||Last Updated: Apr 17th, 2016 - 09:24:05
The BMR Rockets slipped to their first home defeat of the campaign as they were edged out 48-42 in a pulsating Premier League encounter by Peterborough on Saturday night.
No more than four points separated the sides at any stage prior to Heat 15, as the Panthers ultimately took the points thanks to 5-1s from the final two races.
The tone for a no-quarter-asked-none-given fixture was set as early as Heat 1, when Edward Kennett’s 17 race unbeaten streak was ended after a ferocious early battle with visiting captain Ulrich Ostergaard. Kennett was at the epicentre of the contest, returning to win Heat 6 and then capture an absorbing Heat 10 when pitched against 2015 Rocket Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen. The Dane led throughout, with Kennett repeatedly trying the inside line to get past - and when NBJ took that same line on the very last bend as a blocking tactic, the Rye No.1 powered outside him to win by the narrowest of margins right on the line.
Heat 13 was equally top drawer material, with Stuart Robson holding the early advantage before Ostergaard took control. Kennett found his way past his partner before reeling in the Premier League Riders’ Champion and then passing him with a lap to spare.
The resulting 4-2 gave the Rockets a 40-38 lead, but Emil Grondal – a real thorn in the Rockets’ side when the teams met last September – combined with Tom Perry for a 5-1 over the hard-chasing Leigh Lanham in Heat 14, and then both Ostergaard and Busk Jakobsen gained revenge for their earlier defeats by heading home Kennett and Robson in the finale.
Talking afterwards, Rye House manager Peter Schroeck admitted, “This proves to you just how strong this league is, and you can’t take it for granted. We had a couple of little hiccoughs today, and we couldn’t really prepare the track the way we wanted it because of the weather - but that’s not an excuse because we came up against a very strong team.
“We just have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get on with it. In all sports, you have your ups and downs, and it’s a long season. Today we had a bit of a reality check, but we will build ourselves back up again. It’s as simple as that.
“We had really good Speedway tonight. All the supporters are leaving happy. Sometimes you have to be realistic, and appreciate that you can’t win them all. Tonight has been one of those times.
“The two races from Eddie (Kennett) were something very special and had us on our feet here in the pits too. That’s what we go to Speedway for; to watch meetings and races like that. It’s been a very good night for him. Obviously, as a team we are a little bit disappointed but tomorrow is another day and we will pick ourselves up and get ready for the next one. As I said, it’s a long season, and you don’t win league titles in one meeting.
“Our next match is an away one (at Sheffield, on April 28th), which will be tough, but we will re-focus, get ready for Sheffield and go from there.”
Rye House scorers:
Edward Kennett 12 (5 rides), Stuart Robson 9 (5), Cameron Heeps 8+1(4), Leigh Lanham 5 (4), Ben Morley 4+2 (4), Kasper Lykke 3+1 (4), Peter Karger 1+1 (4)
Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 13 (5 rides), Emil Grondal 12+2 (6), Ulrich Ostergaard 12+1 (5), Tom Perry 4 (3), Michael Palm Toft 3+2 (4), Nicklas Porsing 3+1 (4), Simon Lambert 1+1 (3)
Match Points: Rye House 0 Peterborough 3
Rye House Stadium plays host to a Southern Track Riders amateur club meeting today (Sunday), with some NINETY races planned. Admission is FREE, with the licensed bar and burger bar open for refreshments. The action starts at noon, with all welcome.
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