19th Oct, 2017

Coventry Bees star Hans Andersen suffers broken finger in Swindon defeat

Steve Carpenter 27th May, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

DANNY King and Chris Harris combined for a Heat 15 5-1 to give Bees a league point from a 43-47 defeat in a dramatic Elite League contest at Swindon on Tuesday night.

The Bees had led for much of the meeting only for a series of setbacks to turn the match the Robins’ way.

But the last-race response gave the visitors something from the meeting, which was the least they deserved and they moved nine points clear at the top of the Elite League table.

Manager Gary Havelock said: “I’m fuming to be honest, but what can you do?

“I’m very frustrated over the decisions we’re getting and I can probably list ten or fifteen situations this season already – but Heat 15 showed once again the team spirit in the camp.

“It was basically the two riders who we had left, and they went out and got a 5-1 to get us a point. We’re still up on top of the league, which is where we want to be.”

The prime concern however is over No.1 Hans Andersen, who was involved in an horrific first-bend crash in Heat 13 when he was sandwiched between Harris and Swindon’s Nick Morris and fell heavily on the track.

Andersen somehow walked away from the incident with possible concussion but is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a broken finger.

The Dane had started the meeting in fine form with wins in his opening two outings, a feat matched by Danny King, who celebrated his call-up for the Great Britain World Cup team with a double success of his own in easily the fastest times of the night.

The injury is to the tip of his left ring finger, and Bees will now await news as to his likely period out of action.

With the World Cup break coming up, they have only one fixture between now and June 17, that being the big Brandon clash with great rivals Poole on Monday.

Havelock added: “I’ve seen pictures of the X-rays, which don’t look pleasant, and all we can do is wish Hans all the best and hope he’ll be back with us soon.

“That was very much the attitude of the team after seeing their No.1 get hurt and they showed real spirit again to still get us a point at Swindon after that crash and Jason’s (Garrity) disqualification in Heat 14.”

Guest options for Monday are severely limited with Leicester and King’s Lynn the only Elite League clubs not in action, and both of their No.1 riders’ averages are too high for them to be eligible to guest.

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