SPEEDWAY: DEVILS AT THE DOUBLE

plymouth devils logoPlymouth completed their first Premier League Speedway double of the season when they beat fellow strugglers Leicester 48-36 last night at the St Boniface Arena.

The meeting was abandoned after heat 14 because of the steady rain, which had been falling since heat six. But the win stands because the sport’s rules provide for results to stand if at least 12 of the scheduled 15 heats are completed.

It was an impressive all-round performance by the Devils, who bounced back well from the previous week’s disappointing display at home to Berwick.

Promoter Mike Bowden said: “It was a good win and it was important for us to take the three match points from the team immediately above us in the table.”

Although Plymouth remain bottom of the Premier League table, they are only one point adrift of Leicester and have four matches in hand.

“We were fortunate to complete the meeting in view of the wet weather,” added Bowden.

“Tribute is due to the riders of both teams for racing in the conditions and also to the public for staying to watch what proved to be an entertaining meeting.

“Lee Smart and Kyle Hughes, in particular, rose to the occasion and Gino Franchetti is getting better every week.”

Unfortunately, Hughes had to withdraw from the meeting following a fall in heat eight.

Plymouth operated rider replacement for Hynek Stichauer (knee).

Plymouth: Ben Barker 12 (4 rides), rider replacement (for Hynek Stichauer), Lee Smart 9 (4), Jesper Kristiansen 4+3 (4), Ricky Wells 8+2 (5). Reserves: Gino Franchetti 6 (7), Kyle Hughes 9+1 (4).

Leicester: Kauko Nieminen 8+1 (4), Jan Graversen 7+2 (4), Ilya Bondarenko 9 (4), Henning Bager 1 (4), Magnus Karlsson 5 (4). Reserves: John Oliver 1+1 (4), Charles Wright 5 (4).

*Plymouth will bring in a guest replacement for Hughes for tonight's match at Newport (1900).

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