Belle Vue’s National League title hopes came to an end at Sittingbourne after the Cool Running Colts fell short 53-36 against Kent, who now advance to the Grand Final against the Leicester Cubs.
Terrible weather plagued the meeting from start to finish, with track conditions less than ideal as the rain came down, but both teams were determined to push on in this crucial second-leg decider.
Conditions played into the hands of the home team while the Cool Running Colts struggled to keep pace, and a number of unfortunate falls caused havoc in their quest to catch up to their hosts.
Danny Phillips, Jordan Palin and Leon Flint were only some of the unlucky ones who came to grief as a result of the inclement weather, though there were thankfully no lasting effects from the tumbles.
Flint topped the scores with a respectable 9 points while Kyle Bickley added 8+1 points, and Palin contributing 8 points. Team boss Graham Goodwin said: “We’re all massively disappointed.
“Had the weather not been as bad, I think we could’ve really made a go of this meeting. But fair play to Kent, they adapted better to the track and made some decent starts that we just didn’t match.
“But in the same breath, there’s nothing more our lads could’ve done. They were out there in terrible weather giving it everything and the conditions played out of their hands and into Kent’s.
“Of course, we’re deflated, but we’re still smiling. The boys can be proud of themselves this year and we still have the KOC Grand Final, so while we bow out of the Play Offs we can still win a trophy.”
The Cool Running Colts Knock Out Cup Final opponents are now confirmed as Leicester after the cubs triumphed over Stoke on aggregate. Dates for the final remain subject to confirmation.
And the Manchester Masters Sidecar Speedway Final hits the National Speedway Stadium on Saturday, October 12 for a night of alternative methanol action.
Tickets for this meeting are available at the stadium box office on race night, or in advance online at www.bellevue-speedway.com.
Kent ‘Touch Tec’ Kings 53: Rob Ledwith 12+2, Dan Gilkes 11+1, Anders Rowe 9+1, Drew Kemp 8+1, Jordan Jenkins 7, Jake Mulford 4+1, Alex Spooner 2+1.
Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts 36: Leon Flint 9, Kyle Bickley 8+1, Jordan Palin 8, Ben Rathbone 5+1, Danny Phillips 3, Connor Bailey 2, Ben Woodhull 1+1.
Kent Win 96-83 on Aggregate