New riders sought for 2013 season
East London's 2013 campaign continues. Training sessions run every Wednesday evening from 7.45pm (weather permitting). New riders of all ages are welcome to attend a training session and find out more about cycle speedway.
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Fixtures and match reports (all matches start at 2pm unless otherwise stated)
19 May - East London 87 - Norwich 88 (Div 1)
East London 70 - Norwich 105 (Div 2)
East London came tantalisingly close to recording their first win of the season, but just missed out by the slimmest of margins after 18 barn-storming races. Again unable to track a full side, the capital's magnificent seven started slowly, but gradually started to wear their opponents down. After a bruising fall in the first running of heat 4, Steve Myhill combined with Dennis Hubble to record a vital 7-3. Nicky Gunkel banged in three race wins before the interval, while Les Stevens, Steve Woodroof, Kevin Smith and Adam Burt all worked hard to ensure the scores were all square after 9 races. After the break, East London eked out a slender lead, despite a nasty looking fall that saw Woodroof split his crash helmet. Heat 17 (brought forward to give Woodroof time to recover) proved the turning point. With Norwich's Toby Sands excluded for moving at the start, a win looked possible. However, disaster struck when Hubble was also excluded (for slowing the race down) and the resulting 3-4 reversal meant that the visitors went home with the spoils. Result aside, this was a great performance by East London and a fine advert for the sport.
Scorers: Gunkel 19, Myhill 14 (+2), Hubble 14 (+1), Woodroof 13, Stevens 11 (+2), Smith 11 (+1), Burt 5.
The second division match also provided some good racing, but the result was never really in doubt. A combination of 15 penalty points (for tracking Gunkel), and some tired and bruised bodies (Myhill had a suspected hairline fracture of one of his toes) meant that East London were unlikely to make much headway against the fresh legs of the Norwich Division 2 squad. The match did give Burt the chance to be more competitive and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands, picking up a well-deserved third place in his third ride and a second in the nominated heat. Gunkel went through the card unbeaten, meaning a personal tally of 39 points out of 40 for the afternoon as a whole. More than anything else, the result illustrated just how much East London need to recruit some new talent.
Scorers: Gunkel 20, Stevens 13 (+1), Myhill 12 (+1), Smith 9 (+1), Burt 9, Woodroof 7.
2 June - Kesgrave v East London (Div 2)
23 June - Hethersett v East London (Div 1 & 2)
7 July - Ipswich v East London (Div 1 & 2)
21 July - East London v Gt Blakenham (Div 1 & 2)
28 July - South East Grand Prix at East London (12 noon start)
4 August - Norwich v East London (Div 1 & 2)
18 August - East London v Kesgrave (Div 2)
8 Sept - East London v Hethersett (Div 1 & 2)