Aces Earn Precious Point

A hard-fought battle in the Black Country saw the Belle Vue Aces depart Wolverhampton on the wrong side of a 48-42 defeat, though they still secured one vital Premiership point for their efforts.

The Rentruck Aces came prepared for a challenge with their Midlands rivals, which was almost an exact replay of the 2016 Grand Final in which the Parrys International Wolves were victorious.

Yet despite their spotless home record, Wolverhampton found it incredibly difficult to pull clear of the Belle Vue assault as the visitors hammered their hosts with a succession of shared heats.

Dan Bewley leads Max Clegg

A first race advantage to the home team was swiftly pulled back by the Aces’ pairing of Kenneth Bjerre and Justin Sedgmen in Heat 3, with only two points the difference between the two clubs.

But a gripping Heat 10 saw the reigning champions gain a marginal advantage over the Rentruck Aces courtesy of Freddie Lindgren and Kyle Howarth, who delivered their second 5-1 of the night.

With the Wolves leading by six points as the meeting entered its closing stages, team boss Mark Lemon needed his team to respond to ensure the chance to snatch a league point didn't escape.

He said: “It was such a thrilling meeting. The boys did fantastically well and to come home with a league point over the reigning champions is a brilliant achievement. They did themselves proud.

“From the start, we were putting the pressure on Wolverhampton and though it was a mixed bag of results from the boys individually, collectively as a team it was a great effort; they all did their bit.

“To look at their tally, you might think the likes of Steve Worrall and Justin Sedgmen had a poor night. But they were far from poor. They raced hard and dug as deep as the rest of the boys.

“That’s the beauty of this team. Their heads don't drop. They focused on the job, they kept plugging away and gave it everything, and as manager you can’t ask for more than that.

“The mood in our camp is of the bigger picture. It was a precious league point that we earned at Monmore Green and we must continue to build on each of our successes, big or small.”


Wolverhampton ‘Parrys International’ Wolves 48

Freddie Lindgren 15, Jacob Thorssell 13+1, Kyle Howarth 7+2, Sam Masters 7, Nathan Greaves 3+2, Max Clegg 3+1, Adam Skornicki 0

Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces 42

Kenneth Bjerre 10, Dan Bewley 9+1, Max Fricke 9, Craig Cook 6+2, Steve Worrall 4+1, Justin Sedgmen 3+1, Jack Smith 1+1

SGB Premiership Points: Wolverhampton 3 Belle Vue 1

Photo - Ian Charles

Tuesday 18th April 2017