Danny King: Be careful what you wish for... And thanks Ritchie for help with the BBQ
- Credit: Picture: Steve Waller
In the Danny King column this week: Be careful what you wish for... A 12-hour round trip for nothing - and Ritchie has a ball while I get wet!
We keep our home form going strong.
Another good win last week against Newcastle and we are now set for a big eight days ahead.
The Newcastle victory was set up after a fine start from the boys as we hit the Diamonds hard early on. That’s something I have always been telling the team we must do, and I know Ritchie Hawkins and Chris Louis feel the same.
Steve Worrall and Robert Lambert were always going to come good and so they did, but we were home and dry.
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It’s funny, I heard someone say the other week that it is a bit ‘boring’ at times at Foxhall, us winning all the time.
Well, I know this is very much a minority view, but please be careful what you wish for.
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I don’t know, you can’t please some people!
Winning is fun. Winning is what sport is all about as far as I’m concerned. I don’t like losing. How does it go?..... ‘Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser’!
OK, so a tad harsh. But you get my drift.
Our run of home victories is fantastic and I want us to go through the whole season unbeaten at home.
Tomorrow, we face a very big test, as we do on Sunday and next Thursday.
Yes, it’s those tough Scottish sides, Edinburgh and Glasgow in town over the next two weeks at Foxhall. We also go to Glasgow on Sunday.
Well, the Premier League Pairs didn’t take place on Friday.
I left my house at 12 noon and it rained pretty well all the way to Somerset.
It was a bit of a formality really when we got there. The track had covers but not over all the track. I think covers are a great idea, but clearly all the track needs to be covered!
Still, the sensible decision was made and we headed back up the M5, arriving home at midnight. A nice 12-hour round journey for nowt!
Talking of Cardiff, did you see the British Grand Prix?
Well, 12 months ago I was there racing in it if you remember. It was a great occasion and it came over well on the television again this time.
However, my hopes of watching much of it were ruined by the weather.
So as to enjoy a fun night of speedway, Clara and me invited over a few guests, including the lovely Anna Hawkins - who of course had to bring Ritchie - to watch the telly, while I did a BBQ.
All was going well with the speedway about to start, until it started to rain. Now, in my house we have double doors opening out onto a patio, which is where I was doing the BBQ.
All was well when the sun was shining at 4pm, but as the weather got worse and it started to drizzle, we put up a marquee, so as to keep yours truly from getting wet as I struggled with the sausages and burgers.
It didn’t improve. My mood, or the weather.
It was raining harder now, so Ritchie thought it best to close the patio doors, leaving me outside under a marquee cooking the BBQ while he laid out on my sofa watching the speedway on my - NEW - television.
“You missed a great race there mate,” he would open the patio doors and exclaim, beer in hand. Thankfully I didn’t miss many races and we all had a good night in the end.
But it was a mixed night for many riders at the British GP.
Poor Craig Cook just couldn’t get going, while Tai Woffinden won’t get nine points again and not get in a semi-final, of that I’m sure.
Jason Doyle recovered from a fall and a bad opening couple of rides to come second. It was all happening.
As I have said before, I’ve got lots of time for Doyley.
Not only do we get on well, but he’s a real tough rider and must have great mental strength to bounce back from having the title taken from him last year due to injury - to come back this year just as strong.
Just time for me to mention the Leicester Lions big win over King’s Lynn on Monday night.
We did well and fully deserved it.
The Leicester fans haven’t had a lot to shout about in recent seasons, but with five consecutive home Saturday night meetings on the bounce to come, here’s hoping the Lions and their brilliant fans have plenty to get excited about.
See you at Foxhall tomorrow night then. It’s a big one.... Don’t be late.
AS TOLD TO MIKE BACON