Somerset Rebels up to second in table after fine win at Sheffield

09:53 29 July 2014

Action on the bend during the Somerset Rebels meeting with the Plymouth Devils

Action on the bend during the Somerset Rebels meeting with the Plymouth Devils

Copyright: I Hitchcock

The ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels moved themselves into second place in the Premier League table with an emphatic 12 point win at Sheffield, though the meeting was marred by a bad crash involving Sheffield’s Andre Compton in the penultimate heat, which saw the Sheffield rider taken to hospital as a consequence, writes Ian Belcher.

It was Sheffield who took the early lead and were six points up after just three heats, but a 5-1 by Somerset skipper Olly Allen and Paul Starke in heat four brought the Rebels back into the match and just two heats later the scores were level at 18-all.

The tide finally turned Somerset’s way in heat 10 when Brady Kurtz and Pontus Aspgren combined for the Rebels’ second maximum heat win of the night, and a 4-2 two races later increased Somerset’s advantage to six points with just three heats remaining.

Disaster struck the Rebels in heat 13 when Allen, who was unbeaten from his three races, suffered a bad fall as the riders exited the second bend, but although he was eventually able to walk back to the pits, he will now miss tomorrow night’s return match against Sheffield at the Oak Tree Arena.

Still six points to the good, heat 14 looked as if Sheffield would be cutting that lead back to four points with Compton and Taylor Poole on a 4-2 for the home side, but just as Compton was exiting the final bend, his bike suffered a mechanical failure, throwing the Sheffield rider violently to the ground.

After lengthy on-track treatment Compton was eventually taken by ambulance to hospital and the final heat was completed, a 5-1 courtesy of Brady Kurtz and Nick Morris confirming Somerset’s win and with it the maximum four league points.

“First and foremost our thoughts are with Andre (Compton),” said Somerset team manager Garry May afterwards, “nobody likes to see a rider fall, and Andre’s was a particularly bad one, and on behalf of everyone at Somerset speedway we wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.”

“Of course we are extremely happy with the four league points, especially after going six points down early doors, Brady rode a blinder, as did Olly until his crash, and he will now miss tomorrow night’s home match against Sheffield as he’s not feeling 100 per cent, but this was an all-round team performance, though all that is secondary to Andre’s well-being.”

Meeting statistics

Sheffield Tigers - 39

1. Richard Lawson (G) - 2*, 2, 1, 2, 1 = 8+1

2. Ben Wilson - 3, 0, 0, 0, 0 = 3

3. Leigh Lanham - 1, 0, 1* = 2+1

4. Andre Compton - 3, 3, 2, F = 8

5. Ty Proctor - 1, 1, 0 = 2

6. Taylor Poole - 3, 3, 2, 3, 2, 1*, 2 = 16+1

7. Josh Bates - 0, 0, 0 = 0

Somerset Rebels - 51

1. Nick Morris - 0, 2, 2, 3, 2* = 9+1

2. Charles Wright - 1, 1*, 3, 1* = 6+2

3. Brady Kurtz - 2, 2, 3, 3, 3 = 13

4. Pontus Aspgren - 0, R, 2*, 3 = 5+1

5. Oliver Allen - 3, 3, 3, flx = 9

6. Todd Kurtz - 1*, 1, 0, 1 = 3+1

7. Paul Starke - 2, 2*, 1, 1 = 6+1

SCB Referee: Jim Lawrence

Heat Details

Heat 01: Wilson, Lawson, Wright, Morris (5-1) (5-1)

Heat 02: Poole, Starke, Todd Kurtz, Bates (3-3) (8-4)

Heat 03: Compton, Brady Kurtz, Lanham, Aspgren (4-2) (12-6)

Heat 04: Allen, Starke, Proctor, Bates (1-5) (13-11)

Heat 05: Compton, Morris, Wright, Lanham (3-3) (16-14)

Heat 06: Allen, Lawson, Todd Kurtz, Wilson (2-4) (18-18)

Heat 07: Poole, Brady Kurtz, Proctor, Aspgren (ret) (4-2) (22-20)

Heat 08: Wright, Poole, Starke, Wilson (2-4) (24-24)

Heat 09: Allen, Compton, Lanham, Todd Kurtz (3-3) (27-27)

Heat 10: Brady Kurtz, Aspgren, Lawson, Wilson (1-5) (28-32)

Heat 11: Poole, Morris, Wright, Proctor (3-3) (31-35)

Heat 12: Brady Kurtz, Poole. Todd Kurtz, Bates (2-4) (33-39)

Heat 13: Morris, Lawson, Poole, Allen (flx) (3-3) (36-42)

Heat 14: Aspgren, Poole, Starke, Compton (Fell) (2-4) (38-46)

Heat 15: Brady Kurtz, Morris, Lawson, Wilson (1-5) (39-51)

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