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Elite League play-off progress pleased Coventry Bees boss

Coventry Editorial 3rd Sep, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

MICK HORTON admits he is one happy owner after the Bees cemented their status as the in-form side in the Elite League play-offs thanks to a blistering 56-36 win at Belle Vue on Monday night.

A run of five wins in six meetings has seen Gary Havelock’s side race up to third in the table and they have two matches in hand over second-placed Poole.

Reserve sensation Jason Garrity reeled off four wins out of four for a 12-point maximum at Belle Vue on Monday evening.

Garrity and James Sarjeant dominated in the lower-order, with Garrity also taking the scalp of Aces’ top-five men Richie Worrall and Michael Palm Toft, whilst Max Fricke proved to be a brilliant stand-in for the injured Ben Barker.

And a terrific all-round effort from the rest of the team saw them record their sixth win of the season on the road by an impressive 20-point margin.

The irony of the evening was that the result was achieved without manager Gary Havelock – who broke down en route, with regular Storm boss Laurence Rogers taking charge.

“It was an absolutely fantastic win, and I’m a happy promoter,” said Horton.

“It was a great night and when the boys are on fire like that, we’re a match for anyone.

“We’ve got to keep the focus and not get carried away, but what a response that was from Leicester – I couldn’t have asked for better than that.

“All credit to the track curator here, the boys all said how good the track was, and the result certainly proves again that we can go to away tracks and perform.”

Bees have confirmed this week that Fricke has been booked in to guest their next two league fixtures.

The talented Australian will make his Brandon debut tonight (Thursday) against King’s Lynn, where former Bees rider Stuart Robson will also be stepping in, and he will also feature at Swindon on Monday.

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