The World Speedway Riders’ Association Oxford Chargers powered by SD Timmo jumped to second in the National League table on Wednesday after beating Workington 59-31 on home shale.
Chargers – who hadn’t completed a fixture in 53 days prior to tonight’s meeting – welcomed their Cumbrian rivals knowing victory would propel them back into the third tier’s play-off frame which they had slipped out of because of the fixture lull.
Peter Schroeck’s side delivered an all-round team performance with every rider registering at least paid five points while top pair Jordan Jenkins and Henry Atkins returned with a full maximum and a paid maximum respectively.
There was also success on the night for debutant Jason Garrad, who won his opening ride before ending the evening with 7+1 from four solid rides.
Reacting to the win, Team Manager Schroeck said he could not have asked for much more from his riders.
“It’s really satisfying when everyone chips in and contributes to a solid score,” said Schroeck. “Jordan and Henry’s performances speak for themselves, but Jacob (Clouting), Ryan (Kinsley) and Jason (Garrad) all picked up heat wins while Jody (Scott) was a consistent performer in the middle order.
“We must thank Kai Ward for stepping in at late notice too after Luke (Killeen) was left stranded on the continent with a broken-down vehicle which was completely out of his control.
“We’re back in the play-off frame now and spirits in the camp are high. We’ll re-focus ahead of Kent on Sunday and hope to further solidify our position in the play-off frame.
“I know we have the firepower to finish in the top two, and the boys believe in their ability too. We have some big fixtures coming up and hopefully the continued support of the fans can keep the team pointing in the right direction.”
The WSRA Chargers return to action on Sunday, August 20, when travelling to Iwade Stadium to face Kent Royals. Chargers are next in action at home on Wednesday, August 23, when Berwick Bullets visit Oxford Stadium.
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Oxford Chargers: Jordan Jenkins 15, Jacob Clouting 5, Ryan Kinsley 9+1, Jody Scott 6+1, Henry Atkins 13+2, Kai Ward 4+1, Jason Garrad 7+1.
Workington Comets: Ashton Boughen 6, Sam McGurk 5+1, Luke Harrison 9, Luke Crang 0, Ace Pijper 5, Elliot Kelly 3, Harry McGurk 3.