Speedway Sport


wightwarriorsThe Wightlink Warriors romped to a comprehensive 53-37 home win over visitors King’s Lynn on Tuesday to complete their 2016 home league campaign.

The Warriors totally dominated the match from start to finish, despite the trio of Layne Cupitt, Lee Smart and James Cockle all being handed a 15 metre handicap in one of their heats by the meeting referee for trying to anticipate the start and hitting the tapes before they rose.

Visitors King’s Lynn Young Stars were forced to bring in replacements for regular team members of their side, which didn’t help their cause.

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One of those replacements, namely Darryl Ritchings in for the injured King’s Lynn number 1 Josh Bailey, thankfully was able to walk away from a high speed heat 5 last lap crash albeit battered, bruised and a little groggy. He was unable to take any further part in the meeting.

Their teenage reserve Lewis Whitmore was also ruled out just a race later having aggravated a recent injury he’d sustained and therefore it was left in the main to their skipper Scott Campos and Nathan Greaves to do their best to keep the Warriors’ margin of victory within reason, if at all possible.

The final result sent most in the stadium home happy except perhaps the King’s Lynn fans who’d travelled down from Norfolk to cheer the Young Stars on.

Next Tuesday will bring the curtain down on this year’s home speedway competitive action with a special challenge match at the Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium where the Wightlink Warriors will take on a GB Young Lions Under 23 side.


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WARRIORS: Mark Baseby 13 Chris Widman 10, James Cockle 9+1 Lee Smart 6+3, Layne Cupitt 6+1, Nathan Stoneman 5+2 Kelsey Dugard 4

KING’S LYNN: Nathan Greaves 15, Scott Campos 13+1, David Wallinger 5+1, Taylor Hampshire 2, Darry Ritchings 2, Lewis Whitmore 0, Rider replacement for Tom Stokes.

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