Wednesday August 13, 2014
A faultless 15 point maximum from Edward Kennett inspired the Silver Ski Rockets to all three match points in a much-needed 49-41 victory over play-off chasing Newcastle.

It was the Rye House captain’s maiden full house since his return to Hoddesdon this season, and came after a series of near misses. As he said afterwards, “It was great to finally get there. I’ve been scoring 13s and 14s but couldn’t quite finish it off until now. Everything was working really well and I was making good starts.”

Of the trapped nerve in his shoulder from which he is still recovering: “I still don’t feel 100%, and there is still an element of pain, but I don’t want to miss a meeting for the team, so I am just getting on with it.”

Kennett was also quick to focus on the night’s overall result. “It was a good night for me, but more importantly we won as a team. Newcastle have a very good side, but we knew we could do it. All the boys rode well, and we just kept it going throughout.”

On a night of tense, tight racing no less than ten of the fifteen heats were shared. Critical, therefore, were the Rockets’ two 5-1s, with hot reserves Jason Bunyan and Oliver Greenwood giving Rye an early lead in Heat 2 and Kennett and Bowen putting them back in front – this time to stay – in Heat 6.

The Rockets ultimately wrapped up the victory with a race to spare, but it took a final flourish from Kennett to secure the extra match point by taking Heat 15 from Danny King and Ludvig Lindgren after Bunyan had been disqualified for exceeding the two minute time allowance for a second time.

King was the pick of the Diamonds, posting 11+1 and a Heat 5 time of 55.5 secs that was just 0.4 sec outside of the track record (and which also edged Kennett’s mark of 55.6 in the opening race), and Lindgren and Lewis Kerr were also key contributors. Stuart Robson supplied the race of the night in going from last to second – and so nearly catching Steve Boxall for victory right on the line – in Heat 12, but the Diamonds shortcomings at reserve haunted them.

In contrast, Rye counterparts Greenwood and Bunyan were in powerful form, blasting paid 16 between them, with Boxall, Anders Mellgren and Jason Garrity chipping in race wins around them.

Kennett’s maximum was the pinnacle, but it was a real team effort – and one that will boost the Rockets’ confidence as they head to Plymouth on Friday and then entertain Ipswich in Hoddesdon on Saturday night.

The club will stage its annual collection on behalf of the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund during the Witches fixture.

Rye House scorers:

Edward Kennett 15 (5 rides, maximum), Jason Bunyan 8+1 (5), Anders Mellgren 6+1 (4), Oliver Greenwood 6+1 (4), Steve Boxall 6 (4), Jason Garrity 5+2 (4), Luke Bowen 3+1 (4)

Newcastle scorers:

Danny King 11+1 (5 rides), Ludvig Lindgren 9+1 (5), Lewis Kerr 8 (4), Stuart Robson 5+1 (4), Lewis Rose 4+3 (4), Simon Nielsen 2+1 (4), Chris Mills 2 (4)

Match Points: Rye House 3 Newcastle 0

Additional statistic: neither team made any rider change throughout the meeting. “It was all according to programme” up to the nominated race.

Rye House v Newcastle (PL)