EXETER Aces went down 92-83 against a strong Horspath side at home in their latest division one outing.
The hosts took the lead after four heats following a win for Aaron Herbert in the third race and a maximum heat advantage of 7-3 from Robert Croal and Craig Nethercott.
Horspath soon hit back with their own one-two finish, with Will Tidball beaten in the following race as the Oxfordshire side went back in front by two points.
A couple more shared races at five points apiece were followed by the final heat of the first half, where Nethercott and Tidball scored maximum points to give the Aces a very slim lead going into the break. All was to play for entering the second half and Horspath showed their intent, opening up with another impressive seven points.
From this point on, Exeter struggled to gain much of an advantage over the Hammers until the final stages, with another win from Nethercott in heat 16 and a 7-3 from Thomas Reed and Croal.
Robert Croal 16+1, Craig Nethercott 13+3, Aaron Herbert 12+1, Will Tidball 12, Dan Winchester 9+1, Andrew Yard 9, Thomas Reed 7+2, Joe Avery 5+1
In division two, Horspath fielded the same riders as division one due to the lack of availability.
That saw them give away several penalty points for using the first-team riders in the second division, so Exeter won 93-79.
For the first four heats, Horspath grabbed first and second but Andy Riddle came in from reserve in the fifth race of the match to give the Aces a 5-5 shared heat, with Owen Tidball grabbing second.
Lauren Hookway gave the Aces some hope but Horspath continued to score big points until Hookway and Riddle split them again for five points just before the end.
Lauren Hookway 8, Sam Riddle 8, Owen Tidball 7, Charlie Jane Herbert 6, Andy Riddle 4+2, Connor Tucker 4, Jack Herbert 4
Exeter are always looking to recruit new riders so youngsters and adults are encouraged to go along to a training session on Tuesday (7pm) or Thursday (7.30pm) evenings. The track is in Cofton Road's Wheel Centre, postcode EX2 8QW.