21st Feb, 2019

Home comforts for Coventry who thrash leaders Belle Vue

COVENTRY produced their best home performance of the season to demolish National League leaders Belle Vue 59-31 at Leicester on Sunday.

Europress Bees’ No.1 Connor Mountain led the way with an imperious 15-point maximum, and three other riders were in double figures.

Skipper Jon Armstrong hit back from a knock on Monday to card paid-15 from six rides, reserve Jamie Halder enjoyed another field day with 13, and Luke Ruddick offered a solid paid-12 in the middle-order.

The Colts were blown away in the space of four races at the start of the meeting, and only offered sporadic threat from Jack Smith, Tom Perry and Joe Lawlor.

Bees made the ideal start with a 5-1 in Heat One, Mountain and Luke Harris gating ahead whilst Smith ground to a halt on turn three.

In Heat Two Colts reserve Paul Bowen hit the front only to throw it all away on the fourth bend, allowing Halder and Ryan MacDonald an easy 5-1.

Ruddick held off a thrusting Lawlor to win Heat Three, and a further 4-2 in the next put Bees 18-6 up before a somewhat dubious-looking start to Heat Five put Smith and Lawlor up front for a 5-1 to get the Colts on the board.

Coventry replied with another 4-2 in Heat Six as Halder pounced on another Bowen error, and Ruddick’s impressive win over Perry in the ninth followed by a Heat Ten 5-1 from the Mountain-Armstrong combination extended the margin to 16-points.

Armstrong then split a strong Colts pairing in Heat 11, Perry taking a good win from the outside, but the visitors then subsided and conceded three consecutive 5-1s.

Halder and Ruddick raced clear of Tom Woolley in Heat 12, Mountain and Armstrong out-trapped Smith in the next, and then Lawlor hit trouble off the second bend in Heat 14 with Harris performing some swift avoidance to go though safely and join Halder for more maximum points.

Mountain wasn’t to be denied his personal full house even when Smith gated in Heat 15, with the Coventry No.1 surging through going into the second lap for a final 4-2.

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