Belle Vue Aces progress to cup final after Lakeside win

Belle Vue Aces
Belle Vue Aces celebrate the victory over Lakeside at Kirkmanshulme Lane

Belle Vue Aces are through to the Elite League Knockout Cup final after beating Lakeside Hammers 42-33 in the second leg of the semi-final.

The Aces won 87-81 on aggregate after both sides agreed to abandon the meeting early due to conditions.

"I think it marks the progress we were looking for this year," team manager Jim Lynch told BBC Radio Manchester.

"I was immensely proud of the way our boys tackled this meeting and performed on such a difficult track."

Following prolonged rain prior to the meeting, both sides agreed to review the conditions after 12 heats and decided to stop three races early.

Belle Vue, who finished seventh in the Elite League season, will now face Elite League champions Poole Pirates in the final.

"We'll be against the best club in the land and it will be a bit like a first division side taking on Man United," Lynch added.

"If anybody can make them think about it we can.

"We're not going to go into either of the two legs showing them too much respect.

"We feel the two teams are reasonably evenly matched and whilst they're a great side, we'll take our chances."

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