Challenge Fit For Kings

It’s a busy weekend for the Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts as they turn their attention to Sittingbourne for their Easter Challenge match against the Kent ‘Touch Tec’ Kings on April 22.

They head south buoyed by the confidence of their emphatic 63-27 win over the Stoke Potters on Good Friday, with former colts rider Kean Dicken stepping in at No.4 for the injured Paul Bowen.

Like Belle Vue, Kent have an army of young talent in their side with the highly-rated Drew Kemp and Nathan Ablitt amongst their Class of 2019, along with the vastly experienced Robert Ledwith.

Leon Flint starred at No.1 for the Cool Running Colts against Stoke

Leon Flint starred at No.1 for the Cool Running Colts against Stoke

It’s the first big test for the Cool Running Colts newcomers, who are eager to tackle their first away meeting of the year, but team boss Steve Williams insists this is a “no pressure” meeting.

He continued: “We’re looking forward to facing Kent. It’s our first away meeting of the year with no pressure on either team and it’ll give the lads a really good chance to settle down.  

“Plus, it offers us the advantage of getting a heads-up on the place prior to our future meetings there. We’ll be back for the KOC and, of course, for our league match so we need to make the most of it.

“It’s a completely different kettle of fish to the National Speedway Satdium, but it’s all part of the development of these young riders. It’s a different type of track and a whole new atmosphere.

“Kent have got some very talented young riders just as we have, and I think both sides are fairly evenly matched. They’ll want a win in their first meeting, and we’ll make sure they work hard for it.”

Jordan Palin cemented himself as a firm club favourite after a brilliant debut performance

Jordan Palin cemented himself as a firm club favourite after a brilliant debut performance

It’s also back into action for the Rentruck Aces on Easter Monday, Aprill 22 for their second opponent in the Premeirship Supporters’ Cup, Wolverhampton. Tapes up at 12:00pm in Manchester.

They then prepare to welcome back the Peterborough Panthers to the National Speedway Stadium next Monday, April 29 for Premiership league action at the home of Speedway in Manchester.

Tickets for both home fixtures are now available online at www.bellevue-speedway.comand at the stadium box office on race night.

KENT V BELLE VUE – 4PM – MONDAY, APRIL 22 [CH]

Kent ‘Touch Tec’ Kings: 1 Drew Kemp, 2 Robert Ledwith (C), 3 Jordan Jenkins, 4 Alex Spooner, 5 Anders Rowe, 6 Dan Gilkes, 7 Nathan Ablitt; Team Manager: Chris Hunt

Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts: 1 Leon Flint, 2 Ben Woodhull, 3 Danny Phillips, 4 Kean Dicken (G), 5 Kyle Bickley (C), 6 Ben Rathbone, 7 Jordan Palin; Team Managers: Steve Williams & Graham Goodwin