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Bees have no fear heading into Elite League play-offs

Coventry Editorial 15th Sep, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

BEES boss Gary Havelock says his side have no fear heading into the Elite League play-offs.

The Bees guaranteed a first top-three finish since 2007 thanks to a double demolition at closest challengers Eastbourne on Friday evening.

Five points were required from the meeting at Brandon but Havelock’s side came away with all six.

The fact that Eastbourne failed to take at least a point also mathematically resolved the final play-off spot in Swindon’s favour, although the semi-final line-up cannot be determined until top position is confirmed.

Havelock said: “We certainly don’t fear anyone in the play-offs.

“I’ve said from day one I feel there’s a lot more to come from this team, and our away record has been very good.

“I’m quietly confident whoever we get in the play-offs that we can more than give them a run for their money.”

“It’s game on for the play-offs. Obviously Poole and King’s Lynn have been weakened to a degree which is unfortunate for them, and even with Swindon the normal scores from Hans (Andersen) and Bomber (Chris Harris) would have put us much nearer last Monday.

“There’s no way that Hans and Bomber will have that happen again, Jason (Garrity) had a nightmare there as well burning two clutches out, so we feel strong and we’re looking forward to it.”

There were big scores throughout the Bees’ order on Friday evening. Top two of Hans Andersen and Chris Harris dropped their only points of the evening to Rory Schlein in Heat 13 of the second meeting.

Fast Track Reserve Jason Garrity collected a paid maximum in the second meeting, whilst there was a return to form for Kenneth Hansen who won four of his last five rides on the night.

James Sarjeant supplied plenty of entertainment with his battles with the Eastbourne reserves, and there was also a fighting show from guest Josh Auty who had to re-build a bike after being brought down in his first ride but recovered to share in three 5-1s.

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