Colts Unfazed By Fog Of War

A mixed result for the Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts saw them leave Eastbourne just 12 points adrift following a hard-fought 45-33 first leg that was abandoned after Heat 13 due to heavy fog.

But this more than satisfactory haul was marred by an injury to popular reserve Andy Mellish, whose season is all but over after a nasty crash in Heat 2 left him with a badly broken right foot.

Already without long-term injury victim Lee Payne, the Mancunians were reduced to just five men in their battle to claim the league title, but they were far from phased by this challenging task.

Dan Bewley top-scored for the visitors with 11 points while Kyle Bickley, who really enjoyed his night at the office, added 9+1 and Jack Smith, after taking a tumble himself, finished on 7.

Team boss Graham Goodwin said: “It was quite a brilliant result considering the circumstances. We expected a tough night at Arlington and that’s what we got. It’s just a shame about Andy.

“We’ve had it confirmed that he’s broken at least one of his toes and six of his metatarsals so there’s no way he will be riding at Mildenhall on Sunday and we’ll need to bring in a guest.

“Overall however, we’re more than happy to only have 12 points to make up come the home leg on Wednesday, though ideally we wanted to finish the meeting and reduce that a little more.”

Before the Cool Running Colts can finish what they’ve started against the IT First Eagles, they next turn their focus to the Knock Out Cup and a visit to Mildehall for Sunday’s semi-final.

They will have to tackle the first leg the hard way however as both Dan Bewley and Jack Smith are required by Championship side Glasgow at Peterborough four their KOC semi-final.

Mitchell Davey and Connor Coles step in to assist the Mancunians at No.1 and No.3 respectively, while the rider replacement facility remains in effect for absent Colts skipper Lee Payne at No.3.

Goodwin continued: “With Andy now on the injured list, we’ve brought in Lewis Whitmore to cover for him at No.6, which means we will be heavily reliant on guests for this first round of the KOC.

“It’s far from ideal. At this stage of the season, it’s critical for us to put in strong performances but I think realistically we have to look at this as a meeting we need to keep as close as possible.

“Speedway is full of setbacks but we’ve been very lucky with our guests this year and though Mildenhall are strong at home, I have faith in the team we have to pull off the result we need.”

It’s a busy week across the board for Belle Vue with meetings on Monday, Wednesday and Friday before the club gathers for its end-of-season celebration, ‘The Maugers’ on October 21.

Tickets for all upcoming events are available online by clicking here. or from the ticket office on the nihgt.  For bookings to The "Maugers", please call 0161 711 0828 and choose Option 2 for Speedway.


Eastbourne ‘IT First’ Eagles 45
Georgie Wood 10, Jake Knight 10, Tom Brennan 8+2, Josh Bailey 7, Drew Kemp 5+2, Matt Bates 5+1, Jason Edwards (No8) 0, Charley Powell R/R

Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts 33
Dan Bewley 11, Kyle Bickley 9+1, Jack Smith 7, Luke Woodhull 3+1, Rob Shuttleworth 3, Andy Mellish 0, Lee Payne R/R

Abandoned After Heat 13 Due To Fog – Result STANDS


Mildenhall ‘Manchettes’ Fen Tigers
Connor Mountain (G), Danny Halsey R/R, Jordan Jenkins, Guest for Luke Ruddick, Jon Armstrong (C), Alex Spooner (G), Drew Kemp (G); TM:Phil Kirk

Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts

Mitchell Davey (G), Kyle Bickley, Lee Payne R/R, Rob Shuttleworth (C), Connor Coles (G), Lewis Whitmore (G), Luke Woodhull; TM: Stephen Williams & Graham Goodwin

Photo - Ian Charles

Sunday 15th October 2017