7 September match results
Ipswich 114 - East London 74 (Div 1) (with penalty points added)
Ipswich 119 - East London 79 (Div 2) (with penalty points added)
The first of two quick-fire trips to Ipswich saw East London endure another horror story of an afternoon. Already without Kevin Smith and Steve Myhill (both still struggling with injury), the Londoners also missed Dave Hughes through work. But worse was to come. With 30 minutes to go before tapes up Smith, who had nobly travelled up the A12 to offer support and his management skills, got a phone call from Steve Woodroof explaining that he'd gone to Canning Town by mistake and was 80 miles away - simply the last thing a depleted squad wanted to hear.
So with only five riders who hadn't raced for six weeks facing a full and fit squad whose oldest member was just 18, the result of both matches was never in doubt. As ever, those who did take to the track gave their all. In Division 1, Les Stevens and Nick Gunkel both won races while Richard Austin scored consistently in each ride. Kevin Burt had another frustrating afternoon but never gave up and son Adam enjoyed his best return in the Division 2 fixture, picking up three wins and a second on the way to a 16 point haul. In the face of such odds, it would be easy for East London to throw in the towel. However, the club's gritty determination to carry on has won it a great deal of admiration from opponents throughout the league.
Scorers: Div 1 - Gunkel 16, Stevens 16, Austen 14, A. Burt 7 (+1), K. Burt 6
Div 2 - Gunkel 16, Stevens 16, A. Burt 16, Stevens 12 (+4), K. Burt 6
Next home fixture (2pm start)
Sunday 12 October- East London v Kesgrave
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