Kings lose out to champions

Castleford Kings Speedway
Castleford Kings Speedway
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Castleford HG Aerospace Kings suffered a 21-15 defeat to reigning Midland Development Speedway League champions Milton Keynes in their opening match of the season.

It was a difficult start to the campaign for Kings who hosted the fixture on a tricky surface at their temporary home at EWR Raceway in Scunthorpe.

Knights’ Conor Dwyer crashed after a fast start from gate four in the opening race and Sam Woods made a similar start in the re-run to head home Castleford number one Liam Rumsey.

Dwyer escaped serious injury but jarred his arm.

Nathan Greaves and Danny Phillips rode another shared heat in the second race with Kings pair Max Clegg and Lee Springthorpe to keep the scores level.

The same pair shot to the front to claim maximum points in heat three to put the visitors 11-7 up at halfway.

The visitors did not secure victory until the penultimate heat when Phillips and Woods kept out Lee Springthorpe for another maximum.

Clegg edged out Woods in heat six and Rumsey limped to third for a 4-2 win but it was not enough to spoil the party for Milton Keynes.