REPORT Saturday 10th July 2021, 9:53pm
The What the Fork Monarchs put in what must be their most dominant away performance in recent memory romping to a 58-32 victory at Shielfield Park on Saturday night against a shell shocked Berwick Bandits.
The result was never in doubt from the off as the visitors took a stranglehold on the match racing to a 14 point advantage after the first 4 races. Any thoughts of complacency were quickly expelled and in the end the Monarchs ended up with 13 heat wins, 9 heat advantages and every member of the team tasting victory at least once across the encounter.
The basis of the result was fast starting and aggressive first corners as time and again the Monarchs exited in front and on a night where passing was at a premium this was key.
In fact there were only 2 real passes off note in the match both of these from the Armadale men the first in heat 8 as Nathan Greaves never gave up finally rounding Bandits reserve Kyle Bickley on the last corner to take third Greaves saying after the meeting 'I don't think anyone expected that including ourselves, to win by that much around their own track. I'm so happy ,so glad we won and it's on to the next one now.
'This year I think I've went up a level and tonight was fantastic, it was a great performance and one we can build on and I think we can still get better'
The Monarchs were in full control and didn't let up with further 5-1 heat maximums in heats 11, 13 and 15 the latter 2 of these highlighting how superior they were with first Sam Masters who romped to a paid maximum taking the Bandits riders wide allowing partner Richie Worrall to join him at the front.
Then heat 15 saw the same result albeit in different fashion as Masters trapped the best from gate 4 and swept to the front Worrall battling his way into 2nd to cap off a truly remarkable night for the Monarchs the team coming out to deserved great applause from the traveling fans on the back straight.