Words: Hayley Bromley
Image: Ian Charles
Belle Vue’s next bout of Premiership action is fast looming on Wednesday, June 14, when they do battle away with top-flight newcomers Rye House, and the stakes are high for the Rentruck Aces.
A draw at home to the Poole Pirates means they scraped their way back into the table’s top four on 18 points but to maintain that position in the Premiership they know they need a big performance.
Ex-Belle Vue captain Scott Nicholls now skippers the BMR Rockets who have maintained an impressive home record so far this season, losing only once to Swindon in their KOC clash.
But the Rentruck Aces have also enjoyed a steady run of successful results away from Manchester and have made good on promises to take something rather than nothing from all their meetings.
A fixture clash with the first GP Qualification Semi-Final means the team will be without Kenneth Bjerre, but they have drafted in a classy guest in the form of Poole star, Brady Kurtz.
Steve Worrall says his side is more determined than ever to prove its powerful form at the start of the year was no fluke and that they’re well prepared for the challenge presented by the Rockets.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to going back to Rye House. Last year I found a couple of set-ups that worked really well so I know what I’m capable of round there but it will be a tough match.
“They’ve got a really strong team with some very experienced boys leading the way and they ride their home track well. I don’t think we can expect an easy night but it’s not beyond us to win.
“Even without Kenneth, we’ve got a superior guest in Brady. He’s already been to Rye House once already this season with Poole where he put in a great performance and bagged a load of points.
“A good result would really get our momentum flowing again. We are a strong team who deserve to be in the top four and I’m confident that once the ball gets rolling we’ll be right back in the mix.”
The Aces next face off against Leicester away on June 17 after National League action returns to Manchester on Friday, June 16, with the Belle Vue Colts v Isle of Wight.
Tickets are available via the club website, www.bellevueaces.co.