Post by Administrator on Jun 17, 2012 20:44:50 GMT
Raiders on the Road – Isle of Wight Away (Tuesday, June 19th)
The Rye House Raiders face the second away match of their National League programme when they journey across the water to the Isle of Wight on Tuesday (June 19th). It will be the Raiders’ second match at Smallbrook this season. On May 1st, they were competitive for nearly half their Knock-Out Cup visit – despite being without No.1 David Mason, who broke down en route to the stadium – before ultimately losing out 58-31.
This time around, they will be boosted by the inclusion of Jason Garrity, who is standing in for Mason while he recovers from the after-affects of his horror crash against Mildenhall a fortnight ago. Garrity’s last visit to the Island, by the way, was as a Belle Vue Colt last May and netted the teenager an excellent paid 14.
Raiders Away – National League Fours (Stoke; Saturday, June 23rd)
The Rye House Raiders will have to navigate past both the defending trophy holders and the host club if they are to make the grand final in this year’s Corbettsports.com National League Fours Championship. The event – originally postponed because of a waterlogged track on June 10th – will see the Raiders up against the home team Potters and reigning titlists Dudley, with the Isle of Wight – who bested the Raiders in the Knock-Out Cup at the start of last month – rounding out the semi-final group.
The other semi-final group comprises Mildenhall, King’s Lynn, Buxton and Scunthorpe. The top two finishers in each will progress to the grand final shoot-out which completes the day’s event.
With David Mason still sidelined after his heavy crash against Mildenhall and Jason Garrity committed to the Silver Ski Rockets’ home match against Edinburgh that same night, Shane Hazelden has stepped into the Raiders’ four man team. The full line-up is Hazelden, Ben Morley, James Sarjeant and Luke Chessell.
Post by Administrator on Jun 20, 2012 5:40:43 GMT
Three Man Raiders Nearly Spoil Islanders’ Festival
Isle of Wight 51 Rye House 42
(National League; Tuesday, June 19th 2012)
There may have been a lopsided look to the Rye House score-chart, but the Raiders came close to nabbing a point in their National League match in Ryde. In the end, it was expecting too much from Jason Garrity, Ben Morley and James Sarjeant to hold their side together to quite that extent as they posted a mammoth 37 points of Rye’s 42 total.
The Raiders trailed from Heat 2 onwards, and were down 20-10 by Heat 5. Race wins by Sarjeant (as a Tactical) and Morley helped pulled the score back to 25-20, but Islander 4-2s from four of the next five races pushed the cushion up to 44-31 before Sarjeant and Garrity combined to outpace former Rockets Kyle Hughes and Paul Starke in Heat 13.
That brought the Raiders back to 45-36 – and in with a shout of an away match point. Unfortunately for them, Aaron Baseby and Danny Stoneman had other ideas and collected a maximum result over Rikki Mullins and a falling Luke Chessell to guarantee the final points spread went in the home team’s favour.
There was still time for one last push from the Raiders, as Sarjeant and Garrity ended Danny Warwick’s maximum hopes at the final hurdle with a Heat 15 5-1.
Rye House scorers:
Jason Garrity 12+2 (5 rides)
Shane Hazelden 2 (4)
Ben Morley 9 (4)
Luke Chessell 1 (4)
James Sarjeant 16 (5 rides, inc 6 as a TR)
Nick Laurence (guest) 1 (4)
Rikki Mullins (guest) 1 (4)
Isle of Wight scorers:
Kyle Hughes 8 (4 rides)
Ben Hopwood 7+2 (5)
Danny Warwick 12 (5)
Aaron Baseby 6 (4)
Paul Starke 5 (4)
Danny Stoneman 8+2 (4)
Gary Cottham 5+1 (4)
Match Points: Isle of Wight 3 Rye House 0
Post by Administrator on Jun 23, 2012 22:06:26 GMT
Bring ‘Em On: Buxton (National League; Saturday, June 30th @ 7pm)
Next Saturday sees the Raiders take central stage as they tackle Buxton in a re-scheduled National League encounter that has been brought forward from its original date of July 26th.
The Hitmen – then featuring an even fresher-faced Jason Garrity – were League, Cup and Trophy treble winners in 2010, but slipped to 8th out of 10 in the table last year with a heavily revamped squad.
