Bat­tling Bees are de­nied a point

Warwickshire Telegraph - - SPORT - David Rowe

COVEN­TRY’S spir­ited sec­ond­half come­back saw them fall just short of a point in their first trip to the new Na­tional Speed­way Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

The Build­base Bees ul­ti­mately paid the price for a dread­ful start which saw them go 19-5 down af­ter four races, be­cause from that point on they were com­pletely com­pet­i­tive on a su­perb new cir­cuit.

Rac­ing was top-drawer and other vis­it­ing clubs will cer­tainly take heart that the Aces ap­pear to have lit­tle in the way of home ad­van­tage at this stage, with the Bees frus­trated to miss out in a per­for­mance much im­proved on last week­end’s ham­mer­ing at Lake­side.

The home side opened up with a 5-1 as Krzysztof Kasprzak was beaten by Max Fricke and Matej Za­gar, although the Pole quickly got into his stride – but be­fore that, his team fell much fur­ther be­hind. Belle Vue ....................... 50 Coven­try ........................ 42

Belle Vue con­tin­ued to make fast starts with James Sar­jeant pass­ing Joe Ja­cobs for sec­ond place in heat two which ul­ti­mately pre­vented a run of four Aces’ 5-1s as Steve Wor­rall spec­tac­u­larly came from fourth to sec­ond af­ter be­ing hand­i­capped for tape-touch­ing in heat four.

Ja­son Gar­rity was im­me­di­ately de­ployed as a tac­ti­cal ride in heat five and col­lected four points, with Kacper Wo­ryna pass­ing Ja­cobs for third as Bees pulled two points back, a re­sult they re­peated in a stun­ning heat six with Kasprzak over­haul­ing Scott Ni­cholls for the win whilst Chris Har­ris was de­nied af­ter a fierce bat­tle with his op­pos­ing cap­tain.

Bees’ progress was cut short by Za­gar and Craig Cook, who recorded the home side’s fourth 5-1 in heat seven and the vis­i­tors found them­selves 16 points down when the Wor­rall broth­ers carded a 4-2, split by Gar­rity, in the next.

At 33-17, Coven­try’s po­si­tion looked un­promis­ing, but mat­ters changed con­sid­er­ably over the next two races with Sar­jeant fly­ing from the start in heat nine while guest Ash­ley Mor­ris held off Ja­cobs for sec­ond as Fricke hit trou­ble.And a fur­ther Bees max­i­mum fol­lowed in the next thanks to a bril­liant ride by Gar­rity to pass both Ni­cholls and Cook, team­ing up with Kasprzak to cut the gap to eight.

It could have got even bet­ter in heat 11 when King and Har­ris hit the front, only for Har­ris to be swamped ei­ther side by Za­gar and Fricke at the end of the first lap, turn­ing a pos­si­ble 5-1 into a 3-3.

Belle Vue added a 4-2 in heat 12 with Wo­ryna over­haul­ing Ja­cobs for sec­ond, and Har­ris and Kasprzak then ramped up the ten­sion fur­ther with a ter­rific 5-1 in the next, Kasprzak slic­ing past first Za­gar and then Cook on suc­ces­sive laps.

But Bees suf­fered mis­for­tune in heat 14 when they ap­peared set for a shared race only for Mor­ris to suf­fer me­chan­i­cal trou­ble at the end of the first lap to hand third spot to Richie Wor­rall. That left them need­ing an ad­van­tage from the last race for a league point – but with Za­gar out-front, Kasprzak was de­layed in fend­ing off Ni­cholls, and although Har­ris even­tu­ally re­trieved third place, Za­gar held on for the win to leave Coven­try ag­o­nis­ingly short of adding to their away tally.

Ja­son Gar­rity and Kacper Wo­ryna bat­tle with Steve and Richie Wor­rall in heat eight. Be­low, Bees skip­per Chris Har­ris goes shoudler to shoul­der with Scott Ni­cholls.

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