Wednesday September 13, 2017
The BMR Rockets ended their first season in the SGB Premiership on a high with a 46-44 away victory on Wednesday night; one made all the sweeter by the fact that it came at A10 local derby arch-rivals King’s Lynn.

The result – achieved at the fourth time of asking after three earlier call-offs to the fixture - means that the Rockets have finished fifth on 48 points, just two points adrift of Poole for a Play-Off spot and having defeated the Pirates in three of their four encounters this season.

The match appeared to be heading towards a draw when, at 42-42, Chris Harris led the nominated race, but with Michael Palm Toft and Thomas Jorgensen behind him until the latter’s ignition went and enabled the hard-chasing Scott Nicholls to get past for the vital third place that gave Rye a last gasp 4-2.

The Rockets had earlier opened up a strong early advantage, with Nicholls and Ben Barker – bravely riding despite a fractured wrist – finishing either side of Lambert in Heat 1, and Stuart Robson and Ben Morley holding off a persistent Josh Auty in the next race to bag a 5-1.

Although the score was level by Heat 5, Barker and Morley edged the Hertfordshire side back in front with a 4-2 in Heat 8 – and that would have been a 5-1 had not Morley left a gap for Simon Lambert to sneak through on the last bend to keep the score to 25-23.

Despite his best efforts, Robson was unable to find a way past Toft and Jorgensen in Heat 9, as the Stars took the lead with a 5-1, and the Norfolk side then edged to a 4 point advantage after Heat 10.

Nicholls’ Heat 11 victory helped pull the Rockets back to within two points, at 34-32, but hopes of getting back on level terms were stalled when Robson locked up and lost a change when in front in Heat 12. Ricky Wells still took second spot, but a potential 4-2 became a 2-4 in Lynn’s favour.

Nicholls and Harris – from the back against Palm Toft - finally brought Rye level with a maximum in Heat 13, and Krzystztof Kasprzak took the chequered flag in Heat 14, to set up the last race decider.

Nicholls finished top of the Rockets’ pile overall with 11 points, with Harris also paid for double figures, as a real team effort ultimately nudged Rye to their success. Proving that point, six different Rockets proved heat winners, and all seven were paid for at least one victory.

Team Manager Peter Schroeck admitted afterwards, “We had little bit of luck in Heat 15, but Scotty (Nicholls) was being competitive and I thought he had a chance of getting past even without Jorgensen’s problems.

“We had one or two bits of bad luck, too, such as when Robbo (Stuart Robson) locked up and his chain came off in Heat 12.

“But all the boys battled hard, as you can see by their scores. Little Ben (Morley) did really well, and they all pulled their socks up when they needed to.

“Overall, it was a great way to finish off our first season in the Premiership.

“All I can say now is: roll on 2018!”

BMR Rockets:
Scott Nicholls 11, Chris Harris 8+1, Ricky Wells 7, Stuart Robson 5+1, Ben Morley 5+1, Ben Barker 5, Krzysztof Kasprzak 5

King’s Lynn:
Michael Palm Toft 13, Josh Auty 11+2, Thomas Jorgensen 9+2, Robert Lambert 8, Simon Lambert 3, Kai Huckenbeck 0, Tomas H Jonasson R/R

Match Points: King’s Lynn 0 Rye House 3