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DETAILED RESULTS FOR THE DUDLEY HEATHENS 2015 - PART 1 MARCH - JULY

11/03/2015

BIRMINGHAM AND CRADLEY PRESS AND PRACTICE DAY AT PERRY BARR


18/03/2015

BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES v CRADLEY HEATHENS - CHALLENGE - TRAVEL PLUS TOURS TROPHY

 

Team Manager - Graham Drury Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Adam Ellis 2 0^ ef 1 3 - 1 Max Clegg 3 3 2 3 3 14 -
2 Adam Kirby 1* 1 1* 1 4 2 2 Luke Harris 0 1 0 1* 2 1
3 Sam Chapman 1 2 2 1 0 6 - 3 Matt Williamson 3 2 3 3 1 12 -
4 Harvie Banks 0 0 0 0 0 - 4 Arron Mogridge 2* 1* 2* 2* 7 4
5 Tom Perry 2 3 3 0 2 10 - 5 Nathan Greaves 1 2* 3 2* 8 2
6 Zach Wajtknecht 1 0 0 1 2 - 6 Michael Neale 3 3 1 2* 9 1
7 Alex Wilson 0 0 2 0 2 - 7 Ellis Perks 2* 3 3 3 11 PM
8                       8                    
27 63
 

Heat 01: Clegg, Ellis, Kirby, Harris  3-3  61.00 NTR
Heat 02: Neale, Perks, Wajtknecht, Wilson  1-5  4-8  63.25
Heat 03: Williamson, Mogridge, Chapman, Banks 1-5  5-13  62.50
Heat 04: Perks, Perry, Greaves, Wilson  2-4  7-17  62.25
Heat 05: Clegg, Chapman, Harris, Banks  2-4  9-21  62.22
Heat 06: Neale, Greaves, Kirby, Ellis^  1-5 10-26  62.81
Heat 07: Perry, Williamson, Mogridge, Wajtknecht, 3-3  13-29
Heat 08: Perks, Wilson, Kirby, Harris 3-3  16-32  61.56
Heat 09: Greaves, Chapman, Neale, Banks  2-4  18-36  63.35
Heat 10: Williamson, Mogridge, Kirby, Ellis(ef)  1-5  19-41  62.79
Heat 11: Perry, Clegg(15m), Harris, Wajktnecht  3-3  22-44  62.94
Heat 12: Williamson, Neale, Chapman, Wilson  1-5  23-49  63.68
Heat 13: Clegg, Greaves, Ellis, Perks  1-5  24-54  62.42
Heat 14: Perks, Mogridge, Wajtknecht, Banks  1-5  25-59
Heat 15: Clegg, Perry, Williamson, Chapman 2-4  27-63  62.50
 

 
CRADLEY kicked off their campaign in sensational style as they raced to a 63-27 victory over Birmingham at Perry Barr.  The Motor Market Heathens put in a rampant display to begin a new era for the club as they came out on top in an entertaining clash with their co-tenants.  A fine all-around team performance ensured Will Pottinger’s side will take a 36 point lead into the second leg of the Travel Plus Tours Challenge next Wednesday as they look to get their hands on the Dan McCormick Memorial Trophy.   Whilst keen not to get carried away, Pottinger could not hide his delight following a spectacular start to their 2015 campaign.
He said: “It was a great performance by everybody. I don’t think anyone really expected that sort of performance, so fair play to the lads – they all deserve a lot of credit.  “There are some very positive signs so far, but it’s still early days and we can’t get too carried away. It’s very promising because Birmingham are perceived to be one of the stronger teams in the league, but there is still a very long way to go.  “We are looking forward to the return fixture next week which I am sure will be much closer.”
New skipper Max Clegg led by example with an imperious display, suffering just one defeat despite a valiant effort as he was put off a 15m handicap for delaying the start in heat 11 after being pulled up for jumping the start for the second time.  Fellow heat-leader Nathan Greaves backed him up superbly in the No.5 position, fending off Adam Ellis and Tom Perry in a hard-fought heat 13 to join Clegg for a 5-1.
Talented reserve Ellis Perks celebrated his 18th birthday in style with a four-ride paid maximum, whilst fellow debutant Michael Neale also notched an impressive 9+1 including a clever ride to pass Sam Chapman for second in heat 14.
Middle order men Matt Williamson and Arron Mogridge both demonstrated some fast starting in the engine room of the side, with Williamson earning a well-deserved heat 15 appearance, whilst Luke Harris battled hard for his 2+1 in the tough No.2 spot.  All in all it was a terrific showing from the Heathens to begin the season and give them plenty of confidence heading into the second leg of their tie at Perry Barr next Wednesday (7.30).

25/03/2015

CRADLEY HEATHENS v BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES - CHALLENGE - TRAVEL PLUS TOURS TROPHY

 

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Phil Morris
1 Max Clegg (c) 2 3 2* 1 1 9 1 1 Adam Ellis 3 3 3 3 2* 14 PM
2 Luke Harris 0 1 Withdrew 1 - 2 Adam Kirby 1 1 2 4 -
3 Matt Williamson 3 2 1* 1* 7 2 3 Sam Chapman 2 1/15m 1 3 7 -
4 Arron Mogridge 1 F/R 2 F 3 - 4 Harvie Banks 0 0 0 1* 1 1
5 Nathan Greaves EF 3 2 0 5 - 5 Tom Perry 2 2 3 2* 3 12 1
6 Michael Neale F 2* 0 1* 3 2 6 Zack Wajtknecht 3 X 1* 0 0 2 6 1
7 Ellis Perks 2 3 3 3 2 3 F 16 - 7 Alex Wilson 1 1* 0 2 1
8                       8                    
44 46
 

Heat 01: Ellis, Clegg, Kirby, Harris  2-4  60.16
Heat 02: Wajtknecht, Perks, Wilson, Neale(f) 2-4 4-8 61.76
Heat 03: Williamson, Chapman, Mogridge, Banks 4-2 8-10 62.41
Heat 04: Perks, Perry, Wilson, Greaves(ef) 3-3  11-13  61.26
Heat 05: Ellis, Williamson, Kirby, Mogridge(f/r) 2-4  13-17 60.33
Heat 06: Clegg, Perry, Harris, Wajtknecht(X) 4-2 17-19  AW
Heat 07: Greaves, Neale, Chapman(15m), Banks 5-1 22-20 62.86
Heat 08: Perks, Kirby, Wajtknecht, Neale  3-3 25-23  62.03
Heat 09: Perry, Mogridge, Williamson, Wajtknecht 3-3 28-26
Heat 10: Perks, Clegg, Chapman, Banks 5-1 33-27 61.90
Heat 11: Ellis, Greaves, Neale, Wajtknecht 3-3 36-30 61.61
Heat 12: Chapman, Perks, Williamson, Wilson 3-3 39-33  62.91
Heat 13: Ellis, Perry, Clegg, Greaves 1-5  40-38  61.0
Heat 14: Perks, Wajtknecht, Banks, Mogridge(f) 3-3 43-41 62.54
Heat 15: Perry, Ellis, Clegg, Perks(f) 1-5 44-46  61.71

Aggregate score - Cradley 107 Birmingham 73

 
CRADLEY experienced a dramatic beginning to life at Perry Barr as they slipped to a 46-44 defeat against Birmingham in their first home meeting at the venue.
The Motor Market Heathens wrapped up the Dan McCormick Memorial Trophy with a comfortable aggregate triumph – yet they could not prevent the Brummies from snatching a shock win on the night.
Having stormed to a 63-27 victory when the two sides met in the first leg last week, Will Pottinger’s side were faced with a tough test against a much-improved Birmingham side.
Despite a stunning 16 point haul from Ellis Perks down at reserve, the Heathens conceded costly 5-1s in heats 13 and 15 to suffer their first defeat since April last year.
Skipper Max Clegg, who added a solid 9+1 from the No.1 spot, admitted they were disappointed with the defeat but was keen to look at the bigger picture as they comfortable prevailed over two legs. Said Clegg: “All the team gave it everything, we were just a bit unlucky. It wasn’t our night, they were the better team but when you look at it over two legs we’ve proved we are stronger by coming away with the trophy.  “It was an off-night for us, and I was a bit disappointed with myself especially in heats 13 and 15, but we all know what we are capable of and hopefully we’ve got that one out of the way before the National League starts.”
The Heathens made a slow start with Michael Neale and Arron Mogridge both dropping points with falls in heats two and four respectively – and they were dealt a further blow when Luke Harris was forced to withdraw with an ankle injury after a nasty clash with Zach Wajtknecht in heat six. They nonetheless bounced back to build up a six point advantage entering the closing stages – yet Sam Chapman brilliantly fended off the flying Perks in a scintillating heat 12 before Adam Ellis and Tom Perry twice combined at the death.
Cradley will look to bounce back in a fortnight’s time when they welcome Coventry to Perry Barr on April 8 to kick-off their National League campaign.

