Treble sees Portsmouth North End starlet extend Calshot lead

Alex Collins. Picture: Rob Atkins
Alex Collins. Picture: Rob Atkins
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Elliot Cox took control of the under-14 division of the Calshot Winter Track League with a hat-trick of wins last Sunday.

The Portsmouth North End (PNE) starlet rode to glory in the 1km scratch, points and sprint contests on the boards at the New Forest venue.

On each occasion Cox edged out club-mate Owen Giles, who he now leads by six points at the summit of the youth B standings.

Giles racked up four runners-up spots in round three – the other coming in the scratch race.

Sam Clark, who rides for Portsmouth-based iTeam/KSL/In-Tandem, won that event.

He also clocked four third places to sit comfortably in the final podium spot of the overall rankings.

PNE ace Freya Richardson proved her class against the boys as she won the handicap event at under-14 level.

In the senior A division, Alex Collins closed the gap on i-Team’s Thamana Nel at the top.

The Fareham Wheelers talent snatched points race glory from his club-mate Brendan Drewett.

He also recorded victories in the sprint and scratch races to cut Nel’s cushion at the summit of the overall standings to just two points.

Nel was second in each of those contests, as well as following Drewett across the line in the 28-lap scratch showdown.

The starlet was not going to leave the meeting empty-handed, though, as he turned the tables on Collins to win the unknown distance and 2km scratch races.

Drewett, who missed round two of the competition, trails second-placed Collins by 14 points in the overall standings.

Solent Pirates racer Jamie Whitcher claimed his first win of the league campaign in the under-12 handicap contest.

He produced consistent efforts to post a quartet of fourth places and a fifth in his other races.

At under-10 level, PNE’s Ella Beaton was second in the handicap battle.

And in the under-16 ranks, Wheelers duo Vaughan Marris and Caitlin Peters were once again at the sharp end of proceedings.

Peters was second in the scratch and points races, while adding third-place finishes in the handicap and sprint.

Marris, meanwhile, grabbed third spots in the 1km scratch and points battles.

He is two points ahead of Peters – four off leader Mercy Webb of Velo Club Venta – in the overall standings.