Results and scorers

 

DETAILED RESULTS FOR THE DUDLEY HEATHENS 2015 - PART 2

05/08/2015

BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ Perry Barr

 

Team Manager - Graham Drury Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Adam Ellis 3 3 3 3 3 15 MAX 1 Max Clegg ef 3 3 3 1 1* 11 1
2 Adam Kirby 1 1 2 0 4 - 2 Michael Neale 2 2* 3 1 0 8 1
3 Sam Chapman 1* fx 1 2 4 1 3 Ellis Perks 3 2 fell 2 3 2 12 -
4 Zach Wajtknecht 2 1 3 3 9 - 4 Darryl Ritchings fell 2 2 1* 2 7 1
5 Tom Perry 2 3 2 2* 0 9 1 5 Matt Williamson R/R MC EP DR MN - -
6 Alex Wilson fx 1 0 0 1 - 6 Tyler Govier 2* fell 0 2 1
7 George Hunter 1 0 1* 0 2 1 7 Arron Mogridge 3 1 fell 1 1* 6 1
8                       8                    
44 46


Heat 01: Ellis, Neale, Kirby, Clegg(ef) 4-2  59.75
Heat 02: Mogridge, Govier, Hunter, Wilson(fx) 1-5 5-7 63.46
Heat 03: Perks, Wajtknecht, Chapman, Ritchings 3-3  8-10 AW
Heat 04: Clegg, Perry, Mogridge, Hunter 2-4 10-14 60.75
Heat 05: Clegg, Neale, Wajtknecht, Chapman 1-5 11-19 AW
Heat 06: Ellis, Perks, Kirby, Govier(f) 4-2 15-21  60.59
Heat 07: Perry, Ritchings, Wilson, Perks(f/r) 4-2 19-23 62.93
Heat 08: Neale, Kirby, Hunter, Mogridge(f) 3-3 22-26  68.50
Heat 09: Wajtknecht, Ritchings, Chapman, Govier 4-2 26-28 66.09
Heat 10: Ellis, Perks, Ritchings, Kirby 3-3 29-31 62.72
Heat 11: Clegg, Perry, Neale, Wilson 2-4 31-35 63.28
Heat 12: Perks, Chapman, Mogridge, Hunter 2-4  33-39  63.94
Heat 13: Ellis, Perry, Clegg, Neale  5-1 38-40  62.07
Heat 14: Wajtknecht, Ritchings, Mogridge, Wilson  3-3 41-43 63.84
Heat 15: Ellis, Perks, Clegg, Perry 3-3  44-46  61.87

Bronze Hemet - Max Clegg bt Zach Wajtknecht when he fell on 1st bend and was excluded,

 
CRADLEY fought their way to a vital 46-44 win against Birmingham in a last heat decider at Perry Barr.
The Motor Market Heathens took control early on and raced their way into an eight-point lead with five races gone.  As the rain came down, it was the Brummies who dealt with the tricky conditions better and reduced the Heathens' lead to just two points with ten heats gone.  Back-to-back 4-2's put the Heathens back in control, but a Heat 13 5-1 from Birmingham ensured a nervy finale.  Two shared heats were enough to secure the win for the Heathens who close the gap at the top to 15-points with three meetings in hand on the league leaders.
Team Manager Will Pottinger said: "It was a great team effort from everybody with every riders' contribution proving vital.  "There's no better way to wrap up the points than in a last heat decider and you could see how much it meant to everyone.  "It's the perfect confidence booster to beat our local rivals at the start of what is going to be a very busy few weeks from the team."
Ellis Perks carried plenty of speed on his first night back in the main body of the team to top score for the Heathens.
Skipper Max Clegg recovered from an engine failure in heat one to pick up three crucial race wins on his way to double figures once again.
Michael Neale enjoyed an impressive night at No.2 while Darryl Ritchings proved a fine choice of guest at No.4.
Arron Mogridge had a steady night at reserve while Tyler Govier picked up a paid win in heat two on a huge night for the former Dudley Wood outfit.

12/08/2015

2015 F.A.S.T. GOLDEN HAMMER @ Perry Barr
 

Rider

Rider

1 Zach Wajtknecht (Bham) 2 fell 0 1 2 5     9 Oliver Greenwood (Unattached) 2 2 3 1 1 9  
2 Ashley Morris (Unattached) 3 tx 3 2 2 10     10 Danny Phillips (Stoke) 1 1 fx 0 0 2  
3 Tom Perry (Bham) 1 f/r 2 2 1 6     11 Adam Ellis (Bham) 3 3 3 3 3 15 1st
4 Ellis Perks (Cradley) fx ef f/r1 ef 1 2     12 Michael46-44 Neale (Cradley) fx 2 1 0 - 3  
5 Arron Mogridge (Cradley) 1 3 2 1 2 9     13 Matt Williamson (Cradley) 2 1 2 1 2 8  
6 Ben Morley (Kent) fell 3 2 3 3 11 3rd   14 Lee Payne (Stoke) 0 2 0 2 0 4  
7 Max Clegg (Cradley) 3 2 3 3 3 14 2nd   15 Dan Greenwood (Coventry) 1 1 f/r 2 3 7  
8 Darryl Ritchings (Coventry) 2 1 1 0 1 5     16 Robert Branford (Rye House) 3 3 1 3 0 10  
res Luke Harris (Cradley) 0 0       0                      

