Bright spots despite loss
South East Division One East London 84 Norwich 91 EAST LONDON started the new season on Sunday without key riders, but put on a good performance against last year s league winners Norwich. The meeting started well for London, with Alex Zielinski winning
South East Division One
East London 84 Norwich 91
EAST LONDON started the new season on Sunday without key riders, but put on a good performance against last year's league winners Norwich.
The meeting started well for London, with Alex Zielinski winning the opening heat.
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Norwich hit back in heat two with their two plucky Poles racing to a 7-3 win over the younger pairing of Ridgwell and Jarvis.
Pairings Gunkel and Stevens as well as Zielinksi and Harvie held on to two drawn heats 5-5, before Norwich then inflicted another 7-3 to take an eight-point lead.
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Jarvis and Ridgwell fought back with a 6-3, but a 6-4 to Norwich brought the halftime scores to 47-41, a 10-point lead to Norwich.
Three drawn heats started the second half, plus a win for Jarvis and a fine worked second place from George Hughes kept London's chances alive, only for Norwich to increase their lead in heat 11 with a 6-4.
Smith and N Stephens evened the heat when they combined together for a fine 5-5.
The visitors proved why they are reigning champions, however, when they raced away for a 7-3 success.
East London had the final say when Stevens and Jarvis finished the meeting with a 7-2 win, as they went down by a mere seven points.
East London: A Zielinksi 15+1, L Stevens 15+1, S Jarvis 12+1 (4rides), N Gunkel 11+2, G Hughes 10, L Ridgwell 8 (4 rides), K Smith 6+1 (3R), S Harvie 3 (2R), N Stephens 2+1 (1R), D Hughes 2 (2R).