Results and scorers

DETAILED RESULTS FOR THE DUDLEY HEATHENS JULY-OCTOBER 2012

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03/07/12

ISLE OF WIGHT ISLANDERS v DUDLEY HEATHENS
RAINED OFF


10/07/12

GOLDEN HAMMER
RAINED OFF


17/07/12

Dudley Heathens v Scunthorpe Saints NL @ Monmore Wood

Dudley Heathens

 

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Stuart & Rebecca Parnaby
1 Adam Roynon 3 3 3 3 12 M 1 Steve Worrall 1 6^ 1* 2 1 3 14 1
2 Tom Perry R/R R R R 2 Tommy Fenwick f 1 2* f f 3 1
3 Byron Bekker 3 f 3 2* 3 2 13 1 3 Gary Irving R R R
4 James White-Williams 2* 1 3 0 0 6 1 4 Oliver Greenwood 0 R 2 1* 2 1 6 1
5 Ashley Morris 3 3 3 2* f 11 1 5 Tom Young f 2 x 1^ f 3 -
6 Darryl Ritchings 2* 3 2* x 3 10 2 6 Danny Phillips 0 1* 0 2 3 1
7 Dan Greenwood 2* 2* x 2* f 6 3 7 Max Clegg 1 1 1 1* 4 1
8                       8                    
58 33
Heat 01: Roynon, Ritchings, Worrall, Fenwick(f)  5-1 57.08
Heat 02: Ritchings, D.Greenwood, Clegg, Phillips 5-1  10-2 58.59
Heat 03: Bekker, W-Williams, Fenwick, O.Greenwood  5-1  15-3 59.72
Heat 04: Morris, D.Greenwood, Clegg, Young(f)  5-1  18-4 58.81
Heat 05: Worrall^, Fenwick, W-Williams, Bekker  1-8 21-12 60.56
Heat 06: Roynon, Young, Phillips, D.Greenwood(fx)  3-3  24-15 56.26
(NEW NL TRACK RECORD)
Heat 07: Morris, Ritchings, O.Greenwood(R), Young(fx)  5-0  29-15 58.59
Heat 08: Bekker, Greenwood, Clegg, Fenwick(f)  5-1  34-16 60.30
Heat 09: W-Williams, Bekker, Young^, Phillips  5-1  39-17 60.93
Heat 10: Roynon, O.Greenwood, Worrall, W-Williams  3-3  42-20 58.04
Heat 11: Morris, Worrall, Fenwick(f), Ritchings(fx)  3-2  45-22 59.07
Heat 12: Bekker, Phillips, O.Greenwood, D.Greenwood(f)  3-3  48-25 61.41
Heat 13: Roynon, Morris, Worrall, Young(f)  5-1  53-26 58.50
Heat 14: Ritchings, O.Greenwood, Clegg, W-Williams 3-3  56-29 60.28
Heat 15: Worrall, Bekker, O.Greenwood, Morris(f)  2-4  58-33 61.14
 


DUDLEY Heathens powered to yet another convincing home win - this time overcoming Scunthorpe Saints by a 58-33 scoreline to return to the top of the National League table.
In front of another bumper Monmore Wood crowd, Heathens raced into an early lead, striking 5-1s in each of the opening four races.
Although the visitors did hit back with an 8-1 in Heat 5 when Byron Bekker fell, they were never able to recover from their sluggish start. Dudley punished their opponents for a string of mistakes - extending their advantage to a comprehensive 25 points by the time the meeting drew to a close.
South African Bekker top-scored with an impressive 13+1 total which included a Heat 15 appearance, whilst flying No.1 Adam Roynon romped to a 12-point maximum and broke his own National League track record in the process.
Ashley Morris came agonisingly close to a full house - being denied by a Heat 15 fall as he was battling with the Saints’ top man Steve Worrall - but it was reserve Darryl Ritchings who bagged the rider of the night award after his contribution of 10+2.
Team Coach Jan O. Pedersen was delighted with the performance, and said: “It is an absolutely fantastic win, and all the boys did really well even without Tom (Perry).  “We still had a high score, a couple of the boys were a little rusty because we haven’t been riding for so long, but all in all it was a fantastic performance.”


20/07/12

Stoke Potters v Dudley Heathens NL @ Loomer Road

Stoke Potters

 

Dudley Heathens

Team Manager - Malcolm Vasey Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Simon Lambert 3 3 3 3 2 14 - 1 Steve Worrall (G) 2 2* 3 3 0 3 13 1
2 Adam Wrathall ef f 1 0 1 - 2 James White-Williams 1* 1 f 1 3 1
3 Tony Atkin 1 2 1 1* 1* 6 2 3 Tom Perry 3 2 2 3 2 f 12 -
4 Ross Walter fx 0 0 0 0 - 4 Ashley Morris R R
5 Ashley Birks 3 - - - - 3 - 5 Byron Bekker fx 2 2* 1* 2 7 2
6 Jack Kingston 1* 0 0 1 2 1 6 Darryl Ritchings 3 1* 1* 3 0 8 2
7 Ben Reade 2 2* 3 3 2 2 3 17 1 7 Dan Greenwood fx 1 2 1* 4 1
8                       8                    
43 47
Heat 01: Lambert, Worrall, W.Williams, Wrathall(ef)  3-3  64.4
Heat 02: Ritchings, Reade, Kingston, Greenwood(fx)  3-3  6-6  65.3
Heat 03: Perry, Worrall, Atkin, Walter(fx)  1-5  7-11  AW
Heat 04: Birks, Reade, Greenwood, Bekker(fx)  5-1  12-12  66.0
Heat 05: Worrall, Atkin, W.Williams, Walter 2-4  14-16  64.7
Heat 06: Lambert, Bekker, Ritchings, Wrathall(f)  3-3  17-19  65.1
Heat 07: Reade, Perry, Ritchings, Kingston  3-3  20-22  64.7
Heat 08: Reade, Greenwood, Wrathall, W.Williams(f)  4-2  24-24  66.3
Heat 09: Ritchings, Bekker, Atkin, Walter  1-5  25-29  65.7
Heat 10: Lambert, Perry, Bekker, Wrathall  3-3  28-32  64.6
Heat 11: Worrall, Reade, W.Williams, Kingston 2-4  30-36  64.9
Heat 12: Perry, Reade, Atkin, Ritchings  3-3  33-39  64.9
Heat 13: Lambert, Bekker, Kingston, Worrall  4-2  37-41  66.0
Heat 14: Reade, Perry, Greenwood, Walter  3-3  40-44  65.7
Heat 15: Worrall, Lambert, Atkin, Perry(f)  3-3  43-47  65.0
 
DUDLEY Heathens made it eight wins out eight in the National League this season with a terrific 47-43 victory in Saturday’s local derby at Stoke. Heathens raced at Loomer Road without Adam Roynon and Ashley Morris due to Premier League commitments, although guest Steve Worrall proved a good stand-in for Roynon and won the decisive final race.
The Potters also suffered in their upper-order as Ashley Birks was forced to pull out due to illness after one ride, flying reserve Ben Reade working hard to cover with the Potters’ lower-order all having to take four rides as a result.
Heathens took the lead with a 5-1 from Worrall and Tom Perry in Heat 3, although early falls for Dan Greenwood and Byron Bekker prevented them from holding a clearer advantage.  The home side levelled with a 4-2 in Heat 8 when leader James White-Williams came down on the last bend as Reade challenged for the lead, but the Heathens hit back immediately through Bekker and Darryl Ritchings in Heat 9.  A 4-2 followed in Heat 11 to put Dudley seemingly in control, and a superb ride from Perry to pass Reade in the next race left them 39-33 up with three heats to go – but a nervous finale was in store.  Worrall fell in Heat 13 handing third place to Jack Kingston for a Stoke 4-2, and then Perry lost a race-win on the last bend of Heat 14 due to mechanical trouble, as Reade stole victory with the Heathens man making it home for second.  That left Stoke needing a 5-1 in the decider to draw and their hopes were raised when Perry looped on the start-line putting him out of the race – but Worrall became the first man to beat Simon Lambert since his recent return to the Potters, and the Heathens’ victory was secure.  Boss Will Pottinger said: “I’m delighted with the win. Nobody expected that here with us being without Adam and Ash, but every one of the riders did a superb job.  “It would have been nice to get four league points but I’m delighted to come away with three and remain unbeaten in the league.

