DRAWN TO THE REBELS

Thursday May 28, 2020
Shared heats are a characteristic of many meetings but drawn meetings tend to form the minority of results, and in actual fact in the 20 years of racing at the Oak Tree Arena only seventeen matches have finished all-square.


The first Oak Tree draw occurred on April 5th 2002 when Premier Trophy meeting against Trelawny ended 45 all. Of the full seventeen todate that precise score has been repeated on fifteen occasions with the two others being a 46-46 league draw against Workington in 2003 and a 42-42 declared result of the televised 2017 visit by Leicester that didn't make it to heat 15 due to torrential rain.

Rye House (May 2002 & September 2006), Berwick (May 2002 & May 2003), Edinburgh (July 2002 & September 2010) and King's Lynn (October 2006 & June 2018) have all drawn twice here, the other nine clubs being Trelawny (April 2002), Edinburgh (July 2002), Workington (August 2003), Isle of Wight (April 2004), Glasgow (August 2009), Redcar (July 2011), Peterborough (April 2014), Poole (March 2015), Ipswich (April 2015) and Leicester (August 2017).

In context therefore, from 419 meetings that is just 4% ending in a draw, with 16% in home losses and 80% in home wins

The Rebels themselves have secured fourteen draws on their travels, their first official meeting on May 21st 2000 ending in a share of the spoils at Buxton which proved to be their only draw in British speedway's base level. Of those fourteen a remarkable three have occurred at Newcastle (July 2006, April 2008 and July 2013) with the Rebels having in total ridden 22 matches at Brough Park. Other drawn venues have been Newport (August 2004 and May 2009), Plymouth (July 2011 and August 2013), Edinburgh (September 2011), Glasgow (August 2012), Rye House (April 2013), Ipswich (June 2015, Berwick (September 2016) and King's Lynn (October 2018)


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