Somerset Rebels 49, Rye House Rockets 44
THE Somerset Rebels completed the double over Rye House with a 49-44 victory at Hoddesdon on Saturday night.
Those more experienced in following the Rebels on previous visits to the home of the Rockets will know, no matter what occurs away from the Hertford circuit, the Rockets can be a totally different animal on their own patch of shale, and so it proved.
Top billing went to Olly Allen, with a tally of 11, which included three wins and points added in every one of the races he contested.
He was ably supported by Brady Kurtz (9 pts), Nick Morris (8+1 pts) and Charles Wright (8 pts).
The home side were quickly out of the blocks as they took the opening two heats to put the Rebels under immediate pressure.
Not to be outdone, the Rebels levelled the scores in heat three, when Brady Kurtz led up from the tapes.
A shared heat followed, but not until the race was restarted following the referee’s decision that Olly Allen was guilty of moving at the start. The Rebels moved into the lead in heat 11 as Nick Morris disputed the lead with Anders Mellgren An eventful heat 12 was eventually shared, but not before it was restarted twice.
In the nominated heat, the home side tracked their two top scorers, with Edward Kennett and Jason Garrity coming to the line.
The Rebels sent Nick Morris and Olly Allen to do the business, and do the business they did.
The resulting ‘Full House’ had given the Rebels a slender five-point victory.
l WITH two victories over the Rockets in as many days, the Rebels are in superb form at the moment, especially at home.
They will need to continue in that vein, as they will play host to the league’s current top team, the Edinburgh Monarchs, on Wednesday (tomorrow) evening at the Oak Tree Arena – a clash being highly anticipated.