22/07/12

NATIONAL LEAGUE PAIRS @ MILDENHALL

FINAL:
MILDENHALL 17: Cameron Heeps 11, Lewis Blackbird 6.       BUXTON 14: Robert Branford 8, Charles Wright 6.

DUDLEY 12: Tom Perry 10, Byron Bekker 2.                      SCUNTHORPE 11: Gary Irving 8, Tom Young 3.


24/07/12

Isle of Wight Islanders v Dudley Heathens NL @ Smallbrook

Isle of Wight

 

Dudley Heathens

Team Managers - Chris Hunt & Kevin Shepherd Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Danny Warwick 0 1 ef 1 2 - 1 Adam Roynon 3 3 3 3 12 M
2 Ben Hopwood 2 0 3 1 0 6 - 2 Dan Greenwood 1 1 1* 1 4 1
3 Kyle Hughes 1 2 3 3 1 10 - 3 Tom Perry 3 3 3 2 3 14 -
4 Aaron Baseby 0 0 1 0 1 - 4 Byron Bekker 2* 2* 2* 2 2* 10 4
5 Mark Baseby 2 0^ 2 0 4 - 5 Ashley Morris ef 3 2 2* 7 1
6 Adam Ellis 1 1 x 0 2 - 6 Darryl Ritchings 2* 2* 0 1* 5 3
7 Paul Starke ef 1* 0 0 x 3 4 1 7 James White-Williams 3 3 2 1* 9 1
8                       8                    
29 61
Heat 01: Roynon, Hopwood, Greenwood, Warwick 2-4  66.9
Heat 02: W.Williams, Ritchings, Ellis, Starke(ef)  1-5  3-9 
Heat 03: Perry, Bekker, Hughes, A.Baseby  1-5  4-14
Heat 04: W.Williams, M.Baseby, Starke, Morris  3-3  7-17  70.9
Heat 05: Roynon, Hughes, Greenwood, A.Baseby  2-4  9-21
Heat 06: Morris, Ritchings, Warwick, Hopwood 1-5  10-26
Heat 07: Perry, Bekker, Ellis, M.Baseby^  1-5  11-31  70.0
Heat 08: Hopwood, W.Williams, Greenwood, Starke  3-3  14-34  70.6
Heat 09: Hughes, Morris, A.Baseby, Ritchings  4-2  18-36  69.5
Heat 10: Perry, Bekker, Hopwood, Warwick(ef)  1-5 19-41  69.3
Heat 11: Roynon, M.Baseby, Greenwood, Starke, Ellis(x2min)   2-4  21-45  66.4
Heat 12: Hughes, Perry, Ritchings, Ellis(ef),Starke(x2mins)  3-3  24-48  69.1
Heat 13: Roynon, Morris, Warwick, M.Baseby  1-5  25-53  67.7
Heat 14: Starke, Bekker, W.Williams, A.Baseby  3-3  28-56  70.6
Heat 15: Perry, Bekker, Hughes, Hopwood  1-5  29-61  69.0

New NL track record

 
DUDLEY Heathens underlined their National League title credentials with an emphatic 61-29 victory at the Isle of Wight on Tuesday.
It was a ninth straight league win for the rampant former Cradley club, and it came at a venue where many were expecting them to receive one of their toughest tests of the season.  But with skipper Adam Roynon again immaculate – and adding another track record to his growing collection – and the whole team chipping in with points, Heathens topped the 60-point mark for the second time on the road this season.
The only setback was a mechanical failure for Ashley Morris in Heat 4, but he recovered to win his second outing as a succession of advantages saw the Heathens race into a 31-11 lead after seven races – with both of the Islanders’ tactical rides going to waste with Danny Warwick and Mark Baseby trailing in third.  It took until Heat 8 for the home side to record a race win, that going to Ben Hopwood, and their sole advantage came in the next heat with a 4-2.  But Heathens were straight back in charge with Tom Perry and Byron Bekker carding the third of four 5-1s together, Roynon racing to his record-breaking Heat 11 win and also teaming up with Morris in Heat 13.
The 61-point total was completed by more maximum points from Bekker and Perry in Heat 15, as the Heathens opened up a six point lead at the top of the table.  Boss Will Pottinger said: “I’m delighted with that performance from the lads. Every one of them were superb, and Adam was in a different class and achieved another track record despite having a bike problem!  “Stoke and Mildenhall in August are going to be tough tests, but we can’t wait for those meetings now.”

31/07/11

2012 GOLDEN HAMMER

Rider

Rider

1 Ashley Morris 3 2 3 3 0   11   9 Todd Kurtz 3 1 2 1 2   9
2 Kyle Howarth / Brendon Johnson NS fx 1 1 1   3   10 Tom Perry 2 3 1 2 2   10
3 Joe Haines / Lee Smart 2 1 1 1 1   6   11 James White-Williams f 0 1 f 1   2
4 Cameron Heeps ef 1 2 2 3   8   12 Simon Lambert 1 3 3 2 3   12
5 Adam Roynon 3 3 f 3 f   9   13 Darryl Ritchings 1 0 0 3 0   4
6 Dan Greenwood 1 1 2 0 2   6   14 Byron Bekker 2 2 3 0 2   9
7 Ashley Birks 2 3 3 1 3   12   15 Kyle Newman 3 2 2 3 3   13
8 Ben Reade 0 2 f/r 2 1   5   16 Jamie Pickard 0 0 f/r 0 0   0
res                   res                

Heat 1   Morris, Smart, Johnson(NS), Heeps(15m)(ef)   60.43
Heat 2   Roynon, Birks, Greenwood, Reade   59.94
Heat 3   Kurtz, Perry, Lambert(15), W.Williams   60.29
Heat 4   Newman, Bekker, Ritchings, Pickard   61.72
Heat 5   Roynon, Morris, Kurtz, Ritchings   59.88
Heat 6   Perry, Bekker, Greenwood, Johnson   60.82
Heat 7   Birks, Newman, Smart, W.Williams   60.85
Heat 8   Lambert, Reade, Heeps, Pickard   61.25
Heat 9   Morris, Greenwood, W.Williams, Pickard(f/r)   60.53 
Heat 10 Lambert, Newman, Johnson, Roynon(f)   AW
Heat 11 Bekker, Kurtz, Smart, Reade(fr)  61.03
Heat 12 Birks, Heeps, Perry, Ritchings   60.72
Heat 13 Morris, Lambert, Birks, Bekker   61.03
Heat 14 Ritchings, Reade, Johnson, W.Williams   61.15
Heat 15 Roynon, Perry, Smart, Pickard   59.69
Heat 16 Newman, Heeps, Kurtz, Greenwood  61.13
Heat 17 Newman, Perry, Reade, Morris   60.25
Heat 18 Birks, Kurtz, Johnson, Pickard   61.12
Heat 19 Lambert, Greenwood, Smart, Ritchings   61.12
Heat 20 Heeps, Bekker, W.Williams, Roynon(f)  AW

 
 
FORMER Dudley rider Kyle Newman emerged victorious at the prestigious F.A.S.T Golden Hammer event at Monmore Wood - but there was disappointment for the sizeable home crowd as no Heathens riders managed to make the rostrum.
Penkridge youngster Ashley Morris pulled off a sublime move in his penultimate ride to go from third to first on the final lap against other major contenders and set himself up for victory going into his last ride.
However, he trailed at the back in Heat 17 and Newman, who had been just one point behind Morris at the top of the standings, took the chequered flag to secure the title.
Stoke duo Simon Lambert and Ashley Birks then won their final rides to take second and third place respectively after countback - denying fans' favourite Morris a place on the rostrum.
Pre-meeting favourite Adam Roynon suffered two falls to end his chances as he finished down in joint sixth place on nine points.
Tom Perry was always in the mix but eventually finished fifth on ten points, whilst Byron Bekker also impressed to finish on nine - although a fall in his fourth ride ended his chances.

