Job Still To Do After Island Dominance

Colts guest Danny Ayres led the way from start to finish as Belle Vue’s National League side pulverised the Isle of Wight 28-62 on home turf to take a huge 4-point haul back to Manchester.

The northerners fancied their chances around Smallbrook, even without their three biggest hitters along, but team boss Graham Goodwin admitted the magnitude of the win was “unexpected.”

It takes the Cool Running Colts’ league total to 41, eight points clear of the chasing Eastbourne Eagles, with the potential for further advancement at Birmingham’s Perry Barr on Wednesday.

Rob Shuttleworth

Ex-captain Matt Williamson put in his shift with 15 while Rob Shuttleworth made a welcome return to the side with 13+1 and Kyle Bickley also in double figures on the island with a whopping 11+3.

Goodwin said: “The boys ran riot, there’s no other way to describe it. I did feel a little sorry for the Warriors because on paper they have a good team, but our guys completely overpowered them.

“Danny Ayres was just unstoppable and Matt Williamson did a tremendous job; we definitely booked the right guests tonight. We knew we had a shout of a win but we wanted to be certain.

“We did expect a bit more of a challenge than what we got, but I think in fairness we caught them on an off night as there’s plenty of guys in their side that can perform much stronger than that.”

The Mancunians next take the fight to Birmingham on August 23 where they will be looking to consolidate every point still available to them to reinforce their status as league leaders.

The big home bout against rivals Eastbourne will complete their run of league fixtures at home next month and Goodwin says his side is determined to make the most of every opportunity.

He continued: “I think it’s fair to say our position in the play offs is all but confirmed at this point, but that’s not suggesting our boys will be taking things easy between now and then.

“We’ve got to keep digging. There’s a lot of teams still fighting to secure a spot, and Birmingham is a totally different kettle of fish; and our result on the island will have no bearing on that.

“The Brummies have been on form lately and I don’t expect anything less than a powerful display from them, and I’m sure they’ll be keen to repay us for the damage we dealt them last week.”

It’s a busy week for the Rentruck Aces with them set to return to the National Speedway Stadium on August 25 to face the Leicester Lions. Tickets available now at or from the stadium ticket office


Isle of Wight ’Wightlink’ Warriors 28

Connor Coles 8, Ben Wilson 6+1, Scott Campos 6, Adam Portwood 4+2, Chris Widman 4, Jamie Sealey 0, James Cockle R/R

Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts 62
Danny Ayres 15+3, Matt Williamson 15, Rob Shuttleworth 13+1, Kyle Bickley 11+3, Andy Mellish 6, Luke Woodhull 2, Jack Smith R/R

National League Points: Isle of Wight 0 Belle Vue 4


Birmingham ‘Surestop’ Brummies
Jack Parkinson-Blackburn (C), David Mason R/R, Layne Cupitt, Tom Bacon, Liam Carr, Alex Spooner, Taylor Hampshire; TM: Graham Drury

Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts
Matt Williamson (G), Kyle Bickley, Rob Shuttleworth, Lee Payne R/R, Jack Smith, Andy Mellish, Luke Woodhull; TM: Graham Goodwin & Steve Williams

Photo - Ian Charles

Tuesday 22nd August 2017