Fixture Congestion
By Robert Nichols
Friday 11 Apr 2008 10:11:30
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Redcar Bears bad luck with the elements continued last night as the meeting against Edinburgh had to be abandoned half way through after the heavens opened.


Such a shame as it was building into an intriguing neck a neck battle with only a couple of points separating the teams. There were real sparks flying from Bears skipper Gary Havelock both on and off the track. First to his obvious annoyance he was excluded from the very first heat of the night but his reserve replacement Arlo Bugeja combined with Dan Giffard to record an exciting 5 point maximum. Havvy’s second ride ended in an explosion of sparks. The former World Champion clearly felt wronged, parked his bike on the track to stop the race and charged up to see the referee.


With the abandonment of last night's Premier League fixture against Edinburgh after nine heats because of torrential rain - the match will have to be restaged later in the season as will the postponed away fixture at Glasgow.


Of more immediate concern is fitting in the Premier Trophy match at home against Stoke which was postponed on March 20th. Redcar club boss Glyn Taylor is considering a Sunday fixture and had hoped to re-arrange either the Bears away fixtures at Newport on April 20th or at Mildenhall in the KO Cup on April 27th but the latter has to be completed by the nature of the competition with set dates for the next round whilst Newport have so far not replied to the request.


There is already a re-arranged fixture this Saturday evening at the South Tees Motorsport Park when the Bears face the Sheffield Tigers in the Premier Trophy match postponed from April 4th. (To be followed by Redcar Cubs v Buxton Hitmen in the Conference League at 7.30pm). Fingers will be crossed for better weather than enjoyed by the sport as a whole or the fixture backlog will become quite a challenge. 


Bears tried everything they could to keep the meeting going last night. They waited and waited for the weather to turn. When the rain finally did finally show signs of slowing promoter Glyn Taylor went out on his tractor and attempted to spike the track to drain off the surface water. But then the floodgates opened again and sadly everyone had to scurry off home after a good soaking. That’s April showers for you.

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