SAVE OUR BEES: Hundreds of Bees fans set to travel to Wolverhampton for tonight's challenge fixture - The Coventry Observer

17th Aug, 2022

SAVE OUR BEES: Hundreds of Bees fans set to travel to Wolverhampton for tonight's challenge fixture

HUNDREDS of Coventry Bees fans are expected to make the trip up the M6 tonight for a ‘Keep Bees On Track’ challenge fixture against Wolverhampton.

Tonight’s match is the first to be specifically arranged as part of campaign efforts to raise funds for riders affected by the club’s late withdrawel from the SGB Premiership.

It is hoped by running various challenge meetings, the Coventry Bees name will remain in the public spotlight – even though the club cannot compete in this year’s league as Coventry Stadium is unavailable.

Many a successful night has been enjoyed at Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green Stadium across the years.

Some of Bees’ most famous away wins in the Elite League happened at Monmore – including numerous triumphs in the Greg Hancock and Billy Hamill era and in Bees’ treble-winning season in 2007.

Recent successes at Wolverhampton have involved vital contributions from Jason Garrity, whose riding style is ideally suited to the circuit.

And the 23-year-old was part of a spectacular late comeback in June 2015 when four 5-1s in the last five races saw the Bees turn a 27-33 deficit into a spectacular 50-40 win.

There will be a link to the glory days of ten years ago on Monday as former Coventry rider Rory Schlein comes into the team as a replacement for Kenneth Bjerre.

Despite being involved in a heavy crash at Somerset on Friday night, Dane Lasse Bjerre has declared himself fit to race tonight.

Elsewhere, Danny King leads the side at No.1 while Josh Bates impressed at reserve in Leicester’s narrow defeat at Monmore last Monday and top-scored in Coventry’s win at Peterborough last month.

Legendary former Coventry promoter Colin Pratt takes charge of the side, having been a team manager of the Bees between 1998 and 2012.

Wolves have a familiar look about their team although inconsistent results in the early weeks, especially in their lower-order, means this is an important night for the home side to look to find form.

Admission is available at £15 adults, £10 concessions, £5 juniors and £1 for children.

Normal admission can be paid – at £18, £13, £7 and £1 – via a special turnstile, the difference will be a donation to the Coventry fighting fund, administered by the Nuneaton Speedway Supporters’ Club.

The Committee strongly encourage supporters to use this turnstile if at all possible.

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