08/04/2015

CRADLEY HEATHENS v COVENTRY STORM - NATIONAL SHIELD @ PERRY BARR

 

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Laurence Rogers
1 Max Clegg 2 2 3 1 3 11 - 1 Luke Crang 3 3 3 2* 1* 12 2
2 Arron Mogridge fx fx 2* 0 2 1 2 Martin Knuckey 1 0 1 f/r 2 -
3 Matt Wiliamson 3 2 3 1 9 - 3 Darryl Ritchings 2 2 2 2 8 1
4 Luke Harris 0 1* 1 0 2 1 4 Rob Shuttleworth 1* 1* 1* 2 5 3
5 Nathan Greaves 1* 3 2 ret 6 1 5 Dan Greenwood 3 3 2 3 2 13 -
6 Michael Neale 2* 0 1* 3 2 6 Stefan Farnaby 0 1 fell 0 1 -
7 Ellis Perks 3 2 3 3 3 X 14 - 7 Conor Dwyer 1 0 0 1* 2 1
8                       8                    
47 43
 

Heat 01: Crang, Clegg, Knuckey, Mogridge(fx) 2-4  AW
Heat 02: Perks, Neale, Dwyer, Farnaby 5-1  7-5  60.25
Heat 03: Williamson, Ritchings, Shuttleworth, Harris 3-3 10-8 61.66
Heat 04: Greenwood, Perks, Greaves, Dwyer  3-3  13-11 61.09
Heat 05: Crang, Williamson, Harris, Knuckey 3-3  16-14  62.22
Heat 06:Greenwood, Clegg, Farnaby, Mogridge(fx)  2-4 18-18 61.10
Heat 07: Greaves, Ritchings, Shuttleworth, Neale 3-3  21-21 62.41
Heat 08: Perks, Mogridge, Knuckey, Dwyer  5-1  26-22 61.12
Heat 09: Williamson, Greenwood, Harris, Farnaby(f) 4-2 30-24
Heat 10: Clegg, Ritchings, Shuttleworth, Mogridge 3-3  33-27  60.97
Heat 11: Crang, Greaves, Neale, Knuckey(f/r) 3-3 36-30 63.25
Heat 12: Perks, Ritchings, Williamson, Farnaby  4-2 40-32 62.85
Heat 13: Greenwood, Crang, Clegg, Greaves(ret) 1-5 41-37 62.41
Heat 14: Perks, Shuttleworth, Dwyer, Harris 3-3  44-40  62.34
Heat 15: Clegg, Greenwood, Crang, Perks(X) 3-3 47-43  AW
 

BRONZE HELMET
Dan Greenwood beat Max Clegg  61.55

 
CRADLEY prevailed in a tense last heat decider to get their National League title defence off to a winning start with a 47-43 victory over Coventry Storm at Perry Barr.  Skipper Max Clegg raced clear in a nervy heat 15 to ensure the Heathens emerged from a fiercely contested local derby with three points.  There was drama and action aplenty throughout the meeting; none more so than in the final race as Ellis Perks initially fell on the opening bend before taking down Storm No.1 Luke Crang on the final lap of the rerun as he battled for third.  However, it was Clegg who took the chequered flag in a shared heat which was enough to see the Heathens secure a hard-fought victory despite an exclusion for Perks.
Clegg impressed throughout despite facing a tough test against Coventry’s heat-leaders, although he did miss out in the Bronze Helmet match race against former Heathens favourite Dan Greenwood.   Influential reserve Perks again top scored with a spectacular showing in the lower order, whilst Matt Williamson bagged two important race wins in the engine room of the side.
Nathan Greaves battled through the pain barrier with his fractured hand to add a solid contribution, although he was involved in a spectacular spill on the opening bend of heat 13 alongside Clegg and Greenwood.
Team boss Will Pottinger was also quick to praise the contributions of Michael Neale, Arron Mogridge and Luke Harris as his side came out on top in a tight encounter thanks to a gutsy all-around team effort.  Said Pottinger:  “Coventry pushed us all the way, fair play to them for that, but it was important for us to get the win and it was a good team effort.  “We managed to just got over the line in what was a tough meeting which was good, and we have come away with three points which is the main thing.  “Ellis (Perks) and Max (Clegg) both did very well, but it’s not just about them – in such a tight meeting it was the points that were scored by the likes of Mikey (Neale), Arron (Mogridge) and Luke (Harris) which made the difference. “We are delighted to have come away with the win and get our title defence off to the perfect start.”
Cradley will be back in action in two weeks’ time as they welcome National League newcomers Eastbourne to Perry Barr for another mouth-watering encounter on April 22 (7.30).

 

19/04/2015

COVENTRY STORM v CRADLEY / BIRMINGHAM @ BRANDON

 

Team Manager - Laurence Rogers Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Luke Crang 2* 2 3 2* 9 2 1 Nathan Greaves f/x 0 f/x x/2m 0 -
2 Martin Knuckey 3 0 fell 2* 2* 7 2 2 Luke Harris 1 3 3 2 1 10 -
3 Darryl Ritchings 2 2 3 2 9 - 3 Adam Extance 1 2 1 3 7 -
4 Rob Shuttleworth 0 1* 2* 1 4 2 4 Arron Mogridge 3 f/x 0 2* 5 1
5 Dan Greenwood 3 3 3 3 3 15 MAX 5 Matt Williamson 2 3 1 1 0 7 -
6 Stefan Farnaby fell f/x 1 1 - 6 Zach Wajtknecht 3 1 2* 1 3 10 1
7 Conor Dwyer 2 1 1 0 0 4 - 7 Harvie Banks 1 0 0 0 1 -
8                       8                    
49 40
 

Heat 01: Knuckey, Crang(15m), Harris, Greaves(fx) 5-1 AW
Heat 02: Wajtknecht, Dwyer, Banks, Farnaby 2-4 7-5  64.5
Heat 03: Mogridge, Ritchings, Extance, Shuttleworth(f/rmt) 2-4 9-9 65.5
Heat 04: Greenwood, Williamson, Dwyer, Banks 4-2 13-11 63.6
Heat 05: Harris, Ritchings, Shuttleworth, Greaves 3-3 16-14 64.3
Heat 06: Williamson, Crang, Wajtknecht, Knuckey(f/rmt) 2-4 18-18 64.1
Heat 07: Greenwood, Extance, Farnaby(fx), Mogridge(fx) 3-2 21-20 AW
Heat 08: Harris, Wajtknecht, Dwyer, Knuckey(f) 1-5  22-25 65.4
Heat 09: Ritchings, Shuttleworth, Williamson, Banks 5-1 27-26 65.0
Heat 10: Crang, Knuckey, Extance, Mogridge 5-1 32-27 63.6
Heat 11: Greenwood, Harris, Farnaby(f/rmt), Greaves(fx) 4-2 36-29 62.5
Heat 12: Extance, Ritchings, Wajtknecht, Dwyer 2-4  38-33
Heat 13: Greenwood, Crang, Williamson, Banks  5-1  43-34  62.8
Heat 14: Wajtknecht, Mogridge, Shuttleworth, Dwyer  1-5  44-39  63.6
Heat 15: Greenwood, Knuckey, Harris, Williamson(f/rmt) 5-1  49-40 63.1

  COVENTRY Storm opened their home season with a 49-40 win over a Cradley/Birmingham Select team at Brandon on Sunday. Dan Greenwood scored a 15-point maximum for the City Gearboxes Storm with a hugely impressive display, whilst fellow heat-leaders Luke Crang and Darryl Ritchings were also in the major points. And there was a Heat 15 appearance for Martin Knuckey who scored paid-nine, which would have been more but for a fall on the last lap of his third ride when he was well clear.
The Select team, with youngsters Zach Wajtknecht and Luke Harris impressing, led 25-22 after eight races, but Ritchings and Rob Shuttleworth both passed Matt Williamson in Heat 9, and that was followed by another 5-1 and a 4-2 in the next two races.
Visiting No.1 Nathan Greaves suffered a nightmare, crashing on turn four in both Heats 1 and 11, and hitting the turn two fence in Heat 5 to drop from first to last, as he failed to score.
Storm boss Laurence Rogers said: “All in all we can take plenty of positives. We wanted to put together two evenly-matched teams, and the boys have taken advantage of the track-time ahead of our trip to Buxton next Sunday. “We did throw a few points away and Martin was a bit frustrated, but I gave him Heat 15 and that did him the world of good, and it really showed what he could do.  “Dan seems to have really got that ‘want’ in him this year. He wants to be No.1 and get himself up to a Premier League spot, and there’s a lot for him to go for. He’s flying!”

