Nicholls: 'Only Fools Would Write Us Off!'

Belle Vue captain Scott Nicholls insists his side can recover from Monday night’s hefty 54-36 defeat at Wolverhampton and is confident of a more powerful display when the EL Grand Final concludes.

Tweeting after the meeting, the determined skipper said: “Certainly not the result us Aces were looking for. An off night for me, didn’t feel good all night but no excuses. Gotta dig deep Weds!”

His team mates shared his sentiments. Heat leader Craig Cook, though the team’s top scorer on the night with 10 points, was clearly disappointed, saying: “Trying to tweet but don’t know what to say.”

Steve Worrall added: “Ain’t over until the fat lady sings. She’s warming up, but it ain’t over…” while team boss Mark Lemon also put in: “It’s only half time and it’s all to play for. Can’t wait for Weds!”

The Rentruck Aces accept they were outclassed on the shale at Monmore Green for reasons that remain a mystery, though they’re determined not to see their title dreams become a nightmare.

Leg 2 of the Elite League Grand Final takes place at Manchester’s National Speedway Stadium on Wednesday night, with the overall victor on aggregate crowned the 2016 Elite League Champions.

Scott Nicholls  (IC)

Far from despondent about Monday night’s result, Nicholls says he’s proud of how it has only served to inspire his team and adds that even when faced with such a heavy deficit, they refuse to give in.

He continued: “We know we have a big job ahead of us but it’s not an impossible one, and myself and the boys don’t need any more motivation to go out there and prove we can turn this around.

“It wasn’t the result we were looking for at Wolves. We know our previous visits there have been far more constructive. We went there with the intention of keeping it close but that didn’t happen.

“While our determination never wavered, they just seemed to hit the ground running from Heat 1. There’s no excuses on our part. They were the better team on the night and we paid the price.

“It is what it is and we can’t change the result, but what we can do is prove to those who doubt us that we’ve got what it takes to get back into this. There’s 15 races yet. It’s not over until it’s over.

“We are quite capable of putting in a powerful performance at our own place and Wolverhampton would be fools to come here thinking they’ve got the title in the bag. That’s not how it works.

“Anything can happen and they know that deep down, and we’re determined to turn this negative into a positive. Defeatist isn’t in our attitude so we’re going to go out there and do the best we can.”


Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces
Matej Zagar; Steve Worrall; Max Fricke; Scott Nicholls (C); Craig Cook; Richie Worrall; Joe Jacobs
Team Manager: Mark Lemon

Wolverhampton ‘Parrys International’ Wolves
Fredrik Lindgren (C); Peter Karlsson; Jacob Thorssell; Tai Woffinden; Sam Masters; Max Clegg; Kyle Howarth
Team Manager: Peter Adams

Aggregate Scores – Belle Vue 36   Wolverhampton 54

Tuesday 4th October 2016