Heat 01: Morris, Wajtknecht, Perry, Perks(fx) 61.11
Heat 02: Clegg, Ritchings, Mogridge, Morley  61.11
Heat 03: Ellis, O.Greenwood, Phillips, Neale  59.39
Heat 04: Branford, Williamson, D.Greenwood, Payne 61.48
Heat 05: Mogridge, O.Greenwood,  Williamson, Wajtknecht 61.68
Heat 06: Morley, Payne, Phillips, Harris, Morris(tx) 61.94
Heat 07: Ellis, Clegg, D.Greenwood, Perry(f/r) 60.05
Heat 08: Branford, Neale, Ritchings, Perks(ef) 61.06
Heat 09: Ellis, Morley, Branford, Wajtknecht 60.08
Heat 10: Morris, Mogridge, Neale, D.Greenwood 61.56
Heat 11: O.Greenwood, Perry, Ritchings, Payne 62.94
Heat 12: Clegg, Williamson, Perks(f/r), Phillips(fx) 61.63
Heat 13: Clegg, Payne, Wajtknecht, Neale 62.24
Heat 14: Ellis, Morris, Williamson, Ritchings 61.83
Heat 15: Branford, Perry, Mogridge, Phillips 62.73
Heat 16: Morley, D.Greenwood, O.Greenwood, Perks(ef) 61.80
Heat 17: D.Greenwood, Wajtknecht, Ritchings, Phillips 62.01
Heat 18: Clegg, Morris, O.Greenwood, Branford 61.93
Heat 19: Mogridge, Williamson, Perry, Harris 61.80
Heat 20: Ellis, Mogridge, Perks, Payne 61.34
 
   

Birmingham ace Adam Ellis was a deserving winner of the prestigious F.A.S.T Golden Hammer at Perry Barr..  The Brummies’ No.1 put in a dominant display to claim a spectacular victory courtesy of a faultless 15 point maximum.
A classy triumph as he met Max Clegg in heat seven eventually proved decisive as he took victory by a single point ahead of the Cradley skipper, who ended in second place with 14 points.  Whilst Clegg was in impressive form as he aimed to become the third successive home winner of the event, he was unable to match the untouchable Ellis.
However, the Heathens’ favourite was nonetheless pleased with his performance as he reeled off four stunning wins from his five rides. "It would have been great to win, but I’m still happy with how I rode tonight,” said Clegg.  “Adam (Ellis) was just the better rider on the night, he deserved to win but I’m really pleased to get on the rostrum.  “It was a good line-up with some hard riders to beat, but I made some good gates and rode well so it was a good night for me.”
Kent man Ben Morley eventually joined them on the rostrum with a strong showing. He bounced back from a fall in his opening ride to notch 11 points and edge third place ahead of Ashley Morris and Robert Branford.
Former Heathens’ skipper Morris was faced with an uphill task after a tapes exclusion in his second outing – although he came within a whisker of lowering the colours of Ellis in a thrilling heat 14.
Branford – a late call-up in place of Josh Bates – emerged as an early front runner with two races wins before he was relegated to the back on a tight first bend in heat 18 as he missed out on the top three.
Meanwhile, Cradley reserve Arron Mogridge put in an excellent performance to end with nine points against a strong field, whilst Matt Williamson scored a solid eight after his recent injury lay-off.  It was unfortunately a much less successful evening for Ellis Perks, who endured a nightmare with bike troubles and two falls as he managed just two points.

Michael Neale dusted himself down from an awkward heat three fall to add a creditable three points, whilst Luke Harris was on the pace as he took two rides as track reserve. It was a superb night as the first ever Golden Hammer at Perry Barr drew the biggest crowd for the event in four seasons and Cradley’s largest attendance of the campaign.
Club Director Nigel Pearson said: “I just want to thank the Dudley Stroke Association, all the supporters and the Birmingham Speedway staff for a hugely successful night and offer my congratulations to Adam Ellis for a terrific victory.”
Cradley will turn their attentions to a busy spell of crucial fixtures as they aim to keep their National League title bid alive.  They will begin a run of three consecutive away meetings as they travel to Stoke on Saturday (7pm) before returning to action at Perry Barr on Wednesday, August 26 against King’s Lynn.

15/08/2015

STOKE POTTERS v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ Loomer Road - POSTPONED TRACK WATERLOGGED


21/08/2015

KINGS LYNN YOUNG STARS v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ Adrian Flux Arena Saddlebow Road

 

Team Manager - Dale Allitt Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Jake Knight ret x2m 1 fell 1 - 1 Dan Greenwood (G) 2* 3 2 2* 0 9 1
2 Scott Campos 1 1* 3 3 1* 9 2 2 Michael Neale R/R AM LH EP AM - -
3 Ryan Kinsley 1* 2 3 1 7 1 3 Ellis Perks 3 ef 2 ret 2 7 -
4 Shane Hazeldon 2 1* 1 fell 4 1 4 Connor Mountain (G) 0 3 2 3 8 -
5 Tom Stokes 2* 2 fx 1 5 1 5 Matt Williamson fell 3 2 3 3 11 -
6 Layne Cupitt 1 1* 1 3 1 6 Luke Harris 2 0 0 0 0 2 -
7 Josh Bailey 3 3 2 1 3 3 2 17 - 7 Arron Mogridge 3 fell 1 0 1* 2* 7 2
8                       8 Adam Portwood                  
46 44

