Wednesday September 03, 2014
There was a real “feel good” atmosphere evident at Rye House on Wednesday night as the Silver Ski Rockets eased home 57-35 against arch-rivals Peterborough.

The result was deeply satisfying on a number of levels, not least the fact that it represented the Rockets’ biggest victory of the season and was their fourth on the trot against their East Anglian adversaries this year. It also boosted their chances of avoiding the wooden spoon in what has been a troubled campaign.

Most importantly, though, it was a success fashioned around a team that was firing on all cylinders. Jason Garrity led the charge with a monster haul of 17 in a personal display that promoter Len Silver described afterwards as “simply awesome”; the G-Force dropped his only point when leaving himself just too much to do in chasing after Ales Dryml in Heat 7. Edward Kennett was equally impressive, reeling off five straight victories that included a breath-taking surge down the back straight to pass Dryml in Heat 13, and only missed out on a maximum in the final race of the match.

But there were key contributions, too, from Steve Boxall and Oliver Greenwood, while Luke Bowen countered two non-finishes with two unbeaten rides in his return from the side-lines with a fractured elbow. Guest Alex Edberg also deserves a special mention for his invaluable paid 9 in stepping in as a guest for knee injury victim Jason Bunyan.

It was a team effort that captain Edward Kennett was keen to draw attention to after the match. “I’m really happy with my own night and the consistent starts I was making, but from a team perspective the boys were absolutely brilliant. We have the potential to put on this sort of display, and it has been great for it to all come together tonight.

“A big vote of thanks to Alex, as well, for coming in tonight and doing a great job for us.”

The result was a dent in Peterborough’s drive toward a top six finish and the play-off spot that standing would bring. They now need to pick up points elsewhere from their remaining travels in matches that look, on paper, even tougher than this one. Only Dryml and the excellent Adam Roynon saved them from an even heavier defeat here. Yes, they suffered with the absence of regular Panthers Lasse Bjerre, Ulrich Ostergaard and Nicki Barrett, but it is questionable as to whether even the Danes’ presence would have swung a 22 point spread around enough to capture an away match point.

Not that that will worry the Rockets, who needed this boost ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Redcar - where Aaron Fox will deputise if Jason Bunyan is still unfit to ride in an otherwise unchanged side - and Saturday’s massive clash in Hoddesdon against Edinburgh. Kennett looks ahead to both, saying, “Redcar will be tough, although we’ll look to carry tonight’s momentum into the match. Saturday will be even tougher – Edinburgh have a lot of good riders in their side – but if we can ride the way we did tonight, we can push them all the way.”

Rye House scorers:

Jason Garrity 17 (6 rides), Edward Kennett 15 (6), Alex Edberg 7+2 (5), Steve Boxall 7+2 (5), Oliver Greenwood 6+2 (4), Luke Bowen 5+1 (4), Anders Mellgren R/R

Peterborough scorers:

Adam Roynon 12+1 (5 rides, inc 6 as a TR), Ales Dryml 10 (6), Thomas Jorgensen (guest) 5+2 (6 rides, inc 0 as a TR), James Sarjeant (guest) 4 (5), Max Dilger 3+1 (4), Richard Hall 1 (4), Ulrich Ostergaard R/R

Match Points: Rye House 3 Peterborough 0

Rye House v Peterborough (PL)