With previous mainstays Adam Allott and former Birmingham Brummie and British U-15 runner-up Ben Taylor opting out of the sport for 2012, and Tim Webster then pulling out of Hi Edge in April, 2012 has so far proven to be an even bigger struggle. The pressure is on Adelaide-born British U-21 Finalist Rob Branford – the sole survivor of the 2010 treble team and also a Premier League Redcar Bear last term – to steady the tiller at No.1, although Adam McKinna has been signed to help plug the gaps. The Derbyshire side also includes Luke Priest and Dean Felton, who is still best known in a near 20 year career for Premier League runs with Berwick, Stoke and Long Eaton.
Completing their side are former moto-crosser Ryan Blacklock – who transitioned to the shale just a year ago but enjoyed a best-to-date 11 point haul in the Hitmen’s win over Stoke last month – and 2011 British U-19 Finalist Richard Andrews, although the Hitmen will have to cover for the absence of 15 year old prospect Michael Neale, who suffered a broken wrist in a nasty crash last weekend against Dudley.
Post by Administrator on Jun 28, 2012 15:01:38 GMT
Franklin Joins Raiders Ahead of Hitmen Clash
The Rye House Raiders have been boosted ahead of Saturday’s National League home fixture against Buxton by the signing of Richard Franklin.
The 19 year old was originally a Rye House Cobra in 2008, posting an all-inclusive 6 point average, and now returns to replace Nick Lee, who has withdrawn from the side for personal reasons. 5th in both the 2006 and 2007 British U-15 Championships, Franklin has ridden for Britain’s U-21 Test team, and also claimed gold with Dudley last season in both the National Shield and Fours Championship, although his 2011 campaign ended early with a broken shoulder in August.
Team manager John Sampford commented on Franklin ’s arrival, “It should have a knock-on effect in several areas. With a handy 4.84 average, Richard will help bolster the middle order, but he’ll also enable Luke Chessell to drop to reserve. That in turn should bolster those positions, which have been a bit of a weak spot for us.”
The Raiders team for Saturday – with Lee Geary stepping in for the unavailable Rikki Mullins - is:
Jason Garrity, Richard Franklin, Ben Morley (captain), Shane Hazelden, James Sarjeant, Lee Geary, Luke Chessell
Post by Administrator on Jun 30, 2012 11:39:57 GMT
New, New Date For National League Fours
It will hopefully be a case of third time lucky as a new date is announced for this year’s National League Fours Championship. The event, which will be staged at Stoke, has already fallen foul of the weather with a waterlogged track on two occasions, but is now set to take place on Sunday, August 26th, with a 3pm start.
The Raiders have been drawn in the same semi-final group as defending champions Dudley, the Isle of Wight and the host club Potters. The top two finishers over eight races will collide with the top two finishers from the other group (Mildenhall, Scunthorpe, King’s Lynn, Buxton) in the grand final shoot-out, which will also be staged over eight heats.
Post by Administrator on Jul 1, 2012 6:56:53 GMT
Raiders Shoot Past Hitmen For Victory
Rye House 53 Buxton 42
(National League; Saturday, June 30th 2012)
The Raiders claimed their second National League victory of the season in clinching an exciting see-saw encounter against a determined Buxton side.
The host team appeared to be home and dry as early as Heat 4 as three maximums (including a 5-0 in Heat 2) put them in a commanding position of 18-5. Astute use of the Tactical rule by the Hitmen, however, brought them back into contention not once but twice. Robert Branford’s six pointer against an otherwise unbeaten Ben Morley was followed by a close run 5-1 from Dean Felton and Luke Priest over James Sarjeant to shrink the differential to 24-20.
The Raiders were quick on the rebound themselves, though, with Luke Chessell and new boy Richard Franklin combining for a 5-1 in Heat 8, and Morley and Shane Hazelden matching the result when out against Adam McKinna in the next race.
Those outcomes took the points spread back up to 34-22, only for the Priest-Felton pairing to respond with an 8-1 thanks to the former’s Tactical nomination, and a further 4-2 had the Raiders sweating at 37-34.
