It was a challenging afternoon for the Belle Vue Colts after going down 51-38 at Kent on Easter Monday, but there were “plenty of positives” to take from the day, says team boss Steve Williams.
The visitors were thrown a curveball just prior to the meeting after guest booking Kean Dicken took ill the day before at Mildenhall, leaving the club with no alternative but to implement R/R at No.4.
The Touch Tec Kings started strongly at their Sittingbourne home, taking an early 6-point lead after two heats before the Coll Running Colts reeled them back to within just 2 points three races later.
And the afternoon wasn’t without its drama, after Kent No.7 Nathan Ablitt demolished the safety fence in Heat 4 while Colts No.2 Ben Woodhull was thrown over his handlebars in Heat 8.
Even despite the loss on the day, team boss Williams was delighted for his side and said they could take pride in having left Sittingbourne with only a 13-point deficit from a very difficult track.
He continued: “Kent is a very tough place to come as an away rider, and the boys performed admirably in the face of a very strong team. They can be proud of what they achieved.
“There were a few positions where we could’ve got more points had the track not caught us out and a few of the lads have never see the place before, but they didn’t hesitate and got stuck right in.
“There were a couple of falls but thankfully nothing too serious. The important thing is that we learned a lot from the experience, and we made them work very hard for the win.
“Overall, it was a good all-round performance and we couldn’t be happier with the boys. The team spirit was great and their attitude towards the task at hand was spot on. We couldn’t ask for more.”
The Cool Running Colts take a short break from racing before heading to Leicester on May 18. They then return to the National Speedway Stadium on May 23 where they face off against Plymouth.
Tickets for the home fixture are now available online at www.bellevue-speedway.comand at the stadium box office on race night.
RESULT – KENT V BELLE VUE – MONDAY, APRIL 22
Kent ‘Touch Tec’ Kings 51: Drew Kemp 13, Rob Ledwith 11+3, Dan Gilkes 9+3, Alex Spooner 8, Anders Rowe 5, Jordan Jenkins 4+2, Nathan Ablitt 1
Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts 38: Danny Phillips 10+1, Kyle Bickley 9, Jordan Palin 9, Leon Flint 7, Ben Rathbone 2, Ben Woodhull 1, Paul Bowen R/R