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Belle Vue Colts v Workington Comets

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National Development League 2023

National Speedway StadiumKirkmanshulme Lane, Manchester, M12 4WB

49 - 41
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Date Tapes Up Competition Season
Friday, August 25, 2023 7:30 pm National Development League 2023

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BELLE Vue overcame the absence of two heat-leaders to defeat Workington 49-41 and keep their hopes of reaching the NDL Grand Final alive.

The two sides meet again at Northside today (Saturday) in a crucial fixture for the Colts, for whom a first away win of the season is essential.

Skipper Jack Smith piled up 16 points at the NSS with Freddy Hodder (10+1) and Matt Marson (9+3) offering fine support, whilst Comets No.1 Connor Bailey scored 13 and Luke Harrison added 10+1.

Smith said: “We knew this was going to be a difficult night. We weren’t as strong as we usually are, being without both Sam (Hagon) and James (Pearson), so this was a real team effort for everyone to pull together.

“Workington were the team that we felt would put in the biggest challenge to our home record because they have guys in their team who know Belle Vue and who have spent a lot of time here.

“And at one point they actually got their noses in front, but we didn’t hit the alarm, we knew we needed a big response and everyone dug deep and did what they had to do.”

Hagon and Pearson both return for Saturday’s reverse fixture, with the Comets again operating rider replacement for the injured Ace Pijper.

Marson said: “I think we’ve got the firepower and the knowledge to do what needs doing and being back to full strength with James and Sam with us is a huge plus.

“Had those boys been with us at home I feel we could’ve made it a more comfortable cushion, but if we can do that without them then we should be able to do even better with them.”

NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
BELLE VUE 49: Jack Smith 16, Freddy Hodder 10+1, Matt Marson 9+3, Luke Muff 8+2, Jacob Hook 6+1, Jack Shimelt 0, Sam Hagon r/r
WORKINGTON 41: Connor Bailey 13, Luke Harrison 10+1, Sam McGurk 8+2, Elliot Kelly 5+1, Harry McGurk 3, Luke Crang 2, Ace Pijper r/r

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