There was drama for the Wightlink Warriors before a wheel had even been turned last night (Tuesday), when the Island side were dealt a dramatic blow when returning reserve Tyler Govier withheld his services due to a contractual issue.
Down to 6 riders against the defending league champions, who were still smarting from a defeat the previous evening, the task of winning was to prove too much and a heavy home defeat followed.
For the Warriors, Ben Wilson started with 2 quick wins but he looped his bike at the start of heat 10 and took a heavy fall that looked to effect him later on. Connor Coles made a steady debut and James Cockle was his usual persistent self, however with the Warriors shorthanded in 2 races, they just had no answer to a strong Brummies performance led by Liam Carr, Zach Wajtknecht, Tom Bacon and Layne Cupitt.
Frustrated co-promoter Barry Bishop reflected on a disappointing afternoon and evening:
“We really believed that our new look side would be able to match and better the Brummies, but things turned sour when we failed to agree on a contractual matter with Tyler and his representative. With no time to organise a replacement, this thrust unacceptable pressure on to the lads and Jamie Sealey in particular. I know the result is not entirely down to this one incident but it did unsettle our guys needlessly and that reflected in some of our riding tonight.
“On a positive note, we ended the meeting with a super heat of speedway – a building block with which to move forward”.
Wightlink Warriors 37 | Birmingham Brummies 53
Wightlink Warriors: Ben Wilson 6, Kelsey Dugard 4, James Cockle 10, Chris Widman 4+1, Connor Coles 11, Jamie Sealey 2
Surestop Brummies: Zach Wajtknecht 10+1, Layne Cupitt 8+3, Tom Bacon 11+1, Liam Carr 15, Macauley Leek 3+1, Alex Spooner 6+2
The Warriors will be hoping for improved showings this weekend as the travel to Belle Vue Colts on Friday and Mildenhall on Sunday.