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News from Coventry Buildbase Bees and Coventry Storm

With Coventry Buildbase Bees now racing for pride only, they defeated Wolverhampton in a good match on Friday only to turn in another disappointing away performance under darkening skies in Manchester on Monday.

Bees 50, Wolverhampton 43.

Elite League

League leaders Wolverhampton were reeling from a heavy defeat on Wednesday and were further hampered when Fredrik Lindgren opted to miss this match and travel to Togliatti for a European Championship meeting. This decision was not well received by either fans or management as the meeting is not recognised by the BSPA so no guest replacement was allowed. What made it even more galling was the fact that Tai Woffinden was also in the meeting but was travelling overnight to get there. Wolves had to use Premier League rider Lewis Kerr at number one.

With that in mind it was no surprise that Krzysztof and Aaron Summers took an easy 5-1 in the opening heat.

The visiting reserves made it obvious that Wolves were not going to be a pushover in the next. At the first attempt to run, first bend bunching saw Ludvig Lindgren fall with Bees guest Kozza Smith unable to avoid him. In the restart the visitors made the start. Smith split the pair on the back straight but with Stuart Robson failing to leave the start, there was now only two points between the teams.

Rohan Tungate made the start to heat three but Grzegorz Zengota took the lead on the back straight. Summers was last at the time but took third place after a three way muddle caused by Tungate losing his steel shoe. He just failed to gain second from Adam Skornicki on the run –in.

Smith surprised everyone by beating Woffinden in heat four. With Nicholls unable to get by Jacob Thorssell for third the points were shared.

Bees relieved the pressure with a heat five maximum.

Woffinden won a shared heat six before Bees took another maximum in the best race of the night. Nicholls made the start but as frequently appears to happen these days he lost out on turn two with Skornicki and partner Robson going by on either side. Both Bees then went by Skornicki at the end of the lap.

Skornicki was given a tactical ride in heat eight. After the race was restarted after a first turn collision between Robson and Thorssell, he was an easy winner with Thorssell recovering to take third and give his team a 7-2 race advantage to bring the halfway score to 29-22 to Bees.

At this stage the riders were having to go out wide to get some grip and races were becoming slightly processional.

Woffinden and Lindgren took an easy 5-1 to bring Wolves back to within three points before Kasprzak and Smith returned the compliment in the pre-interval race.

Heats eleven and twelve were shared before Kasprzak and Nicholls took a 4-2 in heat thirteen.

Wolves made the start to heat fourteen but Robson soon took second place. Summers tried hard but could not catch third placed Skornicki.

This left the visitors needing a 4-2 to salvage one league point from the final heat. It was not to be as Kasprzak led from the start to ensure Bees took all three points.

On paper this should have been a stroll for Bees but credit must go to Wolverhampton for their efforts. Woffinden, Skornicki and the two reserves contributed to what was an entertaining meeting.

For Bees Kasprzak had his best meeting for some time, dropping just one point to the opposition, while Smith, guesting for Adam Roynon was a revelation with paid fifteen from six rides.

Bees’ scorers; Kasprzak 14, Smith 13(2), Zengota 7, Nicholls 6, Summers, Robson 5(2).

Belle Vue 59, Bees 35

Elite League

Bees were still without Michal Szczepaniak and again used rider replacement while the home side tracked different reserves to those named in the original declared line –ups.

Racing was fairly processional in the opening heats. Kasprzak was the first past the post in a shared heat one before a 4-2 and 5-1 put Belle Vue six ahead.

Nicholls briefly led heat four but was eventually overtaken by both home riders.

Another home 5-1 came in heat five despite a good effort by Robson to split the home pair. After his opening heat success, Kasprzak trailed disappointedly at the back.

Robson was given a tactical ride in heat six for his efforts. He managed second behind Matej Zagar to share the heat points 4-4.

Zengota won heat seven before Robson had to ride hard in heat eight to prevent another home 5-1. His second place left the score at 32-18 to Belle Vue at the halfway stage.

Another home 5-1 followed before more misery was heaped on Zengota, who was having a poor night by his standards. Ulrich was excluded for breaking the tapes, while Zengota was fined by the referee after being constantly being warned for moving. To crown it all when the race got underway he fell off.

Kasprzak won a tactical ride in heat eleven to pull two points back before Robson rode another good race to hold on to second in heat twelve.

Kasprzak won heats thirteen and fifteen but nothing came of it with Bees well beaten by 59-35.

Bees’ scorers; Kasprzak 13, Robson 12(1), Summers 4, Zengota, Nicholls 3, Roynon 0.

With Bees out of the honours Coventry Storm are still in the fight for a play-off place. To achieve this they needed to win at the new track in Kent. The meeting was rained off last week and quickly re-arranged. Unfortunately Storm were without the injured Robert Branford. Kent had only one previous home win to their name but are now beginning to master their Sittingbourne track.

Unfortunately Storm was unable to do so and a series of falls and mishaps saw them go down by 54-39.

Storm scorers: Joe Jacobs 18, Oliver Greenwood 5(2),James Sarjeant 5, Luke Crang, James Shanes 4, Martin Knuckey 3(2).

Preview.

Storm now meet King’s Lynn on Friday in a must-win-match. The meeting starts at 7.30pm.

Bees go the other way on Wednesday when they travel to Norfolk to meet King’s Lynn in an Elite League match.