Taken from the Coventry Speedway website
www.coventrybees.co/news.php?extend.3109
 

22/04/2015

CRADLEY HEATHENS v EASTBOURNE EAGLES @ PERRY BARR

 

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Connor Dugard
1 Max Clegg 2* tx 1 3 3 9 1 1 David Mason 1 3 2 1 0 7 -
2 Arron Mogridge 3 2 3 3 11 - 2 Danny Warwick R/R DR RA DM BWD -
3 Matt Williamson 2 1 3 2 8 - 3 Darryl Ritchings (G) 0 3 2 2 3 1 11 -
4 Luke Harris 1* 0 1 - 2 1 4 Richard Andrews 0 2* 0 2 4 1
5 Nathan Greaves fell 3 2 1 2* 8 1 5 Bradley Wilson-Dean 3 3 2 3 2 fell 13 -
6 Michael Neale 1 1 0 3 5 - 6 George Wood ef fell 0 fx 1* 1 1
7 Ellis Perks 3 f/r 1 1* ef fx 5 1 7 Kelsey Dugard 2 2* 1* 5 2
8                       8                    
48 41
 

Heat 01: Mogridge, Clegg, Mason, Ritchings 5-1  61.78
Heat 02: Perks, Dugard, Neale(f/r), Wood  4-2  9-3  61.07
Heat 03: Ritchings, Williamson, Harris, Andrews  3-3  12-6  61.50
Heat 04: Wilson-Dean, Dugard, Perks(f/r), Greaves(f) 1-5  13-11 AW
Heat 05: Mason, Andrews, Williamson, Harris 1-5 14-16  62.65
Heat 06: Wilson-Dean, Mogridge, Perks, Wood 3-3  17-19 61.97
Heat 07: Greaves, Ritchings, Neale, Andrews 4-2 21-21  62.41
Heat 08: Mogridge, Mason, Dugard, Perks(ef) 3-3  24-24  63.35
Heat 09: Williamson, Wilson-Dean, Harris, Wood 4-2 28-26 61.94
Heat 10: Mogridge, Ritchings, Clegg, Andrews  4-2 32-28 62.50
Heat 11: Wilsin-Dean, Greaves, Mason, Neale  2-4 34-32  62.04
Heat 12: Ritchings, Williamson, Perks(fx), Wood(fx) 2-3 36-35 61.59
Heat 13: Clegg, Wilson-Dean, Greaves, Mason 4-2 40-37  61.38
Heat 14: Neale, Andrews, Wood, Perks  3-3  43-40  63.25
Heat 15: Clegg, Greaves, Ritchings, Wilson-Dean(fell)  61.75

 
CRADLEY made it two wins out of two in the National League as they battled to a hard-fought 48-41 victory over Eastbourne in an entertaining clash at Perry Barr.  The gutsy Heathens emerged from another tense last heat decider with Max Clegg and Nathan Greaves striking a decisive maximum to leave the Eagles making the trip back to Sussex empty handed.  Despite throwing away several points – particularly early on – Will Pottinger’s side were able to survive a stern test against the National League newcomers.  And team boss Pottinger was pleased to see them edge a closely-contested encounter thanks to another strong all-around team effort.  Said Pottinger: “We are delighted with that result. It could and should have been a lot more to be honest, but we learnt plenty of lessons and got there in the end.  “It was a great team effort to pull us over the line and get through points and deny Eastbourne a consolation points as well, which could prove vital come the end of the season.”
Arron Mogridge top scored for the Heathens with a fine showing as his fast-starting saw him suffer just one defeat from the No.2 race jacket.
Skipper Max Clegg recovered from an up and down start to claim fine victories in heats 13 and 15 whilst he was backed up by the determined Nathan Greaves to see Cradley over the line.
Middle order man Matt Williamson continued his encouraging start to the season with eight points, and although Ellis Perks experienced a tough night he added a useful paid six.
Michael Neale and Luke Harris were also in the thick of the action throughout – Neale claiming a crucial win in the penultimate race as all seven Heathens riders added vital contributions.
 

27/04/2015

KENT KINGS v CRADLEY HEATHENS @ SITTINGBOURNE

 

Team Manager - Chris Hunt Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Ben Morley 3 3 3 3 12 max 1 Max Clegg 2 3 3 1* 9 1
2 Danno Verge 0 1* 1 0 1 3 1 2 Arron Mogridge 1* 2* 2* 2* 7 4
3 Aaron Baseby 2 1 1 3 7 - 3 Matt Williamson 3 2 0 2 7 -
4 Danny Ayres DV JC JS RW - - 4 Luke Harris fx Withdrew 0 -
5 James Shanes 3 3 3 1 10 - 5 Nathan Greaves Ret fx 2 2 4 -
6 Jamie Couzins 2 0 fx - 2 - 6 Michael Neale 3 2 X2m 1* 0 3 9 1
7 Adam Sheppard fx 1 1 1 0 0 3 - 7 Ellis Perks fx x2m 2 3 2 ret 2* 9 1
8 Rob Watts 1               1   8                    
38 45
 

Heat 01: Morley, Clegg. Mogridge, Verge 3-3  60.90
Heat 02: Neale, Couzins(15m), Sheppard(f), Perks (ex) 2-3 5-6 64.00
Heat 03: Williamson, Baseby, Verge, Harris(fx) 3-3 8-9 61.70
Heat 04: Shanes, Neale, Sheppard, Greaves(ret) 4-2 12-11 60.50
Heat 05: Clegg, Mogridge, Baseby, Couzins 1-5 13-16 61.30
Heat 06: Morley, Perks, Verge, Greaves / Couzins(fx), Neale(x2m) 4-2 17-18 61.49
Heat 07: Shanes, Williamson, Neale, Couzins(fx) 3-3 20-21 61.50
Heat 08: Perks, Mogridge, Sheppard, Verge  1-5 21-26
Heat 09: Shanes, Greaves, Baseby, Neale 4-2 25-28 61.40
Heat 10: Morley(15m), Perks, Verge, Williamson 4-2 29-30 62.40
Heat 11: Clegg, Mogridge, Shanes, Sheppard, Couzins(x2m) 1-5 30-35 60.90
Heat 12: Baseby, Williamson, Sheppard, Perks(ret) 4-2 34-37 61.60
Heat 13: Morley, Greaves, Clegg, Shanes(ret) 3-3 37-40 60.80
Heat 14: Neale, Perks, Watts, Sheppard 1-5 38-45 62.30
Heat 15: ABANDONED DUE TO 8-30pm CURFEW - RESULT STANDS

 
CRADLEY Heathens continued their unbeaten start to the 2015 campaign with an impressive 45-38 victory away at Kent.  The Heathens added four more points to their City Gearboxes National League tally after a hard fought win at Sittingbourne.  It was yet another closely contested third tier meeting that was incident packed throughout.
Cradley found themselves trailing by one point after four heats and their task was made more difficult with Luke Harris being forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury. But that was the only time in the meeting that they would find themselves behind after a great show of character and determination from the rest of the team.  A maximum 5-1 heat advantage in Heat 5 from captain Max Clegg and Arron Mogridge saw the Heathens take a 16-13 lead.  Mogridge tucked in for a second successive paid win in Heat 8 behind Ellis Perks for another Heathens 5-1 to lead 26-21.  The hosts fought back to within one point with ten races gone but yet another Clegg / Mogridge one-two in Heat 11 gave the visitors some breathing space.  A Kent 4-2 in Heat 12 and a share of the spoils in Heat 13 saw the gap reduced to just three points, but a 5-1 from the Heathens' reserves in Heat 14 would seal the victory after the meeting was cut short due to the track curfew being reached.
Heathens Team Manager Will Pottinger said: "It was another great win for the team and everyone chipped in with some important points.  "You've got to give our riders a lot of credit, especially our reserves who stepped up to the task superbly after losing Luke Harris early on.  "We'll take this confidence into Sunday's meeting at Buxton where we go in search of another win on the road."

REPORT by RYAN GUEST

13/05/2015

CRADLEY HEATHENS v MILDENHALL FEN TIGERS @ PERRY BARR

 

 

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Rob Henry
1 Max Clegg 3 2* 3 3 3 14 PM 1 Dan Halsey 2 2 3 1 2 10 -
2 Arron Mogridge 0 3 3 2* 8 1 2 Liam Rumsey TB JPx JK^ JP - -
3 Matt Williamson 3 3 3 3 1 13 - 3 Connor Mountain 2 2 0 2 0 6 -
4 Luke Harris 1 1 0 1* 3 1 4 Jack Kingston fx 1* 4^ 1 fx 6 1
5 Nathan Greaves 3 3 2 2* 10 1 5 Connor Coles 2 fx 1* 0 3 1
6 Michael Neale 3 fx fx 2 5 - 6 Tom Bacon 1* 2 0 1 2 3 9 1
7 Ellis Perks 1 fx 1 1 3 - 7 Jeremy Pestell f/r 1* x2m 0 1 fell 2 1
8                       8                    
56 36
 

Heat 01: Clegg, Halsey, Bacon, Mogridge  3-3  62.03
Heat 02: Neale, Bacon, Perks, Pestell 4-2 7-5  63.37
Heat 03: Williamson, Mountain, Harris, Kingston 4-2  11-7 62.28
Heat 04: Greaves, Coles, Pestell, Perks(fx) 3-3  14-10 62.31
Heat 05: Williamson, Halsey, Harris, Bacon(x2m) 4-2  18-12 61.72
Heat 06: Mogridge, Clegg, Bacon, Coles  5-1  23-13  AW
Heat 07: Greaves, Mountain, Kingston, Neale(fx)  3-3  26-16 63.47
Heat 08: Mogridge, Kingston^, Perks, Pestell 4-4  30-20 63.35
Heat 09: Williamson, Bacon, Coles, Harris  3-3  33-23  62.66
Heat 10: Clegg, Mogridge, Kingston, Mountain  5-1  38-24  62.40
Heat 11: Halsey, Greaves, Pestell, Neale(fx)  2-4 40-28  62.50
Heat 12: Williamson, Mountain, Perks, Pestell  4-2 44-30  62.97
Heat 13: Clegg, Greaves, Halsey, Coles  5-1  49-31  62.19
Heat 14: Bacon, Neale, Harris, Kingston  3-3  52-34  65.00
Heat 15: Clegg, Halsey, Williamson, Mountain 4-2  56-36  62.28
 

