Aces pushed hard in close encounter
Monday 22nd May 2017 10:01 News Sports Posted by Lee Wild

Belle Vue burst back onto the Premiership scene on Friday, securing a hard-earned 48-42 win over Swindon in a meeting that was described as “too close for comfort” by team boss Mark Lemon.

Despite being down two of their regular riders, bringing in Matt Williamson as a guest at No.6 while operating R/R for Bradley Wilson-Dean at No.2, the Carpets4Less Robins proved tricky customers.

Belle Vue’s Steve Worrall leads Jason Doyle

Down by 2 points after Heat 5, the Rentruck Aces fought vigorously to recover the deficit and set to work ensuring their rivals didn’t deny them victory, and sparks were flying between the two sides.

After multiple instances of the visitors drawing the scores, at double 5-1 in Heats 9 and 10 helped the home team establish a more comfortable cushion with they valiantly defended to the end.

Kenneth Bjerre made a triumphant return to the National Speedway Stadium and proved he had not lost his flair for the Mancunian shale by securing an impressive 13 points from five rides.

Close behind was Steve Worrall who contributed 10+2 of his own, while Dan Bewley and Max Fricke reaffirmed their skills at home and rounded off the top scorers with 7+1 and 7 respectively.

Of his team’s performance, Lemon said: “Swindon were weakened by the fact they riders missing but even so they did apply quite a bit of pressure on us, but I believed in my team to come through.

“With the amount of time between now and our last fixture, we were a little ring rusty but everyone pulled together and did a fantastic job to secure the win on the night and the three league points.

“A couple of our guys were running new engines on Friday which weren’t performing to the level that is more typical of them. Craig Cook was one and you could physically see it wasn’t like him.

“Kenneth put in a fabulous night’s work, resuming normal services and the rest of the boys were solid. Of course we want to win our meetings comfortably and not leave things to the last minute.

“In fairness to Swindon, they put on a great show and went away with a point. Collectively as a team we weren’t thrilled about that but it proves there’s work to do and we’re going to get stuck in.”

Speedway action returns to Manchester next Friday, May 26, when the Belle Vue Colts take on the Stoke Potters. Tickets are on sale now at www.bellevueaces.co.

RESULT – BELLE VUE V SWINDON – FRIDAY MAY 19

Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces 48

Kenneth Bjerre 13, Steve Worrall 10+2, Dan Bewley 7+1, Max Fricke 7, Craig Cook 6, Justin Sedgmen 4+2, Jack Smith 1

Swindon ‘Carpets4Less’ Robins 42

Jason Doyle 14, David Bellego 9, Nick Morris 8+1, Zach Wajtknecht 5+2, Adam Ellis 3, Matt Williamson 3, Bradley Wilson-Dean R/R

SGB Premiership Points: Belle Vue 3   Swindon 1

By Hayley Bromley

Pictures by Ian Charles