while Auty went off 15 metres. Derek made the gate with Stoney alongside him - but as Derek swung into the turn, the two home men clipped and Stoney fell against the fence.
Derek was excluded, Stoney was out of the meeting with a foot injury, and replacement Aaron Summers did well to hold second in the rerun.
It was the start of a good night for Aaron who took numerous vital points. The Tully-Fisher pairing was generally devastating, skipper Sneddon won three heats, Thomas Jonasson dropped just one point after heat 1 and Matthew did his bit too.
On the first dry track for weeks there was a great deal of fascinating racing, including some old-style team riding by Wethers-Sneddon in heat 11 and Tully-Summers in heat 12.
The later effort brought a 5-1 which made victory certain.
We wish Carl Stonehewer well and congratulate the Monarchs on a great performance.