Heat 01: Mogridge, Greenwood, Campos, Knight(ret) 1-5  63.25
Heat 02: Bailey, Harris, Cupitt, Mogridge(f) 4-2  5-7  61.88
Heat 03: Perks, Hazeldon, Kinsley, Mountain 3-3 8-10 62.67
Heat 04: Bailey, Stokes, Mogridge, Williamson(f) 5-1 13-11 62.40
Heat 05: Greenwood, Kinsley, Hazeldon, Harris 3-3 16-14  62.04
Heat 06: Williamson, Bailey, Campos, Harris 3-3 19-17 63.73
Heat 07: Mountain, Stokes, Cupitt, Perks(ef) 3-3 22-20 63.79
Heat 08: Campos, Perks, Bailey, Mogridge 4-2 26-22  62.66
Heat 09: Kinsey, Williamson, Hazeldon, Harris  4-2 30-24 62.56
Heat 10: Campos, Mountain, Knight, Perks (ret) 34-26 62.79
Heat 11: Bailey, Greenwood, Mogridge, Stokes(fx) 3-3 37.29 AW
Heat 12: Bailey, Perks, Kinsley, Harris 4-2 41-31 61.48
Heat 13: Williamson, Greenwood, Stokes, Knight(f) 1-5 42-36 62.41
Heat 14: Mountain, Mogridge, Cupitt, Hazeldon(f) 1-5 43-41 AW
Heat 15: Williamson, Bailey, Campos, Greenwood  3-3 46-44  62.95

 
DEPLETED Cradley put up a brave fight before slipping to a narrow 46-44 defeat at the hands of King's Lynn at the Adrian Flux Arena.
The Motor Market Heathens were always set to face a tough task as they travelled to Norfolk without Max Clegg and Michael Neale, whilst they were dealt a further blow with guest Darryl Ritchings ruled out with a hand injury suffered riding for Swindon on Thursday. Their cause was not helped by a string of falls and mechanical gremlins leaving them trailing by 10 entering the final three races - and although they launched a dramatic fightback to set up a last-heat decider they fell agonisingly short of an unlikely win. They did emerge with a well-deserved consolation point to show for their efforts, but they remain third in the National League table - one point behind Eastbourne and 15 points adrift of runaway leaders Birmingham.  Matt Williamson bounced back from a fall whilst leading his opening ride to notch 11 points including victory in heat 15, but partner Dan Greenwood was shut out by King's Lynn pair Josh Bailey and Scott Campos to condemn the Heathens to a disappointing defeat.  Greenwood and Williamson impressed whilst Connor Mountain put in a strong showing as a late replacement for Ritchings at No.4.  Arron Mogridge and Ellis Perks also demonstrated plenty of positive signs but were blighted by falls and bike problems respectively as the visitors ran 11 costly last places.  Reserve Luke Harris also endured a tough evening on his return to the side - and team boss Will Pottinger admitted he was left frustrated by a defeat which leaves their title dreams looking increasingly slim.
 
However, he has called on his side to bounce back as they travel to Coventry on Sunday (4pm).  "I suppose a point is better than nothing, but it's disappointing because we dropped a lot of points from scoring positons," said Pottinger.  "It was always going to be tough given the riders we had missing, but it's very frustrating because we put ourselves in the positons to win but didn't take advantage.  "We did well to take it to a last heat decider, but we just fell short in the end. As far as the title goes we always knew we'd be relying on Birmingham to drop points, and that is still the case.  "All we can do is keep trying to get the best results possible from our remaining meetings and hope we end up with more points than Birmingham and Eastbourne.  "We look forward to Sunday's meeting at Coventry now, we have to approach it in a positive manner and although they are a good team we need to go and get a result."
 

23/08/2015

COVENTRY STORM v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ Brandon POSTPONED TRACK WATERLOGGED


26/08/2015

CRADLEY HEATHENS v KINGS LYNN NL @ Perry Barr

 

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Dale Allitt
1 Max Clegg 3 3 3 2* 2* 13 pm 1 Darryl Ritchings 0 2 6^ 1* 1 1 11 1
2 Michael Neale 2* 2* 1 x fx 5 2 2 Shane Hazelden R/R JB TS DR JB - -
3 Ellis Perks 3 1 ret 3 3 10 - 3 Ryan Kinsey 0 0 2 1 0 3 -
4 Nathan Greaves R/R MN AM MW EP - - 4 Scott Campos 1 1 1* 0 3 1
5 Matt Williamson 3 2* 3 3 3 3 17 pm 5 Tom Stokes 2 0 2 2 0 6 -
6 Arron Mogridge 2 3 3 0 2* 1 11 1 6 Layne Cupitt 0 0 1* 0 1 1
7 Luke Harris 1* 0 1 2 1 7 Josh Bailey 1 3 1* 2* 2 2 11 2
8                       8                    
58 35
 

