The lads answered those who said although a new side they could struggle at the start with a good cup win over both legs Tilbury might have felt going back to there place only 4 points down it was theirs to win. But the Gems had other ideas keeping the away leg to one point, so on we go in the cup
KO Cup Q/F week and the Gems were drawn against Leeds ( many tip for the title ) after the away leg the Gems had it all to do losing by ten points. Things got worse for the gems as Martyn Pytek had a nasty fall in his opening ride. New reserve Mark London came good scoring 9+2 and Davie Langfield also had his best meeting so far. The gems tied the meeting and number 1 Carsten Ostenstad held his nerve and used all his skill to win the race off. Onto the Semi Final
Week 5 away to Leyton who hadn't dropped a point so far . Gems introduced new signing Ashley Goodwin who is replacing the injured Pytek. The team as a whole all contributed although Carsten had his worse meeting.
Ex Captain Darren Moore did give the guys a hard time but the move has rekindled his enthusiasm and drive, a good away point.
JC is smiling currently as is coach Edwards as the Gems sit top in the early stages the lads didn't want a rest week. Even JC didn't he has already posted the new declared line up. The lads are buzzing and keeping there feet on the ground is the important thing so early in the season. The lads are a good group and all work together.
Week 6, 10 point home win, we knew Nathan would slightly struggle in main body of the side and riding at 2 but the lad doesn't give up and has all our support. New signing Ashley Goodwin started well scoring 7 and is a welcome addition to the Gems fold. ABERAVON GEMS 49 1. Carsten Ostenstad......... 2 3 3 3 3 - 14 2. Nathan Green.............. 1* Fx Fx 0 - - 1+1 3. Boris Kravchuk............ 3 3 0 3 - - 9 4. Davie Langfield........... 1 1 3 1* - - 6+1 5. Pat Watkiss............... 3 3 3 0 2* - 11+1 6. Mark London............... 0 1 0 - - - 1 7. Ashley Goodwin............ 1 1 3 0 2 - 7
We welcomed Transporters back to the west coast arena after an absence of a few years, it was also good to catch up with Graeme and his coach Daniel Lawson a former Gems captain and legend in many supporters eyes plus a member of the Gems Hall of Fame. Hence the exciting meeting with Carsten the fans new fav having his best meeting so far.
Narrow defeat away at Necrons, Nathan Green is still struggling at reserve having dropped from the main body and Coach Edwards is organising some extra track time to build Nathan confidence. Ashley had his meeting since moving up from reserve.
Mark had an off meeting but Nathan stepped up which was great to see. Our leader Carsten bounced back after a quiet meeting last time out. Davie and Boris have developed a good understanding riding at 3 & 4. The Gems have a tough away meeting next at promotion chasing Reading
Great to win the KO Cup in a thrilling 2 leg final we kept it close in the away but we knew the Leyton Rockets with our club asset and Captain Darren Moore would be a threat. We never fell behind more than 4 points Davie and Pat holding the side together with Mark having a very good meeting.. The home leg was Aldo a close meeting and with everyone contributing it did help us win the Cup Darren Moore received a great applause as he still is a Gem and didn't, he rub our noses in it as he scorched to a 18 point maximum. He never got that in the Gmes colours but well/done and to Leyton to making it a great final.
Final league meeting coming up and the Gems go to Leeds Jaguars looking to get something from the meeting. Although we sit top there is potentially five teams looking for 3 places