COVENTRY Storm’s tough run continued with a 38-52 defeat at the Isle of Wight on Thursday.
Liam Carr and Mitchell Davey were both in excellent form for the City Gearboxes Storm on the big Smallbrook circuit, but the home side put in the more consistent all-round display.
Former Storm rider Mark Baseby led the way for the Warriors by winning his first four rides, and their guest facility for absent No.1 Benji Compton – who is withholding his services after being declared back in their team after injury – also came up trumps with Matt Williamson scoring double figures.
The Warriors lost reserve Nick Phillips after a collision with team-mate Tyler Govier in Heat 2, with the race stopped whilst the Storm were on a 5-1.
Phillips was withdrawn with a suspected fractured arm, but Govier emerged to win the re-run and was then able to take Phillips’s remaining rides.
The hosts collected 5-1s in Heats 1 and 5 to establish a comfortable lead, with Carr the first visiting rider to take a race win in Heat 4, whilst Davey was successful in his second outing.
Carr chased Williamson home in Heat 6 and was also upstaged by a fine ride by Baseby in Heat 9, by which point the Warriors had built their eventual 14-point margin.
The Storm pegged things thereafter with fine wins for Carr in Heats 13 and 15, whilst their sole advantage came in Heat 14 with Davey heading Lee Smart whilst guest George Piper was awarded third after Govier fell.
TRAVEL PLUS NATIONAL LEAGUE ISLE OF WIGHT 52: Mark Baseby 13+1, James Cockle 11, Matt Williamson 10+1, Kelsey Dugard 7+1, Tyler Govier 6+2, Lee Smart 5+1, Nick Phillips 0 COVENTRY 38: Liam Carr 13, Mitchell Davey 10, Callum Walker 4+2, Dan Greenwood 4, Conor Dwyer 3+1, George Piper 2+1, Ryan Terry-Daley 2 National League points: Isle of Wight 3 Coventry 0