The Belle Vue Colts advance to the National League Knock Out Cup Final after triumphing 100-74 on aggregate, complimenting their earlier win at Cradley with a 55-35 home win on Wednesday.
The Cool Running Colts brought a 6-point advantage back from the Black country, but they didn’t have things all their own way to begin with as the Heathens looked to make up their deficit.
And the formidable duo of Max Clegg and Jack Smith certainly set out to prove their point with a strong opening gambit and a 5 – 1 win, but it wasn’t long before the home team soon found their usual stride.
Leon Flint was unbeaten all evening and top scored with a flawless 12-point maximum, closely followed by Connor Bailey who, despite an uncharacteristic Heat 1, finished with 11+1.
Flint said: “This was a big achievement for us. Cradley put up a much tougher fight than the last time they came here but to be honest, that wasn’t entirely unexpected from our point of view.
“We can’t be complacent with any team, and they kept us honest so fair play to them. But we’re on a good run of form right now and we want to do our best to keep things going that way.
“Performances like tonight are a sign we’ve done our job. We’ve got a busy few weeks ahead, but we’re completely focused, and everybody is pumped up for the upcoming play offs and KOC finals.”
Meanwhile, Jordan Palin was crowned the Manchester Racing Academy Series, sponsored by Thorneycroft Soliciotrs, champion after triumphing in the sixth and final round, with Harry McGurk second and Ben Rathbone third.
The Cool Running Colts face Kent in their play off semi-final first leg next Saturday, September 28 as they launch their bid for National League title silverware at the National Speedway Stadium.
Tickets on sale soon at www.bellevue-speedway.com.
RESULT – BELLE VUE V CRADLEY – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts 55: Leon Flint 12, Connor Bailey 11+1, Jordan Palin 9, Kyle Bickley 8+2, Ben Woodhull 6+2, Ben Rathbone 5, Danny Phillips 4+2
Cradley ‘Anchor Logistics’ Heathens 35: Max Clegg 10+1, Jack Smith 8+3, Luke Harris 7+1, Connor Coles 5, Harry McGurk 4, James Chattin 1+1, Tom Spencer r/r
Belle Vue win 100-74 on Aggregate.