  CRADLEY skipper Max Clegg struck a sublime paid maximum to lead the Heathens to a convincing 56-36 victory over Mildenhall in an incident-packed meeting at Perry Barr.  The popular youngster came from the back in his first two rides with a fine performance whilst Matt Williamson dropped his only points in his last race after a similarly impressive display.
It was another excellent night for Will Pottinger’s side, and Clegg was in a jubiliant mood after ensuring they extended their lead at the top of the National League table.   Said Clegg: “It was a mint night for me, and it was a really good win for the team over Mildenhall, who are never easy to beat.  “I’m really pleased with all the boys tonight, everyone gave it 100% and the hard work paid off with a big win to keep our good run going.”
The meeting opened with Michael Neale being named as a full Heathens asset, but there was then a lengthy delay to the start of racing due to an electrical failure affecting the starting-gate and various warning lights.
Cradley were much the better side although it took some time for them to assert their full superiority, but they were helped by a visiting team who often appeared to be attempting to race each other. On three occasions Fen Tigers riders fell going into turn one causing their team-mate to take evasive action, although the Heathens were left frustrated in a kamikaze Heat 7 when both visitors came to grief to leave the home side clear only for Neale to fall on the last bend. Ten points down, Mildenhall nominated Jack Kingston for double points in Heat 8 and he managed to split the home pairing off the final bend as he moved inside Ellis Perks, who had earlier picked himself up from a heavy back-straight spill.  But the Heathens added 5-1s in Heats 10 and 13 to ease clear, and Mildenhall’s hopes of a late rally were thwarted when leader Kingston fell in Heat 14 to trigger a three-man pile-up, before Clegg completed his maximum in the last race as Williamson missed out to Dan Halsey.

Heathens now head to Stoke on Saturday in the Knockout Cup, with the return at Perry Barr on May 27.

16/05/2015

STOKE POTTERS v CRADLEY HEATHENS @ LOOMER ROAD

 

Team Manager - Malcolm Vasey Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Jon Armstrong 1* 2 3 0 6 1 1 Max Clegg 3 3 3 3 2 14 -
2 Chris Widman 2 0 3 1 6 - 2 Arron Mogridge f/r 2 f/r 2 fell 4 -
3 Ryan Terry-Daley 2 1* 0 3 1 3 Matt Williamson 3 3 2 2 3 13 -
4 Danny Phillips 1* 2 2 5 1 4 Luke Harris 0 1* 0 1 1
5 Lee Payne 3 3 2 3 11 - 5 Nathan Greaves AM MW MC EP - -
6 Ryan McDonald 0 0 1* 1 1 6 Michael Neale 3 1 1 1 6 -
7 Paul Burnett 1 0 0 1 - 7 Ellis Perks 2* 1* 1* 1* 5 4
8                       8                    
35 43
 

Heat 01: Clegg, Widman, Armstrong, Mogridge  3-3  63.7
Heat 02: Neale, Perks, Burnett, McDonald 1-5  4-8 66.6
Heat 03: Williamson, Terry-Daley, Phillips, Harris  3-3  7-11 65.6
Heat 04: Payne, Mogridge, Perks, Burnett 3-3  10-14  64.9
Heat 05: Clegg, Phillips, Terry-Daley Mogridge 3-3  13-17 64.9
Heat 06: Williamson, Armstrong, Neale, Widman  2-4 15-21  64.1
Heat 07: Payne, Williamson, Harris, McDonald 3-3 18.24 64.6
Heat 08: Widman, Mogridge, Perks, Burnett  3-3  21-27 
Heat 09: Clegg, Phillips, Neale, Terry-Daley  2-4 23-31  64.0
Heat 10: Armstrong, Williamson, Widman, Harris  4-2 27-33 64.8
Heat 11: Clegg, Payne, McDonald, Mogridge 3-3  30-36 64.2
Heat 12: Williamson, Terry-Daley, Neale, Burnett  2-4 32-40 65.9
Heat 13: Payne, Clegg, Perks, Armstrong  3-3  35-43  64.0
Heat 14: ABANDONED DUE TO STADIUM ELECTRICAL FAULT
Heat 15:

 
CRADLEY built up an eight point lead in the Knockout Cup tie with Stoke as they battled to a hard-fought 43-35 victory over the Potters at Loomer Road.  The Motor Market Heathens put in an excellent all-around team performance to seize the upper hand ahead of their second leg at Perry Barr on May 27.  Will Pottinger’s side picked up where they left off against Mildenhall on Wednesday night as they established a healthy advantage before a power failure saw the clash come to a premature halt after 13 races.  Skipper Max Clegg and the in-form Matt Williamson were particularly impressive as they notched double figures, although they received plenty of support throughout as they raced to their fifth successive win.
CRADLEY skipper Max Clegg was full of praise for his side after they put in a fine performance.
The Motor Market Heathens edged a 43-35 triumph over the Potters in a meeting cut short due to a power failure at Loomer Road.
Clegg, who raced to a spectacular 14 point haul to lead his side to victory, was delighted with a strong all-around team showing to ensure they built up an eight point lead ahead of the second leg at Perry Barr on May 27.  And he reserved special praise for flying heat-leader Matt Williamson after his 13 point haul and reserve Ellis Perks, who enjoyed a welcome return to form with a hard-fought paid nine.   Said Clegg: "It was a great effort by all the boys and we could of won by more but for a couple of silly falls. It was a good all-around team performance so we are really pleased.  "Matt Williamson is really starting to relish his role as a heat-leader and he scored some big points for us tonight in the absence of Nathan (Greaves).   "It was good to see Ellis (Perks) back amongst the points and hopefully we can finish the job when we entertain Stoke in the second leg a week on Wednesday."

24/05/201

EASTBOURNE EAGLES v CRADLEY HEATHENS @ ARLINGTON

 

Team Manager - Glenn Martin Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Bradley Wilson-Dean 3 3 3 3 3 15 MAX 1 Max Clegg 2 3 6^ 2 2 15 -
2 Matt Bates 1 1 3 2* 7 1 2 Arron Mogridge X 0 2 1 3 -
3 Richard Andrews R/R GW GW MO DM - - 3 Matt Williamson 3 2 1 3 0 9 -
4 David Mason 2 2 fx 2 3 9 - 4 Ellis Perks fx ret 0 0 0 -
5 Marc Owen 3 1 3 ef 0 1 8 - 5 Nathan Greaves 2 2 2 1* 7 1
6 Georgie Wood 3 x 1* 3 2 1 2* 12 2 6 Michael Neale 2 fx 1* 1* 0 4 2
7 Kelsey Dugard fx 1 fx 1 - 7 Luke Harris 1* 0 1 2 1
8                       8                    
52 40
 

Heat 01: Wilson-Dean, Clegg, Bates, Mogridge(x) 4-2 
Heat 02: Wood, Neale, Harris, Dugard 3-3 7-5
Heat 03: Williamson, Mason, Wood(f/rX), Perks(X)  2-3 9-8
Heat 04: Owen, Greaves, Dugard, Harris  4-2 13-10
Heat 05: Clegg, Mason, Wood, Mogridge 3-3 16-13
Heat 06: Wilson-Dean, Greaves, Bates, Neale(fx) 4-2 20-15
Heat 07: Wood, Williamson, Owen, Perks(ef) 4-2 24-17
Heat 08: Bates, Mogridge, Neale, Dugard(fx) 3-3  27-20
Heat 09: Owen, Greaves, Neale, Mason(fx) 3-3 30-23
Heat 10: Wilson-Dean, Bates, Williamson, Perks 5-1 35-24
Heat 11: Clegg^, Wood, Mogridge, Owen(ef) 2-7 37-31
Heat 12: Williamson, Mason, Wood, Neale 3-3 40-34
Heat 13: Wilson-Dean, Clegg, Greaves, Owen 3-3 43-37
Heat 14: Mason, Wood, Harris, Perks 5-1  48-38
Heat 15: Wilson-Dean, Clegg, Owen, Williamson 4-2 52-40

 

 

CRADLEY put in a determined effort before eventually slipping to their first defeat of the National League campaign at the hands of Eastbourne. The Heathens were always set for a stern test as they travelled to Arlington to take on an Eagles side who have been in dominant home form and although they gave the impressive hosts a major scare they were unable to continue their unbeaten record as they suffered a 52-40 defeat.
The Heathens came close to snatching what would have been a well-deserved consolation point for their efforts only to narrowly miss out in the closing stages – and team boss Will Pottinger admitted he was disappointed to leave Sussex empty handed  He commented: “Of course we are disappointed because a point was the minimum requirement we were looking for  “We were very close, but unfortunately we just fell short in the end. All the lads tried their hardest, but it just wasn’t our day and we didn’t quite manage to get a point  “We’ve pushed Eastbourne who are a very strong side at home, and so we have to take the positives out of it and just look to move on  “We are looking forward to Wednesday’s meeting against Stoke now, and hopefully we can ride well to make it through to the next round of the Cup.” Skipper Max Clegg and Matt Williamson continued their impressive form despite running into a formidable Eastbourne side led by spectacular Kiwi racer Wilson-Dean, whilst Nathan Greaves and Michael Neale battled to creditable scores. Clegg struck a fine tactical ride victory in heat 11 to give the Heathens hope after they had fallen 11 behind before Williamson brilliantly blasted around David Mason and Georgie Wood in the very next race to keep them in touching distance.
 However, Ellis Perks saw his tough afternoon reach a disappointing conclusion as he slid off having led the penultimate race to allow Eastbourne a costly 5-1 which ensured Cradley missed out on a point. They will aim to get back to winning ways and seal progression to the next round of the Knockout Cup as they host Stoke in the second leg of their tie at Perry Barr on Wednesday (7.30).