Heat 01: Clegg, Neale, Bailey, Ritchings  5-1  62.59
Heat 02: Bailey, Mogridge, Harris, Cupitt 3-3 8-4  63.50
Heat 03: Perks, Neale, Campos, Kinsey  5-1 13-5  63.18
Heat 04: Williamson, Stokes, Bailey, Harris 3-3 16-8 63.17
Heat 05: Mogridge, Ritchings, Perks, Stokes 4-2 20-10 63.47
Heat 06: Clegg, Stokes, Neale, Cupitt  4-2 24-12  61.03
Heat 07: Mogridge, Williamson, Campos, Kinsey 5-1  29-13 63.34
Heat 08: Ritchings^, Bailey, Harris, Neale(x) 1-8 30-21 63.19
Heat 09: Williamson, Stokes, Cupitt, Perks(ret) 3-3 33-24 62.69
Heat 10: Clegg, Kinsey, Campos, Neale(fx) 3-3 36-27 62.13
Heat 11: Williamson, Bailey, Ritchings, Mogridge 3-3 39-30 62.56
Heat 12: Perks, Mogridge, Kinsey, Cupitt 5-1 44-31  62.88
Heat 13: Williamson, Clegg, Ritchings, Stokes 5-1  49-32 61.22
Heat 14: Perks, Bailey, Mogridge, Campos 4-2 53-34  62.59
Heat 15: Williamson, Clegg, Ritchings, Kinsey 5-1 58-35  61.79

Bronze Helmet Max Clegg beat Josh Bailey

 
CRADLEY put in another powerful performance as they stormed to a comfortable 58-35 victory over King's Lynn at Perry Barr.
The Motor Market Heathens accounted for 13 race winners with four riders ending with double figures as they emerged with a comprehensive win in an action-packed meeting.   Matt Williamson and Max Clegg both struck dominant paid maximums with superb performances, combining for 5-1s in heats 13 and 15 as Will Pottinger's side came on strong in the closing stages to withstand a Young Stars fightback. Skipper Clegg pulled off the move of the night as he blasted from last to second in heat 13 before he went on to defend his Bronze Helmet against Josh Bailey. Whilst the top two were in unstoppable form, reserve Arron Mogridge and Ellis Perks also impressed with double figure points hauls.
Mike Neale was involved in two 5-1s on his return before a heavy fall in his final ride, whilst Luke Harris put in an encouraging display and was lucky to walk away from a horrendous high-speed crash in heat eight.
It was an excellent performance from the Heathens as they bounced back from last Friday's disappointing defeat against the Young Stars, and team boss Pottinger was delighted to see his side respond with a resounding win.   Pottinger said: "It's always important to bounce back quickly after a defeat, and we managed to do it in good fashion tonight.  "We had four riders who made double figures, Max and Matt both did excellently to score paid maximums and it was a really good performance all-around.  "It was a bit tight at the interval, but we were always confident we would pull away at the end and that proved to be the case."
The Heathens will be back in action on Saturday as they face a tricky trip to Hoddesdon to take on Rye House (7pm).
 

29/08/2015

RYE HOUSE RAIDERS v CRADLEY HEATHENS @ Hoddesdon

 

Team Manager - Andrew Silver Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Robert Branford 3 3 3 9 MAX 1 Max Clegg 2 3 2 7 -
2 Alfie Bowtell 0 0 0 3 2* 5 1 2 Michael Neale 1* ret fx x2m 1 1
3 Luke Priest 2 2 3 7 - 3 Ellis Perks 1 1* 0 2 1
4 Luke Chessell R/R AB GH SW - - 4 Nathan Greaves R/R DA AM AM - -
5 Kyle Hughes 2 3 3 8 - 5 Danny Ayres (G) 3 3 1* 2 9 1
6 Sam Woods 1 0 1 1 3 - 6 Arron Mogridge 2 2 2 fx 1 7 -
7 George Hunter 3 0 fell 1 4 - 7 Luke Harris 0 1 2 0 3 -
8                       8                    
36 29
 

Heat 01: Branford, Clegg, Neale, Bowtell(f) 3-3 AW
Heat 02: Hunter, Mogridge, Woods, Harris 4-2 7-5 60.70
Heat 03: Ayres, Priest, Perks, Bowtell  2-4 9-9 59.90
Heat 04: Ayres, Hughes, Harris, Hunter 2-4 11-13  58.90
Heat 05: Clegg, Priest, Hunter(f), Neale(ret) 2-3 13-16 57.9
Heat 06: Branford, Mogridge, Ayres, Bowtell 3-3 16-19 59.30
Heat 07: Hughes, Mogridge, Perks, Woods  3-3  19-22 60.50
Heat 08: Bowtell Harris, Hunter, Mogridge(fx) 4-2 23-24 63.30
Heat 09: Priest, Ayres, Woods, Harris 4-2 27-26 62.10
Heat 10: Branford, Bowtell, Mogridge, Perks 32-27 62.50
Heat 11: Hughes, Clegg, Woods, Neale(x2m) 4-2 36-29  60.50
Heat 12: MATCH ABANDONED RAIN - RESULT STANDS
Heat 13:
Heat 14:
Heat 15:

