Sorry Devils routed by rampant Rebels
Somerset Rebels...59 Plymouth Devils...36
PLYMOUTH Devils slumped to a miserable, 23-point Premier League defeat on the road at Oak Tree Arena last night.
Devils must now somehow regroup ahead of tonight's return league meet against rampant Somerset Rebels at the St Boniface Arena (7.15pm).
Devils were 18 points, 40-22 down before their number one Mikkel Bech won their first and only heat of the night, heat 11 on a tactical ride to cut the gap to 43-28 with a 6-3.
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Rebels controlled the first two heats 4-2 with their number one Jason Doyle winning the first ahead of Devils' Mark Lemon, who was second and Stefan Nielsen taking the second with Devils' Todd Kurtz second in it.
Rebels' Nick Morris and Alex Davies dominated heat three respectively, sealing a 5-1 to extend the home team's lead to 13-5.
Devils regrouped in heats four and five, both traded 3-3, but Josh Grajczonek and Morris again won them respectively, and it was 19-11 overall.
Rebels stepped back on the gas in heats six and seven to dominantly go 28-14 up.
Doyle and team-mate Kyle Newman sealed the one-two and 5-1 respectively in heat six before Grajczonek won heat seven ahead of Devils' Rasmus Jensen, who was second.
In heat eight Devils' Kurtz took a tactical ride, but Newman thwarted the visitors, winning it to deny the visitors more than a 5-3 with Kurtz second.
Morris and Davies combined again ruthlessly in heat nine, winning it 5-1 to balloon Rebels' overall lead to 36-20.
Doyle, despite a poor start, won heat 10 to seal a Rebels 4-2 and 40-22 gap.
Somerset: Jason Doyle 15 points, Kyle Newman 7+1, Nick Morris 14+1, Alex Davies 7+2, Josh Grajczonek 8, Stefan Nielsen 6+1, Simon Lambert 2
Devils: Mikkel Bech 11 points, Rasmus Jensen 7, Hynek Stichauer 3+1, Mark Lemon 7+1, Todd Kurtz 6, Jake Anderson 2+2
DEVILS will be looking to complete an unlikely hat-trick of home wins over Somerset when they meet their West Country rivals in tonight's Premier League match at the St Boniface Arena (7.15pm).
The Devils beat the Rebels in an early season challenge and followed that up in the League Cup three weeks later, winning both matches 48-41.
With the arrival of new signing Kalle Katajisto not scheduled until August 16, Berwick's Matthew Wethers will guest for injured Devils skipper Cory Gathercole, who has been sidelined for the rest of the season.
The Devils will operate rider replacement at number one for Mikkel Bech, who will be riding in a World under-21 championship meeting at Berwick.
Somerset, as last night's one-sided win proved, are expected to provide tough opposition.
They have Jason Doyle, one of the Premier League's top riders, leading them with the support of free-scoring fellow Australians Nick Morris and Josh Grajczonek. Completing the line-up are Alex Davies and former Weymouth and Bournemouth rider Kyle Newman, while the reserves are Stefan Nielsen, a former British under-21 champion, and Simon Lambert, a signing from Rye House.