Cycle speedway: Tough start for Hethersett Hawks

Hethersett Hawks got their South East League campaign under way in cold and wet conditions at Great Blakenham.

The new-look Hawks side, with Lee Grange and Joshua Herring making their debuts and Leigh Cossey and Dan Chambers returning, gave a good opening account. But they had no answer to the fast-starting and first-bend power of four top Elite League riders in the Blakenham side.

Gt Blakenham 95 Hethersett 84 (L Cossey 13, D Chambers 13, L Grange 12, P Adams 11, D Martin 9, J Herring 9, B Collins 8, H Hamill 7, S Grimes 2).

In the Division Two match Hethersett were far too strong, with Harley Hamill unbeaten and Scott Grimes wining four of his five races.

Gt Blakenham B 67 Hethersett B 92 (H Hamill 18, A Johnson 18, S Grimes 17, O Buxton 14, R Carter 11, T Collins 10, M Perkins 4).

The win rounded off a good week for the club, with local accountants Swinton & Co confirming an extension to their sponsorship agreement and former British Junior Champion Nick Myhill renewing his licence after a two-year absence.

He should be in action this Sunday when the Hawks entertain champions Ipswich in Division One at the Memorial Playing Field (2 pm).