Track conditons quickly settled down after pre-meeting rain, and track staff also worked wonders to repair extensive fence damage which forced an early interval when Brendan Johnson and Dan Greenwood collided on the first bend of Heat 6, thankfully without injury to either rider.

07/08/12

Dudley Heathens V Stoke @Monmore Wood

Dudley Heathens

 

Stoke Potters

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Malcolm Vasey
1 Adam Roynon 3 3 3 3 3 15 M 1 Simon Lambert 2 4^ 3 1 0 10 1
2 Dan Greenwood R R R - 2 Adam Wrathall 0 f 0 fx 0 -
3 Byron Bekker 3 1 3 1* 2* 1 11 2 3 Tony Atkin 1 1 1* 0 3 1
4 Darryl Ritchings 2* x 1 2 1 6 1 4 Ross Walter 0 0 0 0 -
5 Ashley Morris 3 3 fx 0 6 - 5 Ashley Birks fx 2 6 2 2 12 -
6 Tom Perry 1 3 3 2* 3 3 15 1 6 Liam Carr 0 0 0 0 -
7 James White-Williams 2* f 1 0 2 5 1 7 Ben Reade 1 2 2 2 1 2 10 -
8                       8                    
58 35

Heat 01: Roynon, Lambert, Perry, Wrathall  4-2  4-2  59.40
Heat 02: Perry, W.Williams, Reade, Carr   5-1  9-3  60.19
Heat 03: Bekker, Ritchings, Atkin, Walter  5-1  14-4  60.22
Heat 04: Morris, Reade, W.Williams(f), Birks(f)  3-2  17-6
Heat 05: Perry, Lambert^, Bekker, Wrathall  3-3  20-10  59.84
Heat 06: Roynon, Birks, Ritchings, Carr  4-2  25-12  58.91
Heat 07: Morris, Perry, Atkin, Walter  5-1  30-13  59.82
Heat 08: Bekker, Reade, W.Williams, Wrathall  4-2  34-15  61.31`
Heat 09: Birks^, Bekker, Ritchings, Carr  3-6  37-21  59.44
Heat 10: Roynon, Reade, Atkin, W.Williams  3-3  40-24  60.34
Heat 11: Lambert, W.Williams, Morris(f), Wrathall(f)  2-3  42-27 61.38
Heat 12: W.Williams, Bekker, Reade, Atkin  5-1  47-28  60.38
Heat 13: Roynon, Birks, Lambert, Morris  3-3  50-31  59.43
Heat 14: Perry, Reade, Ritchings, Walter  4-2  54-33  60.32
Heat 15: Roynon, Birks, Bekker, Lambert  4-2  58-35  58.25
 


DUDLEY Heathens shrugged off what had been dubbed as their biggest challenge of the season so far to take a 58-35 victory over Stoke at Monmore Wood.  The hosts raced into an early lead with 5-1s in Heats 2,3 and 7 - and Stoke were simply unable to make any inroads against their superior opponents, with an Ashley Birks tactical ride providing them with their only significant heat advantage.  Skipper Adam Roynon bounced back from his Golden Hammer disappointment to score a comprehensive 15-point maximum, whilst Tom Perry was only denied a maximum of his own by a bike problem in his first outing.
It was Byron Bekker who scooped the rider of the night though, as he continued his superb form with a hard-fought contribution of 12+1.   Darryl Ritchings and James White-Williams both scored some useful points to help cover the absence of Dan Greenwood, whilst Ashley Morris made an excellent start to the meeting, but failed to score in his final two rides - and was involved in controversy, having a heated exchange with opposition No.1 Simon Lambert out on track following an incident which saw Morris disqualified after hitting the deck in Heat 11.  All in all it was an excellent win from the rampant Heathens as they continue to build up momentum ahead of their two top-of-the-table clashes against Mildenhall in two weeks' time.
Roynon said: "It was a tough meeting. On paper it looked to be tougher than what we made out. We understood the importance of this meeting and it could have almost been a play-off rehearsal. We made sure we got the points in early and to get a win like that was great.
"It was a real message to the other teams. Stoke went to Mildenhall and won there on Sunday, but they have come here and we gave them a bit of a spanking so that certainly was really good."


09/08/12

Isle of Wight Islanders v Dudley Heathens NLKOC 2 @ Smallbrook

Dudley Heathens

 

Team Manager - Chris Hunt & Kevin Shepherd Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Brendon Johnson (G) 0 2 1 Adam Roynon 3 3
2 Ben Hopwood 2 1* 2 Dan Greenwood  R/R TP DR
3 Mark Baseby R/R DS DS 3 Byron Bekker 1*
4 Paul Starke 3 2 4 Darryl Ritchings 2 1
5 Kyle Hughes 3 5 Ashley Morris 2 3
6 Danny Stoneman 0 0 0 6 Tom Perry 1 2* 0
7 Adam Ellis 1 1 7 James White-Williams 3 0
8                       8                    
Heat 01: Roynon, Hopwood, Perry, Johnson  2-4  68.30
Heat 02: W.Williams, Perry, Ellis, Stoneman  1-5  3-9  70.70
Heat 03: Starke, Ritchings, Bekker, Stoneman  3-3  6-12  71.20
Heat 04: Hughes, Morris, Ellis, W.Williams  4-2  11-13  70.30
Heat 05: Roynon, Starke, Ritchings, Stoneman  2-4  12-18  67.50
Heat 06: Morris, Johnson, Hopwood, Perry  3-3  15-21  70.50
Heat 07: MEETING ABANDONED - RIDER SAFETY
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DUDLEY Heathens have been kept waiting for a place in the Knockout Cup Final - after their meeting at the Isle of Wight was abandoned due to fog!
The former Cradley club were 21-15 ahead after six races - a staggering 34 up on aggregate - when the meeting was called to a halt.
And because they hadn't reached the conclusion of 12 races, the rules state a result cannot be declared and Heathens are facing the prospect of another long trip to the island.
Boss Will Pottinger said: "It was the correct decision and it's just a shame we couldn't get through to Heat 12 which is the cut-off for a result.  "Obviously we were in a great position and it would be nice not to have to make the trip again, but we have already liased with the Islanders management with a view to a new date and hope we can make an announcement soon."  Heathens are next in action on Sunday, August 19, at title rivals Mildenhall with the return at Monmore on Tuesday, August 21 in what promises to be the match of the National League season.
HEATHENS are through to the National League Knockout Cup Final.
The former Cradley club have beaten the Isle of Wight by 34-points on aggregate after last Thursday’s 21-15 score in the away leg of the semi-final was allowed to stand.  The meeting was abandoned after six races because of fog and Islanders bosses have told the Speedway Control Bureau they wish to concede the tie.  Now they will face the winners of the Mildenhall v Stoke Semi-Final which will be decided next month.
Heathens Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We are naturally delighted to be going through to a major final and we will make it a very special occasion.  “Cradley had a fantastic record in the cup competitions and we want to keep that going.  “The Islanders are concerned about a lack of dates because of the bad weather and they conceded there was very little chance of turning the tie around.  “We did the work in the first leg and rode well in the return only for the fog to come down. Hopefully the final will be held in good conditions!”

