Knights return to speedway action

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AFTER a gap of nearly 20 years, the MK Knights returned to the track with two junior challenge meetings against the Mildenhall Academy and Rye House Raiders.

The original club was formed in 1978 and raced on the national speedway scene until 1992 when they lost their Elfield Park home.

However, a group of supporters decided to re-form the club and – although they still don’t have a track to call their own – they are now able to complete regularly.

Knights returned to action at Mildenhall, captained for the first time by Richard Cawthorne in the absence of Luke Barnes who had broken his hand in practice the previous weekend.

With a large following from MK there to support, Conor Dwyer was the man to record the first points of the club’s new era as he split experienced home pairing Trevor Heath and Shane Henry.

Heat two brought Knights’ only race winner of the day – former Mildenhall rider Nick Laurence with an impressive victory over Niall Strudwick.

With Cawthorne suffering with a lack of speed and Adam Briggs suffering with a broken chain, the result was never really in doubt with the hosts winning 23-12.

But just the sight of the Knights race jackets and sound of roaring around the track was enough to send Knights’ supporters, riders and management home happy.

And they didn’t wait long for another outing as Knights went to Hoddesdon to take on Rye House Raiders on Monday where a fine start saw the visitors take a four point lead at 11-7 by halfway.

Rye House responded to cut the lead, but heat five would see Knights take the meeting win if Trevor Heath and Ben Holloway could do the business. And they didn’t disappoint as they raced away to claim first and second places to give the club their first win back in speedway, eventually going on to take it 21-15 overall.

Next up for Knights, sponsored by Alpine Cooling, is a fixture in Leicester against the Long Eaton Invaders on September 17.