Speedway Meeting Report: Plymouth Centurions vs Kent Royals
The rivalry was there before even a bike was started as former Kent Rider Dan Gilkes was on the card for Plymouth. Both teams in their new names for the National League opener at the Coliseum in Plymouth.
On a lighter note another Dan who was the centre green announcer in Chesil Radio’s first speedway season made his return to Plymouth after 5 seasons working with the live steam service, so our bring back Dan finally happened.
There were some loyal Kent fans but as you will see although at the beginning the Kent cheers were drowned by Plymouth fans the tide did change.
In my neutral role, Plymouth did have some unlucky moments and nerves for both teams where riders haven’t been on track for some time did show. Richard Andrews commented on his social media earlier in the day that he had not been riding competitively since July 2021.
It was great to catch up with some faces that I personally haven’t seen since lockdown all asking if I was coming back regularly and sadly I said no to this season but hopefully next with a more open press pass. It was lovely to walk in the track and be welcomed by the track staff who recognised me from my previous visits.
There was a delayed start as tapes were due up at 7pm, but the paramedics were late arriving and received a round of applause as they moved onto the track centre green. Sadly their services were required a couple of times.
Plymouth Centurions - Team
Henry Atkins - Captain
Kent Royals - Team
Danno Verge - Captain