Another home maximum for Zorro

PUBLISHED: 12:50 21 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:44 24 May 2010

ALTHOUGH the Somerset Mike Manning Audio Rebels provided 13 out of the 15 heat winners, the Newcastle Diamonds, mainly in the form of Henry and Franc, made the home side fight for every poi

Somerset 57 Newcastle 37(Aggregate: Somerset 102, Newcastle 82)ALTHOUGH the Somerset Mike Manning Audio Rebels provided 13 out of the 15 heat winners, the Newcastle Diamonds, mainly in the form of Henry and Franc, made the home side fight for every point as they maintained their push for a play-off slot.Having already secured a draw at Brough Park, the Rebels were in no mood to allow their hard fought efforts go to waste and after four heats they had already established a 10-point advantage over the Diamonds and looked to be cruising to another home victory.Newcastle, however, refused to go down without a fight and in the following three races hit back with two maximum heat advantages of their own, Stancl's shepherding of Hauzinger in Heat 5 being a joy to watch, unless of course you happened to be Stephen Katt who could find no way past the Czech.Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and how Newcastle manager George English must have wished that he had used these two races in which to utilise the tactical ride, rather than in the latter stages of the meeting when they were largely ineffective, as by Heat 9, the Rebels had re-established a healthy lead, one that they extended to 20 points by the end of the match to claim the three Premier League points on offer.With Magnus Zetterstrom recording yet another home maximum, his third in a row at Somerset, all the home riders were paid for at least a heat victory, and had just too much fire power for the visitors. After some machinery problems of the past couple of weeks, Ben Barker showed a welcome return to points scoring and Simon Walker's victory over Franc in Heat 14, taking advantage of a big gap left by the Czech on the first bend as he seemed more intent on riding Kramer into the fence than anything else, was warmly received by the large Somerset crowd. In Henry and Franc, the Diamonds did have two riders who took the fight to the Rebels, and Hauzinger rode far better than his final score would indicate.Unfortunately for the visitors though, Stancl was a disappointment on a track he usually rides well, and James Grieves was his usual woeful self at the Arena. The Rebels are pleased to announce that current Elite League high fliers, the Swindon Robins, are to visit the Oak Tree Arena on Friday, September 1, to meet the Rebels in a specially arranged challenge match. Smith, who was broke his leg in a collision with the tractor grading the track at King's Lynn on March 29, has been back to hospital and had the second of four operations he is due to have on the leg. This operation was to remove two screws inserted in his ankle, then hopefully Smith will go back to see the surgeon in six weeks time to see how things are progressing.Fry, who also broke his leg, this time in a racing incident in the Rebels home meeting with Berwick on June 2, is making slow, but steady progress. The leg is still inflamed, but other than that he is not getting any pain. Paul was due to return to hospital this week and this will largely determine whether or not Fryer will be able to make a competitive return to the saddle before the end of the season.* The star names just keep on coming for Matt Read's Farewell Speedway Meeting being held at Somerset's Oak Tree Arena on Friday September 22nd, the latest additions to the list being top Premier League riders Danny Bird and Somerset's own Magnus Zetterstrom.Unfortunately, due to meeting rescheduling by Eastbourne, it does now mean that both Dave Norris and Dean Barker will be unable to ride at Matt's meeting.Matt and his hard working committee members are close to securing two new top line riders to replace the Eastbourne duo and names will be announced as soon as the riders concerned have confirmed their availability.

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