Cue a timely 5-1 from Morley and Chessell over Priest in Heat 12 to take the lead back up to 42-35. Sarjeant then outpaced Branford and McKinna as the only Raider in a critical Heat 13, and with the next race also drawn, Rye had the match victory in the bag with a race to spare, although it took another four laps for them to clinch the full three match points on offer. That they achieved in style via a seventh maximum result, this time from Sarjeant and Morley over Branford and Priest.
Overall, Morley (13+1), Sarjeant (12) and Chessell (revelling in his new role at reserve with 11+3) spearheaded the Raiders points assault, with the rest of the team chipping in with important points at key times.
The one souring moment came when Raiders No.1 Jason Garrity withdrew himself from the match after his first two outings. The frustration (and cost) of a recent blown engine and further mechanical gremlins here – he had to borrow Morley’s bike when winning Heat 1 – appear to have been key contributors to his unilateral decision but left the Raiders short-handed at the business end of the fixture. Garrity did, though, apologise to the referee for his unauthorised action after the match.
Rye House scorers:
Jason Garrity 4+1 (2 rides)
Richard Franklin 5+1 (4)
Ben Morley 13+1 (5)
Shane Hazelden 6+2 (4)
James Sarjeant 12 (5)
Lee Geary 2+1 (3)
Luke Chessell 11+3 (6)
Robert Branford 14 (5 rides, inc 6 as a TR)
Chris Widman 4+1 (4)
Luke Priest 9+1 (5 rides, inc 6 as a TR)
Dean Felton 9+1 (4)
Adam McKinna 6+1 (4)
Lewis Rose 0 (4)
Ryan Blacklock 0 (4)
Match Points: Rye House 3 Buxton 0
The Belle Vue Colts edged out the Milton Keynes Knights 19-16 in the Midland Development League fixture that followed the main match. The Colts led 12-5 at Heat 3 before holding off a determined Knights comeback in the closing stages. Dugard family member Connor Dugard scored 2 points for the nomadic MK side.
Milton Keynes scorers:
Connor Dwyer 6 (3), Adam Sheppard 4+1 (3), Danno Verge 4 (3), Connor Dugard 2 (3)
Belle Vue scorers:
Shaun Tedham 8+1 (3), Niall Strudwick 4 (3), Jack Kingston 4 (3), David Holt 3 (3)
Post by Administrator on Jul 8, 2012 7:32:24 GMT
Bring ‘Em On: Scunthorpe Scorpions and Saints (Double Header – Saturday, July 14th @ 6pm)
This Saturday’s meeting at Rye House will be a case, not of team versus team but club versus club.
The special double header – which has an earlier than usual start time of 6pm in order to accommodate the thirty heats of racing – will pit the Silver Ski Rockets against the Scunthorpe Scorpions in a crunch Premier League clash, followed by the Raiders against the 2011 title winning Saints in the National League.
The Scorpions will be followed onto the track by the Saints. A fixture clash with Workington will unfortunately rule out Gary Irving, but 2011 British U-21 runner-up and doubling-up Newcastle Diamond Steve Worrall is a part of the Saints mix, as is doubling-up Scorpion Tom Young, 2011 British Youth Silver winner Max Clegg and Oliver Greenwood, who turned plenty of heads with his recent 16 point haul at Stoke.
The Saints have so far balanced wins over King’s Lynn and Buxton with home defeats against powerhouses Dudley (43-46) and Mildenhall (33-56). Their Cup interest ended in a narrow 87-91aggregate reverse against Stoke.
Please remember that as per other double header meetings at Rye House in 2012, there will be no additional admission charge for the Raiders fixture, with prices as per standard Premier League fixtures, ie Adults at £16, Seniors at £14, Children (12-16) at £5 and Children U-12 FREE. The only increase will be to for the match programme, which will be £3 to help offset the additional costs of staging these double header meetings.
Post by Administrator on Jul 15, 2012 18:43:34 GMT
Raiders Laid Low at Hi Edge
Buxton 60 Rye House 33
(National League, Sunday July 15th 2012)
The Rye House Raiders failed to repeat last season’s victory at Hi Edge under the guise of the Hackney Hawks as they crashed to a 27 point defeat against a Buxton side that had previously tasted victory just once but clearly benefited from a significant line-up change ahead of the fixture.
