SGB Premiership
Belle Vue Aces 35
Swindon 49
SWINDON blew the SGB Premiership play-off race wide open with a stunning 49-35 away win at leaders Belle Vue on Friday, completing a 24-hour double over the Manchester club.

Following David Bellego’s paid maximum on Thursday, the middle-order hero in Manchester was Bradley Wilson-Dean, who notched an unbeaten paid-12 haul from four rides to leave the home side stunned.

Such an outcome had looked unlikely when, for the second night running, the Aces opened proceedings with a 5-1, but the Robins quickly got into their stride.

Wilson-Dean was Robins’ first race winner in heat three with Bellego just missing out to Rohan Tungate for third place – but two 4-2s quickly followed to level the scores.

Nick Morris held his nerve in a close-fought heat four with home reserve Jack Smith in the mix before falling, while Robins guest Troy Batchelor picked up the first of three race wins in the next.

Swindon then took their chance to slam in successive 5-1s, heat six featuring a terrific effort by Adam Ellis to move inside Kenneth Bjerre off the final turn to join Morris for a maximum – and Bellego and Wilson-Dean backed that up by seeing off Craig Cook in the next race.

The Aces rallied with Steve Worrall rounding the Swindon duo in heat eight, and a 5-1 followed in the next race to halve the gap as Max Fricke produced a decisive pass on Morris going into the last lap.

But Wilson-Dean defeated Bjerre and Worrall in a shared heat ten prior to a massive 5-1 in the next as Troy Batchelor, guesting again for Jason Doyle, and Tobiasz Musielak established themselves ahead of Cook, who retired on the second lap.

Wilson-Dean again rounded the field in fine style to take race 12, and the Robins had victory in the bag in the next heat as Batchelor went clear of Bjerre on turn two and Morris rounded the Dane for a 5-1.

Bellego won a re-started heat 14 to secure all four points after Tungate had come to grief in the initial staging, and with heavy rain moving in the decision was taken to call a halt with one race to go.

BELLE VUE: Dan Bewley 8, Max Fricke 7+2, Kenneth Bjerre 7, Steve Worrall 6+2, Rohan Tungate 4+1, Craig Cook 3, Jack Smith 0.

SWINDON: Bradley Wilson-Dean 11+1, Nick Morris 9+1, Troy Batchelor 9, Adam Ellis 6+1, David Bellego 6, Zach Wajtknecht 4+2, Tobiasz Musielak 4+1.