Thursday April 13, 2017
THE BMR Rockets’ foray into this season’s Knock-Out Cup may have proved a brief one, but they were able to draw positives from a battling second leg performance that saw them go down 51-39 at Swindon to drop the tie 100-80 on aggregate.

It was always going to be an uphill battle to salvage the tie after losing their home leg by 8 points, but the Rockets stayed in contention to secure a positive result from the second until the very closing stages, when three consecutive Robins 5-1s swiftly elevated the score from 36-36 to its final, lopsided 12 point spread.

In between times, the Hertfordshire side had kept the meeting tight, with no more than 2 points separating the teams all evening and not a maximum result in sight. While only providing five race wins, the Rockets proved a compact unit with those five successes coming from different riders. Particularly encouraging was Stuart Robson bouncing back to form after his recent lean spell with a victory and 6 points, and newly qualified British U-21 Finalist Ellis Perks scoring in all bar one of his five outings in what was his first visit to the circuit. Ultimately, the Hertfordshire side was taken down by the left-right combination of Aussies Jason Doyle and Nick Morris (who featured in two of the tail-end 5-1s), with another flurry from fellow Anzac Bradley Wilson-Dean thrown in for good measure.

Talking afterwards, Rye House Team Manager Peter Schroeck felt that “Overall, there were a lot of positives from tonight. The last three races spoiled it a bit, but we generally hung on in there and kept fighting.

“It gives us something to build on when we go back there in the League.

“We are only a fortnight into the season, and three matches in. This was the first of three meetings in three days, and should really help us to build some rhythm. Now it’s on to King’s Lynn tomorrow (Good Friday) before we take them back to Rye House on Saturday.

“It was good to see Robbo (Stuart Robson) back amongst the points. Now we just need to get Davey (Watt) going. His form is very important to us, and there were a few glimpses tonight that he is turning the corner; we just need to get the full breakthrough the way we have with Robbo.

“The next two nights are about local derbies, and that will raise everybody’s game. It’s not just about the points; it’s about local pride, and we’ll get stuck in and go for the result in both matches.”

BMR Rockets:
Scott Nicholls 9, Chris Harris 8+1, Edward Kennett 6+1, Stuart Robson 6, Rob Branford 4, Ellis Perks 3+1, Davey Watt 3

Swindon: Nick Morris 16+1, Jason Doyle 12+1, Bradley Wilson-Dean 10, David Bellego 7+2, Emil Grondal 6, Zach Wajtknecht 0, Adam Ellis R/R