Heavy rain causes postponements at the Oaktree Arena

PUBLISHED: 10:35 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:35 04 April 2018

Somerset Rebels.

Somerset Rebels.


Heavy rain has caused the postponement of three outings for the Somerset Rebels.

The wet weather caused the postponement of three planned fixtures for the Cases Somerset Rebels.

The club’s practice day was lost to the rain, followed by matches against Poole and the Rye House Rockets over the Easter period.

A dejected Debbie Hancock said: “It is extremely disappointing we find ourselves having to call off another meeting. The amount of rain that hit us over the Easter break has been incredible and the fields that we use for car parking are under water.”

Conditions have ample time to improve at the Highbridge venue as the Rebels will now open their season on April 18 with the visit of Leicester Lions in the SGB Premiership.

It was against the Lions that the Rebels had their only team action this season, in a keenly-fought challenge fixture at Leicester a week ago.

Rebels stalwart Charles Wright, now in his sixth season at the Oaktree finished second in the Cumberland Classic at Workington on Saturday, losing out to winner Rory Schlein by a single point.

The Rebels have linked up with new partners RT Keedwell Group.

With their head office on Walrow Industrial Estate, the long-established national transport provider have come on board with the Rebels with their trucks now carrying the club’s logo, which has delighted Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock.

She said: “I am really pleased that Stuart and Dee have offered the backing to us this season and now our fans can be following the Rebels when they are following the big blue trucks. We might both be based in Somerset, but our respective businesses take us across the UK.

“Throughout the season we will be running competitions based on spot the Keedwell lorry and we will be keen to see how far and wide our fans see one of their vehicles that now sport a Somerset Speedway advertisement.”

Stuart Keedwell said: “We are thrilled to be launching this campaign with Somerset Rebels, providing a prominent advertising space for Somerset Speedway – right up there on the back of our trailers.

“This will certainly promote speedway events to a wider audience as our trucks travel the length and breadth of the UK. Best wishes for a successful season.”

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