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BELLE VUE ACES 41 – 49 SWINDON ROBINS
In the penultimate race of the night, it saw Swindon all but sew up the win with another 4-2 victory as Steve Worrall took the race win ahead of the Belle Vue reserve Stefan Nielsen and Worrall`s team mate Simon Gustafsson easing to a third place to see the scoreline move to 44-40 to the away side with one race left to go.
Belle Vue = 41
1. Matej Zagar 0, 1, 3, 2, R = 6
2. Michael Palm Toft 2, 2, 0, 3 = 7
3. Scott Nicholls 2, 3, 3, 3, 1 = 12
4. Richie Worrall 2, 0, 1, 0 = 3
5. Craig Cook 0, 3, 2′, 0 = 5+1
6. Stefan Nielsen 3, 0, 2, 1, 2 = 8
7. Lee Payne 0, 0, Fx = 0
Swindon = 49
1. Peter Kildemand 3, 1′, 1, 3, 2′ = 10+2
2. Dakota North 1, 3, 2, 0 = 6
3. Nick Morris 1, 0, 0, 1′ = 2+1
4. Simon Gustafsson 2, 3, 0, 1 = 6
5. Troy Batchelor 3, 2, 2, 1, 3 = 11
6. Nathan Greaves 1′, 1, 1 = 3+1
7. Steve Worrall 2, 1, 3, 2, 3 = 11
Aces win toss and take 1 and 3
Lancashire Lightning cemented their place as winners of the Natwest t20 Blast North section Friday night with a victory over the bottom of the table Derbyshire Falcons, thanks mainly to the home side batting display with Ashwell Prince and Karl Brown both scoring their respective fifties.
Lancashire Innings225 for 7 (20.0 overs)
|Smith||c Cork||b Turner||13||6||10||3||0|
|Prince||c Durston||b North||56||36||29||5||4|
|Brown||c Durston||b Cork||58||47||34||4||3|
|Buttler||c Godleman||b Cotton||39||27||23||4||1|
|Croft||run out (Madsen)||4||2||1||0|
|White||c A Hughes||b Turner||3||3||3||0||0|
|Lilley||c North||b Turner||0||2||1||0||0|
|Extras||2nb 8w 0b 1lb||11|
|Total||for 7 (20.0 ovs)||225|
Derbyshire Innings190 for 7 (20.0 overs)
|Durston||c White||b Khan||30||21||20||2||3|
|Cross||run out (Smith)||17||11||10||2||1|
|Madsen||c Smith||b White||45||28||25||4||1|
|A Hughes||b Khan||17||12||9||1||1|
|Extras||4nb 2w 0b 1lb||7|
|Total||for 7 (20.0 ovs)||190|
BELLE VUE ACES 55 WOLVERHAMPTON 38
The reserves race saw Stefan Nielsen leading the race with ease, before he then took a wider line on the 2nd bend and caught the air fence leading to the home rider coming off and led to a re run.
Wolverhampton team boss Pete Adams was quick to try to stem the advantage going to far ahead and so nominated Chris Harris as a tactical ride in the next race.
Harris had the most favored gate 4 in the race as that gate is beyond a massive advantage when on it. The Coventry man made a jet propelled start off it and made full use of the grip off the starting gate and saw him blast ahead and saw the Wolves get out on a 8-1 temporarily, before Scott Nicholls then managed to move into second place but couldn’t see him track down Harris and so it saw Wolves gain a 7-2 with Piotr Pawlicki in third and Harris score six points.
Wolves then pulled it back to one point, after Ricky Wells and Joe Jacobs scored a 5-1 with Michael Palm Toft falling off on the 3rd bend and found Lee Payne once more on his own, only this time round he was helpless to do anything and have the score move to 23-22 to the hosts.
Three successive 4-2’s for the Aces then put them in an even more commanding position and seen the score 45-30 to the home side, with the meeting won it was now a case of turning the screw on their foes.
Heat 12 saw one of the races of the night as between Nielsen, Proctor and Palm Toft, it saw the lead changing a few times with Nielsen leading the race up until Wolverhampton rider Ty Proctor made a move on him and then saw Palm Toft race him hard , but he pushed him wide and move right out across him to block his charge and take the win.
The final race of the night saw Chris Harris out pace Craig Cook, as the Cornishman took the win with Pawlicki finishing in third to see a Wolves 4-2 and finish on a high note despite it counting for nothing and see Belle Vue avenge their loss on the Monday night at Monmore Green in the away fixture.
