Bees owner Mick Horton asks fans to keep the faith

By Steve Carpenter Thursday 01 November 2012 Updated: 05/11 12:06

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BEES owner Mick Horton has issued a clear message to the club's supporters – We will come back stronger next year.

Despite being tipped by many to win the Elite League title this season, Bees finished finished way down the pecking order in eighth position, 12 points off the top four.

And a season of disappointment ended with no silverware on Monday after Horton's side lost out to Poole in the Knockout Cup Final.

But Horton insists he knows where things went wrong and is determined to put them right in 2013.

"I am absolutely disappointed with the season we've had," Horton told the Observer.

"Lots of people expected us to win the league but we started very poorly and our riders didn't perform consistently.

"We had lots of meetings rained off too which didn't help, but what I must point out is how we ended the season strongly and now I'll take a look at how we can improve next year.

"The Coventry fans proved that they are the best bunch of supporters in speedway and I want to tell them to keep the faith because we'll come back fighting next year."

Horton took over from Avtar Sandhu at Brandon in October last year and looking back on his debut campaign, the former Peterborough Panthers owner admits he underestimated the expectation levels at the club.

Horton also hinted that Chris Harris could remain a Bees rider next year.

"I know what needs to be done and I will begin to do just that over the next few months," Horton added.

"I am already team building for next year and I'll continue to look back and see where we can improve to make sure we come back stronger.

"At this stage Chris Harris is very much part of team, as is Scotty (Scott Nicholls) but what I think we have lacked is a number one rider.

"We have a large asset base here with lots of committed riders on our books so I need to make sure I get the right blend.

"There are also plenty of riders out there too that want to come and ride at Brandon.

"I know some riders are popular here at Brandon and my job now is to make sure we have a strong team who can improve on this season."

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