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Bees boss Pratt blames ref for defeat; SPEEDWAY.

COVENTRY BEES aimed a broadside at referee Chris Gay after they were beaten 47-43 in their opening Elite League fixture of the season at Ipswich last night.

Both Exide Bees boss Colin Pratt and skipper Greg Hancock were unhappy with Gay's performance, in particular his partiality for ordering re-runs for unsatisfactory starts.

Bees appeared to come off worst from Gay's decisions as they lost out to a last-heat 5-1.

Pratt, who was moved to switch to the centre of the track to scrutinise his side's gating, said: "The referee was very inconsistent.

"In one or two races, we made the start and he stopped the races and accused our riders of rolling at the tapes. But they were doing nothing different to Ipswich."

Hancock added: "We ran Ipswich close but the referee didn't help our cause one bit. He stopped races for what we felt were unnecessary reasons."

Bees are back in action tomorrow night when they entertain Oxford in their first Elite League home match of the season at Brandon.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Berry, Mike
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 24, 2000
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