Devils Overcome Isle Of Wight To Reach Next Stage Of Knock Out Cup

Devils Overcome Isle Of Wight To Reach Next Stage Of Knock Out Cup

Even without heat leader Benji Compton  , who was ruled out with a knee injury sustained in the first leg of the cup clash the night before, the Plymouth Devils sailed through to the next round of the National League KO Cup.

Having secured a superb 47-43 win on the island the night before the Devils took the honours overall by 98-81 and will now meet Birmingham in the next stage of the competition.

Top man Steve Boxall powered to an immaculate 18 point maximum from his six rides with some breath taking action when missing the gate a few times and forcing his way through to some top class race wins. That sets him well for the British Championship semi-final he contests at Newcastle on Sunday.

The side covered for the absence of Compton, who  failed a late fitness test on his knee with rider replacement which produced 7 +1 from the four rides.

Lee Smart returned to top form with 13 from his 6 rides including successive race wins in heats 11 and 12 to give solid backing to Boxall.

Richard Andrews included a heat win in his paid 8 return whilst 16 year old reserve Henry Atkins suffered the most bizarre disqualification in the eighth heat but also scored paid 8 from his other 4 rides. That eighth heat caused controversy as Atkins was deemed by the referee to have caused a first bend crash involving the two Isle of Wight riders Widman and Sealey. Sealey lifted alarmingly going into the first bend hitting and riding over partner Widman whose bike caught Atkins causing him to also hit the deck. But referee Barbara Horley saw things differently to everyone else and put the blue exclusion light on to the amazement of one and all.

Rob Parker ended the night in the medical room after injuring his elbow when he laid his bike down after Ben Wilson had crashed in heat 11 when trying to round Lee Smart. He came out in the re-run but fell but got back on the bike only to fall again on the next bend being unable to hold on to the handlebars.

All in all , despite the dramas and controversy, it was a good night for the Devils who now look forward to a mouth-watering League clash at the St Boniface Arena next Friday (May 5th ay 7.15pm) with the Cradley Heathens.

 

Plymouth Devils = 51 (98) 

1. Steve Boxall 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3 = 18 FULL MAX
2. Richard Andrews 1, 1*, 1, 3, 1 = 7+1
3. Lee Smart 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 1 = 13
4. Callum Walker 0, 1*, 1*, 0, 2 = 4+2
5. Benji Compton R/R (RA 1*, SB 3, LS 3, CW 0 = 7+1) 
6. Rob Parker 2*, 0, FX = 2+1
7. Henry Atkins 3, 2, FX, 1, 1* = 7+1

Isle of Wight Warriors = 38 (81) 

1. Ben Wilson 2, 3, FX, 1* = 6+1
2. Tyler Govier R/R (CN 0, SB 0, CW 2, CN 2 = 4) 
3. James Cockle 3, 2, 2, 2, 2 = 11
4. Chris Widman 1, 1*, 2, 0, 3 = 7+1
5. Nathan Greaves 3, 2, 3, 2, FX = 10
6. Jamie Sealey FX, 0, R, 1* = 1+1
7. Saul Bulley (G) 1, 0, 0, X, 0 = 1
8. Craig Nethercott 0, 2 = 2

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