Thursday August 31, 2017
The BMR Rockets saw their immediate hopes of keeping pace with Poole in the race for the final SGB Play-Off place wrecked by the weather at King’s Lynn on Thursday night.

The Pirates had earlier defeated the Stars 50-43 to claim all four available away match points and extend their advantage over the Rockets to eight, but heavy rain falling at the conclusion of that match prevented any opportunity to stage the second part of the double header that was due to feature the Hertfordshire side.

Poole have one match remaining: at Somerset tomorrow night, and victory there would clinch that final Play-Off spot. Should they lose, however, the Rockets can still catch them with the right results tomorrow at home to Swindon, also at Hoddesdon against Leicester on Monday night and in what must now be a quickly re-arranged fixture at Lynn.

As Rye House Team Manager Peter Schroeck explained after the postponement, “We had a heavy shower as the first match was ending, and as they were preparing to blade the circuit, we had another downpour which put paid to any chance to go ahead.

“All the boys were up for riding up to that point, but ultimately at this stage of the season you can’t run these matches as a lottery, so it was absolutely the right call.”

Co-Promoter Steve Jenson added, very importantly, “We have the very kind agreement of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the BSPA that if the match is still critical to deciding whether we qualify for the Play-Offs, it will be staged in time to count.

“It is up to us to now beat Swindon tomorrow, and then wait on the result from Somerset.”

Tomorrow night’s fixture in Hoddesdon brings the Rockets up against a team that has already secured top spot in the final SGB Premiership table – and with it the No.1 seeding in the Play-Offs – thanks to a remarkable run of 17 straight victories that last roped in success against defending champions Wolverhampton tonight. They have also proved to be the Rockets’ bogey team in 2017, winning all five Premiership and Cup encounters to date.

They are statistics that the Rockets are aware of, but must cast to one side as they return to full strength, having lost the services of Chris Harris (Wednesday at Belle Vue) and Ben Barker (tonight at King’s Lynn) to SGB Championship commitments.

As Peter Schroeck emphasises, “It’s an absolute must-win situation it’s as simple as that.

“We’ll worry about the Poole result afterwards. All we can do is focus on doing our own thing, and there is no doubt that all the boys are psyched up, as they were tonight at Lynn.

“We’ll definitely be going for broke, and hopefully in front of a big crowd that adds an extra bite to the occasion the way it did on Monday against Poole.”

BMR Rockets:
Ben Barker, Chris Harris, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Ben Morley, Scott Nicholls (captain), Stuart Robson, Ricky Wells

Tero Aarnio (guest for Bradley Wilson-Dean), David Bellego, Jason Doyle (captain), Adam Ellis R/R, Nick Morris, Tobias Musielak, guest for Zach Wajtknecht tbc

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

As an added bonus, Friday’s meeting will also include six Youth races across 250cc and 150cc classifications, which will take place prior to the main match.

Start time: 7.30 prompt!