19/08/12

Mildenhall Fen Tigers v Dudley Heathens NL @ West Row

Mildenhall Fen Tigers

 

Dudley Heathens

Team Manager - Rob Henry Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Jason Garrity 3 3 1 2* 9 1 1 Gary Irving (G) 2 3 2 4^ fx 11 -
2 Lewis Blackbird R/R JJ SN DH JB 2 Darryl Ritchings 1* 1 0 2 1* 1* 6 3
3 Joe Jacobs fx 3 2 2* 2* 3 12 2 3 Ashley Morris R/R DR GI BB DG
4 Daniel Halsey 2* 1* 3 3 3 0 12 2 4 Dan Greenwood 0 1* 0 1 2 4 1
5 Stefan Nielsen 3 1 3 3 3 13 - 5 Byron Bekker 2 2 1 2 1 2 10 -
6 Ryan Terry Daley x 0 xt 0 0 - 6 Conner Dwyer (G) x 0 0 0 -
7 Josh Bates fx 1 fx 3 3 f 7 - 7 James White Williams 3 0 1* 0 1* 5 2
8                       8                    
53 36

Heat 01: Garrity, Irving, Ritchings, Jacobs (fx)   3-3  AW
Heat 02: W.Williams, Daley (x), Bates(fx),Dwyer(x)  0-3  3-6 AW
Heat 03: Jacobs, Halsey, Ritchings, Greenwood  5-1  8-7  53.7
Heat 04: Nielsen, Bekker, Bates, W.Williams  4-2  12-9
Heat 05: Irving, Halsey, Jacobs, Ritchings   3-3  15-12  52.8
Heat 06: Garrity, Bekker, Nielsen, Dwyer  4-2  19-14  53.3
Heat 07: Nielsen, Irving, Greenwood, Daley  3-3  22-17 
Heat 08: Halsey, Ritchings, W.Williams, Bates(fx)  3-3  25-20  53.6
Heat 09: Halsey, Jacobs, Bekker, Dwyer  5-1  30-21 53.9
Heat 10: Bates, Bekker, Garrity, Greenwood  4-2  34-23  53.5
Heat 11: Nielsen, Irving^, Ritchings, Daley(15m)  3-5  37-28  53.4
Heat 12: Bates, Jacobs, Greenwood, W.Williams  5-1 42-29 53.0
Heat 13: Nielsen, Garrity, Bekker, Irving(fx)  5-1  47-30  54.1
Heat 14: Halsey, Greenwood, W.Williams, Bates(f) 3-3 50-33
Heat 15: Jacobs, Bekker, Ritchings, Halsey  3-3  53-36  54.5
 


DUDLEY Heathens’ perfect National League record came to an end with a 53-36 defeat at Mildenhall.
It was no great surprise that the eleventh match of the league campaign proved to be the end of Heathens’ winning run, as they had to travel to West Row without their top three riders on form this season – Adam Roynon, Ashley Morris and Tom Perry.
The visitors did take an early lead thanks to a 3-0 in an eventful Heat 2 which saw three riders disqualified, and at mid-meeting with the scores at 25-20 in Mildenhall’s favour, Heathens still had a chance of an unlikely point.  But the Fen Tigers then moved clear and guest Gary Irving was limited to second place on his tactical ride by Stefan Nielsen in Heat 11.
Two 5-1s in Heats 12 and 13 ended the Heathens’ challenge, enabling the home side to go level on points with Dudley at the top of the table.  But the three remaining fixtures for the Heathens are all at home, and they can take a giant step towards securing top spot if they win Tuesday’s return fixture, when all of their big hitters are due to return.
Boss Will Pottinger said: “We are pleased to get this meeting out of the way as we were on a hiding to nothing and Mildenhall knew that.  "Once again we had fantastic travelling support and we thank Gary Irving for standing in for Adam Roynon.  "We didn't win enough races and that's because we were without our top three riders. We must now focus totally on Tuesday at Monmore Green and look for some revenge.”


21/08/12

Dudley Heathens v Mildenhall @ Monmore Wood

Dudley Heathens

 

Mildenhall Fen Tigers

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Rob Henry
1 Adam Roynon 3 3 3 2 2 13 - 1 Lewis Kerr (G) 0 1* 0 1 2 1
2 Darryl Ritchings 1 ef 1 1 3 - 2 Joe Jacobs 2 2 4^ 2 3 13 -
3 Byron Bekker 3 3 3 ef 9 - 3 Stefan Nielsen 2 1 4^ 2* f 9 1
4 Dan Greenwood 0 0 2* 2* 4 2 4 Daniel Halsey 1* fx f 1 2 1
5 Ashley Morris 3 2* 1 f 6 1 5 Lewis Blackbird 2 2 fx 3 7 -
- Tom Perry 3 3 3 3 3 1* 16 1 6 Ryan Terry-Daley 0 1* 1 2 1
7 James White-Williams 1 1 1 3 - 7 Josh Bates 2 0 f 3 fx 5 -
8                       8                    
54 40

Heat 01: Roynon, Jacobs, Ritchings, Kerr  4-2  60.85
Heat 02: Perry, Bates, W.Williams, T.Daley  4-2  8-4  61.65
Heat 03: Bekker, Nielsen, Halsey, Greenwood  3-3  11-7  60.96
Heat 04: Morris, Blackbird, W.Williams, Bates  3-3  15-9  61.5
Heat 05: Bekker, Jacobs, Kerr, Greenwood  3-3  18-12  61.4
Heat 06: Roynon, Blackbird, T.Daley, Ritchings  3-3  21-15
Heat 07: Perry, Morris, Nielsen, Halsey(fx)  5-1  26-16  60.79
Heat 08: Perry, Jacobs^, Ritchings, Bates(fx)  4-4  30-20  AW
Heat 09: Bekker, Greenwood, T.Daley, Blackbird(x)  5-1  35-21  61.95
Heat 10: Roynon, Nielsen4^, Ritchings, Halsey(f) 4-4  39-25  61.62
Heat 11: Perry, Jacobs, Morris, Kerr  4-2  43-27  60.73
Heat 12: Bates, Nielsen, W.Williams, Bekker  1-5  44-32  62.82
Heat 13: Blackbird, Roynon, Kerr, Morris(f)  2-4  46-36  61.43
Heat 14: Perry, Greenwood, Halsey, Bates(fx)  5-1  51-37  AW
Heat 15: Jacobs, Roynon, Perry, Nielsen  3-3  54-40
 


HEATHENS remain on course to finish with the National League leaders trophy after a 54-40 win over title rivals Mildenhall at Monmore Green.  The former Cradley club need to win their last two league meetings over Rye House and the Isle of Wight to go into the play-offs top of the league and have first pick of semi-final opponents.
Reserve Tom Perry was only denied a maximum in heat 15 - whilst Adam Roynon racked up 13 valuable points from the No.1 jacket.
South African star Byron Bekker also added three race wins before an engine failure in his final outing - and with that trio accounting for 11 race wins, the solid scores of the remaining riders were all that was required.
Rider of the night Perry said: "Everyone rode pretty good and it was a great team performance.   "It will give the team a great confidence boost to beat them, so it is a massive result for us.”
A brief yet very heavy shower minutes before the meeting commenced meant that the riders had to cope with soggy track conditions - but that didn't stop Dudley as they bagged heat advantages in heats 1, 2 and 4 to open up a 6-point lead.
Ashley Morris and Perry raced to a 5-1 in the seventh race of the night - before Perry cancelled out a first Mildenhall tactical ride placed on Joe Jacobs.
The second Mildenhall tactical ride was placed on Stefan Nielsen in Heat 10 - but again it proved unsuccessful as Roynon took the chequered flag ahead of him to keep Dudley 14 points ahead

