Adam Ellis top scored for the Islanders in both matches.
WIGHTLINK Islanders have edged closer to securing a National League play-off spot with a win and a loss against Kent Kings.
Having secured a vital point in their 47-43 defeat at Kent on Monday night, the sides met again at Smallbrook on Tuesday, where the Islanders ground out a 48-42 victory.
The points gained from those results keep them fourth, and ahead of nearest rivals Buxton, who they face on Sunday. Buxton need to beat the Islanders by more than seven points, and do the same against Stoke in their final match to overtake them.
On Monday, Islanders grabbed an all-important league point in a dramatic last heat.
Their chances of salvaging anything from the match looked dead and buried as they trailed 46-38 going into heat 15 but Adam Ellis and Tom Perry proved to be the heroes as they romped to a maximum 5-1 win over Benji Compton and Steve Boxall, the latter’s bike failing as the tapes rose. Away sides who prevent the hosts from winning by seven or more, gain a point.
Co-manager Kevin Shepherd said: "We should have won here tonight but by and large they out rode us and we’re just grateful Adam and Tom did the necessary to gain us a point."
Islanders’ scorers: Adam Ellis 13+1, Tom Perry 11+1, Brendan Johnson 6+1, Darryl Ritchings 5, Chris Widman 4+2, Daniel Stoneman 4+1.
A night later, the Islanders’ ground out a six-point win, gaining two more league points.
They had hoped track staff would prepare a track more suited to the Islanders’ riding style, but they did not, and the slick track made life hard for the hosts.
Co-manager Chris Hunt said: "We would have won by more than six points and collected all three league points if the track had been grippier. Myself, Kevin and all the team just cannot understand why it wasn’t, as that’s what we asked for."
Just two points separated the sides with three heats remaining with the Islanders leading 37-35, but victories for Adam and Darryl Ritchings in heats 13 and 14 plus third places for Tom Perry and Chris Widman ensured their victory.
Islanders’ scorers: Adam Ellis 16, Tom Perry 10+1, Darryl Ritchings 8, Chris Widman 6+1, Brendan Johnson 4+3, Danny Stoneman 4+2.