27/05/2015

CRADLEY HEATHENS v STOKE POTTERS @ PERRY BARR

 

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Malcolm Vasey
1 Max Clegg 3 3 3 3 1 13 - 1 Jon Armstrong 0 0 2 0 2 -
2 Arron Mogridge 2* 1 3 fell 6 1 2 Chris Widman 1 1 2 0 4 -
3 Matt Williamson 3 3 2 3 2 13 - 3 Ryan Terry-Daley 0 0 1* 2 3 1
4 Ellis Perks 1 2* 1* 3 7 2 4 Danny Phillips 2 2 2 2 fx 8 -
5 Nathan Greaves fx 3 3 2* 8 1 5 Lee Payne 3 2 3 1 3 12 -
6 Michael Neale 2* 1 1 1 5 1 6 Lee Geary 1 0 0 1* 2 1
7 Luke Harris 3 2 0 0 5 - 7 Paul Burnett fell 1 1* 0 2 1
8                       8                    
57 33
 

Heat 01: Clegg, Mogridge, Widman, Armstrong  5-1 61.00
Heat 02: Harris, Neale, Geary, Burnett(f) 5-1  10-2  63.32
Heat 03: Williamson, Phillips, Perks, Terry-Daley 4-2 14-4  62.09
Heat 04: Payne, Harris, Burnett, Greaves(f) 2-4  16-8  62.50
Heat 05: Williamson, Perks, Widman, Armstrong 5-1 21-9  62.03
Heat 06: Clegg, Payne, Mogridge, Geary  4-2 25-11 61.87
Heat 07: Greaves, Phillips, Neale, Terry-Daley  4-2  29-13   63.38
Heat 08: Mogridge, Widman, Burnett, Harris  3-3  32-16  62.83
Heat 09: Payne, Williamson, Perks, Geary  3-3  35-19  62.28
Heat 10: Clegg, Phillips, Terry-Daley, Mogridge(f) 3-3  38-22  62.25
Heat 11: Greaves, Armstrong, Neale, Widman 4-2  42-24  63.53
Heat 12: Williamson, Terry-Daley, Geary, Harris  3-3  45-27  63.44
Heat 13: Clegg, Greaves,  Payne,  Armstrong 5-1 50-28  62.32
Heat 14: Perks, Phillips, Neale, Burnett  4-2 54-30  63.21
Heat 15: Payne, Williamson, Clegg, Phillips  3-3  57-33  62.60
 

 
CRADLEY eased their way into the semi-finals of the Knockout Cup with a comprehensive 57-33 second leg victory over Stoke.
The Heathens already came into their home tie with an eight point advantage, but a dominant performance at Perry Barr saw them claim a 100-68 aggregate win.
The Heathens registered over 50-points for a second consecutive home meeting in front of another big crowd.
Heathens No.5 Nathan Greaves said: "All the boys did really well tonight and it was good to get another win at home. "I was just glad to be able to walk away after that crash in my first ride but I knew my engines were quick and I was really pleased with my last three rides.  "We're starting to find some consistency in the team now and hopefully we can start kicking on again, starting with a good performance at Buxton on Sunday."
Captain Max Clegg top-scored for the Heathens and was only denied his maximum after having to ride through he pain barrier in the third re-run of Heat 15.
Matt Williamson put in another excellent performance from the heat-leader position whilst Nathan Greaves recovered from a horrific crash in his opening ride to go unbeaten by an opposition rider in his next three.
Ellis Perks put in a solid showing in his first meeting in the main body of the team at Perry Barr, whilst Arron Mogridge was only denied more points than he managed after taking a spill whilst in second in his final ride.
Michael Neale did his job and put in a steady shift, whilst Luke Harris bagged his highest score in Heathens colours so far.

 

31/05/2015

BUXTON HITMEN v CRADLEY HEATHENS RAINED OFF


10/06/2015

CRADLEY HEATHENS v KENT KINGS @ PERRY BARR

 

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Chris Hunt
1 Max Clegg 3 2* 3 3 2 13 1 1 Ben Morley 2 3 6^ 0 3 14 -
2 Ellis Perks 1 3 ef/1 ef/1 6 - 2 Jamie Couzins 0 1 1* 2 0 4 1
3 Matt Williamson 3 2 3 2 10 - 3 Danny Ayres 1* 2 2 3 3 fx 11 1
4 Arron Mogridge f/r f/r 1 2 3 - 4 Aaron Baseby  R/R JS JC CH DA - -
5 Nathan Greaves 3 3 2 2* 1* 11 2 5 James Shanes 2 2 1 2 1 8 -
6 Michael Neale 3 f 1* 1* 5 2 6 Jack Smith 2 fx 0 2 -
7 Luke Harris 1 1 3 0 5 - 7 Danno Verge 0 0 0 1 0 1 -
8                       8 Cameron Hoskins 0             0  
53 40
 

Heat 01: Clegg, Morley, Perks, Couzins 4-2  60.78
Heat 02: Neale, Smith, Harris, Verge 4-2 8-4 62.91
Heat 03: Williamson, Shanes, Ayres, Mogridge(f/r)  3-3 11-7 62.81
Heat 04: Greaves, Shanes, Harris, Verge  4-2 15-9 62.62
Heat 05: Morley, Williamson, Couzins, Mogridge  2-4  17-13 63.63
Heat 06: Perks, Clegg, Shanes, Smith(fx) 5-1  22-14  61.22
Heat 07: Greaves, Ayres, Couzins, Neale(f)  3-3  25-17  AW
Heat 08: Harris, Couzins, Perks, Verge  4-2 29-19  66.40
Heat 09: Williamson, Shanes, Mogridge, Smith  4-2 33-21 63.41
Heat 10: Clegg, Ayres, Perks, Hoskins 4-2  37-23 61.47
Heat 11: Morley^, Greaves, Neale, Couzins  3-6  40-29 63.21
Heat 12: Ayres, Williamson, Verge, Harris  2-4  42-33  62.43
Heat 13: Clegg, Greaves, Shanes, Morley 5-1 47-34 62.97
Heat 14: Ayres, Mogridge, Neale, Verge  3-3  50-37
Heat 15: Morley, Clegg, Greaves, Ayres(fx) 3-3 53-40

 

  CRADLEY moved back to the top of the National League table with a 53-40 victory over Kent.
It was another entertaining night at Perry Barr which saw plenty of drama and some magnificent racing.  Team Manager Will Pottinger was pleased to see his side extend their winning home run to five meetings.   Said Pottinger: "Our objective was to get three more league points and we did just that so it's a case of job done once again for the lads.  "It was always going to be tough after a two week break in matches and we threw away some silly points and we need to cut them out.  "There was some bizarre races, some brilliant races and overall it was another really good night for the National League.  "We've got some big, important meetings coming up and tonight's result keeps our confidence going."
Skipper Max Clegg top-scored for the Heathens and was only denied a paid maximum in the re-run of Heat 15.
Nathan Greaves enjoyed his best score of the season and was involved in a Heat 13 5-1 with Clegg in what was one of the races of the season so far.
Matt Williamson achieved double figures once again whilst Ellis Perks would have scored more than the six points he picked up if it wouldn't have been for a series of mechanical gremlins.
Michael Neale and Luke Harris chipped in with five points apiece from reserve while Arron Mogridge bounced back well from two falls to finish with three points to his name.
 

