IN the club’s first season back in speedway for more than 20 years, MK Knights are gearing up for the Midland Development League Grand Final against Belle Vue Colts this week.
The first leg of the final takes place at Belle Vue Stadium in Manchester on Wednesday night, before the all important second leg at Knights’ Rye House home track in Hoddesdon on Saturday. The city side have home advantage for the return leg after finishing top of the league in the regular season.
Both teams go into the final with high expectations, with the Colts looking like slight favourites having confirmed a full strength side for both legs of the final, while Knights will have to rely on a couple of guest riders for the first outing because of captain Conor Dwyer’s serious arm injury picked up in last month’s British U19 Championships, plus the usual midweek travel difficulties for amateur riders.
In what’s been an excellent first season in the league for both teams, very little separates the two, with both having identical away records – four wins, one defeat and one draw. Ironically both sides lost away to 2011 champions Long Eaton and drew against runners-up Mercia Vikings at Coventry.
At ‘home’ Knights lost only once – 16-19 to Belle Vue at the end of June, before returning the favour with a 17-19 victory at Kirkmanshulme Lane in August, making it an aggregate score of 36-35 in favour of the north west side.
Saturday’s deciding leg in Hoddesdon follows Rye House Rockets’ clash with Sheffield Tigers in the Premier Challenge Trophy, which could see the Rockets qualify for the final.
Gates open at 5.30pm and ticket prices are: Adults £16, seniors £14, children £5 and U12s free.