Published on 13-07-2014 07:27 PM
Belle Vue are targeting a double dose of victory against Wolverhampton over the next few days, as they first journey to Monmore Green on Monday, July 14th, before returning home to Manchester for a second helping of racing on Wednesday, July 16th.
The Rentruck Aces took maximum points from visitors Poole last week to further extend their unbeaten home record, and they are determined to put in a repeat performance against the Parrys International Wolves.
The Midlanders' septet has remained relatively unchanged since the beginning of the season, but there has been one very small alteration down at reserve.
Local Wolverhampton youngster Ashley Morris is still recuperating after an horrific crash at Kings Lynn on June 11th sent him clattering awkwardly to the ground.
The 20-year old was subsequently taken to hospital with a slight bleed to his brain, and medical staff ruled him out of racing for a minimum of 6 weeks.
Upon hearing the news, the Wolves moved swiftly to sign Tom Perry as his temporary replacement at No.7 after he was unexpectedly released by Leicester early last month.
Perry scored a grand total of 60 points from ten appearances for the Lions before a broken collarbone, whilst guesting for Ipswich in May, side-lined him.
2013 World Champion Tai Woffinden, who enjoyed a fabulous British Grand Prix in Cardiff this weekend, returns to Kirkmanshulme Lane a changed man from earlier in the year, and has high hopes of leading his young side to victory against the Rentruck Aces.
The two-times British Champion sent the Millennium Stadium into a frenzy as he and his closest SGP rival Greg Hancock went head to head in a fever-pitched Heat 23 that also starred Australia's Darcy Ward and Poland's Krzysztof Kasprzak.
But even with the Cardiff crowd roaring him home the 23-year old was pipped to the post by the American veteran, however a consolation 2nd on the night was enough to bag him 18 points and surge him up the standings into first place.
Aces captain Scott Nicholls is determined to see his side triumph over Wolverhampton for a second time at home, as anything less than a victory will scupper their chances of reigniting their play off hopes.
He said: “If we can consistently perform strongly at home then I believe there’s no question we'll be focused for a win. Everyone put in a brilliant top-to-bottom team performance against Poole last week, which gave us a much needed confidence boost.
"It was a bit frustrating for me on a personal level, but ultimately we all stepped up and showed our class, and to have a big win like that was a brilliant result for the team.
“I'm sure Wolves will make it tough for us this week, after all, on paper, they've got some excellent riders. But paper doesn’t mean anything because it's how you perform on the night that matters."
Nicholls admits he's been baffled by his sides' struggles away from home soil this year, when compared to their dominant displays at Kirkmanshulme Lane, but he believes the league table, as it stands, still doesn't represent a true picture of Belle Vue.
He explained: “We're a very strong team at home but so far we've had 14 away matches and only 7 home matches, which definitely hasn't helped our cause.
"Our away form has really gone against us this year, especially with Craig missing a handful of meetings. It’s not his fault, but there's not many guests of equal ability who can cover for him.
"When the doubling up system was first introduced I thought it was quite a good thing for the sport to have, but as time has gone on I’m really not a big fan.
"It has cost us a good few away points we probably could’ve easily picked up this year, but that’s the way it's happened so we'll have to make sure we double our focus on our remaining home matches.
"We've got a good run of home meetings now which can only be good for us, so that's what we have to concentrate on. Kirkmanshulme Lane is a tricky little place to come for visiting teams, but we all feel very comfortable here which is why we’re so strong."
BELLE VUE 'RENTRUCK' ACES
Matej Zagar, Michael Palm Toft, Scott Nicholls (C), Richie Worrall, Craig Cook, Stefan Nielsen, Lee Payne
TM: Jason Attwood
WOLVERHAMPTON 'PARRYS INTERNATIONAL' WOLVES
Tai Woffinden (C), Ty Proctor, Jacob Thorssell, Ricky Wells, Piotr Pawlicki, Joe Jacobs, Tom Perry
TM: Peter Adams
Taken from the Official Belle Vue Aces website