THE Somerset Rebels bounced back from Thursday’s defeat against Peterborough Panthers with a 52-40 victory over Rye House Rockets.

Maximum victories in heats three, five and eleven propelled the Rebels to a deserved victory.

Nick Morris was stand-in skipper on the night and produced a captain’s performance with 14+2, including a good win in the final heat.

Again, Pontus Aspgren figured well with 12+2.

Both Kurtz brothers had a good showing and the two reserves gave a good account of themselves.

Ironically, the measure of the Rebels’ success is the form of Rockets number one Edward Kennett – in their two home matches to date Kennett had only been beaten once by an opponent in ten rides, and in his next five the Rebels had lowered his colours three times.

After their escapades in Hoddesdon, the Rebels’ attentions turned briefly to their first Premier League action as they took on Scunthorpe at the Eddie Wright Raceway on Sunday, when they took a single league point after suffering a narrow two-point defeat in another last heat decider.

They return to League Cup action when they take on Plymouth home and away on Friday and Saturday, April 18-19.