Monarchs dethroned by the Rebels
PUBLISHED: 16:42 14 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:42 24 May 2010
Somerset Rebels 59 (95) Edinburgh Monarchs 34 (91) FORGET the scoreline: this was a meeting of the highest quality as the Somerset 'Mike Manning Audio' Rebels fought back from a 21-point deficit as a result of their match at Armadale to claim all three P
Somerset Rebels 59 (95)Edinburgh Monarchs 34 (91)FORGET the scoreline: this was a meeting of the highest quality as the Somerset 'Mike Manning Audio' Rebels fought back from a 21-point deficit as a result of their match at Armadale to claim all three Premier League points on offer in one of the best meetings seen at the Oak Tree Arena this year.Edinburgh fought hard to protect their advantage, and in Pijper, Moller and Sneddon they had riders who were determined to make sure the home side got no easy points, all three of them being constant thorns in the Rebels' side all evening.With a game plan of hitting the Monarchs hard from the off, the home riders set about building a good advantage in the early heats, but tenacious riding by the visitors meant that points were by no means easy to come by, and on many an occasion the Rebels were forced to come from the back to claim their points.In saying that, Magnus Zetterstrom was, once again, in a class of his own and was largely untroubled on his way to yet another maximum. Joining him in the maximum stakes was Stephan Katt, but he had to earn his the hard way, his sweeps around the outside of the fourth bend being something to marvel at.The whole night's racing could be summed up in a single race, Heat 8, which is arguably one of the most exciting heats of racing seen at Somerset this season. After a hard first bend, what followed was four laps of wheel-to-wheel action between Phillips and Sneddon with no quarter asked or given as the two riders continually swapped places, Phillips just holding on to claim the win.Astute use of the tactical ride in Heat 11 by Edinburgh meant that while Somerset had more than wrapped up the meeting, the all-important bonus point was still in the balance. With Pijper and Lawson riding well to shut out Cunningham to share Heat 13, it looked as if the Monarchs had all but secured the bonus point, especially with the ever-dangerous Moller on a tactical ride in the penultimate heat.Edinburgh, however, did not reckon on Emil Kramer and Simon Walker. A lightening start by the Somerset duo put the Monarchs on the back foot, and despite trying all lines possible, Moller could not find a way past Walker, the 5-1 bringing the aggregate scores level with just one heat remaining.Any hopes the Monarchs had of claiming the extra point were quickly dashed as Moller was excluded for a tapes infringement. In the re-run, Zorro sped off into the distance to complete his maximum, and with Katt making short work of Pijper to join the Super Swede on a full house, it was the Rebel fans who left the Oak Tree Arena the happier having viewed a superb night's racing and three more Premier League points in the locker.Rye House Rockets 56Somerset Rebels 38(aggregate Rye House 97, Somerset 91)DESPITE a valiant effort by the Rebels, Rye House Rockets took all three points on offer from this Premier League encounter at Hoddesdon.The meeting was always going to be a tall order for the Rebels, given that Rye House are one of just three teams in the Premier League with a 100 per cent home record, and without their inspirational Number 1, Magnus Zetterstrom, who was competing in the Swedish Championship final, the omens were not good for an away victory.The Rebels management, however, selected well in their choice of guest to cover for the absent Zetterstrom, this being Rye House track expert, Tomas Topinka of King's Lynn. Topinka did not let the Rebels down, scoring 11 points from his five rides, and was a constant thorn in the Rockets side throughout a humid evening's racing.On a track devoid of much grip, gating was at a premium, and the home riders had the upper hand in this department, consistently heading the Somerset riders into the first bend.With little opportunity to pass on a slick surface, the die was generally cast after the first bend was completed. Somerset's 12-point aggregate advantage from the match held at the Oak Tree Arena last month was soon whittled away by the home side and by Heat 8 the Rockets led 30-18 to wipe out the deficit. The Rebels stuck to their task, however, and while the actual meeting was beyond them by Heat 12, they managed to take the bonus point to a last heat decider, but despite the best efforts of Topinka and Emil Kramer, Somerset's only heat winner of the night, the Rockets moved above Somerset in the Premier League table.AUSTRALIAN international Davey Watt is the latest addition to the star-studded line-up being assembled by Matt Read for his farewell speedway meeting being held at Somerset's Oak Tree Arena on Friday, September 22.As well as announcing Watt's inclusion in the line-up, Somerset fans will be especially pleased to hear that their all-action German International Stephan Katt is also to ride at the meeting.