Belle Vue take a handy 12-point lead into the second leg of their KOC Quarter Final clash with Kent after a dominant 51-39 performance in Manchester saw them take full control of leg one.
The TouchTec Kings kept the pressure on their hosts with a succession of drawn heats to open the meeting, before taking the lead in Heat 4 thanks to the efforts of Rob Ledwith and Nathan Ablitt.
But the Cool Running Colts were quick to respond with a subsequent 5-1 from Leon Flint and Ben Rathbone, turning the tide in favour of the home team and kick-starting their awesome comeback.
The rest, as they say, was history. Despite the visitors bringing the scores back level for a short time, it was Belle Vue who triumphed on home shale and leaves Kent with work to do in leg two.
British Speedway debutant Connor Bailer impressed on his first outing at the national Speedway Stadium with 9 points from five rides, while Leon Flint topped the leader board with 13.
Flint said: “The track worked pretty well for me tonight. There was a nice bit of dirt on the bends and on the gates, which is what I like, but I think it worked well for all the boys to be fair.
“Kent are a strong team and I’ve no doubt they have the potential to be up there contesting the league title at the end, but it just goes to show what we can do against such a solid side as them.
“12 points is a good cushion to take to Sittingbourne but we can’t let that lead slip. We just need to keep smashing the 3-3s and try to stay in front, and hopefully that will be enough to put us through.”
The Cool Running Colts head to Sittingbourne on Monday, June 24 for Leg 2 of their KOC Quarter Final, while the Rentruck Aces travel to King’s Lynn and Poole on June 24 and 27 respectively.
Back in Manchester, the club host their annual Summer Speed Saturday event this weekend on June 22, featuring Round 4 of the British Youth Championships amongst other two-wheeled action.
Tickets just £5 for Adults while kids go for a mere £1; admission also includes access to the stadium for the Collectors Fair and the Big Cycle, where you can actually cycle the NSS track!
Available at the stadium box office only.
RESULT – BELLE VUE V KENT – THURSDAY, JUNE 20
Belle Vue ‘Cool Running Colts 51: Leon Flint 13, Kyle Bickley 11, Connor Bailey 9, Jordan Palin 7+1, Danny Phillips 5, Ben Rathbone 4+2, Ben Woodhull 2+1
Kent ‘TouchTec’ Kings 39: Anders Rowe 10, Rob Ledwith 9, Jordan Jenkins 6+3, Nathan Ablitt 6+1, Drew Kemp 5, Alex Spooner 2, Jacob Clouting 1+1.