ROCKETS PRESS GANGED BY PIRATES
Wednesday May 10, 2017
There was no fairy tale return encounter for the BMR Rockets, whose SGB Premiership trip to Poole saw them finish on the wrong end of a 56-33 defeat – and lose Ellis Perks into the bargain.

The 20 year old – nominated only this week as a reserve for Great Britain’s U-21 World Cup team – suffered possible broken ribs in a frightening tangle with James Shanes in Heat 2.

Already operating Rider-Replacement for the side-lined Stuart Robson, Perks’ loss left the Rockets down to just five riders. Fortunately, Chris Harris delivered a masterclass to stem the tide, with Bomber’s 12+1 haul including two race victories and a 5-1 alongside winner Ricky Wells in Heat 7 that briefly narrowed the gap before the Pirates pulled clear to stay.

Team Manager Peter Schroeck accepted afterwards that “We were effectively wounded before we even started, although we had our moments. Bomber was tremendous, and Eddie (Kennett) deserved more than he got for his efforts from the back. Scott (Nicholls), though, accepted that he had chosen the wrong engine for tonight. Those things happen.

“We’ll put our hands up and admit that we made the wrong call over the Tactical, but that’s with the benefit of hindsight. Both Ricky (Wells) and Bomber felt before that race (Heat 10) that it was best for Ricky to take the Black and White because his gate looked the strongest – but of course it was Bomber who got second with Ricky at the back. But we felt it was the right call at the time, and fortunately it did not really affect the result.

“The racing was awesome, though, and not really captured in the score-line, but we just couldn’t get off the starts and left ourselves too much to do after the first bend.

“We’re not the first team to come here and get beaten. No one said it would be easy, but it’s a long season, and we’ll keep approaching it that way. It’s all about the long haul.”

BMR Rockets:
Chris Harris 12+1, Edward Kennett 6, Ricky Wells 6 (inc 0 as a TR), Scott Nicholls 5, Robert Branford 4+1, Ellis Perks 0, Stuart Robson R/R

Poole:
Brady Kurtz 12, Jack Holder 11, Hans Andersen 10, Nicolai Klindt 8, Nick Morris (guest) 7+2, James Shanes 4+2, Kyle Newman 4+1

Match Points: Poole 3 Rye House 0

Picture: DAVE FAIRBROTHER