All To Play For In Aces' KOC Pursuit
Belle Vue have it all to play for in Leg 2 of their Knock Out Cup clash with Poole at the National Speedway Stadium, with just two points the difference after the Pirates snatched a late 46-44 win.
The Aussie duo of Max Fricke and Justin Sedgmen overcame a rocky start to contribute vital points to the team’s slender advantage, with Sedgmen putting in his first race win of the night in Heat 10.
But the Pirates were far from beaten. Having levelled the scores with one to go, an unfortunate engine failure for Kenneth Bjerre in Heat 15 swung the scales of victory in favour of the hosts.
Team manager Mark Lemon said: “Going into this meeting, I said that I expected a lot from our guys and to be honest they not only delivered but they exceeded my expectations on the night.
“There was a calmness and an assertiveness about them. I think the Pirates were quite surprised considering last week they had such a triumphant home win against Wolverhampton.
“I was delighted with the start we had, and to maintain that slim lead for as long as we did. We were just very unfortunate in Heat 15 when Kenneth Bjerre’s engine expired while leading!
“Had it not, we would’ve won the match. But that’s speedway and we’re still in a great position going into the home leg. We’re two points down and I believe we’re capable of recovering that.”
The evening was an education for young Bewley and club No.7 Jack Smith, the latter of whom failed to score, but, says Lemon, at this stage of the campaign there’s no cause for alarm.
He continued: “Jack comes to us on a 2.00-point average. He’s still very young and has a lot to learn. He’s never ridden at this level before and it’s a big step up from the National League.
“But despite his score, he rode well. We’re not expecting him to pull up trees at this time of year. We’ve just got to be patient, make sure he’s comfortable and I’m sure he’ll come good with time.”
POOLE V BELLE VUE - KOC 1ST LEG - APRIL 5TH
Poole ’Volvo Cars’ Pirates 46
Brady Kurtz 13, Nicolai Klindt 11+2, Krzysztof Kasprzak 8+1, Hans Andersen 8, James Shanes 3+1, Jack Holder 2+1, Lewis Kerr 1+1
Belle Vue Aces 44
Craig Cook 11, Steve Worrall 8+2, Kenneth Bjerre 8, Max Fricke 7, Dan Bewley 5+2, Justin Sedgmen 5, Jack Smith 0.
Photo - Ian Charles
Wednesday 5th April 2017