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CYCLE SPEEDWAY: Docker leads the way as Cov are convincing winners.

A BRILLIANT performance by Mick Docker lead Coventry Devlins Newsagents to a convincing 96-84 British League victory at Birmingham last Sunday.

Docker reeled off five race wins to record an immaculate unbeaten 20 point maximum as Coventry eased to their first win over Birmingham since their revival last year.

Immaculately turned out on a new machine, faultless in technique and of superb disposition, Docker displayed all the hall marks of the Irish International he is.

Docker teamed up with his partner Myke Grimes in the first heat to combine for an opening heat success as Coventry enjoyed the better of the early exchanges..

Displaying team riding skills which the Coventry side have homed in recent hectic practice sessions, Coventry's all round strength was simply too good for the shocked home side.

By the interval, heat nine, the Devlins Newsagents side held a commanding 52-38 lead.

With Docker leading the way, well supported by rising stars Grimes, Matthew Lawrence and Ashley Pointer, Coventry eventually ran out comfortable winners.

COVENTRY'S Second team followed their senior counterparts by recording a 63-57 win over their Birmingham opponents.

Lead by Tobias Gaunt who again showed a keen liking for the big Birmingham circuit, Coventry were never headed and they gave debut's to new recruits Kyle Barlow and Sean Underwood.

COVENTRY'S Devlins Newsagents go for cup glory tomorow (Sunday 28 April) when they travel to South Wales to tackle Welsh giants Newport in the first round of the British Team Championship (BTC).

The British Team Championship, cycle speedways longest running and most prestigious team competition, is entered by all the major clubs in the sport. It is a sudden death knock-out tournament- cycle speedways version of soccers FA Cup.

No Coventry team has ever won the trophy in the 52 year history of the competition, although former club Whitley reached the final in the 1980's.

Coventry face a tricky task tomorrow. None of their riders have raced at Newport before and the Welsh side are renown home track specialists.

The City side have been boosted by Jez Hughes, Myke Grimes and Joe McLaughlin all passing midweek fitness tests and team manager Steve Bromwich will select from a squad of ten.

THERE are open practice sessions every Thursday (6.30pm Start) at their Hearsall Common headquarters. Bikes and equipment will be supplied free of charge to all first time riders.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 27, 2002
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