News from Coventry Buildbase Bees and Coventry Storm
Coventry City Gearboxes Storm were on mission impossible when they journeyed to Kent for the second leg of the National League KO Cup tie. After losing by 24 points in the first leg it was just a matter of not disgracing themselves, which they did not.
Bees’ match against King’s Lynn on Friday was an early postponement due to the bad weather.
Josh Bates made a good start to his World Under-21 campaign in the first of three rounds at King ’s Lynn.
Kent 56 Storm 34
The meeting was delayed for the weather to clear but when it did, Dan Greenwood made a good start for Storm winning heat one in a track record time.
Kent went ahead with a maximum in the reserves heat two and looked like getting a second before race leader Danny Ayres suffered engine failure.
Liam Carr won heat a shared heat four with Dan Greenwood recording his second race win in the next.
Storm took a share of the points in four of the first six races but were gaining no heat advantages and by the end of heat six trailed by 28 on aggregate.
Kent finally put the match out of reach with a 4-2 in a heat seven which saw Carr beaten by James Shanes and then Ryan Terry-Daley fall.
Conor Dwyer was lucky to avoid injury in a clash with Luke Clifton after winning heat eight.
Heat nine was shared before Kent increased their lead with a heat ten 4-2.
Greenwood won his third outing in heat eleven and despite having nothing to fight for Storm were proving good opposition.
Another home maximum followed before Luke Bowen inflicted the first defeat on Geeenwood in heat thirteen.
Kent took a 4-2 in the next and a 5-1 in an excellent final race gave them an identical score to that in the first leg.
It was a good performance by Storm and it is obvious that they are missing a third heat leader. Reports indicate that they are in negotiations to fill this spot.
Storm scorers: Liam Carr 11(1), Dan Greenwood 11, Ryan Terry-Daley 6, Conor Dwyer 4(1), Callum Walker 2, Kyle Roberts 0.
World Under-21 Championship
Josh Bates made a good start to his campaign when after safely negotiating an incident strewn first round at King’s Lynn he finished joint fourth in the overall standings.
After reaching the semi-finals he could only manage third place but his overall points put him in joint fourth. The winner was Krystian Pieszczek (20 pts), with Robert Lambert (19) second and jack Holder (13) third. Max Fricke joins Bates on 12.
The next two rounds are in the Czech Republic and Poland.
There is no meeting at Brandon on Friday but on Sunday there is a tasty local derby between City Gearboxes Storm and Birmingham Brummies. The match starts at 4pm.
There is another local derby on Monday. This time in the Elite League when Bees visit local rivals Leicester in what is fast becoming a bottom of the table battle. Both teams need the points so a good meeting is in prospect at Beaumont Leys. The start time is 7.30pm.