Saturday May 20, 2017
The ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels hopes of a quick-fire double over Rye House fell by the wayside as the Rockets proved to be a different proposition on their home Hoddesdon track to that seen at the Oaktree Arena 24 hours earlier.

After a share of the spoils in the opening heat, Somerset soon found themselves on the back foot as Rye House hit home successive maximum race wins in heats 2 and 3, the first of these coming after the unfortunate Cameron Heeps fell when in the lead of heat 2.

To their credit, the Rebels dug in to steady the ship in keeping the Rockets to that 8 point lead, but with just a third of the match remaining, Rye House had stretched their advantage out to 10 points, which was the cue for Somerset skipper to emerge for heat 11 sporting the black and white helmet colour for a double point tactical ride.

The move, however, did not produce the desired outcome, in fact it was the complete opposite as Grajczonek finished at the back, while Rye House extended their lead out to 12 points.

Once again Somerset came back with Richard Lawson taking his 2nd win of the night for the Rebels, but a Rockets 5-1 in heat 13 proved to be the final nail in the Somerset coffin, and with the final two heats both being shared, it saw the Rebels succumb to a 14 point loss on the night.

“It obviously wasn’t the result we were hoping for,” said Somerset team manager Garry May afterwards, “but conceding those two 5-1’s early doors had us chasing the match almost from the off, and although we managed to contain Rye House for a good part of the match after that, they are strong around their home track and we just couldn’t make any ground up on them.”

“Our rider replacement rides for Wrighty [Charles Wright] only produced 3 points, and I am sure that he would have been good for more than that if he had been fit to ride, but with a week or so before our next match away at Swindon on Bank Holiday Monday, it gives me the chance to speak with Charles and see how long he thinks that he might be out for before looking at the various options available to us.”

RYE HOUSE 52: Edward Kennett 14+1, Scott Nicholls 11, Chris Harris 8, Robert Branford 6+2, Ricky Wells 5+2, Stuart Robson 5, Ellis Perks 3.

SOMERSET 38: Richard Lawson 10+1, Josh Grajczonek 8, Cameron Heeps 6+1, Lewis Kerr 5+2, Jake Allen 5+1, Patrick Hougaard 4, Charles Wright r/r.

Picture: IAN BUSH

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