Report  - Rich Jones


26/08/12

NATIONAL LEAGUE FOURS @ Loomer Road Stoke

Group 1 - Dudley 21, Stoke 17, Rye House 9, IOW 5

Group 2 - Mildenhall 23, Buxton 12, Kings Lynn 6, Scunthorpe 5

Final - Dudley
1 Darryl Ritchings 0 2 2
2 Ashley Morris 2 3 5
3 Adam Roynon x 2 2
4 Byron Bekker 1 0 1
10
Final - Mildenhall
1 Lewis Blackbird 2 0 2
2 Stefan Nielsen 3 3 6
3 Joe Jacobs 3 3 6
4 Daniels Halsey 3 0 3
17

Final - Stoke

1 Ashley Birks x 3 3
2 James Cockle 0 2 2
3 Tony Atkin 1 0 1
4 Liam Carr 0 1 1
7
 
Final - Buxton
1 Adam McKinna 1 1 2
2 Luke Priest 2 2 4
3 Charles Wright 3 1 4
4 Dean Felton 2 1 3
13

Heat 01: Nielsen, Felton, Atkin, Ritchings  64.8
Heat 02: Jacobs, Morris, McKinna, Carr  65.3
Heat 03: Halsey, Priest, Birks(x), Roynon(x) 66.2
Heat 04: Wright, Blackbird, Bekker, Cockle 65.0
Heat 05: Birks, Ritchings, McKinna, Blackbird --
Heat 06: Nielsen, Priest, Carr, Bekker  --
Heat 07: Jacobs, Roynon, Wright, Atkin 65.1
Heat 08: Morris, Cockle, Felton, Halsey  64.6
 

28/08/12

 Dudley Heathens v Rye House Raiders @ Monmore Wood

Dudley Heathens

 

Rye House Raiders

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager -
1 Adam Roynon 3 3 3 9 M 1 Jason Garrity R/R SH BM JS
2 Darryl Ritchings 2* 2* 3 2* 9 PM 2 Luke Chessell 0 0 0 0 0 -
3 Byron Bekker 3 3 2* 3 11 PM 3 Ben Morley 2 1^ 1 1 2 7 -
4 Dan Greenwood 0 2* 3 5 1 4 Shane Hazelden 1 1* 0 0 2 1
5 Ashley Morris 3 3 2* 8 PM 5 James Sarjeant 2 1 1^ 0 4 -
6 Tom Perry 3 2* 3 8 1 6 Brad Tokley x 0 ns 0 -
7 James White-Williams 2* 1 1 1 5 1 7 Connor Coles 1 0 2 0 3 -
8                       8                    
55 16

Heat 01: Roynon, Ritchings, Hazeldon, Chessell(fx)  5-1  AW
Heat 02: Perry, W.Williams, Coles, Tokley(15m)(x)  5-1  10-2 
Heat 03: Bekker, Morley, Hazeldon, Greenwood(fx)  3-3  13-5
Heat 04: Morris, Sarjeant(15m), W.Williams, Coles  4-2  17-7
Heat 05: Bekker, Greenwood, Morley^, Chessell(fx)  5-1  22-8
Heat 06: Roynon, Ritchings, Sarjeant, Tockley  5-1  27-9
Heat 07: Morris, Perry, Morley, Hazeldon  5-1  32-10
Heat 08: Ritchings, Coles, W.Williams, Chessell(fx)  4-2  36-12
Heat 09: Greenwood, Bekker, Sarjeant^, Tokley(ns)  5-1  41-13
Heat 10: Roynon, Ritchings, Morley, Hazeldon  5-1  46-14
Heat 11: Perry Morris, Sarjeant(f), Chessell(ef) 5-1  51-15
Heat 12: Bekker, Morley, W.Williams, Coles  4-2  55-16
Heat 13: ABANDONED FOLLOWING HEAVY RAINSTORM
Heat 14:
Heat 15:
 


DUDLEY Heathens sent out a strong message to their title rivals with a bruising 55-16 victory over Rye House at Monmore Wood.  The former Cradley club were in rampant mood throughout, scoring eight 5-1s in the opening twelve races before a heavy downpour brought proceedings to an abrupt halt.
Rye House had used two tactical rides before that point, but on both occasions Byron Bekker and Dan Greenwood cancelled them out superbly to keep Dudley in control.
Adam Roynon comfortably won each of his three heats - whilst Ashley Morris and Tom Perry also took paid-maximums from their three outings.
Bekker continued his tremendous form to also end unbeaten, with Greenwood and James White-Williams both scoring 5+1 and picking up vital points.  But it was youngster Darryl Ritchings who bagged the rider of the night award after he fought his way to his maiden paid-maximum to ensure five Heathens ended the night unbeaten.  Ritchings said: "It was really good. I am so pleased to get that first maximum.  "The track got a little tricky towards the end but I managed to have all my rides before the rain came down so it was okay for me.”


04/09/12

 Dudley Heathens v Isle of Wight Islanders

Dudley Heathens

 

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Chris Hunt & Kevin Shepherd
1 Ashley Birks (G) 3 2* 3 3 11 PM 1 Danny Warwick 2 2 1^ 0 0 5 -
2 Dan Greenwood 1 3 3 2* 9 1 2 Ben Hopwood 0 1* 1 0 2 1
3 Tom Perry 3 3 3 3 2* 14 PM 3 Aaron Baseby R/R/R RW PS DS -
4 Byron Bekker 2* X 1 2* 5 2 4 Steve Jones 1 1 0 1 3 -
5 Ashley Morris 2 3 3 2* 3 13 1 5 Paul Starke 3 1 1^ 2 1 1 8 -
6 Darryl Ritchings 2* 2* 2* 3 9 PM 6 Ross Walter 1 0 0 1 2 -
7 James White-Williams 2* 0 2* 2* 7 2 7 Danny Stoneman F 1 0 1 FX 0 2 -
8                       8                    
68 22

Heat 01: Birks, Warwick, Greenwood, Hopwood(f/r)  4-2  59.06
Heat 02: W.Williams, Ritchings, Walter, Stoneman(f)  5-1  9-3  61.47
Heat 03: Perry, Bekker, Jones, Walter  5-1  14-4  58.56
Heat 04: Starke, Morris, Stoneman, W.Williams  2-4  16-8  59.73
Heat 05: Perry, Warwick, Hopwood, Bekker(x)  3-3  19-11  59.03
Heat 06: Greenwood, Birks, Starke, Walter  5-1  24-12  60.09
Heat 07: Morris, Ritchings, Jones, Starke^  5-1  29-13  60.19
Heat 08: Greenwood, W.Williams,Hopwood, Stoneman  5-1  34-14  59.75
Heat 09: Perry, Starke, Bekker, Walter  4-2  38-16  59.43
Heat 10: Birks, Greenwood, Stoneman, Jones  5-1  43-17
Heat 11: Morris, Ritchings, Warwick, Hopwood  5-1  48-18  59.83
Heat 12: Perry, W.Williams, Walter, Stoneman(fx)  5-1  53-19  59.88
Heat 13: Birks, Morris, Starke, Warwick  5-1  58-20  58.50
Heat 14: Ritchings, Bekker, Jones, Stoneman  5-1  63-21
Heat 15: Morris, Perry, Starke, Warwick  5-1  68-22  58.92
 


DUDLEY secured their position at the top of the National League table with a 68-22 thrashing of Isle of Wight at Monmore Green.
Heathens did not have things all their own way early on though, but a sensational return of nine 5-1s in the final ten heats ensured that they were comprehensive winners.
Isle of Wight did use two tactical rides - but Paul Starke lost his steel shoe when on course for six-points to gift Ashley Morris and Darryl Ritchings a 5-1 in heat 7, before the same pairing cancelled out Danny Warwick's attempt four races later.  In the absence of number 1 Adam Roynon through injury, Ashley Birks guested and struck a paid maximum whilst Tom Perry was also unbeaten on his return to the main body.
The man who dropped back down to reserve in his place - Darryl Ritchings - bagged his second consecutive maximum in sensational style whilst his partner James White-Williams scooped the rider of the night award after three wins out of four.
Dan Greenwood, Ashley Morris and Byron Bekker all performed superbly for the rampant former-Cradley club giving the side no less than fourteen race winners as each team member contributed at least paid 7.
White-Williams said: "It was a massive win for the team. Everyone played their part and we couldn't have done any better really.  "To get top of the league is great and the way we have been performing has just been unreal. It's been a brilliant season.”



