Play misty for red-hot Bullets

Published on 7th May 2023
Author George Dodds
Greg and Jamie battle with Nathan Ablitt. Picture: Nia Martin

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Kent Royals 23

Abandoned after 11 heats – result stands

Referee Jim McGregor had the final say in Saturday’s double header, calling a halt to proceedings as heavy mist left visibility at a premium.

Spectators and riders were finding it increasingly difficult to see through the thickening har and the meeting ended after 11 heats with the home side 20 points to the good.

It was tough on skipper Greg Blair who was in with a decent shout for a maximum after three very impressive race wins.

Number one Connor Coles was equally dominant after a heat one disaster when he shed a chain on the startline. That gave the visiting Royals a surprise 5-1 through Ben Morley and Rhys Naylor.

Mason and
Mason and Danny power on. Picture: Nia Martin

It would be their only heat advantage until heat nine when Danny Phillips’ ill-judged inside dive on Ben Morley saw both riders thrown into the polyfoam barrier at speed. Fortunately the only damage was to machinery but it also spoiled Phillips’ chances of a paid maximum as he continued his impressive start to the season.

All the Bullets were at the races, Mason Watson burying the memories of a difficult start to the season by opening his account for the season with an impressive heat three victory, a 5-1 with Phillips and then lining up and roaring past Rhys Naylor.

Josh Embleton showed patience to reel in Sam Woolley as the Bullets rammed in five 5-1s and providing nine race winners.

Fellow reserve Jamie Halder continues to impress, managing seven points from his three rides despite sliding off when in a scoring position in his second ride. Kent struggled on with Naylor making big efforts for little return while Ablitt proved that he was a fast starter as he and Morley accounted for all-but nine of the visitors’ points.

As visibility diminished concern over rider safety increased and riders from both sides were in agreement with the decision to call a halt to proceedings.

Into the mist. Picture: Keith Hamblin

“Obviously I wanted it to continue as I was on a maximum,” Blair laughed after the meeting. “But in all seriousness it was getting more and more difficult to see what was ahead of you so it was no real surprise when time was called on the action.

“I’m really pleased with the team performance and especially for Mason and Josh to get among the points.

“Also we will go to Kent as favourites to take the aggregate point but we will be looking for much more.

“Having said that Kent are a very different proposition on their own patch.”

Bullets: Coles 6, Watson 7, Phillips 8+1, Blair 9, Embleton 6+2, Halder 7+2

Royals: Morley 7, Naylor 4+1, T Woolley 2, Ablitt 7, S Woolley 2, King 1+1

Into the mist ... Mason and Danny along
Strike a pose … the winning team selfie. Picture: Nia Martin
George Dodds
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