Although yesterday’s scheduled second leg of the knckout cup semi-final replay away at Mildenhall was postponed, the Wightlink Islanders are still pumped and ready to race once again this coming Sunday.
Joint team managers Chris Hunt and Kevin Shepherd intend to convince the Wightlink Islanders side that whilst they have now left themselves a difficult task to reach this year’s National League KO Cup Final, it’s not an impossible one for them to fulfil.
That’s how the management duo view the situation after seeing their side win their home leg by just two points at Smallbrook on Tuesday, the final scoreline being 46-44 in their favour.
Talking after the meeting, Hunt said:
“Admittedly we’ve made things tough for ourselves, but whilst most will now think Mildenhall are odds on to go through to meet League Champions Dudley in the final, our team will fight them every inch of the way and certainly have the capability of winning through.
“The odds are well and truly against us doing so but stranger things have happened in the speedway world over the years and it’s not over yet!”
The Wightlink Islanders, boosted by the return of previously injured skipper Ben Hopwood, had hoped to establish a substantial lead in their home leg to take with them for the away match.
They were looking to win on the night by as many points as possible and were firmly on course when they led 25-17 at the halfway stage but the visitors were equally determined peg back their Wightlink Islanders lead and did so by racing to maximum heat wins in both heats 12 and 14, thus seeing the sides go into the final race of the night level at 42-42.
And that final race looked set to finish with honours even for whilst home No.1 Steve Worrall was heading for the expected four lap victory, partner Tom Perry was left trailing at the back only for second placed Mildenhall rider Stefan Nielsen to grind to a halt on the last lap allowing the grateful Perry to claim third place point and give the Wightlink Islanders the narrow 46-44 victory.
So the position now is simply that if the Wightlink Islanders lose this coming Sunday’s rearranged second leg by three points or more, they’ll be out of the cup and their 2013 season will be over.
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