1. Matej Zagar 3, 2′, 3, 2′ = 10+2
2. Michael Palm Toft 1, Fx, 1, 3 = 5
3. Scott Nicholls 2′, 2, 2′, 3, 0 = 9+2
4. Richie Worrall 1, 0, 3, 2 = 6
5. Craig Cook 3, 3, 1, 3, 2 = 12
6. Stefan Nielsen Fx, 3, 2′, 1 = 6+1
7. Lee Payne 2, 1, 3, 1′ = 7+1
Wolverhampton = 38
1. Chris Harris (G) 2, 6!, 2, 0, 1 = 11
2. Ty Proctor 0, 2, 0, 2 = 4
3. Jacob Thorssell 0, 1, 1, 0 = 2
4. Ricky Wells 0, 3, 0, 3 = 6
5. Piotr Pawlicki 1, 1, 2, 1, 3 = 8
6. Joe Jacobs 1, 2′, 1, 0 = 4+1
7. Tom Perry 3, 0, 0, 0 = 3
Wolves win toss take 1 and 3
Elite League points: Belle Vue 3 Wolverhampton 0
Altrincham Ice dome
Devils netminder Hannah O `Connor stops Anthony Booth with help from Stephen Thomas
In the second period it saw the Phoenix completely dominate the period as they had the Devils on the ropes for a majority of it.
Phoenix`s Karl Nicholson battles along boards with Cardiff`s Alex Weaver
Then with 0.01 left to go in the period a long range shot by Russell Willey saw his shot bounce off the inside of the post and fall near the goal line to which the referee had deemed the puck had crossed the line and had a few displeased Phoenix players and fans in the stand over it.
Willey goal was timed at 29.59 with an assist going to Paul Furber and saw the Devils tie things up at 1-1 heading into the final period.
With both sides testing the keepers out it was becoming level once more and saw the Devils equalise for the second time in the game through a Paul Furber effort, as his shot beat Midghall`s from the right hand face-off circle to see the Welsh side make it 2-2 with Alex Weaver getting an assist on the goal.
From the resulting powerplay for the home side it saw them unable to convert with the two man advantage, but just as the penalty expired on James it saw Nicholson slalom his way over the blue line, before then passing out wide to the incoming Rob Allen and the Manchester man fired past O`Connor to see the Phoenix lead 3-2 and have the home side and fans celebrate the goal at 38-55.
Cardiff looked devastated and at the same time miffed over the penalty decisions that Referee Whittle had given against them in the lead up to the goal. Manchester was looking a bit desperate in parts at defending and needed some last ditch defending to see the home team snuff out any chances that the Devils created late on, as the in the final forty seconds of the game it saw the visitors pull the netminder for the extra attacker.
|TAKEN FROM: SLEDGEHOCKEY.CO.UK website|
Kim McGreal blog: http://carolinakaniac.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/sledge-hockey-review-manchester-phoenix-vs-cardiff-devils-12-07-2014/
Belle Vue = 54
1. Matej Zagar – 2, 2*, 3, 2* = 9+2
2. Michael Palm Toft – 1*, 2, 0, 3 = 6+1
3. Scott Nicholls – 2, 3, R, 2, 1 = 8
4. Max Fricke (G) 2, 1, 3, 2 = 8
5. Craig Cook – 1, 3, 1*, 3, 3 = 11+1
6. Stefan Nielsen – 3, 1*, 3, 2* = 9+2
7. Lee Payne – 0, 1*, 2*, 0 = 3+2
Poole = 38
1. Darcy Ward – 3, Ex, 0, 1 =4
2. Josh Grajczonek – 0, 3, 1*, R = 4+1
3. Przemyslaw Pawlicki – 0, 1, 2, 4, 2 = 9
4. Vaclav Milik – 0, 3, 3, 3, 0 = 9
5. Maciej Janowski – 3, 2, 1, 0 = 6
6. Ben Hopwood -2, 0, 1 = 3
7. Adam Ellis (G)- 1*, 0, Ex, 1, 1 = 3+1
BELLE VUE ACES 56 – 39
Belle Vue picked up their first win in 11 matches Monday night, as they beat a weakened Birmingham Brummies side 56-39 in what could turn out to be a mixed result for the Manchester outfit, with a meeting over the next couple of days to take place over the future of the Birmingham side. Ironically the Aces last victory in the league came against Birmingham, back on May 19th.
