Scunthorpe Scorpions take a point in 48-42 defeat at Somerset Rebels
Richard Hollingsworth says an away win is not far away after his Scunthorpe Scorpions became the first team to take a point at Somerset’s Oak Tree Arena.
The Scorpions went down 48-42 to the Rebels in a final heat decider on Friday night.
And Hollingsworth said he was disappointed his team had not come away with more after a tight meeting.
"It was a good performance from our riders, and the meeting could have gone either way," he said.
"I would have been happy with a draw, but it's disappointing to lose in such tight circumstances.
"A week ago, we would have been delighted with a point from here, so it shows how expectations have changed now we’ve revamped our team."
The Scorpions never led by managed to hang on to the Rebels' coattails throughout.
Dane Thomas Jørgensen was on top form and defeated home number one Jason Doyle in the first heat.
After two heat advantages for the Rebels, Josh Auty produced a last-to-first dash to win heat four, before Jørgensen and guest Ulrich Ostergaard took a fine 5-1 in heat five, with Jørgensen winning a battle for second place with Sam Masters.
The Scorpions levelled with another 5-1 in heat eight (Jørgensen and Ashley Birks).
A great battle between Masters and Auty in heat nine ended in a narrow win for the Rebels rider.
Scunthorpe levelled again in heat 11, with a 4-2 from Jørgensen and Ostergaard, while new signing Nick Morris just missed out to Masters in an absorbing heat 12.
The Rebels went six points clear after heat 13, but Birks and Michael Palm Toft hit back with a 5-1 in heat 14, to close the scores to 43-41 with one race remaining.
But Doyle and Masters were too strong in heat 15 and beat Morris and Jørgensen 5-1.
Afterwards, Hollingsworth praised Jørgensen's performance.
"Thomas as fantastic tonight," he said.
"He wasn’t always first out of the gate, but would be in front by the third bend. Thomas has a bit of a bogey with Heat 15, but he will learn to deal with that.
"Michael (Palm Toft) gave another performance which suggested he has now turned the corner. He was trapping well, passing when necessary, and looking competitive.
"Nick Morris improved as the night went on. It’s not a track he’s excelled at in the past, but he had a great race with Sam Masters in heat 12, and on the strength of that, I plumped for him ahead of Josh (Auty) in heat 15.
"We can take a lot of positives from this meeting, and I feel an away win in the Premier League is not far away."