 
CRADLEY fell agonisingly short of a consolation point as they slipped to a 36-29 defeat in a rain-shortened meeting at Rye House.
The Motor Market Heathens put up a brave fight at Hoddesdon, leading by one point after eight races, but the hosts came on strong with a trio of heat advantages before heavy rain caused proceedings to be called to a halt.  It was a disappointing night for Will Pottinger's side as they eventually left empty handed despite their determined effort - and Pottinger admitted they were left hugely frustrated.  He said: "It was unfortunate the rain came, we started off pretty well but when the rain started Rye House were the better team.  "The lads tried their best, but we just ran out of riders in the end and it was frustrating to just miss out on a point. It was a good effort, but just one of those nights where we didn't quite have enough."
Guesting No.5 Danny Ayres top scored for the Heathens with 9+1 from four rides including two wins in his opening two outings, whilst skipper Max Clegg bagged seven from three rides in the No.1 race jacket.
Arron Mogridge continued his strong run of form to notch seven, whilst reserve partner Luke Harris also added a hard-fought three points.  However, Ellis Perks and Michael Neale endured tough evenings, with Neale pulling out of his third ride after being involved in an awkward heat one crash and aggravating a thumb injury suffered in his crash against King's Lynn at Perry Barr on Wednesday.   The Heathens will now look to bounce back as they travel to Buxton next Sunday, September 6 before taking on Coventry at Brandon two days later.
 

05/09/2015

NATIONAL LEAGUE PAIRS @ KINGS LYNN
Ben Morley / Danny Ayres beat Max Clegg / Ellis Perks in the Final when Perks fell


06/09/2015

BUXTON HITMEN v CRADLEY HEATHENS @ Hi-Edge Raceway BUXTON

 

Team Manager - Jason Pipe Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Liam Carr 3 3 3 2 11 - 1 Max Clegg 2 3 3 3 3 14 -
2 Tom Wooley 1 1 2 2* 6 1 2 Michael Neale R/R AM AM DR AM - -
3 David Speight fell 0 2* 1* 3 2 3 Ellis Perks 2 1* 0 3 6 1
4 Tony Atkin 3 2 3 2 2 12 - 4 Darryl Ritchings (G) 1* 2 3 1 3 fx 10 -
5 Ryan Blacklock 3 3 2 fell 1* 9 1 5 Matt Williamson 2 2 1 1 6 -
6 Steve Jones 3 0 fell 1* 1* 5 2 6 Arron Mogridge 0 2 1 fell fell 0 ef 3 -
7 Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 1 1 1* 2 5 1 7 Luke Harris 0 0 0 ef 0 -
8                       8                    
51 39
 

Heat 01: Carr, Clegg, Wooley, Mogridge 4-2 57.80
Heat 02: Jones, Mogridge, Parkinson-Blackburn, Harris 4-2 8-4 60.50
Heat 03: Atkin, Perks, Ritchings, Jones 3-3 11-7 56.50
Heat 04: Blacklock, Williamson, Parkinson-Blackburn, Harris 4-2 15-9 56.90
Heat 05: Clegg, Atkin, Mogridge, Speight 2-4 17-13 55.20
Heat 06: Carr, Williamson, Wooley,, Harris 4-2 21-15 56.40
Heat 07: Blacklock, Ritchings, Perks,, Jones(f) 3-3 24-18 AW
Heat 08: Ritchings, Wooley, Parkinson-Blackburn, Mogridge(f) 3-3 27-21 56.70
Heat 09: Atkin, Speight, Williamson, Mogridge(f) 5-1 32-22 58.90
Heat 10: Carr, Wooley, Ritchings^, Perks 5-1 37-23 58.60
Heat 11: Clegg, Blacklock, Jones, Mogridge 3-3 40-26  56.20
Heat 12: Perks, Parkinson-Blackburn, Speight, Mogridge 3-3 43-29 57.50
Heat 13: Clegg, Carr, Williamson, Blacklock(f) 2-4 45-33 57.50
Heat 14: Ritchings, Atkin, Jones, Harris(ef) 3-3 48-36 58.30
Heat 15: Clegg, Atkin, Blacklock, Ritchings(fx) 3-3 51-39 55.90

Bronze Helmet: Clegg beat Carr
 

  CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger admitted he was left bitterly disappointed after the Heathens slipped to a 51-39 defeat against Buxton at the Hi-Edge Raceway.
A poor performance from the Motor Market Heathens saw them condemned to their third defeat in their last four meetings.  Back to back Hitmen 5-1s in heats 10 and 11 left Cradley well and truly on the back foot, and although No.1 Max Clegg reeled off three wins in the final five races they were unable to stage a fightback.  It was another tough afternoon for the Heathens as they aim to boost their confidence ahead of the Gold Cup and Knockout Cup semi-finals, and team boss Pottinger conceded he was frustrated by a bad day at the office.  "We wanted to get at least a point, and we were aiming for a win really to try and make sure we end the season well," Pottinger said.   "Buxton were the better team unfortunately. It was a disappointing performance and it was just one of those days where everything went wrong for us."
Clegg put in a fine performance to lead the side, bagging four wins from his five races, whilst Darryl Ritchings also added double figures as he guested for Nathan Greaves in the engine room of the side.  However, Ellis Perks and Matt Williamson both endured up and down meetings - and with reserve duo Arron Mogridge and Luke Harris struggling the Heathens ran 11 last places on a difficult afternoon.
They will now aim to bounce back and regain their confidence ahead of the Gold Cup as they take on Rye House at Perry Barr on Wednesday in their final home meeting of the National League campaign.

