The National League speedway 2018 was the 2018 season of the third tier/division of British speedway.

Eastbourne Eagles won the Play offs and were declared champions.[1] They completed the double by winning the Knockout Cup.

2018 teams

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Belle Vue Colts

Birmingham Brummies

Buxton Hitmen

Coventry Bees

  • England
  • England
  • England
  • Scotland
  • England
  • England
  • Scotland

Cradley Heathens

The Cradley team only took part in the National Trophy competition

Eastbourne Eagles

Isle of Wight Warriors

Kent Kings

Mildenhall Fen Tigers

Plymouth Devils

Stoke Potters

Results

Fixtures

Home \ Away BVC BRM BUX COV EAS IOW KK MIL PLY STK
Belle Vue Colts 40–50 57–32 50–40 46–44 58–32 57–33 43–47 55–35 61–29
Birmingham Brummies 53–36 55–34 43–47 54–36 57–37 45–45 44–46 40–50 63–27
Buxton Hitmen 43–46 44–46 38–52 41–49 40–49 32–58 51–39 38–52
Coventry Bees 59–31 53–36 51–39 51–39 51–39 52–38 40–50 59–31 48–42
Eastbourne Eagles 61–29 49–41 60–30 52–32 51–39 56–31 54–36 67–23
Isle of Wight Warriors 48–42 39–51 58–32 50–40 38–52 42–48 37–53 46–44 60–30
Kent Kings 53–36 46–43 58–31 46–44 32–27 57–33 40–50 53–37 64–26
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 50–28 53–37 55–35 51–39 57–33 42–18 52–38 58–32 60–29
Plymouth Devils 46–44 39–50 57–32 46–44 35–55 54–35 47–43 36–54 48–42
Stoke Potters 37–50 47–42 50–39 29–29 41–49 32–27 36–53 36–53 48–41
Source: [8]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Teams face each other two times: once home and once away.

The following National League matches were not staged during the 2018 league season
Buxton Hitmen Vs Coventry Bees
Eastbourne Eagles Vs Mildenhall Fen Tigers

Table

Final National League Table Up To And Including Sunday 28 October

Pos. Club M Home Away F A Pts +/−
W D L 4W 3W D 1L L
1 Mildenhall Fen Tigers 17 9 0 0 6 2 0 0 0 889 597 57 +292
2 Eastbourne Eagles 17 8 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 843 647 42 +196
3 Kent Kings 18 8 0 1 2 1 1 1 4 827 754 38 +73
4 Birmingham Brummies 18 5 1 3 3 1 0 2 3 846 768 33 +78
5 Coventry Bees 17 8 0 1 0 1 1 2 4 787 704 31 +83
6 Belle Vue Colts 18 7 0 2 1 1 0 2 5 809 792 30 +17
7 Plymouth Devils 18 6 0 3 1 0 0 1 7 753 863 23 -110
8 Isle of Wight Warriors 18 5 0 4 1 0 0 1 7 713 845 20 -132
9 Stoke Potters 18 4 1 4 1 0 0 2 6 656 892 19 -236
10 Buxton Hitmen 17 1 0 7 0 0 0 0 9 631 892 3 -261

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Coventry Bees were in fourth place and higher in the league table then Birmingham Brummies at the cut-off date to decide the National League play-off places.

Play-Offs

  Semi Finals Grand Final
                         
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 61 46 107  
Kent Kings 29 44 73  
    Mildenhall Fen Tigers 35 46 81
  Eastbourne Eagles 54 44 98
Eastbourne Eagles 60 50 110
Coventry Bees 30 40 70  

Home team scores are in bold
Overall aggregate scores are in red

Semi-Finals

28 September [10] Mildenhall Fen Tigers 61–29 Kent Kings West Row Arena
Referee(s):
Darren Hartley


1 October [11] Kent Kings 44–46 Mildenhall Fen Tigers Central Park Stadium
Referee(s):
Paul Carrington


17 October [12] Eastbourne Eagles 60–30 Coventry Bees Arlington Stadium
Referee(s):
Christina Turnball


20 October [13] Coventry Bees 40–50 Eastbourne Eagles
Referee(s):
Tony Steele


Grand Final

21 October [14] Eastbourne Eagles 54–35 Mildenhall Fen Tigers Arlington Stadium
Referee(s):
Ronnie Allan


25 October [15] Mildenhall Fen Tigers 46–44 Eastbourne Eagles West Row Arena
Referee(s):
Paul Carrington

National League Knockout Cup

The 2018 National League Knockout Cup was the 21st edition of the Knockout Cup for tier three teams.[16]

KO Cup Stages

  Preliminary Rounds Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                                                     
   
   
  Belle Vue Colts 58 54 112  
  Buxton Hitmen 32 36 68  
 
   
  Belle Vue Colts 25 43 68  
  Mildenhall Fen Tigers 65 47 112  
   
   
  Birmingham Brummies 37 41 78
  Mildenhall Fen Tigers 34 49 83  
 
   
  Mildenhall Fen Tigers 52 32 84
  Eastbourne Eagles 38 58 96
   
   
  Coventry Bees 46 36 82
  Eastbourne Eagles 44 54 98  
Eastbourne Eagles 60 48 108
Isle of Wight Warriors 30 42 72  
  Eastbourne Eagles 45 52 97
  Kent Kings 45 38 83  
   
