Aces Clinch First League Points
The Belle Vue Aces continued to assert their powerful start to the season with a 44-46 victory over Swindon on Thursday night, handing the Robins their second successive Premiership defeat.
Another proud moment struck in Heat 2 for Premiership newcomer, Jack Smith, who raced to his first heat win in the top flight against the experience duo of Emil Grøndal and Zach Wajtknecht.
Three races in and an emphatic 1-5 courtesy of Justin Sedgmen and Kenneth Bjerre gave the visiting Aces a more comfortable advantage, with the scores sitting at 6-13 ahead of Heat 4.
It was a margin they maintained with confidence before the Robins skipper, Doyle, and his partner at No.2, Bradley Wilson-Dean briefly pulled things back to within four points with a 4-2 in Heat 6.
But the respite was short lived for the hosts when Craig Cook and Dan Bewley, and then Bjerre and Sedgmen, further extended Belle Vue’s lead to 8 points with five races still to complete.
The Robins refused to back down however and pulled the increasing deficit back to within six but ultimately fell short of the win by two points while the Aces secured their first three league points.
Team manager, Mark Lemon, said: “The boys pulled off a fantastic win tonight. They immediately hit the ground running. They persevered, they kept things wound on and didn't look back once.
“To a certain degree, it goes to show just how much the Swindon team is weakened by Jason Doyle’s big average. But that shouldn’t discredit the performance put in by the Aces.
“Steve Worrall has continued in the rich vein of form we were so accustomed to seeing last year and I think he rode the race of his career in Heat 1 to go out and beat Doyley the way that he did.
“He himself looked like a GP rider! We also saw a great improvement from Jack Smith tonight. He’s still learning his craft but he showed a remarkable effort to pop out and win his first ride.
“The gates favoured the Robins in the later stages of the evening and their two top guys, Doyle and Nick Morris, were just on fire. They really made us work hard for the victory on the night.
“I couldn't have asked for a better start than to win our first league meeting, away from home no less, and we’re now even more determined to repeat such a performance at home on Friday.”
SWINDON v BELLE VUE - THURSDAY APRIL 6TH
Swindon ’Carpets 4 Less’ Robins 44
Nick Morris 13+1, Jason Doyle 12+1, David Bellego 9, Zach Wajtknecht 4+3, Bradley Wilson-Dean 3, Emil Grondal 3, Adam Ellis 0
Belle Vue Aces 46
Kenneth Bjerre 10+2, Steve Worrall 9+1, Craig Cook 9, Justin Sedgmen 8, Max Fricke 4+1, Dan Bewley 3+1, Jack Smith 3
SGB Premiership Points: Swindon 0 Belle Vue 3
Thursday 6th April 2017