Rebels off to a narrow winning start in Premiership play-offs
Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels speedway team will take an advantage
to Poole on October 1st but it will be much smaller than most local
fans would have been liked as the Poole Pirates proved stubborn
opposition in the Premiership play-off semi-final first leg on Monday
46-44 victory, masterminded by a superb 13 point display from Jason
Doyle, has put the pressure on the Rebels if they are to make it
through to their maiden top flight play-off final but team manager
Garry May is quick to point out that "it is only half-time
in the tie."
added: "Of course we would have liked more points to play with
but as I said before it is important to go into every meeting wanting
to win it and that will have to be the case at Poole on October
1st. They (Poole) might consider themselves now as the favourites
but we can ride their place and we always knew it was going to be
a tough semi-final because the two sides are so well matched."
had seen the Rebels work into an early four point lead but the Pirates
had the meeting squared by heat 7 when ex-Rebel Josh Grajczonek
pulled clear of Jack Holder and Nicolai Klindt managed to overcome
an intense battle with Jake Allen.
Rebels looked as though they might re-open their lead in heat 8
but a close-run finish just saw Frederik Jakobsen hold out Bradley
Wilson-Dean who had thrown everything into a last bend dash only
to be short of the pass by the smallest of margins.
win shared the spoils and the meeting was equally balanced until
Allen again lost out in a furious battle, this time with Woryna
whilst Kurtz was out winning his second ride of the night.
Rebels were helped to a match-levelling 4-2 when Richie Worrall
retired from heat 12 when in a scoring position, but there was no
benevolence about the brilliant 4-2 from Doyle and Holder in heat
13 both making excellent moves on Kurtz and Harris respectively.
Nicolai Klindt though made a super start in heat 14 and Jakobsen
challenged Lawson successfully late on for third place to once again
level the scores before Doyle overcame Klindt, who then denied Holder
any route through in heat 15.
the Rebels can contemplate how they are to prevent the Pirates from
clawing back the slender advantage, they have to focus on defending
their fourteen point lead in the knockout cup when they travel to
Belle Vue, Manchester on Wednesday night.