14/06/2015

NATIONAL LEAGUE FOURS @ Brandon Stadium, Coventry

Group A - Coventry 14, Eastbourne 8, Kings Lynn 7 , Birmingham 18

Group B - Rye House 16, Mildenhall 7, Cradley 9, Kent 16

Final - Rye House
1 Sam Woods 0 0 0
2 Luke Chessell fx 1 1
3 Luke Priest 1 f   1
4 Kyle Hughes  2      0   2
4
Final - Kent
1 Danny Ayres fx 3 3
2 Aaron Baseby 1 1 2
3 Ben Morley 3 3 6
4 James Shanes 2 nf 2
13

Final - Birmingham

1 Tom Perry 3 1 4
2 Sam Chapman fx 2 2
3 Zach Wajtkneckt 2 2 4
4 Adam Ellis 2 3 5
15
 
Final - Coventry
1 Luke Crang 1 2 3
2 Rob Shuttleworth X 2 2
3 Darryl Ritchings 3 1 4
4 Dan Greenwood 3 3 6
15

RUN OFF - Ellis beat Greenwood

Final Heat results                                         

Heat 1 Greenwood, Wajtknecht, Baseby, Woods 63.3
Heat 2 Morley, Ellis, Crang, Chessell(FX)
Heat 3 Perry, Shanes, Priest, Shuttleworth(ex)
Heat 4 Ritchings, Hughes, Ayres(fx), Chapman(fx) 64.0
Heat 5 Ares, Crang, Perry, Woods 64.0
Heat 6 Ellis, Shuttleworth, Baseby, Hughes 64.4
Heat 7 Morley, Wajtknecht, Ritchings, Priest(f) 63.8
Heat 8 Greenwood, Chapman, Chessell, Shanes 64.5
Run Off Ellis bt Greenwood
  CRADLEY were unable to defend the National League Fours Trophy on a tough afternoon in Coventry.
The Heathens, who were already without captain Max Clegg due to his Premier League commitments, were dealt a further blow when Nathan Greaves was also ruled out less than 24-hours before the meeting after breaking his right tibia and fibula.
The Heathens got off to a decent start with both Ellis Perks and Luke Harris picking up second places in their first outings but a last place for Matt Williamson and a spill for Arron Mogridge when in a point scoring position made their task that little bit harder. The quartet would go on to claim a total of just five more points from their second outings to finish on nine-points, seven behind qualifiers Rye House and Kent.
Cradley Team Manager Will Pottinger said: “We were always up against it right from the off but our four riders gave it a decent go.  “We were disappointed not to win any races and we’re naturally disappointed that we couldn’t retain the trophy we’ve won for the last two years.

 

21/06/2015

MILDENHALL FEN TIGERS v CRADLEY HEATHENS @ WEST ROW

 

Team Manager - Kevin Jolly Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Dan Halsey ret 2 3 3 3 11 - 1 Max Clegg 3 3 3 2 2 13 -
2 Luke Ruddick fx 1* 0 fx 1 1 2 Nathan Greaves R/R MN AP EP AM
3 Connor Mountain 1* 2 3 2 8 1 3 Ellis Perks 3 3 3 2 3 fell 14 -
4 Connor Coles 2 1* 2* 3 fx 8 2 4 Arron Mogridge 0 0 1* fell fell 1 1
5 Jack Kingston 0 2 2 1 5 - 5 Matt Williamson 2 3 1 0 6 -
6 Stefan Farnaby ret Withdrew 6 Michael Neale 2* N Withdrew 2 1
7 Tom Bacon 3 3 1* 2 1* 1* 2* 13 4 7 Luke Harris 2 1* 0 1 0 0 1 5 1
8                       8 Adam Portwood 0             0  
46 41
 

Heat 01: Clegg, Neale, Ruddick(fx), Halsey(ret  0-5  AW
Heat 02: Bacon, Harris, Farnaby(ret), Neale(f/ns) 3-2 3-7 56.1
Heat 03: Perks, Coles, Mountain, Mogridge  3-3 6-10  53.9
Heat 04: Bacon, Williamson, Harris, Kingston  3-3 9-13 55.4
Heat 05: Clegg, Mountain, Coles, Portwood 3-3  12-16 54.0
Heat 06: Williamson, Halsey, Ruddick, Harris  3-3 15-19  53.8
Heat 07: Perks, Kingston, Bacon, Mogridge 3-3  18-22  54.5
Heat 08: Perks, Bacon, Harris, Ruddick 2-4  20-26  55.1
Heat 09: Mountain, Coles, Williamson, Harris  5-1 25-27  54.8
Heat 10: Halsey, Perks, Mogridge, Ruddick(fx) 3-3  28-30  AW
Heat 11: Clegg, Kingston, Bacon, Mogridge(f)  3-3 31-33  54.0
Heat 12: Perks, Mountain, Bacon, Harris 3-3  34-36 54.4
Heat 13: Halsey, Clegg, Kingston, Williamson 4-2 38-38  53.5
Heat 14: Coles, Bacon, Harris, Mogridge(f) 5-1 43-39 55.0
Heat 15: Halsey, Clegg, Perks(f), Coles(fx) 3-2 46-41  54.8

 

 
CRADLEY are sweating on news regarding influential reserve Michael Neale after he crashed out of their 46-41 defeat against Mildenhall at West Row.  Neale was caught up in a horrific heat two tangle involving team-mate Luke Harris and Fen Tigers’ reserve Stefan Farnaby leaving him with a suspected broken collarbone.  With Nathan Greaves also sidelined with a broken leg, Neale’s withdrawal left Will Pottinger’s side severely depleted for the majority of their clash.
They fought valiantly to lead for the bulk of the meeting before fading in the closing stages to slip to a narrow defeat.  However, they nonetheless held on for a well-deserved consolation point to leapfrog Birmingham and return to the top of the National League table ahead of their mouth-watering clash with the Brummies at Perry Barr on Wednesday.
Team boss Will Pottinger admitted he was left with mixed feeling after they let a slender lead slip after battling hard to keep their hopes of an unlikely victory alive with only five fit riders.   Said Pottinger: “We’ve got mixed feelings to be honest, because after leading for the majority of the meeting we are absolutely gutted we’ve lost.  “Unfortunately we just didn’t have enough in the tank after losing Mikey Neale to a suspected broken collarbone suffered in that crash in heat two.  “He seemed pretty certain it was a broken collarbone which is a blow, and it’s far from ideal when you are using rider replacement to lose another rider early on.  “We had to ask Luke Harris to do seven rides which was tough on him, and although the lads tried their best we just didn’t quite have enough.  “We were very much up against it, and I suppose we have to be happy we still got a league point despite being down to only five riders.  “It seems to be one thing after another at the moment, but we have to regroup and go again on Wednesday in what is going to be a tough meeting against Birmingham on Wednesday.”
Skipper Max Clegg and the fast-starting Ellis Perks impressed throughout, both adding double figures to lead the side.  Matt Williamson battled hard yet perhaps struggled to get the reward his undoubted speed deserved on a slick West Row circuit, whilst Arron Mogridge endured a tough afternoon in the engine room of the side.  Luke Harris did battle to a creditable score on a hectic afternoon covering for Neale, but Cradley eventually ran out of steam despite a brave showing.
They will be back in action aiming to preserve their place at the top of the table with a mouth-watering clash with co-tenants Birmingham at Perry Barr on Wednesday (7.30).

24/06/2015

CRADLEY HEATHENS  v BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES @ PERRY BARR

 

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager -  Graham Drury
1 Max Clegg 2 3 3 2 1 11 - 1 Adam Ellis 3 3 3 FX 2* 11 1
2 Nathan Greaves R/R TG AM EP LH - - 2 Alex Wilson 1 0 1* 0 2 1
3 Ellis Perks 2 2 3 3 3 0 13 - 3 Sam Chapman 0 1 1* 2 4 1
4 Arron Mogridge 1* 1* 1 1 1 5 2 4 Zach Wajtknecht 3 3 2 3 3 14 -
5 Matt Williamson 3 2 2 1* 8 1 5 Tom Perry 2 2 2 3 9 -
6 Tyler Govier FX FX EF WITHDREW 0 - 6 Sean Phillips FX WITHDREW 0 -
7 Luke Harris 2 0 0 0 1* 0 0 3 1 7 Adam Kirby 3 1* FX 2 0 1 2 9 2
8 Lee Springthorpe                     8                    
40 49
 

Heat 01: Ellis, Clegg, Wilson, Govier(fx)  2-4  AW
Heat 02: Kirby, Harris, Govier(fx), Phillips(fx) 2-3  4-7 AW
Heat 03: Wajtknecht, Perks, Mogridge, Chapman 3-3  7-10  59.18 (NLTR)
Heat 04: Williamson, Perry, Kirby, Harris  3-3 10-13  61.87
Heat 05: Ellis, Perks, Mogridge, Wilson 3-3 13-16  59.53
Heat 06: Clegg, Perry, Mogridge, Kirby 4-2  17-18 AW
Heat 07: Wajtknecht, Williamson, Chapman, Govier(ef) 2-4  19-22 59.82
Heat 08: Perks(15m), Kirby, Wilson, Harris  3-3  22-25  63.25
Heat 09: Perks, Perry, Mogridge, Kirby  4-2  26-27  61.28
Heat 10: Clegg, Wajtnecht, Chapman, Harris  3-3  29-30  61.87
Heat 11: Ellis, Williamson, Harris, Wilson  3-3 32-33 60.34
Heat 12: Perks, Chapman, Kirby, Harris  3-3 35-36 61.59
Heat 13: Perry, Clegg, Williamson, Ellis  3-3  38-39  AW
Heat 14: Wajtknecht, Kirby, Mogridge, Harris  1-5 39-44  61.37
Heat 15: Wajtknecht, Ellis, Clegg, Perks  1-5 40 49  59.91