 

09/09/2015

CRADLEY HEATHENS v RYE HOUSE RAIDERS @ Hoddesdon

 

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Andrew Silver
1 Max Clegg x2m fx 3 2 3 8 - 1 Robert Branford 3 3 ef 3 2 11 -
2 Michael Neale 2 2* 2 3 0 9 1 2 Alfie Bowtell 1 0 1 2 4 -
3 Ellis Perks 3 2 3 3 3 fx 14 - 3 Luke Priest 0 1 2 1 4 -
4 Nathan Greaves R/R MN AM AM AM - - 4 Luke Chessell 1 3 1* 2 7 1
5 Matt Williamson 2 2 3 fx 7 - 5 Kyle Hughes 3 3 2 1 1* 10 1
6 Arron Mogridge 0 3 1* 2* 1 2* fx 9 3 6 Sam Woods 2 1 0 0 3 -
7 Luke Harris 1 0 0 1 2 7 George Hunter 0 1 0 1* 2 1
8                       8                    
49 41
 

Heat 01: Branford, Neale, Bowtell, Mogridge 2-4 61.60
Heat 02: Mogridge, Wood, Harris, Hunter 4-2 6-6 63.80
Heat 03: Perks, Neale, Chessell, Priest(f/r) 5-1 11-7 61.30
Heat 04: Hughes, Williamson, Hunter, Harris 2-4 13-11 62.1
Heat 05: Branford, Perks, Mogridge, Bowtell 3-3 16-14 61.10
Heat 06: Hughes, Neale, Woods, Clegg(x) 2-4 18-18 62.60
Heat 07: Chessell, Williamson, Priest, Harris 2-4 20-22 62.40
Heat 08: Neale, Mogridge, Bowtell(f/r), Hunter(f/r) 5-1, 25-23 63.4
Heat 09: Perks, Hughes, Mogridge, Woods 4-2 29-25 62.40
Heat 10: Clegg, Priest, Chessell, Neale 3-3 32-28 61.80
Heat 11: Williamson, Bowtell, Harris, Branford(ef) 4-2 36-30 62.50
Heat 12: Perks, Mogridge, Priest, Woods 5-1 41-31 62.50
Heat 13: Branford, Clegg, Hughes, Williamson(fx) 2-4 43-35 60.20
Heat 14: Perks, Chessell, Hunter, Mogridge(fx) 3-3 46-38 63.00
Heat 15: Clegg, Branford, Hughes, Perks(fx) 3-3 49-41 AW

BRONZE HELMET
Robert Branford (Rye House) beat Max Clegg (Cradley, holder) 61.30

 
CRADLEY got back to winning ways as they overcame a strong Rye House side to earn a 49-41 win at Perry Barr.
The Motor Market Heathens bounced back from a slow start to come on strong and claim a hard-fought victory with a determined performance.  They were left short of their No.1 early on with Max Clegg stuck in traffic and missing his opening ride, but having trailed by two points after seven races they dug deep to add three more points to their tally in their final home fixture of the National League fixture.  After suffering a disappointing defeat at Buxton on Sunday, team boss Will Pottinger was delighted to see his side bounce back with a gutsy all-around team showing.
Pottinger said: "We were over the moon with that result because the circumstances before the meeting weren't ideal with Max being stuck in traffic, and we were really up against it.  "It was great to reward the fans with a victory, and it was important we bounced back after a couple of away defeats.  "We showed good character to get the win in what was a tough meeting. It was a good team effort, everyone scored good points and contributed so we were really happy."
Ellis Perks led the Heathens superbly with four classy race wins before emerging unscathed from a heavy tumble as he battled from a 15 metre handicap in heat 15. He received excellent back-up from Arron Mogridge, who notched paid double figures on a hectic evening at reserve and was involved in two of the Heathens' three 5-1s.
Max Clegg also added two race wins after missing his opening ride and being excluded in heat six, although he lost his Bronze Helmet in a tense tussle with Rye House No.1 Robert Branford.
Michael Neale and Matt Williamson also recorded race wins, with Neale in particular putting in an impressive display at No.2, whilst Luke Harris fought hard for his two points at reserve.  It was a tremendous win for the Heathens in what was a tough encounter as they prepare for a mouth-watering Gold Cup semi-final with Birmingham.   They will take on their local rivals in the Brummies' home leg at Perry Barr next Wednesday (7.30) before hosting the second leg a week later.
In the meantime, Will Pottinger's side will look to end their National League campaign on a high as they face two away meetings on Sunday, first taking on Coventry (12pm) before clashing with Stoke (6pm) on the very same day.

 

13/09/2015

COVENTRY STORM v CRADLEY HEATHENS  3.00PM BRANDON STADIUM

 

Team Manager - Laurence Rogers Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Danny Ayres (G) fx 1* 3 1 5 1 1 Ben Morley (G) 3 fx 2 2* 3 10 1
2 Rob Shuttleworth 2 2 3 x 7 - 2 Michael Neale 1 1 0 0 2 -
3 Mark Baseby 1* 2* 1* 2 6 3 3 Ellis Perks 3 2 2 0 7 -
4 Darryl Ritchings 2 3 2 3 1 11 - 4 Nathan Greaves R/R TG MN AM AM - -
5 Martin Knuckey 3 3 3 0 0 9 - 5 Matt Williamson 2 3 6^ 3 2* 16 1
6 Jamie Halder x 1 1 1 3 - 6 Arron Mogridge ef 0 fx 0 1* 3 2 6 1
7 Connor Dwyer 3 1 2* 1* 7 2 7 Tyler Govier 2 0 /// 1 fx /// 3 -
8                       8                    
48 44
 