25/09/12

Dudley Heathens v Stoke Potters - NL Play-Off Semi-Final

RAINED OFF


07/10/12

Mildenhall Fen Tigers v Dudley Heathens KO Cup Final

Dudley Heathens

 

Mildenhall Fen Tigers

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Rob Henry
1 Jason Garrity (G) 2 3 3 3 3 14 - 1 Joe Haines 3 4^ 3 1* 2 13 1
2 Lewis Blackbird R/R JJ JB DH JB - - 2 Ashley Morris R/R DR DR TP DG - -
3 Joe Jacobs 1* 3 3 3 3 1 14 1 3 Byron Bekker f/inj - - - - - - 0 -
4 Daniel Halsey 2* 1 3 2* 3 11 2 4 Dan Greenwood X 2 0 0 1 3 -
5 Stefan Nielsen 2* 3 2 R 7 1 5 Tom Perry 1 2 4^ 1 2 0 10 -
6 Ryan Terry-Daley 1 1 1* 2* 5 2 6 Darryl Ritchings 0 2 0 1* 1 1 0 5 1
7 Josh Bates 3 3 X 0 2* 2* 10 2 7 James White Williams 0 1 0 1* 0 0 0 2 2
8                       8                    
61 33

Heat 01: Haines, Garrity, Jacobs, Ritchings  3-3  50.8
Heat 02: Bates, Ritchings, T-Daley, W-Williams  4-2  7-5  51.3
Heat 03: Jacobs, Halsey, W-Williams, Greenwood(X), Bekker (fell Inj.)5-1 12-6 51.5
Heat 04: Bates, Nielsen, Perry, W-Williams 5-1  17-7 51.5
Heat 05: Jacobs, Haines^, Halsey, Ritchings 4-4 21-11  51.3
Heat 06: Garrity, Perry, W-Williams, Bates(X)  3-3  24-14 AW
Heat 07: Nielsen, Greenwood, T-Daley, W-Williams  4-2 28-16 51.9
Heat 08: Halsey, Perry^, Ritchings, Bates 3-5 31-21 52.9
Heat 09: Jacobs, Halsey, Perry, W-Williams 5-1 36-22  52.5
Heat 10: Garrity, Bates, Ritchings, Greenwood 5-1 41-23 52.3
Heat 11: Haines, Nielsen, T-Daley, Greenwood  3-3  44-26 52.1
Heat 12: Jacobs, Bates, Ritchings, W-Williams 5-1 49-27 52.1
Heat 13: Garrity, Perry, Haines(15m),Nielsen(ef) 3-3 52-30 52.1
Heat 14: Halsey,T-Daley, Greenwood, Ritchings 5-1 57-31 51.7
Heat 15: Garrity, Haines, Jacobs, Perry 4-2  61-33 52.1
 
DUDLEY Heathens star Byron Bekker was taken to hospital with a suspected broken femur after an horrific crash in the club’s 61-33 National League KO Cup Final first leg defeat at Mildenhall.
Bekker was involved in a collision with team-mate Dan Greenwood in Heat 3 of the West Row encounter and was flung into the fence, with the meeting delayed so he could receive extensive medical attention.
The crash left the Heathens severely depleted in their middle order, especially as they were already one man down with the rider-replacement facility in operation for Ashley Morris due to a Premier League commitment. And the Fen Tigers ruthlessly exposed the visitors’ weakness with recent signing Joe Haines the only rider to break a run of Mildenhall race victories, Haines taking the flag in his first and third outings.
With tactical rides for Haines and Tom Perry both restricted to four points rather than six, Mildenhall retained their early control, and although Heathens had pegged the margin at ten points after Heat 8, they had used both of their double-points opportunities by that stage.
Four 5-1s in the final seven races saw the Fen Tigers pull clear and go over the 60-point mark, and it could have been worse for Heathens but for a mechanical failure for Stefan Nielsen whilst heading for a maximum with team-mate Jason Garrity in Heat 13.  A further update on Bekker's injury is expected to be available on Monday.
Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: “Losing Byron so early obviously had a massive effect on the overall performance and result, and naturally we wish him all the very best.  “We were already up against it with using rider-replacement for Ashley, and then to lose Byron in his first race was a crushing blow. Some of our boys haven’t raced for five weeks and it was quite clear to see they were rusty.  ”However, I don’t want it to sound like I’m making a list of excuses because Mildenhall were the better team on the day and they took advantage of our problems.  “The important thing now is for us to re-group for the National League play-offs this week against Stoke and get some sharpness and confidence back into the boys, starting on Tuesday.”

09/10/12

Dudley Heathens - Stoke Play-Off Semi-Final 1st leg

Dudley Heathens

 

Stoke Potters

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager Malcolm Vasey
1 Joe Haines 2 3 f 1* 6 1 1 Ashley Birks 3 3 3 3 2 14 -
2 Byron Bekker  R/R DR DR! AM - 2 Liam Carr 0 1 fx 1 -
3 Tom Perry 3 2 3 3 3 14 - 3 James Cockle 2 2 3 2 0 9 -
4 Dan Greenwood 0 0 X 2* fx ef 2 1 4 Ben Reade 1* 1* 2* 3 7 1
5 Ashley Morris 3 3 ef 2 2 1 11 - 5 Tony Atkin 2 2 1 0 5 -
6 Darryl Ritchings 1* 3 1 3 1* 1 10 2 6 Liam Rumsey 0 f/r f 0 -
7 James White Williams 1 fx ef 1 - 7 Lee Geary 2 1 2 0 0 2* 7 1
8                       8                    
44 43

Heat 01: Birks, Haines, Ritchings, Carr  3-3  58.67
Heat 02: Ritchings, Geary, W.Williams, Rumsey  4-2  7-5  59.49
Heat 03: Perry, Cockle, Reade, Greenwood  3-3  10-8  59.35
Heat 04: Morris, Atkin, Geary, W.Williams(fx)  3-3  13-11 59.2
Heat 05: Birks, Perry, Carr, Greenwood  2-4  15-15  58.47
Heat 06: Haines, Atkin, Greenwood(X2m), Ritchings, Rumsey(f/r)  4-2 19-17
Heat 07: Morris, Cockle, Reade, W.Williams  3-3  22-20  59.64
Heat 08: Ritchings, Geary, Carr(fx), Morris(ef)  3-2  25-22  60.05
Heat 09: Perry, Greenwood, Atkin, Rumsey(f)  5-1  30-23  59.57
Heat 10: Cockle, Reade, Haines, NO R/R 0-5 30-28  63.11
Heat 11: Birks, Morris, Ritchings, Geary  3-3  33-31 59.96
Heat 12: Perry, Cockle, Ritchings, Geary  4-2 37-33  60.09
Heat 13: Birks, Morris, Haines, Atkin  3-3  40.36  59.44
Heat 14: Reade, Geary, Greenwood(fx), Ritchings(ef)  0-5 40-41 61.74
Heat 15: Perry, Birks, Morris, Cockle  4-2  44-43  58.87
 


DUDLEY Heathens head to Stoke on Wednesday night with a 44-43 lead in their National League play-off semi final.  The former Cradley club made hard work of their long awaited home leg on Tuesday at Wolverhampton and wasted points through crashes and mechanical breakdowns.
It needed a brilliant Tom Perry win in the final race to spare their blushes and give them victory on an entertaining night of racing.
Perry starred throughout to bag a 14 point-haul, whilst Ashley Morris and Darryl Ritchings also made double figures.
Ritchings was forced to take seven rides with Byron Bekker missing through injury and reserve partner James White-Williams withdrawn with an ankle injury following a heat four spill.
Heathens now travel to Stoke needing a brilliant display to keep their National League hopes alive.
Team boss Will Pottinger said: “We're pretty gutted to be honest because we threw quite a few points away after being in good positions.  “But it is what it is and we are going to have to go to Stoke and try to win.”


