Rockets suffer Edinburgh nightmare
Knock-Out Cup Semi-Final Edinburgh 63 Rye House Rockets 27IT was a nightmare on Edinburgh Street for the Rye House Rockets in Scotland.The Silver Ski Rockets' Knock-Out Cup Final prospects look slim after injuries to both Linus Sundstrom and Tommy Allen.
Knock-Out Cup Semi-Final
Edinburgh 63 Rye House Rockets 27
IT was a nightmare on Edinburgh Street for the Rye House Rockets in Scotland.
The Silver Ski Rockets' Knock-Out Cup Final prospects look slim after injuries to both Linus Sundstrom and Tommy Allen.
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Coupled with a white-hot showing from the 2008 Premier League champions, the Rockets were left them on the wrong end of a 36-point mauling in the first leg of this semi-final tie.
Slick gating by the Monarchs had already left Rye trailing 15-3 when Sundstrom took a tumble in the fourth race.
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Although the Swede walked away from his fall, he suffered a neck injury and possible concussion, and took no further part in the meeting.
Allen quickly followed him onto the sidelines in the next race after suffering an injury to his right ankle, and both riders face a race against time to be fit to ride in Saturday's league finale against Newport at Hoddesdon.
With rider replacement already in operation for broken knuckle victim Robert Mear, the Rockets were down to just four riders to cover the remaining 10 races, and were consequently able to field only one representative in five of those.
Chris Neath did his best to plug the gaps with a win and 10 points, and veteran Andrew Silver soldiered through a full compliment of seven rides for a further race victory and nine points.
However, Joe Haines and Luke Bowen were intermittent in their success.
And that's about it, because there were no other riders left in the Rye House side of the pits.
The Monarchs, in contrast, enjoyed the full run of the Armadale house, with Ryan Fisher delivering a six-ride maximum - and also equalling the track record - and all bar Byron Bekker being paid for double figures.
All in all, it was a night to forget for the Hertfordshire side, and one which leaves the Rockets with the proverbial mountain to climb when the two teams meet again in the return leg at Rye House next Saturday, September 19.
Rye House: Chris Neath 10, Robert Mear R/R, Joe Haines 4+1, Linus Sundstrom 0, Luke Bowen 4, Tommy Allen 0, Andrew Silver 9.
Edinburgh: Ryan Fisher 17+1, William Lawson 13+1, Kevin Wolbert R/R, Matthew Wethers 9+2, Michal Rajkowski 11,
Aaron Summers 9+2, Byron Bekker 4+1.