There was some good racing dished out between the two closely fought Southern Development matches , the youngsters on the 125cc machines and the Men In Black on their old machines.
The Plymouth BUDE BREWERY Demons opened their SDL campaign with a 20-16 win over Devon rivals Exeter Falcons, who then defeated Weymouth 19-17 in the second match.
The Falcons were hit by a van breakdown for the Watts brothers Rob and Chris but the co-operation of the Weymouth and Plymouth teams meant that full sides were able to be tracked by all sides.
16 year old Henry Atkins skippered the Demons , making him the youngest captain for the club and he did a sterling job looking after his charges. The scorelines were close throughout and the home side needed a heat success in the final race to secure victory with Atkins and Rob Parker doing the business with a maximum 5-1 heat win.
In the second meeting the scores were topsy-turvy with Exeter taking the initial lead before Weymouth levelled it and then went ahead only for Exeter to level it in heat 4. Weymouth looked on their way to a lead in heat 5 before skipper Martin French crashed whilst leading suffering concussion and being treated on track for 15 minutes . In the re-run 16 year old Jordan Bull, loaned to Exeter by Plymouth, too his first ever race victory as the Falcons edged ahead 16-14. A drawn final heat , with Henry Atkins loaned to the Falcons winning his sixth race of the night , have Exeter victory.
Co-Promoter Laurence Rogers was highly pleased with the whole night, “ It was a gamble for Mark Phillips and I to put on this free entry meeting. We could have had a handful of fans there but it was a good turnout and a large influx of new people who had never seen speedway before. They all seemed to like it and hopefully will return ti watch the Devils. “
“The racing was good with a good mixture of the SDL clashes, the young ones on 125’s and the old time machines raced by the Men In Black went down well. It was also pleasing to have a referee who worked with us and kept things moving …so thanks to Chris Durno for this. “
“Naturally we had expenses to put this meeting on and a big thank you to all who donated to the bucket collection as this will go a long way to help cover our outlay. From our point of view the night was a success and if we pull some new supporters out of it then it will have been worthwhile. “
PLYMOUTH Bude Brewery DEMONS 20 ( Henry Atkins 3r 9 (max); Saul Bulley 3r 5=1; Rob Parker 3r 5+1; Jordan Bull 1) EXETER Falcons 16 (Anders Rowe 3r 8; Craig Nethercott 3r 4, Andrew Palmer 3r 3+1, Martin French 3r 1+1)
WEYMOUTH Wildcats 17 ( Anders Rowe 3r 7, Saul Bulley 3r 6+1, Mick Suttin 3r 3, Martin French 3r 1) EXETER Falcons 19 ( Henry Atkins 3r 9 (max), Jordan Bull 3r 5, Craig Nethercott 3r 3, Andrew Palmer 3r 2.
125 cc : Sam Peters 4r 12, Zak Davey 4r 8, Leo Rixon 3r 3.
Men In Black : Alex Gooch 4r 11, Dave Harvey 4r 9, Ron Jones 4r 4, Bill Hatynes 4r 0