10/10/12

STOKE v DUDLEY - PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL 2nd leg

Stoke Potters

 

Dudley Heathens

Team Manager - Malcolm Vasey Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Ashley Birks f 3 6^ f 9 - 1 Joe Haines 3 3 3 3 3 15 M
2 Liam Carr 1 0 1 0 2 - 2 Byron Bekker R/R DR TF AM DG
3 James Cockle 2 1* 2 4^ 0 9 1 3 Tom Perry 3 3 2 3 1 12 -
4 Ben Reade 1* 2 0 3 2 8 1 4 Dan Greenwood 0 2* 1* 1 2 6 2
5 Tony Atkin 2 1 2 2 7 - 5 Ashley Morris 3 1* 3 3 1 11 1
6 Liam Rumsey 1* 0 0 1 2 1 6 Darryl Ritchings 2* 3 2 2* 1 ef 10 1
7 Lee Geary 2 1* 0 1 4 1 7 Tommy Fenwick 0 0 0 0 0 -
8                       8                    
41 54

Heat 01: Haines, Ritchings, Carr, Birks(f) 1-5 65.7
Heat 02: Ritchings, Geary, Rumsey, Fenwick 3-3  4-8 66.1
Heat 03: Perry, Cockle, Reade, Greenwood 3-3 7-11 65.5
Heat 04: Morris, Atkin, Geary, Fenwick 3-3  10-14 64.8
Heat 05: Haines, Reade, Cockle, Fenwick 3-3 13-17 65.1
Heat 06: Birks, Ritchings, Morris, Carr 3-3 16-20 65.1
Heat 07: Perry, Greenwood, Atkin, Rumsey 1-5 17-25 65.0
Heat 08: Morris, Ritchings, Carr, Geary 1-5 18-30 65.0
Heat 09: Morris, Cockle, Ritchings, Reade 2-4 20-34 65.8
Heat 10: Birks^, Perry, Greenwood, Carr 6-3 26-37 64.4
Heat 11: Haines, Atkin, Greenwood, Rumsey 2-4 28-41 65.1
Heat 12: Perry, Cockle^, Geary, Ritchings(ef) 5-3 33-44 65.0
Heat 13: Haines, Atkin, Morris, Birks(f) 2-4 35-48 64.7
Heat 14: Reade, Greenwood, Rumsey, Fenwick 4-2 39-50 65.7
Heat 15: Haines, Reade, Perry, Cockle 2-4 41-54 65.1
   

AGGREGATE SCORE - DUDLEY HEATHENS 98 STOKE POTTERS 84

DUDLEY Heathens are through to the National League Grand Final after a memorable 54-41 victory at Stoke. A home meeting beset with ill-fortune just 24 hours earlier meant they travelled to Loomer Road with only a one point advantage and staring aggregate defeat in the face.  But they began the meeting perfectly after an Ashley Birks fall allowed them to take a 5-1 in Heat 1, before back to back maximums midway through put them firmly in control.
The former Cradley club then minimised the effect of two Potters tactical rides leaving No.1 Joe Haines to seal their progression with a Heat 13 triumph.
Haines performed impeccably to strike a well-deserved maximum, whilst Tom Perry and Ashley Morris played pivotal roles as ever.   And they were backed up brilliantly by Darryl Ritchings and Dan Greenwood, as the Heathens now move on to a mouth-watering night on Tuesday October 23 where they will race the home legs of the National League Grand Final and KO Cup Final back-to-back.
Team Boss Will Pottinger said: "It was a good night and great to bounce back from a disappointing performance last night.  "All the lads tried really hard and got the rewards".


23/10/12

Dudley Heathens v Mildenhall  NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFF FINAL 1st LEG

DUDLEY HEATHENS

 

MILDENHALL FEN TIGERS

Team Manager Will Pottinger Team Manager  Rob Henry
1 Adam Roynon 2 3 3 2* 2 12 1 1 Jason Garrity f 2* 3 0 3 8 1
2 Dan Greenwood 1* 2 2* f 0 5 2 2 Lewis Blackbird R/R JJ DH JB JB
3 Tom Perry fx f/inj - - 3 Joe Jacobs 3 3 2 2 3 0 13 -
4 Byron Bekker R/R DG DR DR AM 4 Daniel Halsey 1 3 1* 1* 1 7 2
5 Ashley Morris 3 3 2 3 3 1* 15 1 5 Stefan Nielsen 2 1 3 1 7 -
6 Darryl Ritchings 3 1 3 2 1* 2 2* 14 2 6 Josh Bates f 0 f fx 0 0 -
7 James White-Williams 2* 1 0 0 1* 1* 5 3 7 Ryan Terry-Daley xt 0 2 0 0 2 -
8                       8                    
51 37

Heat 01: Jacobs, Roynon, Greenwood, Garrity(f)  3-3  - -
Heat 02: Ritchings, W.Williams, Bates, Terry-Daley 5-0   8-3  AW
Heat 03: Jacobs, Greenwood, Halsey, Perry(fx)  2-4  10-7  AW
Heat 04: Morris, Nielsen, W.Williams, T.Daley  4-2  14-9  58.87
Heat 05: Halsey, Garrity, Ritchings, W.Williams  1-5  15-14  60.09
Heat 06: Roynon, Greenwood, Nielsen, Bates  5-1  20-15  59.87
Heat 07: Morris, Jacobs, Halsey, W.Williams  3-3  23-18  58.87
Heat 08: Ritchings, T.Daley, Bates, Greenwood  3-2  26-20  59.49
Heat 09: Nielsen, Ritchings, W.Williams, Bates(fx)  3-3  29-23  59.82
Heat 10: Roynon, Jacobs, Halsey, Greenwood  3-3  32-26  59.09
Heat 11: Garrity, Morris, Ritchings, Bates  3-3  35-29  57.33
Heat 12: Jacobs, Ritchings, W.Williams, T.Daley  3-3  38-32  59.73
Heat 13: Roynon, Morris, Nielsen, Garrity  5-1  43-33  59.52
Heat 14: Morris, Ritchings, Halsey, T.Daley  5-1  48-34  59.7
Heat 15: Garrity, Roynon, Morris, Jacobs  3-3  51-37  58.19
 


DUDLEY Heathens pulled off a stunning 51-37 win over Mildenhall in the first leg of their National League Grand Final in front of a packed crowd at Monmore - despite being reduced to five riders.  They are sweating on the fitness of fans favourite Tom Perry after he was forced to withdraw with a thumb injury following a first turn horror smash in his second outing.  And that makes the final outcome, a 14-point lead to take to King's Lynn for the return on Wednesday night, all the more remarkable.
There was plenty of incident with crashes, controversy and titanic tussles between the to rival clubs.  A prolonged spell of 3-3s left Heathens six up with three races remaining, yet skipper Adam Roynon and Ashley Morris hit the front in heat 13, before Darryl Ritchings sensationally nipped past Daniel Halsey on the run to the line in the penultimate race to join Morris at the front and make it back to back 5-1s.
The impressive Morris-Roynon duo - who led the side throughout - battled to ensure the final race ended level to give the former Cradley club the buffer.  Reserve Darryl Ritchings chipped in with a hard-fought 14+2 from seven rides, whilst the remaining duo of
James White-Williams and Dan Greenwood made useful contributions to see the side home.
Team boss Will Pottinger said: "It was very good considering we were down to five riders. Everybody chipped in and did really well, so I was pleased.  "I probably would have took a 14 point lead with a full team, so to get that with only five riders is an excellent effort and it puts is in a good position for tomorrow.  "I think we have got a better chance with the meeting not being at Mildenhall. It's a bit more neutral at Kings Lynn and obviously they haven't got home track advantage, so that should work in our favour.  "We aren't going to count our chickens yet, there are still 15 heats to go and anything can happen."


