Speedway: Mitchell Davey struggling with Monarchs

Mitchell Davey is having a rough time. Picture: Ron MacNeil

Mitchell Davey is having a rough time. Picture: Ron MacNeil

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Edinburgh MONARCHS’ struggling reserve star Mitchell Davey insists he is “trying hard” to get his act together after failing to score during his side’s 46-44 Premier League defeat at Berwick Bandits.

The 23-year-old Australian has been suffering from a lack of confidence since he returned to the saddle last month following a broken wrist which kept him sidelined for six weeks.

But speculation is already rife that Monarchs are seeking to replace him as they enter the business end of the season. Davey is aware that he needs to start finding points again to avoid the axe. He said: “It’s been a bit of a rough time for me recently, but I’m trying hard to get back to form. My wrist still isn’t fully healed, although I had my last physio session on Monday and the doctors are happy with it.”

Davey said he enjoyed competing in Friday’s Scottish Open Championship, but felt deflated at Berwick 24 hours later. He explained: “I had a good time at the ‘Open’ and didn’t think about my wrist. Then I had ignition troubles at Berwick which ruined my evening. I’m having to rebuild my machinery which I hope will help me take steps in the right direction.

“Although I have been told my wrist only requires five per cent more movement to strengthen it, I worry about the race to the first corner and whether I’ll rub elbows with an opponent. That’s my chief concern, so I try to protect it just in case I lock arms with somebody.”

Davey was hugely disappointed that he did not fare better at Berwick, a club he spent half a season with previously. “I just had one problem after another, and because it was my ignition that was playing up I didn’t have the power to get to the first corner which is always critical at Berwick. As Friday proved, though, I know I have got the speed and if I can chip in with three or four points, that would give the team a better chance. I’m perhaps putting a lot of pressure on myself but I have to get my act together, and fast.”