Charles Wright – recently released by Edinburgh – marked his return to Hi Edge by blasting a five ride maximum to show just what the Premier League is missing. His presence gave the Buxton roster both a revitalised look and a new competitiveness that was taken up by his team-mates. Robert Branford also went through the card, while Adam McKinna was beaten just once and veteran Dean Felton became the fourth Hitman to push into double figures.
In total, the Hitmen ran up no less than seven 5-1 and two 4-2 advantages from their afternoon’s work.
The Raiders, in contrast, were effectively a two man team. Ben Morley bagged two of Rye’s three race wins, and would have completed a personal hat-trick but for a fall when leading Heat 7. Luke Chessell was the Raiders’ other race winner en route to an excellent paid 11 as he continues to excel in his new role at reserve. That was about it, though, for the scoring positives, as the match proved a personal nightmare for James Sarjeant, who fell while leading Heat 4 and later experienced a relentless run of bike problems.
The result leaves the Raiders in fifth place in the National League table, some six points adrift of a play-off spot.
Rye House team manager John Sampford was glad to see the back of the match. “There’s no doubt that Charles Wright made a world of difference with a real points swing in their favour. Having said that, with the exception of Ben – who would have finished with a magnificent 17 point haul if he hadn’t fallen – and Luke, we really did struggle for points - although James had a lot of problems with his machinery after his early crash. Brad Tokley did well to score two points on his debut, and more importantly will have learned a lot from today”.
Charles Wright 14+1 (5 rides, maximum)
Dean Felton 8+2 (4)
Luke Priest 6+2 (4)
Adam McKinna 11 (4)
Robert Branford 14+1 (5 rides, maximum)
Chris Widman 5+3 (7)
Ryan Blacklock 2 (2)
Rye House scorers:
Jason Garrity R/R
Richard Franklin 3+1 (4)
Ben Morley 14 (6 rides, inc 6 as a TR)
Shane Hazelden 2+1 (4 rides, inc 0 as a TR)
James Sarjeant 2 (4)
Brad Tokley 2 (5)
Luke Chessell 10+1 (7)
Match Points: Buxton 3 Rye House 0
Post by Administrator on Jul 22, 2012 19:33:39 GMT
No Joy For Raiders in Pairs
National League Pairs Championship
(Mildenhall; Sunday, July 22nd 2012)
1st Mildenhall (Cameron Heeps, Lewis Blackbird)
2nd Buxton (Charles Wright, Robert Branford)
3rd Dudley (Tom Perry, Byron Bekker)
The Rye House Raiders’ interest in this year’s National League Pairs Championship quickly ended at the group stage as their young duo of Ben Morley and James Sarjeant were on the wrong end of successive maximum results in their three outings. Statistically speaking, it may not have helped in this regard that the Raiders were drawn off the inside gates in Heats 3 and 5 – and the first six race results all favoured teams starting off the outside, before this trait was largely reversed with the inside gate pairs largely dominating the next six!
Neither was it to be for highly rated Stoke, who were defending last year’s crown. The Potters’ hopes were rocked by the non-appearance of Ashley Birks due to food poisoning, leaving three-time event winner Simon Lambert to post their 9 points alongside replacement Ben Reade.
Hosts Mildenhall – represented by the powerful pair of Cameron Heeps and Lewis Blackbird – won the championship, finishing ahead of Buxton, Dudley and Scunthorpe in the six heat final that closed out the afternoon.
Mildenhall 20 (Lewis Blackbird 11+1, Cameron Heeps 9+1)
Buxton 17 (Charles Wright 10+1, Robert Branford 7+1)
Isle of Wight 11 (Danny Warwick 6, Kyle Hughes 5+1)
Rye House 6 (Ben Morley 4, James Sarjeant 2)
Scunthorpe 20 (Gary Irving 12, Tom Young 8+2)
Dudley 13 (Byron Bekker 9, Tom Perry 4+2)
King’s Lynn 12 (Lewis Kerr 10, James Cockle 2)
Stoke 9 (Simon Lambert 9, Ben Reade 0)
Mildenhall 17 (Cameron Heeps 11+1, Lewis Blackbird 6)
Buxton 14 (Charles Wright 6, Robert Branford 8)
Dudley 12 (Tom Perry 10, Byron Bekker 2+1)
Scunthorpe 11 (Gary Irving 8+1, Tom Young 3)