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Speedway: Lions go down to defeat in Edinburgh


Leicester Lions slumped to defeat at Edinburgh after being forced into a series of last-minute changes.

Both Magnus Karlsson and Alex Edberg were ruled out through injury for Friday night's meeting.

So the Harry Jordan Haulage-backed Lions put up a valiant effort in their Premier League fixture against the Monarchs.

The scoreline of 52-37 to the home side did not do justice to Leicester's performance as the team, bolstered by the inclusion of Adam Ellis, the teenage Ipswich rider, and Peterborough's Dakota North, held a four-point lead going into the 10th heat.

The Monarchs came back strongly and outscored the Lions by 15-3 in the final three heats to secure a win.

Leicester's teenage reserves Robert Branford and Ellis gathered more points than their opposite numbers in the Edinburgh team.

The Lions were also unlucky to receive exclusions for Kevin Doolan and Jan Graversen.

Lions co-promoter Alan Jones said: "With doubts over the fitness of Alex and Magnus, it was a bit of a rush to find two riders who first of all fitted into our team in terms of their match average and secondly were prepared to travel to Scotland at such short notice.

"So we were indebted to both Adam and Dakota who agreed to undertake the long trip north to represent the club.

"It was a far better performance than when we were last there in April for the Cup fixture. It was also particularly pleasing to see Branford score so well in what was his best display since joining the club." added Jones.

Edinburgh 52: Craig Cook 13+1 bonus point, Derek Sneddon 6+1, Theo Pijper 8, Jozsef Tabaka 7+2, Claus Vissing 12+2, Tommy Fenwick 0 and Max Fricke 6.

Leicester 37: Kauko Nieminen 8 points, Jan Graversen 3, Kevin Doolan 4+1, Dakota North 6+1, Adam Ellis 7 and Robert Branford 9+2.

The Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium was the venue on Saturday for round two of the FIM Flat Track Cup Gold Trophy Championship, the first to be staged in this country.

The meeting was won by Aidan Collins, the current British Flat Track Champion. Collins, the son of Les Collins who was the last captain of the Lions during the previous era, finished top of the rostrum after winning the 12-heat Grand Final ahead of fellow countrymen Tom Neave and Alan Birtwistle.

Speedway:  Lions go down to defeat in Edinburgh

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