 

 

CRADLEY suffered their first home defeat of the National League season as they went down 49-40 to co-tenants Birmingham at Perry Barr.
The injury-hit Heathens put in a brave effort against their in-form local rivals but were unable to hold on to their spot at the top of the table following a narrow loss.  With both Nathan Greaves and Michael Neale sidelined, Will Pottinger’s side were heavily depleted as they faced the powerful Brummies.   Yet they fought hard to remain within touching distance throughout before Birmingham stormed clear to record 5-1s in the final two races and snatch all four points.
Team boss Pottinger admits they were bitterly disappointed to suffer their second successive defeat – but he has called on them to regroup ahead of their next National League meeting at home to Stoke on July 8.   Said Pottinger: “We are immensely disappointed with the result – we weren’t far away again, we were just a point or three behind the whole meeting until the 5-1 in heat 14 killed us.  “There was no comeback from that, and it was really disappointing to lose out at the end after working so hard to keep in the meeting.  “We seem to be going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment, with one injury or one mechanical problem after another. It’s unfortunate but we just have to keep working hard and try to get through it.  “We have a challenge meeting against Exeter on Friday down at Somerset, but then we have some time off so we’ll have chance to regroup and hopefully come back stronger.”

Skipper Max Clegg and popular middle order man Ellis Perks put in strong showings against the Brummies’ powerhouse top three, accounting for five of the Heathens’ six race wins.
Perks in particular continued his upturn in form with an all-action showing, whilst Matt Williamson put in a solid display in the No.5 race jacket.
Arron Mogridge made a useful contribution, but Luke Harris experienced another hectic evening as he was forced to take seven rides after reserve partner Tyler Govier withdrew.  The debutant crashed heavily in his opening ride, and although he took to the track twice more he was forced to withdraw leaving the already depleted Heathens short on lower order strength.

26/06/2015

EXETER FALCONS v CRADLEY HEATHENS @ SOMERSET

 

Team Manager - Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Bradley Wilson-Dean 1 3 3 2 0 9 - 1 Ashley Morris 3 3 3 3 12 max
2 Connor Coles 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 Nathan Greaves R/R DA AM EP DA
3 Lee Payne 1 1* 1* 3 6 2 3 Ellis Perks 2 3 2* 2 1* 2* 12 3
4 Luke Chessell 3 2 2 2* 1 10 1 4 Arron Mogridge 0 0 1 1* 0 2 1
5 Danny Halsey 2 2 2 0 6 - 5 Matt Williamson 3 1* 3 1 3 11 1
6 Tyler Govier 1* f/r 1* 2 2 6 Danny Ayres 2* 3 2 3 fx 2 1 13 1
7 Rob Shuttleworth 2 1* 1 fx 3 7 1 7 Adam Sheppard 0 0 0 0 -
8                       8                    
40 50


Heat 01: Morris, Ayres, Wilson-Dean, Coles  1-5  58.87
Heat 02: Ayres, Shuttleworth, Govier, Sheppard 3-3  4-8 59.62
Heat 03: Chessell, Perks, Payne, Mogridge 4-2 8-10 60.06
Heat 04: Williamson, Halsey, Shuttleworth, Sheppard 3-3 11-13 59.81
Heat 05: Morris, Chessell, Payne, Mogridge 3-3 14-16  60.19
Heat 06: Wilson-Dean, Ayres, Williamson(15m), Coles 3-3 17-19 59.94
Heat 07: Perks, Halsey, Mogridge, Govier(f/r) 2-4 19-23 60.38
Heat 08: Ayres, Perks, Shuttleworth, Coles 1-5 20-28  60.43
Heat 09: Williamson, Chessell, Payne, Sheppard 3-3  23-31 61.19
Heat 10: Wilson-Dean, Perks, Mogridge, Coles 3-3 26-34 60.66
Heat 11: Morris, Halsey, Govier(f/r), Ayres(fx) 3-3 29-37 60.93
Heat 12: Payne, Ayres, Perks, Shuttleworth(fx) 3-3  32-40 61.25
Heat 13: Morris, Wilson-Dean, Williamson, Halsey 2-4 34-44 60.93
Heat 14: Shuttleworth, Chessell, Ayres, Mogridge 5-1 39-45  61.45
Heat 15: Williamson, Perks, Chessell, Wilson-Dean 1-5 40-50 61.25
 

 
CRADLEY overcame a strong Exeter Falcons side to emerge with a 50-40 victory in their challenge meeting at the Oak Tree Arena.  The patched up Heathens put in a confidence-boosting performance to come out on top in an entertaining clash in Somerset.  Former skipper Ashley Morris returned to strike a faultless four-ride maximum as he made a one-off return to Cradley colours as a late guest replacement for Max Clegg.  Fellow guest Danny Ayres also played a vital role with an impressive display down at reserve.
Heathens regulars Ellis Perks and Matt Williamson impressed from heat-leader positions, with the pair wrapping up an excellent night with a 5-1 in the final race.  Perks was involved in some scintillating action as he continued his recent good form to notch paid 15 whilst Williamson raced to three superb race wins to also bag double figures.  Arron Mogridge did endure a tough night around the fast, sweeping Oak Tree Arena circuit whilst Adam Sheppard struggled as he stepped in at reserve.
Meanwhile, Cradley No.8 Tyler Govier added a solid 2+2 from three rides as he rode for Exeter, his hometown club.
It was a night with plenty of encouraging signs for the Heathens, and team boss Will Pottinger was pleased to come away with a victory after their two recent National League defeats.
Said Pottinger: “It was a morale-boosting win, because the lads have been a bit down after the last two meetings.  “It was an enjoyable evening, all the lads put in a good shift and it was great to get the win because Exeter did put out a very strong team.  “It was good to see Ellis (Perks) and Matt (Williamson) doing a great job in heats 13 and 15, Danny Ayres came in and did a great job for us at reserve and it was brilliant to see Ashley Morris back in a Heathens race jacket winning races.  “It’s good to go into our next meeting against Stoke off the back of a win, albeit in a challenge match, and hopefully we can be back to our best to get three National League points against Stoke.”
Cradley will be back in action on Wednesday, July 8 as they aim to get their National League season back on track against Stoke at Perry Barr (7.30).

08/07/2015

CRADLEY HEATHENS v STOKE POTTERS @ PERRY BARR

 

 

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Malcolm Vasey
1 Max Clegg 3 3 3 3 3 15 M 1 Jon Armstrong 1 4^ 2 0 0 7 -
2 Arron Mogridge 2* 0 2* 2* 2* 8 4 2 Chris Widman R/R ST DP RTD PB - -
3 Adam Extance (G) X2m 0 0 0 - 3 Ryan Terry Daley 1* 1* 0 0 2 4 2
4 Nathan Greaves R/R MW EP EP AM - - 4 Danny Phillips 2 1* 2 1 1 7 1
5 Matt Williamson 3 3 3 3 1 1 14 - 5 Lee Payne 1 2 2 2 2 9 -
6 Tyler Govier 1 0 1 ef 2 - 6 Paul Burnett 0 0 1* 1* 0 0 2 2
7 Ellis Perks 3 2* 3 3 3 3 3 20 1 7 Shaun Tedham 0 2 X2m 1 1* 4 1
8                       8                    
59 33
 

Heat 01: Clegg, Mogridge, Armstrong, Tedham 5-1  62.30
Heat 02: Perks(15m), Tedham, Govier, Burnett 4-2 9-3 64.16
Heat 03: Williamson, Phillips, Terry-Daley, Extance(15m)(X2m) 3-3 12-6 62.29
Heat 04: Williamson, Perks, Payne, Burnett  5-1 17-7 62.06
Heat 05: Perks, Armstrong^, Phillips, Extance 3-5 20-12 61.48
Heat 06: Clegg, Payne, Burnett, Mogridge 3-3 23-15  61.46
Heat 07: Williamson, Phillips, Terry-Daley, Govier 3-3 26-18 62.06
Heat 08: Perks, Mogridge, Tedham, Terry-Daley  5-1 31-19 61.59
Heat 09: Perks, Payne, Burnett, Extance  3-3 34-22 61.26
Heat 10: Clegg, Mogridge, Phillips, Terry-Daley 5-1 39-23 61.36
Heat 11: Williamson, Armstrong, Govier, Burnett 4-2 43-25 62.18
Heat 12: Perks, Terry-Daley, Tedham, Govier(ef) 3-3 46-28 61.91
Heat 13: Clegg, Payne, Williamson, Armstrong 4-2 50-30 61.83
Heat 14: Perks, Mogridge, Phillips, Burnett 5-1 55-31  62.67
Heat 15: Clegg, Payne, Williamson, Armstrong 4-2 59-33

 