23/10/12

DOUBLE HEADER KO CUP FINAL

Dudley Heathens v Mildenhall Fen Tigers KO CUP FINAL

DUDLEY HEATHENS

 

MILDENHALL FEN TIGERS

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Rob Henry
1 Adam Roynon 3 3 3 3 12 M 1 Jason Garrity 1* f 3 4 1
2 Dan Greenwood 0 0 0 fx 1* 1 1 2 Lewis Blackbird JJ DH JB --
3 Tom Perry  R/R AR DR AM DG 3 Joe Jacobs 2 2 4^ 2 3   13 -
4 Byron Bekker R/R S.Phillips 0 1 0 1 4 Daniel Halsey 1* 2 f nf 3 -
5 Ashley Morris 3 3 3 2 11 5 Stefan Nielsen 1 1 2 4 -
6 Darryl Ritchings 2* 3 1 1* 7 2 6 Josh Bates fx 2 3 1* 0 6 1
7 James White-Williams 3 2* 2 2 9 1 7 Ryan Terry-Daley 1 f 1 0 2 -
8                       8                    
41 32

Heat 01: Roynon, Jacobs, Garrity, Greenwood  3-3  58.68
Heat 02: W.Williams, Ritchings, T.Daley, Bates 5-1  8-4  59.98
Heat 03: Roynon, Jacobs, Halsey, S.Phillips  3-3  11-7  59.65
Heat 04: Morris, W.Williams, Nielsen, T.Daley  5-1  16-8 
Heat 05: Ritchings, Halsey, Phillips, Garrity(f)  4-2  20-10  61.33
Heat 06: Roynon, Bates, Nielsen, Greenwood  3-3  23-13 60.06
Heat 07: Morris, Jacobs^, Ritchings, Halsey(f)  4-4  27-17  60.89
Heat 08: Bates, W.Williams, T.Daley, Greenwood(f/r)  2-4  29-21 61.66
Heat 09: Morris, Nielsen, Bates, Phillips  3-3  32-24  --
Heat 10: Roynon, Jacobs, Greenwood(fx), Halsey(nf)  3-2  35-26 58.82
Heat 11: Garrity, Morris, Ritchings, Bates  3-3  38-29  59.82
Heat 12: Jacobs, W.Williams, Greenwood, T.Daley  3-3  41-32  62.12
Heat 13:
Heat 14:
Heat 15:
 


DUDLEY Heathens pulled off a stunning 51-37 win over Mildenhall in the first leg of their National League Grand Final in front of a packed crowd at Monmore - despite being reduced to five riders. They are sweating on the fitness of fans favourite Tom Perry after he was forced to withdraw with a thumb injury following a first turn horror smash in his second outing.  And that makes the final outcome, a 14-point lead to take to King's Lynn for the return on Wednesday night, all the more remarkable.
There was plenty of incident with crashes, controversy and titanic tussles between the to rival clubs.
A prolonged spell of 3-3s left Heathens six up with three races remaining, yet skipper Adam Roynon and Ashley Morris hit the front in heat 13, before Darryl Ritchings sensationally nipped past Daniel Halsey on the run to the line in the penultimate race to join Morris at the front and make it back to back 5-1s.  The impressive Morris-Roynon duo - who led the side throughout - battled to ensure the final race ended level to give the former Cradley club the buffer.  Reserve Darryl Ritchings chipped in with a hard-fought 14+2 from seven rides, whilst the remaining duo of
James White-Williams and Dan Greenwood made useful contributions to see the side home.  Team boss Will Pottinger said: "It was very good considering we were down to five riders. Everybody chipped in and did really well, so I was pleased.
"I probably would have took a 14 point lead with a full team, so to get that with only five riders is an excellent effort and it puts is in a good position for tomorrow.  "I think we have got a better chance with the meeting not being at Mildenhall. It's a bit more neutral at Kings Lynn and obviously they haven't got home track advantage, so that should work in our favour.  "We aren't going to count our chickens yet, there are still 15 heats to go and anything can happen

24/10/12

Mildenhall vs Dudley NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFF FINAL 2nd LEG

MILDENHALL FEN TIGERS

 

DUDLEY HEATHENS

Team Manager Rob Henry Team Manager  Will Pottinger
1 Jason Garrity 1* 3 2* 1 7 2 1 Adam Roynon 3 3 2 6^ 2 X 16 -
2 Lewis Blackbird 2 1 3 3 9 - 2 Dan Greenwood 0 1* 1 2* 2 6 2
3 Joe Jacobs 1* 3 2* 3 2 11 2 3 Tom Perry  R/R AR AM DR DG
4 Daniel Halsey 2 0 3 3 8 - 4 Adam Kirby fx 0 1 1 -
5 Stefan Nielsen 3 2 R 3 1 9 - 5 Ashley Morris fx 2 3 f 0 3 8 -
6 Ryan Terry Daley 1* 0 1 2 1 6 Darryl Ritchings 3 0 1 1 1 1* 0 7 1
7 Josh Bates 2 2* 2* 0 2* 8 3 7 James White Williams 0 1 0 1 -
8                       8                    
54 39

Heat 01: Roynon. Blackbird, Garrity, Greenwood  3-3 76.5
Heat 02: Ritchings, Bates, T.Daley, W,Williams  3-3  6-6 78.6
Heat 03: Roynon, Halsey, Jacobs, Kirby 3-3  9-9  75.4
Heat 04: Nielsen, Bates, W.Williams, Morris(fx)  5-1  14-10 76.2
Heat 05: Jacobs, Roynon, Greenwood, Halsey  3-3  17-13  74.8
Heat 06: Garrity, Morris, Blackbird, Ritchings  4-2  21-15  74.1
Heat 07: Morris, Nielsen, Ritchings, T.Daley  2-4  23-19  74.2
Heat 08: Blackbird, Bates, Greenwood, W.Williams 5-1  28-20 74.6
Heat 09: Halsey, Jacobs, Ritchings, Morris(f)  5-1  33-21  74.0
Heat 10: Blackbird, Garrity, Ritchings, Kirby(ret) 5-1  38-22
Heat 11: Roynon^, Greenwood, T.Daley, Nielsen(ret)  1-8 39-30 70.4
Heat 12: Jacobs, Greenwood, Ritchings, Bates  3-3  42-33  71.5
Heat 13: Nielsen, Roynon, Garrity, Morris  4-2  46-35  70.0
Heat 14: Halsey, Bates, Kirby, Ritchings  5-1  51-36  72.9
Heat 15: Morris, Jacobs, Nielsen, Roynon(fx)  3-3  54-39 
 


HEROIC Heathens missed out on the National League title in the most agonising way at the hands of Mildenhall at neutral track King's Lynn.   The former Cradley club were on the wrong end of one of the most vital decisions in the modern era of third tier racing by referee Dave Robinson who reportedly studied replays before excluding Heathens skipper Adam Roynon - who has suffered a suspected broken leg - from the last heat decider.
Heathens went down 54-39 on the night - and by a single point on aggregate -after a titanic tussle despite tracking effectively only half a team with the absence of key men Tom Perry and Byron Bekker.
Ashley Morris and Roynon hit the front off turn two in the decider where they needed a 4-2 for the title and looked set to seal a sensational triumph - but Roynon and Nielsen collided at the end of the opening lap and hit the deck hard.
Roynon had battled hard throughout to give Heathens hope, whilst youngsters Ashley Morris, Dan Greenwood and Darryl Ritchings supported well.
Team boss Will Pottinger said: "Absolutely gutted. To go down by only one point with only five riders really is really hard to take.  "It's a case of what if really after the injuries to Byron and Tom, and Adam Roynon getting injured in the last race was a really sad way to end a good year."


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