Islanders no match for Rebels
PUBLISHED: 12:52 17 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:10 24 May 2010
A RAMPANT Rebels outfit tore apart what was, the impressive Chris Holder apart, a poor Isle of Wight in this Premier Trophy clash. The figures speak for themselves, with the home side producing 12 heat winners in racki
Somerset Rebels 62 Isle of Wight 31A RAMPANT Rebels outfit tore apart what was, the impressive Chris Holder apart, a poor Isle of Wight in this Premier Trophy clash.The figures speak for themselves, with the home side producing 12 heat winners in racking up seven maximum heat advantages on the way to their biggest home win of the season so far. Yet again, home skipper Magnus Zetterstrom was in imperious form, only really being troubled on his way to a well-deserved paid maximum by Chris Holder in Heat 13.The die was cast right from the outset, with Somerset racing into an early four-point lead after just two heats, and although the visitors hit back with what was to be one of only two heat advantages in Heat 3, this was courtesy of Paul Fry shedding a chain on the final bend as he challenged Stojanowski for the lead.The next six heats saw the Rebels record five maximum heat advantages, Holder being the only visitor to stop the rot with a race win in Heat 5 over Stephan Katt for a share of the points.Heat 7 saw Stojanowski don the black and white helmet in an attempt to stem the tide, but this back-fired as the Pole was hopelessly left at the gate as the tapes rose, and trailed in a poor third.By Heat 11, and trailing by 24 points, all that was left for the Islanders to salvage from this mauling was to try and restrict the Rebels from taking too large an advantage back to Smallbrook when the teams meet in the return fixture, and their hopes were raised when Holder won the heat while on a tactical ride, but it was a case of too little, too late.The final four heats saw the home side extend their lead by a further 10 points, but despite the one-sidedness of the score, the fans were still treated to some exceptional racing, no more so than in Heat 13. Holder, riding an aggressive first bend, emerged in front, but was soon to be a victim of one of Glenn Cunningham's legendary outside swoops as the riders took to the fourth turn.With Zetterstrom losing ground in the first bend melee, it looked as if his hopes of a second maximum of the season had disappeared, but tenacious riding by the Swede saw him gradually gain on his opponent and picking up drive as the riders exited the final bend, Zorro just pipped the battling Aussie on the line for second place.The Somerset fans and management will take a lot of positives from this performance, none more so than the form of the two reserves, Walker and Baker, who scored a paid 21 points between them.Barker only just missing out on a maximum in Heat 12, and Walker continuing his impressive early season form in dropping just one point to the opposition.Fresh from their thrashing of the Isle of Wight, the Somerset Mike Manning Audio Rebels will no doubt have a sterner test on Good Friday when local rivals Newport provide the opposition, in what will be the Rebels final home match in their Premier Trophy group matches.Somerset team manager Mick Bell has the luxury of naming an unchanged line up for tonight's match, this on the back of an excellent all-round team performance against the Isle of Wight last week.