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SGB PLAY-OFF LEG ONE REVIEW

The first leg of the SGB Play-Off Semi-Final’s kicked off with a bang over the past week as Somerset hosted Poole at the Oak Tree Arena, and Belle Vue held their home leg against Kings Lynn at the National Speedway Stadium.

In the Somerset Rebels vs Poole Pirates match, both teams were at full strength from 1-7. Poole Pirates: Brady Kurtz, Kacper Woryna, Josh Grajczonek, Nicolai Klindt, Chris Harris, Richie Worrall and Frederik Jakobsen. Somerset Rebels: Jason Doyle, Bradley Wilson-Dean, Nico Covatti, Richard Lawson, Jack Holder, Jake Allen and Aaron Summers.

However, in the Belle Vue Aces vs Kings Lynn Stars match, the strength of one of the teams were the extreme opposite. Belle Vue were left without their number one, Craig Cook, after a horror crash in the Teterow GP, which saw him withdraw with a fractured wrist. Their newly signed number seven, Mark Riss, has retreated back to Germany with personal issues. They're also still without young gun, Dan Bewley, who is sidelined for the rest of the season.

Somerset were a force to be reckoned with as the meeting started and proved their home track advantage would see them to the win. The track produced great racing and determination was seen from both sides. However, Poole were the better team on the night. Very rarely do any teams snatch the win at the Oak Tree so for the Pirates to challenge the Rebels to a last heat decider, they might be the end to Somerset’s title hopes. But as both team managers declared, “it is only half time”.

At the other end of the country, the Stars proved why they were league toppers before the Play-Off’s began. They overturned an extremely tough team and the score line in their favour. However, we can’t forget Belle Vue haven’t got nearly half of their team to push them to the win. Tensions were obviously high between the two teams as Ace, Jye Etheridge, accused Star, Thomas Jorgensen, of unfair racing. The two exchanged words before they came to a halt at the pit gate after the race, but all hell broke out between mechanics, riders and even the Kings Lynn team manager, Dale Allit. However, the Norfolk team arguably shut up the fans and opposing team when they sealed the win on the night.

Could it be that the ambition of an away win is the extra push needed for the teams? Or do some teams perform best on home soil? The scores before leg two: Somerset 46-44 Poole and Belle Vue 41-49 Kings Lynn.