OXFORD Chargers were thwarted at the death as National Development League table-toppers Leicester Lions snatched a draw at Sandy Lane.

There was nothing to choose between the teams all evening as the lead changed hands multiple times.

Arran Butcher and Jody Scott secured a 4-2 in the penultimate race to edge Chargers in front 43-41, only for Leicester guest Ben Morley – who rode for the hosts earlier in the season – to win heat 15, thereby completing a 15-point maximum and levelling the scores at 45-45.

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Heavy afternoon rain hit the track at about 5pm but the meeting was only postponed by 15 minutes thanks to sterling work by track staff.

Jordan Jenkins top-scored for Chargers with ten points, while Henry Atkins collected 8+1 on his home debut.

The latter said: “It went really well. It was a challenge getting the right set-ups for the track, having not raced around here before, while the rain beforehand changed a few things.

“Leicester are a strong team, which is why they are top of the league table.

“We did drop a few points during the night and that cost us the win.

“Of course, we’d have liked to have won, but at least we got the draw – we’ve got to take that result and move forward from here.”

Chargers are fourth, leaving them in the final play-off spot, and go to fifth-placed Kent Royals in a crucial clash this Sunday.

Oxford Cheetahs also tasted disappointment at the death as they lost 46-44 at Birmingham Brummies.

The teams met for the second time in 24 hours in the Jubilee League Southern Group, with Cheetahs winning the first encounter 56-34 at Sandy Lane.

The return fixture was much closer and Birmingham only took the lead in the penultimate heat.

Cheetahs picked up a point due to the close margin of defeat, leaving them second in the table.

Troy Batchelor (12) top-scored for the visitors again after starring on Tuesday night, while captain Scott Nicholls managed 9+1.

Cheetahs go to Plymouth Gladiators in their next fixture on Tuesday.



BIRMINGHAM 46: Josh Pickering 14+1, Tom Brennan 11+1, Alfie Bowtell 8, Justin Sedgmen 6, Stefan Nielsen 4, Ashley Morris 3+1, James Pearson 0.

OXFORD 44: Troy Batchelor 12, Scott Nicholls 9+1, Cameron Heeps 7+1, Dillon Ruml 6+3, Aaron Summers 6+2, Jack Thomas 4, Paul Starke r/r.

Jubilee League points: Birmingham 3, Oxford 1.


OXFORD 45: Jordan Jenkins 10, Henry Atkins 8+1, Sam Hagon 7+1, Nathan Stoneman 6, Jody Scott 5+2, Arran Butcher 5+1, Jacob Clouting 4.

LEICESTER 45: Ben Morley 15, Max Perry 10, Joe Thompson 9+1, Connor Coles 8, Tom Spencer 2+1, Mickie Simpson 1, Vinnie Foord 0.

NDL points: Oxford 1, Leicester 2.