Updated 26th April: News from the 2011 Speedway Midland League Champions from Erewash Sound SPORT.
LONG EATON INVADERS 13-23 KINGS LYNN LIGHTNING:
Saturday 19 April - Knockout Cup action reviewed by Nigel Nattrass for Erewash Sound SPORT:
A heavy home defeat in the 1st Leg of the KO Cup for Long Eaton. The Invaders failed to win a heat, and Ben Holloway provided their only first place finish of the match. Kings Lynn were only able to track three riders and so were forced to use the R/R facility, but their no.1 Josh Bailey cruised to a 12 point maximum and was ably supported by Alec Wright who rattled up 9+2. Their progress in the competition now looks a mere formality. The 2nd leg is scheduled for May 30th at Saddlebow..
MERCIA VIKINGS 24-12 LONG EATON INVADERS
Friday 18 April - MDL action reviewed by Nigel Nattrass for Erewash Sound SPORT:
Long Eaton Invaders suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of the Mercia Vikings, in a match in which ill-fortune befell one rider from each side. In the opening heat, Vikings' Connor Fletcher suffered mechanical problems on the start line,forcing him to withdraw before the riders were even under the green light. In heat three he was to fall whilst trailing at the back, and did not appear for his third outing. In heat two, Invaders' Lee Springthorpe was also forced to pull up with mechanical problems, and was not available for his 2nd and 3rd outings.
On the positive side, skipper Lee Geary continued his solid start to the season, notching up 7 points from four rides, whilst newcomer Ben Hewitt chipped in with an encouraging 3+1 from four starts on his Invaders debut. Unfortunately though, the visitors had no answer to the Vikings' excellent Ryan Terry-Daley and John Markham, who both finished the night unbeaten, scoring 12 and 7+2 respectively, and it must be said that had Adam Sheppard not suffered engine troubles in heat four, the Vikings' margin of victory might've been even higher.
LONG EATON INVADERS 19-15 CASTLEFORD KINGS
Saturday 12 April - MDL action reviewed by Nigel Nattrass for Erewash Sound SPORT:
Long Eaton Invaders picked up their first victory of the MDL season, beating Castleford Kings 19-15 at Leicesters' Beaumont Park. Kings' boss Pete Hibberd had encountered considerable problems in simply finding four fit and available riders for this fixture, so credit must go to Pete for his hard work in being able to even track a team to get the match on.
However, with Alec Wright forced to withdraw at late notice due to injury, and John Markham suffering a seized engine in the first heat, forcing his withdrawal from his subsequent rides, it was left to Michael Neale and Tom Bacon to carry the Kings' flag. Three of the 6 heats therefore featured only three riders, and despite a superb 12-point maximum for Michael Neale, the Invaders were able to take advatage of the Kings' misfortunes.