22nd Oct, 2017

Bees boss predicting big things in coming weeks

Coventry Editorial 16th Jun, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

BEES boss Gary Havelock predicts there is a lot more to come from his side after they moved to the brink of the Elite League play-offs thanks to a convincing home win over Belle Vue.

The Bees banked all three points at Brandon on Friday evening thanks to a 52-40 win to go back level with fourth-placed Wolverhampton.

But Havelock’s side have a game in hand over their Midland rivals and he feels they have enough quality to cement themselves in the top four over the coming weeks.

“The atmosphere compared to last year is like night and day.” said Havelock.

“Right from press day we had a spine of English and English-speaking guys, we have Danes who can help each other out and everyone is buzzing in the team.

“The spirit is fantastic, and I really feel there’s still a lot more to come.”

The clash with the Aces will be best remembered for a stunning Heat 13 5-1 from Hans Andersen and Chris Harris – and also the fact that reserves James Sarjeant and Stefan Nielsen incredibly walked away from a horror crash in Heat 9.

Elsewhere in the Bees ranks there was a composed debut from Michael Jepsen Jensen and another bumper haul from the irrepressible Jason Garrity at reserve, who won four of his five rides.

Havelock added: “That was probably the least stressful home meeting I’ve had this season.

“We had a little wobble in the middle but we came strong again at the end and when you look through the card it was a really solid all-round team performance.

“Hans would have picked himself for Heat 15 having only dropped one point but he said he’d sit it out as we’d already won the meeting to give someone else a chance, and you can see straight away that Michael can ride a bike – hopefully he’s going to be a really valuable asset for us.”

Bees boss Gary Havelock pictured with debutant Michael Jepsen Jensen. (s)

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