Friday May 19, 2017
The BMR Rockets will be looking to bounce back to form when they face the same opposition for a second time in rapid succession, following tonight’s 54-38 defeat at Somerset.

The two teams meet again at Rye House tomorrow night (7pm start).

This time around, it was the new-look Rebels who dominated proceedings, quickly opening up a 10-2 advantage with 5-1s from the first two races and never looking back. All six home riders were paid for at least one victory, with new arrival Richard Lawson and established No.1 Josh Graczonek taking seven chequered flags between them. For the Rockets, Chris Harris (11+1) and Scott Nicholls (10) each bagged a win and double figures to help steady the ship, with guest Rory Schlein contributing a further victory in his 7+1 and Edward Kennett collecting a final heat success - but also a fall - for his efforts.

Rye House Team Manager Peter Schroeck admitted afterwards that “The boys hung in there as they always do, and they got stuck in throughout, but the Oakk Tree Arena can be an unforgiving place and Somerset were just more consistent across the board. They also stung us tonight at reserve (15 vs 3).

“But tomorrow’s another day. We’ll brush ourselves off and make sure that the same thing doesn’t happen at our place. That’s very important, because three points at home will keep us on-track for our aim of making the Play-Offs.

“Ellis (Perks) should be back for tomorrow’s match as well. That should make a big difference, because everyone is finding out just what he is capable of this year.”

BMR Rockets:
Chris Harris 11+1 (inc 4 as a TR), Scott Nicholls 10, Rory Schlein (guest) 7+1, Edward Kennett 4, Stuart Robson 3+1, Rob Branford 3, Mark Baseby (guest) 0

Richard Lawson 15, Josh Grajczonek 11+1, Cameron Heeps 10+1, Patrick Hougaard 8+1, Lewis Kerr 5+1, Jake Allen 5+1, Charles Wright R/R

Match Points: Somerset 3 Rye House 0