THE BIG PREVIEW: WOLVES VS ROCKETS
Friday April 13, 2018
Fifth time lucky, anyone? The “BP Mitchell” Rockets will be hoping so when they aim to put the recent wet weather behind them in Monday’s SGB Premiership trip to Wolverhampton (7.30 start).

League champions in 2016, the Wolves were runners-up to Swindon in the title chase last October, missing out on the gold by a tantalising 90-89 aggregate margin. In a double whammy, they also narrowly lost the Knock-Out Cup Final, going down by 4 points against Belle Vue.

Five riders have returned to Monmore Green from those near misses – new No.1 Jacob Thorssell, Rory Schlein, 2017 Aussie Champion Sam Masters, Nathan Greaves and 2015 British U-21 titlist Kyle Howarth - with 2016 Rocket Cameron Heeps and Ashley Morris now added in as reinforcements. The new-look side is yet to ride together as a unit, with both their opening fixtures postponed because of waterlogged tracks.

Rye House Team Manager Peter Schroeck recognises the importance of the Rockets’ first road trip. “This will be one that people will measure us by. Everyone knows what we can do at home, but it’s also about what we can do away. That side’s been a bit of an Achilles heel for us, but I would like to think that we will go to Wolverhampton and put on a good show.

“I think that we are just as strong as them, and they’re pretty much in the same boat as us because of the weather; they haven’t had any matches so far. The boys all know their way around Monmore; Max (Clegg) particularly (as an ex-Wolf) - and K.K. (newly announced Polish GP Wildcard Krzysztof Kasprzak) is on fire. We’re looking forward to it.”

“BP Mitchell” Rockets:

Max Clegg, Chris Harris, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Edward Kennett, Scott Nicholls (captain), Stuart Robson, Aaron Summers

Wolverhampton:

Nathan Greaves, Cameron Heeps, Kyle Howarth, Sam Masters, Ashley Morris, Rory Schlein, Jacob Thorssell

The Wolves will return the favour when they visit Hoddesdon for the Rockets’ next home fixture on Wednesday, April 25th.