Words: Hayley Bromley
Images: Ian Charles
Another close night at the office for Belle Vue saw them leave King’s Lynn with three well-earned league points after negating a powerful Stars comeback to take a deserved 45-48 victory.
It means the Rentruck Aces now move to within one point of league leaders Wolverhampton ahead of their home clash with Rye House on June 23, where they could reclaim top spot with a win at home.
A deadlocked beginning was broken by a brilliant 5-1 from Justin Sedgmen and Kenneth Bjerre in Heat 3, after which the visiting Mancunians continued to apply pressure to their trailing hosts.
And with a string of subsequent heat advantages they continued to pull further away until King’s Lynn boss, Dale Allitt, was left with no choice but to whip out the black and white helmet in Heat 11.
But not even an 8-1 tactical delivered by British U-21 Champ Robert Lambert and Kai Huckenbeck was enough to inspire the Stars to finish the job with just one point in it with one race to go.
Team manager, Mark Lemon, said: “We’re stoked to get the win, obviously but that tactical ride really rocked the ship and it looked like at one point like the wheels were in danger of falling off.
“But the boys responded fantastically despite the pressures of another last-heat decider to come away with the win, and it was vital that we got a good result; they fully deserved it for their efforts.
“Looking at some of their latest results we knew that King’s Lynn were a bit vulnerable and we wanted to capitalise on that but they didn’t make things easy for us; they made us work very hard.
“At this point it’s critical for us to apply pressure at the top of the table because there’s six genuine teams that are fighting for those four places, but if we can keep this up we’ll be right up there.”
Newly crowned British Champion Craig Cook hopes to make it a triumphant home coming on Friday, June 23, when Belle Vue face Rye House. Tickets available at www.bellevueaces.co.