THE second leg of this English Charity Shield match saw the Poole Comets pull back a four-point deficit to easily see off the challenge from a strong Coventry outfit 101-78.

Poole were in no mood to be beaten with skipper Wil Bristowe and Fraser Garnett scoring a maximum 7-3 in the opening race to put the Comets on the road to victory.

Bristowe was determined to forget the first-leg defeat at Coventry and was an inspiration to the rest of the side both on and off-track.

The fired-up Comets continued to dominate with the pairing of Ben Mould and Aaron Smith scoring two more maximums to give Poole a 14-point lead after six races.

Adam Watson gave the visitors hope by winning heat seven but two more heat wins from Matt Mildon and Aaron Smith put Poole 53-36 up at the halfway stage.

Coventry hit back with a one-two to open the second half and started to eat into the Poole lead before Smith and Mould stopped the Midland side’s revival, with a tapes-to-flag maximum in heat 14.

Although the final result was no longer in doubt, Poole kept the pressure on to run out convincing winners.

Comets more than deserved their victory with the partnership of Smith and Mould proving a key factor.

Mildon continued to shine on his return to racing and Nathan Goulden showed he is more than capable of scoring well at this level.

Team manager Colin Sutton was more than pleased with his side’s display.

He said: “It was a solid all-round team performance.

“Everyone contributed something extra to lift the side during the match, which was good to see.

“It would be wrong of me to pick one man as our man-of-the-match but special mention must go to Nathan Goulden, who celebrated his 15th birthday with two superb heat wins.”

Comets: Aaron Smith 17, Ben Mould 16, Wil Bristowe 14, Matt Mildon 12, Nathan Goulden 11, Kyran Yeatman 7, Ben Donohue 7, Jay Briggs 6.