The Belle Vue Colts go into their Knock Out Cup Quarter Final decider against Buxton very much in control of the aggregate scores following their dominant first leg 58-32 victory in Manchester.
There was no questioning the solidity of their performance at the National Speedway Stadium, even despite the fact the captain, Jack Smith, was away on Championship duty with Sheffield.
The Cool Running Colts will make the short trip to the Peak District in Derbyshire boosted by the knowledge that Smith returns to his post at No.5 for the second half of this two-legged affair.
Team boss Graham Goodwin said: “We couldn’t be happier with the performance on Friday. The boys pulled off a comprehensive victory and have given themselves a fantastic lead.
“We can’t rule out the possibility of Buxton turning things around. They’ve got the incentive because it’s their first home match of the season and they’ll want to make it a successful one.
“Having Jack back with us is major plus to our chances of keeping things in our favour. We’ve built up a solid advantage and at full strength we have everything we need to finish the job on Sunday.”
The Rentruck Aces meanwhile are looking to build on their impressive home record when they host Rye House on Monday, April 23 after making a strong start to their Premiership campaign.
Charles Wright steps in at No.3 to cover for broken leg victim Steve Worrall, while Jye Etheridge has been declared fit to return to his post at No.6 after recovering from a minor wrist injury.
Rye House are hoping to put a soggy start behind them when they journey to the National Speedway Stadium, bringing a handful of riders known to have great affinity for the circuit.
Craig Cook said: “It was a great night against Poole and we want more of the same as we go forward. We’ve had a couple of disappointing results but we’ll get stronger with each meeting.
“All the boys have been working hard towards that goal and in the last couple of weeks alone we’ve made some great progress and we want to build on that come Monday against Rye House.
“They’ve got a few guys in their side who really like coming to our track and have put in some big points before so we need to keep that in mind and hit the ground running as we did last week.”
The Cool Running Colts head to Buxton in Derbyshire on April 22, while the Rentruck Aces are back at the National Speedway Stadium on Monday April 23 against Rye House.
Tickets for both Belle Vue home fixtures are now on sale atwww.bellevueaces.co and at the stadium box office on race night.
BUXTON V BELLE VUE - 3PM - SUNDAY APRIL 22
Buxton ‘Peak Medicare’ Hitmen: Ben Wilson, Corban Pavitt, Tom Woolley (C), David Wallinger, Connor Coles, Kieran Douglas, Lewis Whitmore; TM: Joshua Moss
Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts: Tom Perry, Paul Bowen, Kyle Bickley, Joe Lawlor, Jack Smith (C), Kean Dicken, Ben Woodhull; TM: Steve Williams & Graham Goodwin
BELLE VUE V RYE HOUSE - 7:30PM - MONDAY APRIL 23
Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces: Craig Cook, Paul Starke, Charles Wright (G), Rohan Tungate, Max Fricke, Jye Etheridge, Dan Bewley; TM: Mark Lemon
Rye House ‘B.P. Mitchell’ Rockets: Chris Harris, Aaron Summers, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Edward Kennett, Scott Nicholls, Stuart Robson, Max Clegg; TM: Peter Schreock