The Isle of Wight Warriors speedway team have kept their hopes of securing some silverware alive, with an impressive victory against Kent Kings.
Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde played host to the clash last night (Thursday) which proved eventful both on and off the track.
Fans were rightfully concerned when Warriors number one rider Georgie Wood did not appear for the pre-match introductions.
He had been to Swindon during the day to sort out a motor problem with his bike – meaning he had missed the car ferry.
Fellow Warrior Chad Wirtzfeld and his dad Dave got a replacement bike ready and arrangements were made for him to be picked up from the Hovercraft in Ryde.
And, proving he is a warrior by name and a warrior by nature, Georgie brushed off his travel disruptions to win heat one.
Chris Widman also bagged a valuable third place finish. After seven races, the Warriors led the much fancied Kings 28-14.
The Kent Kings hit back over the next eight races, leading by 20-28. But, fortunately, the Warriors’ big early advantage laid the foundation.
Kent had three fallers whilst in good scoring positions whilst the Warriors suffered mechanical misfortune on at least four occasions – two of which went to that man Wood.
The final score ended Isle of Wight 48, Kent 42.
After the meeting Warriors co-promoter Barry Bishop said:
“What a great meeting and what a great win against a very good Kent team who always do well here. I really thought we were in trouble when I heard about Georgie…
“Indeed it was a remarkable and challenging night all round with the Warriors showing fierce determination to win in front of a terrifically vocal crowd who were royally entertained tonight. I also want say a huge thanks to our skipper Ben (Morley) who led by example, to the reserves who got us valuable points and to Ryan (Terry-Daley) and Danno (Verge) in the middle order who battled for every point with Danno so close to a double-figure return.
“That was a marvellous night and we will set off to Kent on Monday knowing we have a big task if we want that Trophy but with this bunch of guys, who knows what might happen.”
Warriors meet the Kings in the all-decisive reverse fixture on Monday (3).
Wightlink Warriors: Georgie Wood 9, Chris Widman 2, Ryan Terry-Daley 6+1, Danno Verge 9, Ben Morley 13, Connor King 4+2 and Chad Wirtzfeld 5.
Kent: Drew Kemp 10, Rider Replacement for Alex Spooner, Anders Rowe 11, Jordan Jenkins 4+2, Rob Ledwith 11+1, Jacob Clouting 1 and Nathan Ablitt 5+2.