WE HAVE LIFT-OFF!
Monday May 29, 2017
Just five days on from their near miss at King’s Lynn, the BMR Rockets put matters right as they clinched their first ever away win in the SGB Premiership with a 46-44 victory at Leicester on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

As one of only two clubs also boasting an unblemished home record, the Rockets’ success lifted them to second spot in the league table, strengthening their position in the race for a place in the Championship Play-Offs.

Prior rain led to the start of the meeting being delayed by an hour to enable remedial track work to be carried out, and when it did get underway it was the Lions who launched into an early lead with a 5-1 in Heat 1. Race wins from Ellis Perks and Edward Kennett – who had fallen in the opener – helped keep Rye in touch, before a second 5-1 from the Kim Nilsson-Erik Riss duo stretched the Midlanders’ advantage to 22-14.

Ricky Wells and Chris Harris responded with a maximum of their own over Josh Bates and Jason Garrity to immediately halve the deficit, and after Stuart Robson won Heat 8, the same pair inflicted a 4-2 by finishing either side of Nilsson in Heat 10 to bring the Rockets even closer, at 31-29.

Edward Kennett claimed the next race, with Robson third behind Garrity as the Hertfordshire side finally levelled the score, before Harris and Perks quickly put Rye in front with a 5-1 over Lasse Bjerre and Danny Ayres in Heat 12.

Kennett fell for a second time in Heat 13, but Scott Nicholls protected Rye’s four point cushion by keeping Nilsson and Garrity at bay.

A Leicester 4-2 in the penultimate race left a nervy finale, at 43-41, but Nicholls and Harris made sure of the Rockets’ victory by tucking in behind Nilsson and ahead of Danny King for the 3-3.

The pair led the Rockets’ score-chart, with 10 and 9+2, respectively, and Ricky Wells (9+1) also good for double points, but it was an all-round team effort that guaranteed the Rockets’ success, with no less than six different riders winning races.

Rye House Team Manager Peter Schroeck was understandably ecstatic afterwards. “It’s a sweet moment, that’s for certain, for everyone involved with the club. We’ve been building to this result for a while. It’s may have been a little time coming calendar-wise - but as I said just a few days ago this was only our fifth away match in the league, so it’s still early days.

“All the boys were fired up after last Wednesday at King’s Lynn, and they knew the opportunity that was available here to put that result behind them.

“It would have been easy, because of the conditions, for a few heads to drop but we drummed it into everyone that we really needed the win and that the track wasn’t our problem to deal with.

“All the boys were heroes; it wasn’t the easiest of tracks to ride, but they really got stuck in, and of course in such a tight match every point mattered.

“The circuit was in a right state when we got here, but I have to say that the track staff did a great job. As I said, it was still difficult to ride, but they did the very best they could with what they had.

“It doesn’t matter about the track now, though. This one is in the book.”

BMR Rockets:
Scott Nicholls 10, Chris Harris 9+2, Ricky Wells 9+1, Ellis Perks 6+2, Edward Kennett 6, Stuart Robson 5, Robert Branford 1

Leicester:
Kim Nilsson 12+1, Danny King 10+1, Josh Bates 9, Erik Riss 6+2, Jason Garrity 3+1, Lasse Bjerre 3, Danny Ayres 1

Match Points: Leicester 0 Rye House 3

Picture: STEVE DIXON