SPEEDWAYA BRILLIANT comeback and a nervy nail-biter ended with the Wightlink Islanders taking two victories in three days this week.
The team travelled to the Derbyshire Dales for their National League match with Buxton Hitmen, already under pressure after in-form Gary Cottham broke down on route.
He did not make the start and his team-mates had difficulty adjusting to the track conditions in the early stages.
Skipper Danny Warwick recorded wins in his first two rides but the home side led 31-23 after nine of the 15 heats.
However, Cottham’s late arrival acted as the catalyst for the Islanders, who produced a brilliant comeback.
Warwick made it three wins out of three in heat ten and with Aaron Baseby third, the home side's lead was down to six.
That was quickly reduced to two points, with Ben Hopwood and Kyle Hughes finishing first and second in the next race.
Cottham followed Warwick home ahead of home rider Luke Priest to give the rampant Islanders a two-point advantage, before Warwick followed Kyle Hughes home to wrap up a 50-40 victory.
Tuesday’s meet with Stoke Potters at Smallbrook was a hard-fought encounter, as the biggest crowd of the season were treated to some top-class action.
The Islanders had to wait until heat nine to get ahead, as Warwick put an uncharacteristic heat five fall behind him to combine with Aaron Baseby to score a maximum 5-1 advantage.
That put the scoreline at 29-25 but the home fans had to wait until the penultimate race of the night to clinch victory. Baseby led heat 14 from start to finish and Cottham rode a masterful four laps to ensure Reade could not pass him, to give the Islanders a 48-42 victory.