The Staggs Bar Monarchs battled manfully going down 47-43 at Derwent Park this evening gaining a consolation point in the process.
It was a fairly eventful evening in what was a tight contest throughout. The Monarchs started well and we were all square after 6 races. We had seen flashes that we may have a chance with Erik looking imperious in his two rides particularly in a third to 1st ride in heat 4.
Ricky and Mark had also started well so we were happy at this point. Unfortunately a bit of a mid meeting dip impacted us as we then fell back by 8 points by heat 10.
This included the first tactical substitute use of the new season for the Monarchs. Ricky Wells joined Erik Riss in heat 9 and we were looking for a 5-1. This was not to be as Erik suffered a puncture causing him to miss the 2 minutes and while he battled back to take 3rd a chance was missed
Max Ruml improved as the night progressed and it was pleasing to see his pass of Kyle Bickley in heat 11 as he showed his battling qualities. The Californian was happy with his and the team’s performance saying “I was happy with that, I was up in the mix with the rest of the guys and it was better than my last time here it’s a learning curve for me this year but I’m definitely happy with that. We are disappointing not to get the win, we had a few blips during the meeting but it is early in the season and the team is gelling well and we will get better.”
One man who was in tremendous form was Ruml’s fellow American Ricky Wells who after a heat 1 2nd rolled to 5 consecutive wins and a 17 point score.
There was a bit of controversy in heat 13 when Rene Bach was more than forceful with Erik Riss on the 4th bend, there were a few words exchanged after the heat but Erik did his talking the right way by doing his job with Ricky in heat 15 securing the point for the Monarchs.
All in all a point was the least the MOnarchs deserved for their efforts and most can go home happy as for the home fans they get a win and real promise shown from Jensen and Bewley and for the Monachs faithful a point gained on the road and excellent performances form our top 2.
Workington Comets – Rene Bach 7+1, Rasmus Jensen 11+1, Charles Wright 7, Dan Bewley 6+1, Nicolai Klindt 7, Kyle Bickley 1, Bradley Wilson-Dean 8+2
Edinburgh Staggs Bar Monarchs – Ricky Wells 17, Max Ruml 3. Mark Riss 4+1, Joel Andersson 3, Erik Riss 10+1, Matt Williamson 5, Josh Pickering 1
** It should also be noted that the Staggs Bar Monarchs rode the match under protest in regards the Workington line-up specifically the use of a facility for Ty Proctor.
Team Manager: Tony Jackson
|1. Rene Bach||1||2||2*||2||7||1|
|2. Rasmus Jensen||3||1*||3||3||1||11||1|
|3. Charles Wright||2||0||2||3||7||0|
|4. Dan Bewley||1*||2||0||3||0||6||1|
|5. Nicolai Klindt||2||3||2||0||7||0|
|6. Kyle Bickley||0||1||0||1||0|
|7. Bradley Wilson-Dean||3||1*||2*||0||2*||8||3|
Team Manager: John Campbell
|1. Ricky Wells||2||3||3||3||3||3||17||0|
|2. Max Ruml||0||1||1||1||3||0|
|3. Mark Riss||3||F||0||1*||4||1|
|4. Joel Anderssson||0||2||1||0||3||0|
|5. Erik Riss||3||3||1||1||2*||10||1|
|6. Matt Williamson||2||0||2||1||5||0|
|7. Josh Pickering||1*||0||0||1||1|
The Staggs bars Monarchs are hoping its 3rd time lucky as they look to open their Championship Shield account once again as they take to the Derwent Park Shale against the Workington Comets last night.
The Comets are another who have suffered with the weather woes having lost their home match against Glasgow last week and away trips to the Tigers and of course at Armadale on Friday night.
There are two changes to the Comets line-up this evening as Bradley Wilson-Dean steps in for the unfortunate Mason Campton who broke his wrist while practicing at Leicester during the week and in a further change apparently Ty Proctor does not have his clearance sorted yet and the Comets have been allowed a guest replacement with Charles Wright stepping in.
Wright appears to have started the season like a train romping to a 6 ride paid maximum in his Sheffield debut last week so it would appear the Comets have been shrewd in the two replacements brought in.
Wright and Wilson-Dean join the 5 remaining Comets who despite a lack of team action have at least taken to the Derwent shale in the Cumberland Open a fortnight ago (a meeting that Wright secured a podium place in also) so they will be dialled in and looking to build on their respective scores in that meeting where potentially only Rene Bach would have been happy with his night recording 2 heat wins.
Of course in the same meeting Ricky Wells showed his liking for the Cumbrian circuit finishing in joint 4th place with 11 points this coming on the back of a maximum on our league visit last September then he will be looking to carry this form into this match.
Joining Ricky in a maximum on that night was Erik and with Mark also known to like an outside blast round the boards we look well placed in the heat leader positions. Added to that former Comet Matt Williamson with a point to prove and the basis is there for a strong performance.
Max Ruml will have the benefit of a Cumberland Open appearance also and will be looking to improve on his second visit and with the track a little more to the shape and dimensions of the Swedish tracks Joel is used to then there is no reason he can’t hit the ground running as well.
So all in all a tight meeting looks in prospect against a strengthened Comets outfit as we go looking for our first points of the season. Can we do it? There is only one way to find and that’s to get yourself to Derwent Park to cheer the guys on.
See you there!!