Devilds 53 Wight Warriors 37

Devilds 53 Wight Warriors 37

The Plymouth Devils march onwards continues as they followed up Thursday night’s superb away win at Swindon in the National Trophy with a convincing League victory over the Isle of Wight Warriors .

 That maintained a 100% record against the Warriors winning all five matches against them in the league, K O Cup and National Trophy in 2017 . There was some superb speedway action for the crowd and that sets the Devils up in readiness for home and away clashes against Birmingham in the KO Cup next week . They travel to Birmingham Wednesday night for the 1st leg of the quarter final tie with the return at the St Boniface Arena 24 hours later on Thursday night (June 29th).

It was a real all round team effort that won them a convincing 53-37 win on Friday night with No.1 Steve Boxall, still in some discomfort with his back, in superlative form scorching to a paid maximum. Included in that was a breathtaking from the back win in heat 10 over Warriors skipper James Cockle as Boxall recovered from an uncharacteristic poor start to work his way through the field before a top class round the boards pass that had the stadium rocking.

Adam Roynon was again in great form with four class wins in his 13 point haul and his addition to the Devils side has given the club new impetus . Skipper Benji Compton added 8 to the scoreline losing out in heat 12 when his bike failed just as the tapes went up but he bounced back with a great heat victory in heat 14.

Special mention though for rising star Callum Walker , who followed up his paid 14 at Swindon with another stunning display with two wins in his paid 12 return . He was the deserved winner of the Rider of the Night award from sponsor John Martyn .

Richard Andrews had a torrid time early on in the meeting , twice hitting the fence before dusting himself down to come out and win heat 8 with a fine ride ahead of fellow Devonian Connor Coles. In the first of those falls he can count himself as unlucky having been given no room coming out of the second bend on lap 1 but the referee deemed him the cause of the stoppage and his exclusion light was the one displayed.

Young William O’Keefe had the perfect home debut ride combining with Callum Walker for a maximum 5-1 heat win in heat 2 ,coming in for Rob Parker who was out after suffering concussion in a crash at Lakeside the previous weekend.

Rider-Replacement for Henry Atkins produced paid 8 from his rides more than covering from the 16 year olds absence .

Devils skipper Benji Compton was really pleased with the team, “ The boys were on it again and we are showing what a good side we are now. Having Steve back and on maximum form was just what we needed and all the lads did their bit even young William , who impressed me . We are on the  up for sure and hopefully the Plymouth fans will love this and get along to support us and the club for the rest of the season as we chase some silverware and success.”


PLYMOUTH 53: Steve Boxall 14+1, Adam Roynon 13, Callum Walker 11+1, Benji Compton 8, Richard Andrews 5, William O’Keefe 2+1, Henry Atkins r/r.
ISLE OF WIGHT 37: James Cockle 10, Ben Wilson 9, Connor Coles 9, Chris Widman 5+2, Jamie Sealey 2+1, Lewis Whitmore 2+1, Kelsey Dugard r/r.