Somerset Rebels continued their good run of form at the Oaktree Arena with a 55-35 win against visiting Scunthorpe Scorpions in the Premier League on Friday evening.
In stark contrast to recent home matches, they were made to fight all the way for this victory by a determined Scunthorpe side, so much so that by halfway the scores were 24-24, and this after Somerset had found themselves four points in arrears after the opening three heats.
The second half saw the Rebels shift into another gear to dominate proceedings to the extent that Scunthorpe could only add a further 11 points over the course of the final seven heats, with Somerset skipper Olly Allen scoring a second successive paid maximum from his four rides.
"I said in the lead-up to this meeting that Scunthorpe had riders who could pose us problems and so it proved," said Somerset boss Garry May.
"After a sticky first half of the match, the boys upped their game and that proved too much for Scunthorpe.
"We showed our class, especially in the second half of the match."
Somerset: Morris 11+1 (5 rides), Wright 6+1 (4), B Kurtz 7+1 (4r), Aspgren 11+2 (5), Allen 11+1 (4), T Kurtz 5+1 (4), Starke 4 (4).
Scunthorpe: Auty 3 (4), Klindt 11+1 (5), Howe 5 (4), Birks 6+1 (5), Douglas 4 (4), Williamson 1+1 (3), Jorgensen 5+1 (5).
Swindon are targeting more valuable away points when they head to Birmingham tonight – but boss Alun Rossiter is taking nothing for granted.
"Just because Birmingham are in a lowly league position it doesn't mean we will be treating this as an easy match, there is no such thing in the Elite League," said Rossiter.