   
  Plymouth Devils 34 39 73
  Kent Kings 38 51 89  
Kent Kings 56 57 113
Stoke Potters 34 31 65  


Home team scores are in bold
Overall aggregate scores are in red

First Round


20 April [17] Belle Vue Colts 58–32 Buxton Hitmen National Speedway Stadium
Referee(s):
Darren Hartley


22 April [18] Buxton Hitmen 36–54 Belle Vue Colts
Referee(s):
Phil Griffin


4 June [19] Kent Kings 56–34 Stoke Potters Central Park Stadium
Referee(s):
Graham Reeve


14 July [20] Stoke Potters 37–51 Kent Kings Loomer Road Stadium
Referee(s):
Craig Ackroyd


Quarter Finals


20 April [21] Belle Vue Colts 58–32 Buxton Hitmen National Speedway Stadium
Referee(s):
Darren Hartley


22 April [22] Buxton Hitmen 36–54 Belle Vue Colts
Referee(s):
Phil Griffin


9 May [23] Birmingham Brummies 37–34 Mildenhall Fen Tigers Perry Barr Stadium
Referee(s):
Ronnie Allan


17 June [24] Mildenhall Fen Tigers 49–41 Birmingham Brummies West Row Arena
Referee(s):
Craig Ackroyd


26 April [25] Isle of Wight Warriors 42–48 Eastbourne Eagles
Referee(s):
Craig Ackroyd


13 May [26] Coventry Bees 46–44 Eastbourne Eagles
Referee(s):
Peter Clarke


20 July [27] Plymouth Devils 34–38 Kent Kings
Referee(s):
Margaret vardy


6 August [28] Kent Kings 51–39 Plymouth Devils Central Park Stadium
Referee(s):
Paul Carrington


Semi Finals


19 August [29] Mildenhall Fen Tigers 64–25 Belle Vue Colts West Row Arena
Referee(s):
Darren Hartley


14 September [30] Belle Vue Colts 43–47 Mildenhall Fen Tigers National Speedway Stadium
Referee(s):
Graham Flint


24 September [31] Kent Kings 45–45 Eastbourne Eagles Central Park Stadium
Referee(s):
Graham Reeve


29 September [32] Eastbourne Eagles 52–38 Kent Kings Arlington Stadium
Referee(s):
Paul Carrington


Grand Final


12 October [33] Mildenhall Fen Tigers 52–38 Eastbourne Eagles West Row Arena
Referee(s):
Chris Gay


13 October [34] Eastbourne Eagles 58–32 Mildenhall Fen Tigers Arlington Stadium
Referee(s):
Dave Robinson

National Trophy

Northern Section

Fixtures

Home \ Away BRM BUX COV CRA STK
Birmingham Brummies 60–30 53–37 45–45 57–33
Buxton Hitmen 29–61 31–59 32–57 41–48
Coventry Bees 42–48 00–00 40–49 52–38
Cradley Heathens 52–37 68–22 40–49 59–29
Stoke Potters 33–57 56–34 00–00 22–37
Source: [8]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Teams face each other two times: once home and once away.

Table

National Trophy Northern Section Table Up to And Including Wednesday 1 August

Pos. Club M Home Away F A Pts +/−
W D L 4W 3W D 1L L
1 Cradley Heathens 8 3 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 407 276 23 +131
2 Birmingham Brummies 8 3 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 418 301 21 +117
3 Coventry Bees 6 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 279 259 11 +20
4 Stoke Potters 7 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 259 337 7 -78
5 Buxton Hitmen 7 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 3 219 409 0 +190

[35]

Southern Section

Fixtures

Home \ Away EAS IOW KK MIL PLY
Eastbourne Eagles 56–34 68–21 50–39 49–41
Isle of Wight Warriors 37–53 32–56 31–59 43–47
Kent Kings 00–00 00–00 00–00 46–43
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 46–44 57–33 44–45 00–00
Plymouth Devils 44–46 54–36 46–43 29–61
Source: [8]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Teams face each other two times: once home and once away.

Table

Final National Trophy Southern Section Table

Pos. Club M Home Away F A Pts +/−
W D L 4W 3W D 1L L
1 Mildenhall Fen Tigers 8 4 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 450 267 23 +133
2 Eastbourne Eagles 8 4 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 397 321 20 +76
3 Kent Kings 8 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 346 368 14 -22
4 Plymouth Devils 8 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 329 388 10 -59
5 Isle of Wight Warriors 8 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 270 448 0 -178

[35]

Grand Final


11 September [36] Cradley Heathens 39–51 Mildenhall Fen Tigers Monmore Green
Referee(s):
David Watters


16 September [37] Mildenhall Fen Tigers 49–41 Cradley Heathens West Row Arena
Referee(s):
David Watters

Final Leading Averages

Rider Team Average
England Birmingham 10.20
England Coventry 10.18
England James Shanes Birmingham 9.92
England Georgie Wood Eastbourne 9.28
England Alfie Bowtell Isle of Wight 9.24
England Drew Kemp Mildenhall 9.15
England Ben Morley Isle of Wight 9.13
England Ellis Perks Plymouth 9.06
England Mildenhall 8.90
England Eastbourne 8.79

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See also

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