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HORTON FURIOUS AS BEES THROW IT AWAY.

Byline: David Rowe SPEEDWAY REPORTER

COVENTRY are already facing up to a crunch week regarding the current team's chances of staying together throughout the Elite League campaign.

A bitterly unhappy promoter Mick Horton hit out after Friday's giveaway against Belle Vue, when the Aces came back from 30-18 down to snatch a draw and leave the Buildbase Bees bottom of the embryonic league table.

The fear is that having been unable to beat Belle Vue, tonight's return trip to Manchester is followed by two matches against high-flying King's Lynn - so there is the potential for things to get worse before they get better.

Horton is not prepared to wait indefinitely as the vagaries of the fixture list means that, weather permitting, Bees will have completed one-quarter of their league campaign already by the time they have visited Wolverhampton next Monday.

And that is an obvious point at which to take stock, with a two week break following that fixture, with options available both before and after next month's new averages take effect.

Horton said: "It's not good enough, I am so unhappy and I have to apologise to the fans. Being twelve points up we should have finished the job. It was a very poor performance.

"Belle Vue missed a trick with not using the tactical ride - they could had the win. But they should never have been in that position; it should have been finished with a long time before.

"Michal Szczepaniak and Aaron Summers rode well, Grzegorz Zengota had a couple of good rides and our guest Ludvig Lindgren was brilliant, but that's as far as it goes.We are where we deserve to be, and we can't make excuses. The boys have got to step up to the plate, starting at Belle Vue, and if I don't see an improvement next week I will make some changes."

Captain Scott Nicholls was one of the riders who, by his own admission, was below-par on Friday, although the performance of No.1 Krzysztof Kasprzak was arguably more of a concern - whilst the pressure is also on Mateusz Szczepaniak, who has made a less than auspicious start to his Bees career. Nicholls said: "There's nothing more frustrating than not winning a race, for me personally I would expect to at least win a couple, so to not win one is dreadful.

"So I let things down on my part, I gave 100 per cent every race but didn't get the results, and I just hope it's those early-season settling-in niggles and we aren't still saying this at the end of the season.

"Mat is struggling, and they (the Poles) have had even less track-time than us. It's tough, but we'll do everything we can to support him and get behind him. Although it's horrible you can't leave it too long before doing something, otherwise before you know it the season is running away from you.

"We've got a busy run, so now's the time to redeem ourselves and there's no better way to bounce back than to go to Belle Vue and win, so that's certainly what the plan will be."

BELLE VUE: Matej Zagar, Kevin Wolbert, Magnus Zetterstrom, Craig Cook, Artur Mroczka, Ales Dryml, Kauko Nieminen.

BUILDBASE BEES: Krzysztof Kasprzak, Aaron Summers, Grzegorz Zengtoa, Mateusz Szczepaniak, Scott Nicholls, Joe Screen, Michal Szczepaniak.

CAPTION(S):

POLES TOGETHER: Krzysztof Kasprzak, Grzegorz Zengota, Mat and Michal Sczcepaniak. Above, former Bees skipper and world champion Hans Nielsen links up with Scott Nicholls.

MAN ON: Krzysztof Kasprzak battles it out with Kevin Wolbert at Brandon. Pictures: Jeff Davies

FINAL FLING: Grzegorz Zengota, Matej Zagar , Kevin Wolbert and Scott Nicholls slug it out in Heat 15. Below, Artur Mroczka, Nicholls, Zagar and Krzysztof Kasprzak go line abreast.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 8, 2013
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