SPEEDWAY by Alan Goodman

Alan Goodman
Alan Goodman

News from Coventry Buildbase Bees and Coventry Storm

With this season expected to be the final one at Brandon, Bees fans were hoping for some honours to end one of the longest continual campaigns in the sport.

Unfortunately, these hopes took a knock after two successive defeats over the past week. Losses away at Swindon and at Coventry against Wolverhampton followed the same pattern with Bees falling away in the latter stages.

The second of these led to promoter Mick Horton make a public apology.

Monday’s match at King’s Lynn was postponed leaving more time for the management to sort out Bees failing top end.

Swindon 55, Bees 35

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For varying reasons Bees had to run with three guests, Hans Andersen, Danny Ayres and Adam Ellis replacing Krzysztof Kasprzak, James Sarjeant and Josh Bates.

Hopes were raised initially when Andersen and Jason Garrity led from the start in heat one. Although Garrity eventually lost second place, Bees had taken an early lead.

Ellis proved his worth win a heat two win. Partner Ayres fell but Bees still led.

It then began to fall apart after Danny King and Chris Harris were surprisingly relegated to the back in the next.

Ellis won his second to keep Bees ahead but a share of the points was lost in heat five when Ayres fell again.

Harris won heat six before a rerun heat seven saw home skipper Jason Doyle the winner with King second after a good battle with Nick Morris. Unfortunately Kacper Woryna was struggling to get to grips with the track and fell.

Garrity led heat eight but eventually lost out to Charles Wright. This left the score at the halfway stage at 28-20 to the Robins.

Woryna got it together in heat nine and partnered Ellis to a maximum heat win to just keep Bees afloat.

Unfortunately this was reversed in the next when Andersen somehow managed to go from second to last.

A Harris second managed to avoid another maximum in the next but Bees were now ten behind.

Another Ellis win in the next was Bees last throw as the home side then dropped just one point in the last three heats to take the match by 55-35.

This was a meeting to forget. The only Bee to come out with any credit was Ellis, who top scored with a paid twelve points. Second highest was Harris with just seven from five rides.

Bees’ scorers: Ellis 11(1), Harris 7, Garrity, King 5, Andersen 4, Woryna 3, Ayres 0.

Bees 38 Wolverhampton 52.

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Bees were still without Sarjeant but Kasprzak and Bates were back in the side. Storm captain Martin Knuckey was brought into the reserve berth.

Kasprzak made a good start and was joined out of turn two by partner Garrity for an opening 5-1.

Ex Bee Kyle Howarth won heat two from Bates with Max Clegg third. Unfortunately Knuckey’s evening ended after just one lap when a fall on the final turn caused his withdrawal from the meeting.

Harris won heat three with King getting third at the end of lap two.

Wolves made the start to the next but Woryna passed Howarth for second place coming out of turn two. This left Bees with a narrow two-point lead.

Heat five was shared before the visitors drew level despite King riding hard for second place.

Bees made the start to the next but Kasprzak lifted coming out of turn two. Harris was alert to this and eased off slightly, giving Fredrik Lindgren the chance to go between the two for a good win.

Woryna won heat eight to leave the scores level at the halfway stage.

Lindgren and Howarth easily won heat nine to put Wolves ahead and memories of the previous night remained in Bees fans minds.

Wolves gated in the next and although Harris and King quickly disposed of Sam Masters, there was no catching Joonas Kylmakorpi.

Wolves were constantly outgating Bees and heat eleven was no exception. Kasprzak soon retired with machine problems but Garrity rode a superb turn two to take the lead and keep things on an even keel.

Bees could only track one rider in heat twelve but Bates rose to the occasion with a good win.

Bees again missed the gate in thirteen and a two in one race developed with Kylmakorpi beating Harris and Mikkel bech getting the better of Kasprzak.

Wolves were now two in front and once again Bees gating let them down and the visitors finished off with two maximums to win by 52-28.

The thorn in Bees side was two ex-Bees Kylmakorpi and Howarth who contributed twenty-three of their side’s total.

Bees’ heat leaders are not performing as they should do at the moment and only Harris registered anything like the required score.

Garrity, Woryna and Bates continue to improve but it needs the top end on form if the season is not going to end in tears.

Bees’ scorers: Harris 10, Garrity 7(1), Bates 7, King 5(1), Woryna 5, Kasprzak 4(1), Knuckey 0.

Preview

There is no meeting at Brandon on Friday due to the in availability of riders from both sides so the match against King’s Lynn will be raced on Monday at 7.30pm.