BELLE VUE ACES 50-40 SOMERSET REBELS
(Somerset win 92-88 on aggregate)
Belle Vue came agonisingly close to overturning a 14-point deficit against the Somerset Rebels, as the Aces won 50-40 on the night at the National Speedway Stadium, but despite the victory, the Rebels took the tie by four points to advance through to their first Premiership Knockout Cup Final.
Following their disappointing loss down at the Oak Tree Arena last week in the first leg, their grip on their knockout cup was loose and hanging by a thread. The Aces opened the meeting up with a 4-2 advantage from Steve Worrall and Max Fricke to which Worrall recorded the second race win in back to back meetings against the Rebels and on both occasions beat the World Champion in Jason Doyle.
Somerset then answered right back a 5-1 from Jake Allen and Aaron Summers, as the reserves opened up a 16-point lead for the Westcountry side in the tie. Stevie Worrall made it two wins in a row when powered to victory alongside Rohan Tungate to register a 5-1 advantage and make it a 12-point lead, before Aaron Summers did well to block the run of Grand Prix rider Craig Cook in Heat four, as Cook was unable to find a way past the Aussie rider in the race.
The visitors then took two advantages in a row, as Jason Doyle and Nico Covatti rode to a 5-1 before Jack Holder and Jake Allen took a 4-2 to extend their lead in the overall tie by 18-points and move the Aces behind the 8-ball, as the Rebels led on the night 28-26.
Heat 10 saw Max Fricke and Dmitri Berge riding to a 5-1 to up the Aces up 31-29 on the night and trail by 12 overall, with slim hopes still of staying alive in the cup. Another heat victory for the home side saw Cook and Berge reducing the deficit to ten points before the interval came around, as they recorded a 4-2 advantage.
Following the interval, it saw a great race between Berge and Bradley Wilson-Dean in Heat 12 that saw both riders passing each other and see the Aces man looking to have done enough to take the race victory, but instead, it saw Wilson-Dean sneaking around on the final bend to pip him on the line for a 4-2 to the visitors.
A couple of weeks ago when the sides met on television – it saw it going viral online and have had many saying it was the race of the season, but this race may have surpassed it, with no less than ten passes in the race and saw Fricke getting past Doyle on the final bend to take the race win and also have Cook following behind with a last-gasp move up the inside to snatch second place for Belle Vue and pick up a huge 5-1.
With maximum points being picked up in Heat 13, it meant that the home side needed two five-ones to win the tie. Unfortunately, despite a battling effort from the home side with Tungate and Berge holding 5-1 for a couple of laps, it saw Berge unable to hold off a fast Richard Lawson and had the Scottish rider splitting the Aces riders and sealing a finals berth for Somerset in the KO Cup Final.
Belle Vue finished the meeting with a 4-2 race advantage, as Cook and Holder had a good tussle out in front with the Aces man just having enough to beat his opponent. With Belle Vue missing out on defending their cup, they now turn their attention to the first leg of their Playoff Semi Final at home to King’s Lynn on Monday night, with the Aces hope to take a lead down to Norfolk the following week.
Belle Vue Aces = 50 (88)
1. Max Fricke — 1, 2, 3, 3, 1 = 10
2. Dan Bewley — R/R (SW – 3 , JBA – R, RT – 3, DiB – 2′ = 8+1)
3. Steve Worrall — 3, 3, 0, 1′, 0 = 7+1
4. Rohan Tungate — 2′, 1, 3, 2, 3 = 11+1
5. Craig Cook — 2, 3, 3, 2′, 3 = 13+1
6. Dimitri Berge — 1, 1′, 0, 2′, 1, 2, 2′ = 9+3
7. Jonas B Andersen (G) — 0, T/(DiB – 1′), R, 0, (DiB – 2) = 0
Somerset Rebels = 40 (92)
1. Jason Doyle — 2, 3, 2, 1 = 8
2. Nico Covatti — 0, 2′, 0, (AS – 0) = 2+1
3. Bradley Wilson-Dean — 1, 1′, 0, 3 = 5+1
4. Richard Lawson — 0, 2, 1, 2, 0 = 5
5. Jack Holder — 0, 3, 3, 0, 2 = 8
6. Jake Allen — 3, 1, 0, 1 = 4
7. Aaron Summers — 2′, 3, 2, 0, 0 = 7+1