There’s a grudge match brewing ahead of Rye House’s visit to the National Speedway Stadium tonight, June 23, where they hope to settle the score with Belle Vue after last week’s clash down south.
The Rentruck Aces had struggled to gain a foothold for most of the evening and victory looked almost certain for the BMR Rockets – who had only to hang on for a 3-3 in Heat 15 for the win.
But the visitors had other ideas and British Champion Craig Cook and guest Brady Kurtz teamed up for a Belle Vue 5-1 that stole the triumph from right under the home team’s devastated noses.
Since then, the Rentruck Aces have enjoyed resounding success on the road, taking an emphatic 41-49 victory over Leicester while demolishing King’s Lynn 45-48 for the second time in Norfolk.
Rohan Tungate joins the fray as the club’s new No.4 in place of Justin Sedgmen and is looking to impress on his home debut with a big performance to emulate his bank holiday display.
Troy Batchelor, who impressed on a recent visit to Manchester, deputises for Danish GP wildcard Kenneth Bjerre whilst the the Rockets use Ben Barker in place of double-up rider Ricky Wells.
Now, two weeks after their home draw to Poole, Craig Cook insists his side have rekindled the fiery form that engulfed their early season success, and says they’re ready for a big home win.
He said: “Confidence is one of the key elements to a successful team. We’ve had a good run of form these last few weeks and I want to see that transferred into our performance against Rye House.
“The Rockets are a solid team and from what I’ve seen so far there’s no out-and-out big hitter so much as all their riders regularly scoring consistently, so I’m sure they’ll be tough customers.
“But everybody knows how good we can be at home. Myself and Steve [Worrall] are coming home right off the back of the British Final and we’ve got Rohan Tungate making his debut as well.
“I think he will settle in well. He’s confident around our track and coming in at No.4 will be a more suitable fit for him; we of course thank Justin Sedgmen for all his hard work and I wish him well.
“We have to focus on re-building our momentum at home. Our away form is spot on but we need to start piling in the points in Manchester if we want to make good on our promise to win the league.
BT Sport follow Belle Vue to Poole on June 26 for Premiership action at Wimborne Road, before they return home on June 28 to face King’s Lynn. Tickets on sale at www.bellevueaces.co.
BELLE VUE V RYE HOUSE – 7:30PM – FRIDAY JUNE 23
Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces
Troy Batchelor (G), Steve Worrall, Max Fricke, Rohan Tungate, Craig Cook (C), Dan Bewley, Jack Smith
Team Manager: Mark Lemon
Rye House ‘BMR’ Rockets
Chris Harris, Edward Kennett (C), Ben Barker (G), Stuart Robson, Scott Nicholls (C), Ellis Perks, Robert Branford
Team Manager: Peter Schroeck
Words: Hayley Bromley
Images: Ian Charles