Rockets’ Neath and Lyons are too strong for the Tigers

PUBLISHED: 08:36 20 September 2010

Chris Neath and Glasgow riders Josh Grajczonek and Nick Morris [Picture: Ian Bush]

Chris Neath and Glasgow riders Josh Grajczonek and Nick Morris [Picture: Ian Bush]


ROCKETS beat Scottish speedway rivals Glasgow 51-41 on Saturday night in the Premier League at Rye House.

Rye House v Glasgow

Rye House scorers

Jason Lyons (guest) 15 (5 rides, maximum)

Stefan Ekberg 8+2 (5)

Chris Neath 14+1 (5 rides, maximum)

Robbie Kessler R/R

Jordan Frampton 6 (4)

Paul Starke 4+1 (7)

Kyle Hughes 4 (6)

Ben Morley (No 8) dnr

Glasgow scorers

Joe Screen 4+2 (4 rides)

John Branney 6+2 (4)

Nick Morris 3+1 (4)

Josh Grajczonek 6 (5)

Travis McGowan 12 (5 rides, inc 4 as a TR)

Jake Anderson 1+1 (3)

Darren Mallett (guest) 9+1 (5)

Match points: Rye House 3 Glasgow 0

Five-ride maximums from captain Chris Neath and guest Jason Lyons ensured the Silver Ski Rockets signed off their home Premier League programme in style by taking all three match points.

The performances of Neath and Lyons – a faultless stand-in for the absent Linus Sundstrom – were pivotal to the Rockets’ success, although Stefan Ekberg looked solid throughout and Jordan Frampton popped in a couple of race wins in further support.

Paul Starke battled through a long night for his five paid points, but Kyle Hughes’ evening quickly dissipated after an early victory, ending with a tapes infringement and then a further exclusion for spinning his rear wheel on the green light before the tapes had risen.

The result finally ended Glasgow’s hopes of a place in the Young Shield, and means they will finish 13th out of 14 teams in the table, but they did not let Rye have things all their own way.

Rye House guest Jason Lyons between Glasgow pair Travis McGowan and Joe Screen [Picture: Ian Bush]

Travis McGowan eased into double figures, where he was joined by excellent reserve guest Darren Mallett, while John Branney had an excellent night with paid eight.

No 1 Joe Screen’s match, however, never really got off the ground after engine problems in the first heat and his final 4+2 tally ultimately left the Scottish side just short of an away match point.

Rye had the Tigers on their tail in the first half of the meeting, as two visiting 5-1s had the teams deadlocked at 24-24.

The first came from McGowan and Mallett after Frampton had fallen in heat four, and the second after Mallett and Branney had just held off a late challenge from Hughes.

Rye House guest Jason Lyon and Rockets star Stefan Ekberg [Picture: Ian Bush]

Two home maximums in the space of the next four races quickly changed that situation, however.

Firstly, Lyons and Ekberg kept Josh Grajczonek behind them in heat 10, then Neath and Starke delivered the same medicine in heat 12 to take the score to 41-31.

Successive Glasgow heat advantages clawed the differential back to 46-40 heading into the final race, with the Rockets needing a 4-2 to claim all three match points.

They duly went one better as both Lyons and Neath overhauled Grajczonek within the first two laps to remain unbeaten and surge to a 5-1.

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