Tuesday August 01, 2017
The ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels will be hoping for better luck with the weather this Friday (4th) when they welcome Belle Vue to the Oaktree Arena for an SGB Premiership match against the Aces, the meeting scheduled for the usual 7.30pm start-time, it also being the first match of the Rebels 'Kids Go Free' scheme, whereby all children aged 11 and under will be admitted free of charge, the initiative running for all Somerset home matches up to the 1st September.

With last Friday’s encounter against Wolverhampton suffering an early postponement due to the adverse weather forecast, the Rebels will be itching to get back to racing on their home Oaktree Arena shale, with their last home meeting being way back on June 23rd and their 31-point win over Leicester.

Belle Vue, probably the most famous club in the speedway world, are riding high in the SGB Premiership league table, but that has counted for nothing as far as Somerset are concerned as the Rebels have already defeated the Mancunian club twice this season, a stunning 46-44 win at the home of the Aces being followed up with a 10-point win at the Oaktree Arena at the beginning of June.

Since those matches, Belle Vue have made a change to their septet, it seeing Rohan Tungate, who started out the season with Somerset, being brought into the Aces team at the expense of fellow Australian Justin Sedgmen.

Top of the Belle Vue riding order is Dane Kenneth Bjerre, whilst amongst their number, the Aces track the 2017 British Champion, and Oaktree Arena track record holder, Craig Cook together with the current Under-21 World Champion, Australian Max Fricke, but with Bjerre unavailable for Friday’s match, Belle Vue have secured the services of David Bellego as a guest replacement for Bjerre, this after their original guest replacement, Troy Batchelor, was deemed to be ineligible after being released by King’s Lynn.

Somerset should be back to full strength for Friday’s match with Josh Grajczonek expected to have recovered from the knock he sustained while riding in Poland on Sunday which kept him out of the team which lost at Wolves on Monday, and in addition to continuing their unbeaten run against the Aces, the Rebels will be looking to build on last Wednesday’s superb win at Poole to put further daylight between themselves and bottom club Leicester in the league table.

“The boys showed just what they are capable of with that win at Poole,” said Somerset team manager Garry May, “and we need to capitalise on that when we face Belle Vue at the Oaktree Arena on Friday night.”

“In saying that, however, Aces boss Mark Lemon will be very keen for his side to get some degree of revenge for the two defeats we have handed out to his side already this season, so all in all it should be another cracking match for the fans to enjoy!”

‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels v Belle Vue Aces
SGB Premiership
Oaktree Arena
Friday 4th August
Gates Open 6.00pm, Tapes-Up 7.30pm

Admission Prices: Adults £16.00, Concessions £14.00, Young Adults (12-18 inclusive) £6.00, Children (11 & under) Free.
Programme: £3.00
Car Parking: £1.50


Somerset Rebels: Richard Lawson (7.80), Josh Grajczonek [c] (7.46), Patrick Hougaard (7.32), Charles Wright (6.64), Cameron Heeps (5.53), Jake Allen (5.07), Lewis Kerr (4.36); Team Manager: Garry May

Belle Vue Aces: David Bellego [g] (8.88), Craig Cook [c] (8.42), Max Fricke (7.09), Steve Worrall (6.58), Rohan Tungate (4.77), Dan Bewley (4.59), Jack Smith (2.00); Team manager: Mark Lemon

UPDATE - 2nd August: Max Fricke has been ruled out of Friday's match due to injury sustained while riding in Sweden last night & so Belle Vue will operate rider replacement in his place with all bar David Bellego eligible to take his rides.

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