Craig cooks up a storm as Monarchs and Witches draw
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Ipswich Witches 45 Edinburgh Monarchs 45
Ipswich ‘Sackers’ Witches dropped more home points as an inspired Craig Cook-led Edinburgh Monarchs grabbed a deserved draw at Foxhall Stadium.
In a cracking meeting that ebbed one way and then the other, the sublime Cook, who smashed his own track record in heat six, was just too good for the home team’s riders, who lost the services of Gino Manzares after a heat nine crash.
He was taken to hospital with back injuries, although not thought to be serious.
The Witches could have won this and indeed the Monarchs only took the lead in heat 12, but in the end, and with Cook in two of the final three races, a draw wasn’t a disaster as Danny King and Rohan Tungate shared heat 15 behind Cook.
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They never got a grip on the meeting despite King produced a stunning opening heat and reserves Stefan Nielsen and Ashley Morris getting a comfortable 5-1 in heat two. But they lack a killer punch against the better sides and so it was on Thursday night, although if the racing is as good as this throughout the rest of the summer, with a few more Witches home wins thrown in, no-one will complain!
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1 King (15m), Worrall, Sedgmen, Heeps 57.2 3-3
2 Morris, Nielsen, Clegg (15m), Greenwood 59.5 8-4
3 Tungate, Riss, Wolbert, Manzares (f) 58.8 11-7
4 Cook, Covatti, Morris, Greenwood 56.4 14-10
5 Worrall, Manzares, Sedgmen, Tungate (e/f) 58.3 16-14
6 Cook, King, Heeps, Clegg 56.0 19-17. New track record
7 Covatti, Wolbert, Riss, Nielsen 58.6 22-20
8 Sedgmen, Heeps, Morris, Greenwood 58.4 25-23
9 Cook, Tungate, Clegg, Manzares (f/x) 57.7 27-27
10 King, Heeps, Riss, Wolbert 58.1 32-28
11 Sedgmen, Worrall, Covatti, Nielsen 58.9 33-33
12 Wolbert, Clegg, Morris, Nieslen (15m) 59.2 34-38
13 Cook, King, Covatti, Worrall 58.3 34-38
14 Tungate, Morris, Riss, Clegg 59.5 42-42
15 Cook, King, Tungate, Sedgemen 58.5 45-45
Ipswich 1 pts. Edinburgh 2 pts.
Ipswich: D King 12, C Heeps 5+2, G Manzares 2, R Tungate 9+1, N Covatti 7, S Nielsen 2+1, A Morris 8+3
Edinburgh: R Worrall 7+1, J Sedgmen 8, K Wolbert 6+1, E Riss 5+1, C Cook 15, M Clegg 4+1, D Greenwood 0
Edinburgh 13 35
Peterborough 13 33
Somerset 12 31
Sheffield 15 31
Glasgow 13 27
Ipswich 15 23
Berwick 12 17
Redcar 14 15
Rye House 11 15
Newcastle 14 12
Workington 10 12
Plymouth 11 11
Scunthorpe 13 9