Video added: Scunthorpe Scorpions make their point to lift Speedway Premier League Championship by narrowest of margins
Rob Godfrey - promoter of the Henderson Insurance Scunthorpe Scorpions speedway team - was on cloud nine after seeing his line-up triumph 92-91 on aggregate to win the Premier League Championship for the first time in their history.
The Scorpions beat the Somerset Rebels 48-42 in the second leg of the Premier League Play-Off Final last night (Monday) at the Eddie Wright Raceway, and therefore overcame the five-point deficit they faced from the first leg by the narrowest of margins.
Josh Auty & Nick Morris combined in Heat 15 (or rather Heat 30) to keep the charging Richard Hall at the back to take a championship-winning 3-3, after a night of unforgettable and dramatic action.
Speaking minutes after the final race last night, an ecstatic and emotional Godfrey said: “One point! That was all that separated the two teams – just one single point!
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“It’s still hard to take it all in.
“We had lots of dramas with bikes at Somerset, with chain breaks and everything else, while tonight there was so much going on, and the aggregate lead seemed to be changing with every race.
“Every single one of our riders gave it their absolute all. They were fantastic – heroes the lot of them.
“We had Ash (Birks) picking himself up from the floor to continue in the meeting; Michael (Palm Toft) recover from a couple of knocks to win Heat 14 by half a lap; Gary (Irving) beat Jesper B Monberg from behind; our guest Jason (Bunyan) scored a couple of points when we really needed him to; and Josh and Nick combined in Heat 15 to see us home.
“Hats off to Somerset. They came to the Eddie Wright Raceway, rode it better than they ever had before, and pushed us all the way.
“We’re the two best teams in the league, so it was always going to be a top meeting tonight, and so it proved.
“We put out in a press release that it could go down to the final race. I never thought it actually would, but that’s happened.
“It wasn’t decided until the last lap, because Richard Hall was all over our lads. It’s also fantastic for British Speedway, because meetings like this one give the sport a shot in the arm.”
Godfrey also praised the track staff who made sure the meeting went ahead, after unexpected rain earlier in the day threatened to scupper the match for the second day in succession.
He said: “All those who have worked on the track for the last couple of days have done a just amazing job. To produce such a good racetrack after all the rain is fantastic.”
Godfrey concluded by looking at the progress made by the club, over the last eight seasons.
“If you look at it, we’ve moved forward every single season. This is actually only our fifth season of Premier League. To win the Premier League title is a dream fulfilled.
“Now we’ve won it, we want to stay up there and be competitive every season.
“But this will be a night we’ll never forget. One point in it, can you believe it? One point!”
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