Magnificent Cobras end Buccaneers’ incredible home run
RYE House’s Cobras scored a sensational last-gasp 46-44 victory away to Bournemouth in the National League on Sunday.
The Kart Raceway Cobras became the first visiting team to win at Wimborne Road against the Buccaneers when they came from behind to beat the defending National League champions in a thrilling last heat decider.
It was an achievement that owed more than a passing nod to their two guests, Darren Mallett and Jake Knight.
Both had already featured for King’s Lynn in the first part of this double header meeting – won 47-43 by Bournemouth – and both played important parts for the Herts team.
Mallett followed up Saturday’s impressive Premier League guest slot for Glasgow at Hoddesdon with two paid wins in Sunday’s match, but was overshadowed by Knight, who reeled off three successes from a reserve berth.
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One of those was against recent Rockets target Jay Herne, and proved to be the Bournemouth No 1’s only defeat of the fixture.
The Cobras also made the best use of their own resources. Lee Strudwick led the charge with 12 points, while Ben Morley pushed into double figures despite a heat four fall and Joe Jacobs weighed in with a useful 8+1.
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Shane Hazelden was restricted to a lone third place, but it proved to be vital in the final analysis.
Rye came from behind to tie the score on three occasions – once from 24-18 down at heat seven – before taking the lead for the only time after a 5-1 from 16-year-olds Morley and Jacobs in the penultimate race.
With the score now 43-41 in their favour, the Cobras needed a drawn result from the finale to exact revenge for the Buccaneers’ earlier win at Hoddesdon.
They duly achieved this as Strudwick and Morley kept Mark Baseby at the rear of the field to follow home Herne and achieve a memorable victory overall.