BY HIS own admission, Davey Watt was struggling during the early stages of the 2011 season.

In fact, he went as far to say he had been “pretty useless” when interviewed after Pirates’ 54-40 victory over Eastbourne at Wimborne Road.

But those performances seemed like a long time ago as Watt produced an excellent display to claim 14 points and inspire his team to the victory over the Eagles that helped put them joint-top of the Elite League.

A wonderful manoeuvre to secure a win in heat nine was the highlight of his superb showing.

That followed five points from his opening two outings and served as the taster for Watt’s heat 12 success, where he denied tactical rider Simon Gustafsson.

The Australian ended his night in perfect fashion with another comfortable win in the final race.

Darcy Ward, meanwhile, enjoyed a couple of epic battles with former Pirates hero Bjarne Pedersen on his way to landing 14 paid points.

Pirates: 1 Chris Holder 8+1, 2 Dennis Andersson 8+1, 3 Davey Watt 14, 4 Jason Doyle 2+1, 5 Darcy Ward 12+2, 6 Kyle Newman 0, 7 Renat Gafurov 10+1.