  CRADLEY got back to winning ways in fine style as they stormed to a crushing 59-33 victory over Stoke at Perry Barr.
The Motor Market Heathens had three riders in scintillating form as Max Clegg, Matt Williamson and Ellis Perks accounted for all 15 race wins.  Perks struck a spectacular seven-ride paid maximum on his return to reserve, whilst Clegg went through the card with a faultless display in the No.1 spot.   No.5 Williamson also suffered just one defeat to an opposing rider as the trio overpowered the Potters to ensure their side earned three important points to get their National League title bid back on track.
It was a confidence-boosting night for the Heathens after two successive defeats, and team boss Will Pottinger was delighted to see his side back at their best.
Said Pottinger: “It was important that we bounced back from a couple of defeats in the league to get a win, and we managed to do that.  “Stoke didn’t win a race, so we were quite dominant out in front and it was great to win by a 26 point margin.  “It was brilliant to see the lads riding well again. We’ll take a lot of positives from that performance, and hopefully when we come back against Buxton in two weeks we can perform like that again.” Whilst Clegg, Williamson and Perks stole the show, Arron Mogridge also  enjoyed a welcome return to form in the No.2 spot.  He also suffered just one defeat from his five rides, recording four paid wins as he was involved in numerous 5-1s.
Tyler Govier also fought hard for his two points, being struck with misfortunate as he suffered bike troubles after battling to second place in his final ride.
A recurrence of a knee injury saw Adam Extance pull out after failing to score in his first three rides on a guest appearance at No.3, but the Heathens nonetheless emerged with a much needed victory.
They will be back in action as they welcome Buxton to Perry Barr on Wednesday, July 22 (7.30)

22/07/2015

CRADLEY HEATHENS v BUXTON HITMEN @ PERRY BARR

 

 

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Jason Pipe
1 Max Clegg (C) 3 3 3 3 3 15 Max 1 Tony Atkin 1 2 2 0 5 -
2 Arron Mogridge 2* 1 2* 2* 2 9 3 2 Tom Wooley 0 0 0 1 1* 2 1
3 Michael Neale 1* 1 1 2* 5 2 3 Ryan Blacklock 3 4^ fr 1 3 1 12 -
4 Nathan Greaves R/R MW EP EP AM - - 4 Adam Extance R/R TW DH DH RB - -
5 Matt Williamson 2 2* 3 3 1 2* 13 2 5 Liam Carr 1 2 2 2 fx 7 -
6 Tyler Govier 2 1 fx 1* 4 1 6 David Holt 3 0 0 1 0 0 4 -
7 Ellis Perks fx 3 3 3 3 3 15 - 7 Kyle Roberts 1 0 0 0 1 -
8                       8                    
61 31


Heat 01: Clegg, Mogridge, Atkin, Wooley 5-1 61.78
Heat 02: Holt, Govier, Roberts, Perks(fx) 2-4  7-5  65.28
Heat 03: Blacklock, Williamson, Neale, Wooley 3-3 10-8 62.30
Heat 04: Perks, Williamson, Carr, Roberts 5-1 15-9 61.65
Heat 05: Perks, Atkin, Neale, Wooley 4-2 19-11 62.28
Heat 06: Clegg, Carr, Mogridge, Roberts  4-2 23-13  61.88
Heat 07: Williamson, Blacklock^, Govier, Holt 4-4  27-17 61.89
Heat 08: Perks, Mogridge, Wooley, Holt  5-1 32-18 62.78
Heat 09: Perks, Carr, Neale, Roberts 4-2 36-20 62.24
Heat 10: Clegg, Mogridge, Holt, Blacklock 5-1 41-21 62.35
Heat 11: Williamson, Atkin, Wooley, Govier 3-3 44-24 63.04
Heat 12: Perks, Neale, Blacklock, Holt 5-1 49-25 62.83
Heat 13: Clegg, Carr, Williamson, Atkin 4-2  53-27 61.66
Heat 14: Blacklock, Mogridge, Govier, Holt  3-3  56-30 63.57
Heat 15: Clegg, Williamson, Blacklock, Carr(fx) 5-1  61-31 62.56

 

 
CRADLEY put in a powerhouse performance to race their way to a comprehensive 61-31 victory at home to Buxton.  The Heathens made it back-to-back wins at Perry Barr as they picked up their biggest win of the season.  It was a dream start to a busy few days for the Heathens who race at Sheffield in a challenge meeting tomorrow before another crucial National League clash at King's Lynn on Friday.
Heathens team manager Will Pottinger said: "It's great to break that 60-point barrier; we've come close a couple of times this season and we were really glad to finally do so tonight.  "Our gating wasn't at it's best tonight but that made for some really good, entertaining racing.  "There were plenty of encouraging signs for all six of our riders and it's another confidence boosting night for us as a team."
Captain Max Clegg raced his way to a hard-fought, five ride, full maximum.
Ellis Perks was sublime at reserve once again, only being denied an unbeaten night himself after falling whilst leading heat two.
Matt Williamson pulled off some impressive manoeuvres to race his way to double-figures once again.
Arron Mogridge had another positive night picking up three paid wins to continue his recent good form.
Michael Neale made a steady comeback from a broken collarbone while Tyler Govier put in an improved performance from reserve.

23/07/2015

SHEFFIELD TIGERS v CRADLEY HEATHENS CH @ Owlerton Stadium, Sheffield

 

Team Manager - Jack Lee Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Josh Bates 2 3 3 2* 10 1 1 Ben Wilson 3 3 fell Withdrew injured 6 -
2 Rob Shuttleworth 1* 1* 2 1 5 1 2 Arron Mogridge 0 0 1 1 -
3 Paco Castagna 3 2 3 3 1 12 - 3 Zach Wajknecht 2 2 2 1 7 1
4 Danny Ayres 0 1* 1 3 5 1 4 Michael Neale 1* 1* 0 2 4 2
5 Arthur Sissis 3 3 3 3 3 15 MAX 5 Matt Williamson 1* 2 2 1 2 8 1
6 Chris Widman 2 0 1 0 3 - 6 Tyler Govier 0 0 0 0 0 -
7 Alex Wilson 1* 0 0 0 1 1 7 Ellis Perks 3 2 3 2 2 1* 0 13 1
8                       8                    
 

Heat 01: B.Wilson, Bates, Shuttleworth, Mogridge 3-3 60.9
Heat 02: Perks, Widman, Wilson, Govier 3-3  6-6  61.5
Heat 03: Castagna, Wajknecht, Neale, Ayres 3-3  9-9 62.1
Heat 04: Sissis, Perks, Williamson, A.Wilson 3-3 12-12 62.6
Heat 05: B.Wilson, Castagna, Ayres, Mogridge 3-3 15-15 62.5
Heat 06: Bates, Williamson, Shuttleworth, Govier 4-2 19-17 61.9
Heat 07: Sissis, Wajknecht, Neale, Widman 3-3 22-20 62.0
Heat 08: Perks, Shuttleworth, Mogridge, A.Wilson 2-4 24-24 65.0
Heat 09: Castagna, Williamson, Ayres, Govier 4-2 28-26 63.0
Heat 10: Bates, Wajknecht, Shuttleworth, Neale 4-2 32-28 61.7
Heat 11: Sissis, Perks, Widman, B.Wilson(f) 4-2 36-30 62.2
Heat 12: Castagna, Perks, Wajknecht, A.Wilson 3-3 39-33 63.3
Heat 13: Sissis, Bates, Williamson, Govier 5-1 44-34 63.7
Heat 14: Ayres, Neale, Perks, Widman 3-3 47-37 65.5
Heat 15: Sissis, Williamson, Castagna, Perks 4-2 51-39 63.6

 

 
CRADLEY team manager Will Pottinger says there are plenty of positives to be taken from their trip to Sheffield despite slipping to a 51-39 defeat.
The Heathens found themselves level at the half-way point, but an injury to guest No.1 Ben Wilson made it an uphill task for the visitors in the second part of the meeting. Pottinger was proud of his side and says his riders can hold their heads high. “We ran Sheffield fairly close and if it wasn’t for losing Ben Wilson I think we could have pushed them even closer,” he said. “Ellis (Perks) did well at reserve again and we made the most of the opportunity to use him as much as we possibly could and it’s great to see him racing with such confidence like he was earlier in the season. “Matt Williamson progressed superbly as the meeting went on and although he didn’t manage a race win he put in some decent rides against some strong Premier League opposition. “It was valuable track time for all of the lads, even though some of them may feel a little disappointed with their scores, but tonight will have been a good learning curve for everyone in the team.  “It was a worthwhile exercise; Sheffield is a good race-track so it was a decent indication of what to expect and it was a good build-up meeting for the team ahead of our trip to King’s Lynn on Friday. ”Ellis Perks continued his fine run of recent form with double-figures once again while Matt Williamson arguably deserved even more than the paid nine score he achieved.
Guest Zach Wajtknecht looked impressive on his first ever trip to Owlerton and Ben Wilson won his opening two rides before crashing in his third outing.
Michael Neale put in another decent showing while both Arron Mogridge and Tyler Govier will have found the experience useful despite both enduring tough nights.
 

24/07/2015

KINGS LYNN YOUNG STARS v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ Adrian Flux Arena, Kings Lynn
POSTPONED - TRACK WATERLOGGED

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