Monday June 12, 2017
Don’t rush a good thing. And this IS a good thing.

That is the message from the BMR Rockets, who have waited patiently for home action since a May 20th success over Somerset, with a first-ever top flight away victory at Leicester nine days later only serving to whet the appetite.

Now, they finally get their chance as they return to home shale this Wednesday night (7.30 start) for what can only be described as a HUGE SGB Premiership clash against Belle Vue. It will be the first ever league fixture between the two teams, bringing to town a Manchester club whose history stretches right back to the birth of the sport in this country in 1928 and taken in star names like Jack Parker, Peter Craven, Ivan Mauger and Peter Collins to name but a few.

It has also taken in no less than ten national championships, with this year’s Aces – who include international Lion Craig Cook, World U-21 Champion Max Fricke and Steve Worrall in their number - looking to make it title No.11.

The Rockets boast a 100% home record, while the Aces have already notched up victories on the road at Swindon and King’s Lynn, en route to sitting just ahead of the Rockets on race points difference in the current league table. They have also dumped Poole out of the Knock-Out Cup.

Both clubs will be missing a rider, with Chris “Bomber” Harris and Kenneth Bjerre en route on Wednesday to the following day’s Grand Prix Qualifier Semi-Final at Olching in Germany. The Rockets have called on reigning British Champion (and 2005 Premier League Champion Rocket) Danny King as guest cover, with Belle Vue using 2016 Australian Champion Brady Kurtz to fill their own gap.

In a season of “Big Ones” for the BMR Rockets, this really is one of the Biggest Ones, as Rye House Team Manager Peter Schroeck emphasises. “It will be another huge battle, the same as our match against Poole. The Aces are very consistent this year, and I am sure they are going to come here trying to get one over us.

“It goes without saying that the boys are all up for it. They all know what it’s all about: we want to get into the Play-Offs, and most importantly win our home matches – and that’s what we aim to do.

“We’ll be missing Bomber, but that’s the sort of price you pay when you box at this level. Chris is doing his stuff for his club, country and himself, and you can’t ask for more than that. But we’ve got Danny King as cover; he’s the British Champion so you can’t get much better, and I’m sure he will do well for us.

“But it’s seven on seven. It’s how we function as a total team that will decide it.”

BMR Rockets:

Rob Branford, Edward Kennett (captain), Danny King (guest), Scott Nicholls, Ellis Perks, Stuart Robson, Ricky Wells

Belle Vue:

Dan Bewley, Craig Cook (captain), Max Fricke, Brady Kurtz (guest), Justn Sedgmen, Jack Smith, Steve Worrall

Wednesday’s Admission at Rye House: Adults £18, Seniors (over 60s) £16, Full Time Students (17-22) £10, Children (12-16) £6, Children (under 12) Free. Match Programme £2.00

In addition to the main event, Wednesday’s meeting in Hoddesdon will include six youth heats across 150cc and 250cc classifications, with these Rocketeers races getting underway at 7.00pm.