Speedway: Somerset Rebels 43, Newport Wasps 47

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SOMERSET Rebels brought down the curtain on their 2011 season - but not in the winning fashion that they had hoped.

The Rebels lost 47-43 to their rivals from across the River Severn, the Newport Wasps.

But it was the Rebels' that delivered a sting of their own in the opening four heats as they raced to a 16-8 lead following maximum wins in heats one and three.

Newport responded and ate away at that lead over the next four heats with 5-1 wins of their own in heats five and eight, to leave the teams tied at 24-24 just after the halfway point.

Alex Davies won heat 11 but the Rebels struggled to claw the two-point deficit back back.

The meeting was all but sealed when Newport won heat 13 with a maximum 5-1 win to take a six-point lead.

Heat 14 was tied 3-3 and despite the Rebels winning the last heat of the season 4-2, they still fell to a four-point defeat.

The club would like to thank all the supporters, sponsors, riders and committee members for a successful season.

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