Monar­chs rev up and land Scot­tish Cup

Race off against Glas­gow squad

West Lothian Courier - - Memory Lane -

at the se­cond cor­ner and hold­ing on to en­sure his side took the ti­tle.

Starke had won the two fi­nal heats against the odds to make sure the tie went into the ex­tra heat, but was un­able to make it three on the bounce as he was edged out by the Amer­i­can.

Edinburgh co- pro­moter Alex Harkess praised both sets of riders af­ter an en­ter­tain­ing evening, say­ing: “Full marks to both teams for putting on a show. We’ve had one or two dis­ap­point­ments lately, so I didn’t want to let this one slip.”

Monar­chs had held the up­per-hand all night with­out be­ing able to gain an ag­gre­gate ad­van­tage.

A 5-1 between Wells and cap­tain Erik Riss in heat 13 saw the scores tied prior to the drama of the two fi­nal heats.

Richie Wor­rall, rac­ing for Edinburgh against his for­mer team, locked up badly on the first cor­ner of the penul­ti­mate heat with Starke en­sur­ing a 3-3 split with the win.

It took three at­tempts to get the fi­nal heat up and run­ning and Starke again was in fine form, get­ting the bet­ter of both Wells and Riss from the gate.

He wouldn’t get the bet­ter of Wells in the run-off, though, as the home side se­cured the Scot­tish Cup for a 24th time.

In truth, the tro­phy is scant con­so­la­tion in what has been a sea­son that promised much, but failed to de­liver for the Ar­madale-based side.

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Match win­ner Ricky Wells

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