Rockets roar to huge win
Rye House Rockets 59 Berwick Bandits 33THE Silver Ski Rockets found it all too easy to collect their first three points of the Premier League campaign on Bank Holiday Monday.
Rye House Rockets 59 Berwick Bandits 33
THE Silver Ski Rockets found it all too easy to collect their first three points of the Premier League campaign on Bank Holiday Monday.
They blew away Berwick Bandits 59-33 at Rye House. A run of six 5-1 heat advantages in succession in the middle of the match tells much of the story.
The rest came from paid double figure hauls from five of the Rye side, with even lowest scorer Luke Bowen just two points adrift of leading Bandit Michal Makovsky - and the Czech had the benefit of one extra ride!
Captain Chris Neath set the stage for what was to come by blasting the fastest track seen at Hoddesdon so far this season - a blistering 56.3 seconds in heat one.
The dominant Rockets were ahead 13-5 by heat three. There was no quarter asked - and certainly none given - in heat four, as Makovsky and Andrew Silver literally rubbed shoulders in their battle for supremacy prior to the visitor hitting the deck and Silver's exclusion light being illuminated.
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Makovsky subsequently won the re-run, but it was to be the Bandits' last positive for some time. Robert Mear and Silver quickly replied with a maximum result in the next race to take Rye 10 points clear.
Further Rockets 5-1s followed right through to heat 10. The pick of the bunch was a dramatic race seven that saw Luke Bowen work his way past both Josef Franc and Paul Clews to join Joe Haines at the front of the field. Heat 10's twin pincer movement from Chris Neath and Linus Sundstrom to drive either side of Franc coming off the second bend was also memorable.
The Borderers regained some pride in the closing stages, actually outscoring their hosts 18-14 over the final five races.
After the tactically nominated Paul Clews had pushed Robert Mear all the way to the chequered flag in heat 12, Michal Makovsky and William Lawson shocked Joe Haines and the previously unbeaten Chris Neath in the next race.
Josef Franc ended Robert Mear's own maximum hopes in heat 14 and then Makovsky provided the Bandits' third straight race win in the finale.
It was, however, too little, too late, as the match points had long since found their way in the Rockets' direction.