It was a fairly strange atmosphere at Kirkmanshulme lane, as the Brummies who have struggled with thing both on and track this season are a real club in deep turmoil.
Birmingham have been dogged with problems over promoters changing, riders signing and then messing them around, previous owners not being paid and running up debts and also a big factor crowds has seen low crowds at Perry Bar this year too.
The visitors main threat in their side was posed in Ben Barker and saw him lead the opening race of the meeting as he led from start to almost finish, till a mistake on the final bend let Belle Vue`s GP star Matej Zagar roar up the inside going to the line and nipped ahead of the Cornishman to take the race win.
In the reserves race it saw a guest for the hosts, as they drafted in a Belle Vue connection through Charles Wright, whose is the brother of ex Ace James and saw Wright and Lee Payne pass either side of Simon Lambert down the back straight to see them storm to victory and take a 5-1 maximum heat advantage.
Barker then made up for his earlier slip up in opening race, as he took the race win in heat 3 before Droylsden native Jason Garrity who came in as guest for the Brummies, saw him touch the tapes and that led to Charles Wright breaking them as he ploughed through them.
This saw the referee excluded Garrity for a tape offence, but saw him go off from 15 metres back. Even the speed Garrity generated couldn’t stop Wright and Richie Worrall scoring a 5-1for the Aces as it helped move them further ahead at 17-7.
That lead was increased further when Zagar and Craig Cook made the gate together and saw them team ride round for a maximum heat win to see them 22-8 ahead after just 5 races gone.
Birmingham then put the double point’s helmet colour on Ben Barker in the next race, as he partnered Danny King and was arguably their strongest pairing in the team.
Things didn`t go as they planned and could only manage a 5-3 from the race with newly installed Captain to the Aces in Scott Nicholls showing his experience to hold off his former Coventry team mate in Barker and in doing so, took the race win and limit the damage.
Italian rider Nico Covatti for the Brummies saw him pick up a race win to see him become the second Birmingham rider to claim a race win in the match as he took heat 7, when the rider swooped around the outside line and passed Michael Palm Toft by the boards to see move in to the first place and saw him take the race win.
That was cancelled out well and truly when the home side picked up a couple of heat advantages in the next two races, to see Belle Vue lead 37-19 after 9 races gone.
Heat 10 then saw Birmingham roll the dice one last time to try and crawl their way back into the meeting, as they put the tactical substitution on Danny King and saw him and his team mate Ben Barker score a bit 7-2 heat victory despite the pressure by Matej Zagar trying his hardest to try and get by King. That heat win saw the large Brummies contingent that had made the trip up the M6 for the meeting celebrate their second heat win of the night.
Covatti then made it two wins in a row for himself, as he rode to another race win as the Brummies rider got the better of Craig Cook and had team mate Jason Garrity beat Scott Nicholls into third place for another heat win as they secured a 4-2.
Belle Vue then struck back in heat 12 as Michael Palm-Toft and Charles Wright got a 5-1 for the home side with Zagar and Cook copying the feat in heat 13, as they too got a maximum heat win to make it 51-32 after a re run which saw Covatti take a heavy fall on the second bend in the original race. That saw the Aces take the match and all points on offer too.
Birmingham then got some pride back in the penultimate race of the night, as Nico Covatti dusted himself off from his heavy fall in the last heat, to come out and pick up his third race victory of the night, whilst Simon Starke his team mate in the race saw him win the battle for third place to see a 4-2 heat advantage for the Second city club.
The final race saw Richie Worrall and Craig Cook for the Aces face the competition of Ben Barker and Nico Covatti and saw a share of the points in the race, as Cook took the chequered flag to see him finish the night with 11+2 ahead of the Brum duo of Barker and Covatti to see the home side celebrate victory.
After the meeting, the Aces riders did their now traditional walk through the crowd back to the pits thanking the crowd. Belle Vue included Birmingham riders to come round and thank their fans, to which many stayed behind and saw hugs, kisses and thank you`s to the Birmingham riders if this was to be their last meeting.
With the away fans getting photos and autographs from their riders, the Brummies fans certainly didn`t go quietly into the night and gave a rendition of the Brummies Warcry, perhaps for the last time with July 14th being the deadline for new owners and to save the historic club from extinction.