Knights close in on league leaders after racing to away win double

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IT’S been a fantastic couple of weeks for the Milton Keynes Knights, with the club celebrating back-to-back away wins in speedway’s Midland Development League.

Victories at Stoke Spitfires and more recently Sheffield Cubs have seen the city side climb to second place in the table with four wins in six outings.

Belle Vue Colts currently top the table, but if Knights can repeat the sort of form that saw them win 18-14 away at Stoke and 19-17 at Sheffield then the leaders should be worried – the latter win coming in dramatic circumstances in the final race of the night.

With both teams fielding strong line-ups, MK’s meeting with Sheffield at the Owlerton Stadium looked to be in doubt as rain fell during most of the Sheffield Vs Ipswich Premier League clash, but as the rain eased just before the start both teams agreed to press on.

Ollie Greenwood showed his intent from the gate in heat one, leading home Owlerton specialists Max Clegg and Tom Woolley to win, and heat two saw drama at the tapes with Knights’ guest rider Shaun Tedham nearly looping at the start.

Conor Dwyer made a great start but all the excitement was at the back as Tedham chased down Andy Braithwaite for four laps, finally taking third place with an outside pass on the last band.

Dwyer in heat three and Greenwood in four protected Knights’ two-point lead with consecutive race wins. But the end result looked to have turned in heat five when Clegg and Woolley raced clear for a home 5-1 victory against Dwyer and Sheppard to open up a 16-14 lead with only one race remaining.

As the rain started to fall for the final heat, Tedham withdrew from his last ride due to the damage sustained to his bike when a chain snapped in heat four, with Dwyer taking his place.

As the tapes rose, Greenwood and Dwyer reached the first turn ahead of Braithwaite and Holt, and with the rain continuing to fall they managed to feel their way round for a 5-1 away victory to clinch the meeting 17-19, lifting Knights up to second in the table.

Despite the terrible conditions, all eight riders contributed to an exciting meeting and showed how much they have all developed since junior league racing was re-introduced.

Next up for Knights is a home tie against mid-table Stoke Spitfires at Rye House Stadium in Hoddesdon on Monday, August 13.