IN THEIR penultimate league meeting of the season, the Isle of Wight Wightlink Warriors were given a mauling in Manchester last night (Friday).

Isle of Wight County Press:

The meeting, held at the National Speedway Stadium, was always going to be a tough one — and so it proved as the home side used all of their local track knowledge to race to a comprehensive 26-point victory.

The Colts, making a late charge for a play-off spot, were still smarting from their early season defeat on the Island — and fully exacted revenge with a dominant display built on a rock-solid team performance, which included just one last place heat finished, the result of a fall.

The Warriors, much weakened without Alfie Bowtell and Ben Morley, used Danny Ayres (Mildenhall) and Jason Edwards (Eastbourne) as their guest stand-in riders

Isle of Wight County Press:

It was Ayres who took the fight to the Colts, ending up with a splendid 14-point haul that included four wins from his five rides.

Directly after the meeting, Warriors boss Barry Bishop said: “We went there expecting a very tough night — and got one.

"The Colts are really quick round their track and deserved their win.

Isle of Wight County Press:

"Although we kept plugging away, we were second best and must now prepare to finish our fixtures on a high at Eastbourne in two weeks' time.

"It looks like we will need guest riders again in place of Alfie and Ben."

Warriors: Danny Ayres 14, Danno Verge 3, Scott Campos 6, Chris Widman 1, Jason Edwards 5, Dale Lamb 2, Shaun Tedham 0.