Thursday March 27, 2014
A difficult start, coupled with a powerful display from the Witches’ reserve pairing, proved to be the Silver Ski Rockets’ undoing at Ipswich in a 50-40 defeat on Thursday night. Rye did, however, see Jason Garrity back to his brilliant best.

The Rockets hit problems even before the tapes had risen on the opening heat when No.1 Edward Kennett experienced machinery issues and had to quickly borrow Simon Lambert’s bike for the race. The World Cup international looked uncomfortable on alien machinery, as Richie Worrall and Gino Manzares took advantage with a 5-1. Another maximum quickly followed from Adam Ellis and former Rocket Ritchie Hawkins in Heat 2 to give the Witches a 10-2 cushion that they never relinquished.

Ellis went on to feature in Heat 15 with an 11+2 showing, while Hawkins weighed in with 6+1.

The Rockets, meanwhile, were delighted to see Jason Garrity back on top form following his machinery nightmare at Peterborough the previous week. The young Lion racked up three wins in an 11+2 showing. Acting skipper Kennett rebounded from his early issues to also pick up three victories and Steve Boxall added a further success.

Rye House promoter Len Silver reiterated afterwards that “The match was really settled in the first two races – we never recovered from that beginning although we certainly held our own – and the fact that their two reserves were on fire.

“In contrast, Simon (Lambert) suffered two broken chains and Luke (Bowen) didn’t really get going until the end.

“It was good to see Jason (Garrity) back amongst the points, and they all did their best. To lose by ten points away against what looks a strong team is actually a very good display, and I am very pleased with the team’s performance.”

Following their League Cup road trips to Peterborough and Ipswich, the Rockets will finally sample home comforts on Saturday when they entertain the Panthers in the East of England Cup. The action starts at 7pm.

Rye House scorers:

Jason Garrity 11+2 (6 rides), Edward Kennett 11(5), Steve Boxall 8 (5), Mathieu Tresarrieu 5+1(5), Luke Bowen 5 (6), Simon Lambert 0 (3), Jason Bunyan R/R

Ipswich scorers:

Adam Ellis 11+2 (5 rides), Richie Worrall 11(5), Morten Risager 7+1(4), Gino Manzares 6+2 (4), Ritchie Hawkins 6+1 (4), Cameron Heeps 5 (4), Rohan Tungate 4+1(4)

Match Points: Ipswich 3 Rye House 0