The Belle Vue Colts have catapulted themselves back into the National League top four after a stunning 42-48 win at Stoke, leaving them just three points adrift of the league leaders.
There was a sense of confidence about the Cool Running Colts in the build-up to their local derby as they targeted more than just minimum points from what could be a crucial away win.
It sets them up nicely for their upcoming home meeting against Cradley, whom they meet at the National Speedway Stadium this Thursday, which, again, will be another significant clash.
Connor Bailey joined guest rider Ben Morley to top score with 13 points apiece, while skipper Kyle Bickley contributed 9+1 and Jordan Palin added an impressive 7+2 to their fantastic win.
Team boss graham Goodwin said: “We couldn’t be happier with this result. We were quietly confident of coming away from Stoke with the win and the boys made that belief a reality.
“In a way, this makes up for our home loss to Kent which, we felt, cancelled out our away win at Cradley, and the boys realised the importance of this meeting without us having to tell them.
“In our minds, we had targeted this as a match we could win and the confidence from the boys was so strong that the belief we could follow through was palpable and everyone did a great job.
“Stoke pushed us very hard and we have to give them all due credit. They made it far from easy for us, but with this we can go into our home meeting with Cradley happy, and with great confidence.”
Elsewhere in the sport, Rentruck Aces captain Max Fricke overcame his recent injury to storm into the 2020 Grand Prix series after finishing third in Saturday’s SGP Qualifier in Gorican, Croatia.
Fricke joins Matej Zagar and Niels-Kristian Iversen as the first confirmed championship contenders next year, and he will make a triumphant return to Manchester on Bank Holiday Monday.
The Rentruck Aces welcome King’s Lynn back to the National Speedway Stadium on August 26 for their final home league meeting before the all-important Play Offs kick off in September.
Tickets are available at the stadium box office on race day, or online at www.bellevue-speedway.com.
RESULT – STOKE V BELLE VUE – SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
Stoke ‘A. R. Richards’ Potters 42:Dan Thompson 11+1, Connor Coles 9+1, Tom Perry 8, Joe Alcock 6+2, Luke Priest 6, Shelby Rutherford 2+1, Kieran Douglas 0
Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts 48: Ben Morley 13, Connor Bailey 13, Kyle Bickley 9+1, Jordan Palin 7+2, Danny Phillips 4, Ben Rathbone 1, Ben Woodhull 1
National League Points: Stoke 0 Belle Vue 3
SGP QUALIFIER – GORICAN – SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
Matej Zagar, Niels-Kristian Iversen, Max Fricke