Cubs on the Road
By Steve Harland
Thursday 14 Aug 2008 15:04:00
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Redcar Cubs have been on the road in their Conference League campaign. Short on top riders they crashed to a defeat but then bounced back to cruise it against the Crusaders.

v PLYMOUTH DEVILS:

 

A predictable 24pt defeat (34-58pts) for the Cubs down in deepest Devon who were minus Aaron Summers, put on a determined display and gave debuts to Benji Compton, Mick Mitchell & Richard Lawson.  The R/R facility was utilised and Richard Lawson, the son of former Workington & Glasgow legend, Steve, was guaranteed at least three rides.  Plymouth's top three of Mark Simmonds, Seemond Stephens & Nicki Glanz are in the top eight CL averages and nobody in the Cubs team looked capable of beating them. The Devils soon forged into a big lead, the only respite coming from a rare Cubs heat advantage in Heat 8 when the fiery Jade Mudgway took second place in a tactical ride and gained us a 5-3 heat advantage.  Benji Compton, an accomplished performer on four previous visits with Scunthorpe had a nightmare, finishing stone last in his first ride and then breaking the tapes in his next one. Mudgway, Gary Beaton - who was Cubs only other heat winner and Richard Lawson battled hard to overcome the Devils which included several racing incidents on the first and second bend. 

 

Scott James rode the race of his life in Heat 13 as the unbeaten Simmonds made several attempts to overtake him in which the wily Devonian managed to thunder past down the back straight of the final lap to a standing ovation from the partisan home support.  Beaton & Mudgway managed a 5-1 in Heat 14 and Lawson led the unbeaten Simmonds & Glanz for half a lap in the final race and emerged with great credit after taking several knocks during the meeting itself.

 

SCORERS: Mudgway 10+1, Beaton & James 7, Compton 4+1, Jones 3+2, Lawson 3, Mitchell 0.

 

v SITTINGBOURNE CRUSADERS:

 

Team manager Jason Pipe had targeted two victories over the weekend to keep the Cubs end of season title play-offs alive.  The struggling Crusaders had yet to register a single victory and to even things up the rider replacement facility was dispensed with. Gary Beaton was moved up to No.3 whilst Richard Lawson came in at No.7.  It would prove to be a memorable afternoon for the Cumbrian.

 

On a patchy track that several riders struggled on it was the Cubs who took the early advantage thanks to Scott James & Steve Jones.  The Crusaders levelled things up after three heats with a 5-1 of their own against Beaton & Mudgway and when Compton fell whilst way out in front in the next one a drawn heat was as good as it got for the home team.  The Cubs began to demonstrate their superiority with only Mick Mitchell struggling.  Jade Mudgway incurred the wrath of the home riders with some aggressive riding and Richard Lawson adapted best of all with five classy victories, only Aaron Baseby of the home side managed to beat him in the final heat as the Cubs ran out comfortable winners by 54-36pts.  Scott James took a frightening looking fall on the third bend in his final ride but escaped unhurt. 

 

SCORERS: Lawson 16+1, Mudgway 9+2, James 9, Jones 7+3, Beaton & Compton 6, Mitchell 1.

 

WEYMOUTH was rained off because of a waterlogged track and has now been rearranged for this Saturday, 16 August at 7pm with the Cubs now at Buxton, 17 August, on the Sunday at 3pm.

 

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