Saturday August 05, 2017
The BMR Rockets’ Play-Off drive took a jolt as they fell 53-37 at home to a rampant Swindon side in the SGB Premiership on Saturday night.

The Robins are proving to be a real bogey team for the Rockets in 2017, having now beaten them in five out of five encounters across the league and Knock-Out Cup, while also handing them their biggest away and – now also – home defeats of the season. Their emphatic victory here lengthened their current winning streak against all opponents to a remarkable eleven. It also extended their lead at the top of the table to six match points.

The Hoddesdon side was always playing catch-up after conceding 5-1s in each of the opening two heats, and the statistics of ten race wins in fifteen and all seven Swindon riders being paid for at least one success emphasised the Robins’ dominance.

The main bright flame for Rye was Ricky Wells’ bounce back to form as the American drove to three race wins and 11 points in five starts, but, overall, as Team Manager Peter Schroeck admitted afterwards, “This hurts. We just did not make any starts at all tonight. The boys tried everything, but it just wasn’t working, and that’s what happens when you go against a side which is on the crest of a wave and you are back-peddling. It was tough; very, very tough tonight.

“It was absolutely brilliant that we had Ricky (Wells) on fire tonight, but it is always less than ideal to be chasing the match from early on. Robbo (Stuart Robson) changed his bike half way, and suddenly got five points. Maybe if he had done it earlier…. who knows? Bomber (Chris Harris) blew one of his engines up (guesting) at Edinburgh last night, and it just wasn’t happening for him. It is just little things like that. We were struggling; really struggling from the starts tonight for whatever reason.

“We’ve come into the part of the season now where we need to come up with the goods. We’ve been waiting a long time for this moment, and now we’ve had a set-back, but that doesn’t mean it’s over yet. We’re still going to fight on, work on things and just keep going.”

BMR Rockets:
Ricky Wells 11 (inc 0 as a TR) (5 rides), Scott Nicholls 8+1 (5), Chris Harris 6 (4), Stuart Robson 5 (4), Ben Morley 5 (5), Luke Priest (guest) 2+1 (3), Ben Barker 0 (4)

Nick Morris 12 (6 rides), Adam Ellis 9 (4), Edward Kennett (guest) 8+3 (5), Tobias Musielak 8 (4), David Bellego 7+2 (4), Bradley Wilson-Dean 6+1 (4), Danny Ayres (guest) 3+1 (4)

Match points: Rye House 0 Swindon 4

The Rockets still have the opportunity to make a dent in the league table with the right results – and the eleven match points available - from their three matches over the next seven days. They host King’s Lynn on Wednesday (7.30 start) in A10 local derby action, before heading to fourth placed Poole on Thursday for what can only be described as an “eight pointer” and then on to bottom club Leicester on Saturday as they bid to repeat their earlier success in the Midlands from May.

Says Schroeck, “It’s a new week. We are going to give it our all, like we always do. We can turn it around; there’s no doubt about it. The boys are very upset with themselves (after tonight’s defeat), because they have been working really hard, and when you have to work hard at Speedway it sometimes throws you back. We just have to pick ourselves up, and get going again.

“We will have Krzysztof (Kasprzak) making his debut – and from the practice session he had with us before the rain (which caused Wednesday’s postponement against Leicester) he is not only fired up and itching to get on the track, but gelling already with the rest of the boys.

“He could still be the difference maker for us this season - but really we want all the boys to be.”

Wednesday’s admission at Rye House vs King’s Lynn: Adults £18, Seniors (over 60s) £16, Full Time Students (17-22) £10, Children (12-16) £6, Children (under 12) Free. Match Programme £2.00.

RYE HOUSE: Ben Barker, Chris Harris, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Ben Morley, Scott Nicholls, Stuart Robson, Ricky Wells.

KING’S LYNN: Josh Auty, Kai Huckenbeck, Tomas H Jonasson, Thomas Jorgensen, Robert Lambert, Michael Palm-Toft R/R, Nicklas Porsing.

In addition to the main event, Wednesday’s meeting in Hoddesdon will include six youth heats across 150cc and 250cc classifications.