Heat 01: Morley, Shuttleworth, Neale, Ayres(fx) 2-4 AW
Heat 02: Dwyer, Govier, Halder(fx), Mogridge(ef) 3-2 5-6 66.10
Heat 03: Perks, Ritchings, Baseby, Govier 3-3  8-9 63.80
Heat 04: Knuckey, Williamson, Dwyer, Mogridge 3-3 12-11 62.60
Heat 05: Ritchings, Baseby, Neale, Morley(fx) 5-1 17-12 64.60
Heat 06: Williamson, Shuttleworth, Ayres, Mogridge(fx) 3-3 20-15 63.70
Heat 07: Knuckey, Perks, Halder, Neale 4-2 24-17 64.60
Heat 08: Shuttleworth, Dwyer, Govier, Neale(ret) 5-1 29-18 65.20
Heat 09: Williamson^, Ritchings, Baseby, Mogridge 3-6 32-24 64.70
Heat 10: Ayres, Perks, Mogridge, Shuttleworth(fx), Govier(f/ns) 3-3 35-27 65.20
Heat 11: Knuckey, Morley, Halder, Neale(NS) 4-2 39-29 64.80
Heat 12: Mogridge, Baseby, Dwyer, Perks(ret) 3-3 42-32 66.20
Heat 13: Williamson, Morley, Ayres, Knuckey(fr) 1-5 43-37 64.60
Heat 14: Ritchings, Mogridge, Halder, Govier(NS) 4-2 47-39 66.30
Heat 15: Morley, Williamson, Ritchings, Knuckey 1-5 48-44 65.50

 

 
CRADLEY pulled off a last gasp 5-1 to secure a consolation league point from their 48-44 defeat at Coventry.
Skipper Matt Williamson combined with star guest Ben Morley in the final race after keeping them in the hunt two heats earlier.
Williamson was in stunning form for a Heathens side without Max Clegg who was on Premier League duty for Edinburgh.  But the point came at a cost with reserve Tyler Govier suffering a foot injury and Ellis Perks a suspected broken hand.
Williamson, who notched 16-points, said: “We wanted to win the match obviously but to lose both Ellis and Tyler to injury during the meeting and Mike Neale suffering bike problems we pulled together in those two heats and got the job done.  "Ben did a great job at number one for us on a tricky track that didn’t have much dirt on and gating was so important today.”

It was the first meeting of two in a day for the Heathens with a trip to Stoke the same evening, with Darry Ritchings booked to replace Ellis Perks who damaged his hand/wrist, Cradley still looking for a reserve to replace Tyler Govier also injured in the same race.

13/09/2015

STOKE POTTERS v CRADLEY HEATHENS 6.00 PM LOOMER ROAD

Meeting Abandoned after heat 13 power failure- Result stands

 

Team Manager - Malcolm Vasey Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Lee Payne ret 2 3 3 3 11 - 1 Ben Morley 3 3 3 2 11 -
2 Jon Armstrong R/R ST PB LP DP - - 2 Michael Neale fell WITHDREW 0 -
3 Paul Burnett 3 1* 0 1 2 7 1 3 Ellis Perks R/R AM MW NR DR - -
4 Danny Phillips 1 2 0 2* 5 1 4 Darry Richings (G) fx 3 1 3 7 -
5 Shaun Tedham fx 1* ret 0 1 1 5 Matt Williamson 3 3 2* 3 1* 12 2
6 Ryan Terry-Daley 3 1 1 1* 6 1 6 Arron Mogridge 2 2 1 1 2* 2* fx 10 2
7 Chris Widman 1 2 2* fx 5 1 7 NO RIDER - -
8                       8                    
35 40
 

Heat 01: Morley, Neale(f), Payne(ret), Tedham(fx) 0-3 66.40
Heat 02: Terry-Daley, Mogridge, Widman, NR 4-2 4-5 69.60
Heat 03: Burnett, Mogridge, Phillips, Ritchings(fx) 4-2 8-7 68.40
Heat 04: Williamson, Widman, Tedham, NR 3-3 11-10 66.20
Heat 05: Morley, Phillips, Burnett, Neale(NS) 3-3 14-13 65.80
Heat 06: Williamson, Payne, Mogridge, Burnett 2-4 16-17 64.70
Heat 07: Ritchings, Williamson, Terry-Daley, Tedham(ret) 1-5 17-22 66.80
Heat 08: Payne, Widman, Mogridge, Neale(NS) 5-1 22-23 65.90
Heat 09: Williamson, Mogridge, Burnett, Phillips(f/r) 1-5 23-28 65.90
Heat 10: Payne, Phillips, Ritchings, NR 5-1 28-29 65.50
Heat 11: Morley, Mogridge, Terry-Daley, Widman(fx) 1-5 29-34 AW
Heat 12: Ritchings, Burnett, Terry-Daley, Mogridge(fx) 3-3 32-37 65.50
Heat 13: Payne, Morley, Williamson, Tedham 3-3 35-40 65.70
Heat 14: MEETING ABANDONED - POWER FAILURE
Heat 15:

 
CRADLEY defied their injury crisis to end their National League campaign on a high with a dramatic 40-35 win over Stoke at Loomer Road. The Heathens were forced to take on the Potters with only five riders having seen Ellis Perks (hand) and Tyler Govier (ankle) both crash out of their clash with Coventry earlier in the day. Although they drafted in Darryl Ritchings as a guest, they were unable to find a replacement for Govier at short notice - and when Michael Neale was forced to pull out due to a lack of equipment following an earlier crash they were reduced to just four riders.
Matt Williamson and Arron Mogridge plus guesting duo Ben Morley and Ritchings nonetheless fought tirelessly to give them a five point lead before a power failure saw the meeting called to a halt after 13 heats.
Team boss Will Pottinger sung the praises of his severely depleted side after they battled against the odds to earn a tremendous victory ahead of their Gold Cup semi-final first leg against Birmingham on Wednesday.   Pottinger said: "Considering we were practically a four-man team for the whole meeting it was an incredible effort to get the win, and all the lads deserve a lot of credit.  "We had to dig really deep for that win, and it's a fantastic effort given we had to send only one rider out in five races. "It's been a tough day for us, but it's nice to get a win to end the National League season and give us a bit of confidence before our Gold Cup tie with Birmingham."
Ben Morley and Matt Williamson both suffered just one defeat apiece in the heat-leader positions, whilst Darryl Ritchings also added two race wins from his four rides.
Arron Mogridge fought hard for double figures on a hectic evening as the lone reserve as the Heathens emerged with a remarkable win.

 

16/09/2015

BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES v CRADLEY HEATHENS GOLD CUP SEMI-FINAL 1 @ PERRY BARR

Meeting abandoned - heavy rain the area - new date 30/09/2015


23/09/2015

CRADLEY HEATHENS v BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES GOLD CUP SEMI-FINAL 1 @ PERRY BARR

 

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Graham Drury
1 Max Clegg 2 fx Withdrew Injured Hand 2 - 1 Adam Ellis 3 3 3 3 3 15 MAX
2 Michael Neale ret 0 1 0 x2m 1 - 2 Adam Kirby 1 0 1 f/r 2 -
3 Darryl Ritchings (G) 1 2 2* 3 fx 0 8 1 3 Sam Chapman 2* 0 1 2 5 1
4 Ellis Perks R/R MN AM MN DR - - 4 Zach Wajtknecht 3 2 3 3 11 -
5 Matt Williamson 2 3 3 2 1 2 13 - 5 Tom Perry 3 3 1 2* 1 10 1
6 Arron Mogridge 3 1* 1 2 2 1* 2 12 2 6 Jack Smith 2 2* fell 1* 5 2
7 Tyler Govier 0 0 fell 0 0 ret 0 7 Jack Parkinson-Blackburn (G) 1* 1 3 1 6 1
8                       8                    
36 54
 

Heat 01: Ellis, Clegg, Kirby, Neale(ret) 2-4  60.56
Heat 02: Mogridge, Smith, Parkinson-Blackburn, Govier 3-3 5-7 63.47
Heat 03: Wajtknecht, Chapman, Ritchings, Neale 1-5 6-12 62.19
Heat 04: Perry, Willaimson, Parkinson-Blackburn, Govier 2-4 8-16 61.88
Heat 05: Ellis, Ritchings, Mogridge, Kirby 3-3 11-19 60.50
Heat 06: Perry, Smith, Neale, Clegg(fx) 1-5 12-24 64.22
Heat 07: Williamson, Wajtknecht, Mogridge, Chapman 4-2 16-26 63.10
Heat 08: Parkinson-Blackburn, Mogridge, Kirby, Neale 2-4 18-30 64.66
Heat 09: Williamson, Ritchings, Perry, Smith(fell) 5-1 23-31 63.03
Heat 10: Wajtknecht, Mogridge, Chapman, Govier(fell) 2-4 25-35 63.53
Heat 11: Ellis, Williamson, Mogridge, Kirby(f/r) 3-3 28-38 62.00
Heat 12: Ritchings, Chapman, Smith, Govier 3-3 31-41 64.75
Heat 13: Ellis, Perry, Williamson, Govier 1-5 32-46 64.00
Heat 14: Wajtknecht, Mogridge, Parkinson-Blackburn, Ritchings(fx) 2-4 63.81
Heat 15: Ellis, Williamson, Perry, Ritchings 2-4 36-54 61.07
 

 
CRADLEY endured a night to forget as they slipped to a 54-36 Gold Cup semi-final defeat against Birmingham.  The Motor Market Heathens suffered a number of mechanical issues and also made life more difficult for themselves as they were outgated for the majority of the night.  However, the major defining point of the meeting was when No.1 Max Clegg was forced to withdraw from the meeting after heat six following a heavy landing after clattering the wooden fence.  Team manager Will Pottinger admits it was another bitterly disappointing night for his side who need to overturn an 18-point deficit next week to reach the Gold Cup Final.  Said Pottinger: "When you're already using rider replacement you can't afford for anyone to have an off night or for anyone else to pick up an injury - unfortunately both of those things happened to us tonight.  "Michael Neale and Tyler (Govier) really struggled and the injury to Max didn't help our cause one bit. That left us with more-or-less a three man team and when we're up against a team with the strength that Birmingham have got we never stood a chance the way things panned out.  "Hopefully Max is given the all clear from the hospital as his hand looked pretty swollen and he was very dazed. Fingers crossed he's fit to take his place for the rest of the season. He's been the shining light of what has been an otherwise tough year and we need him at No.1 with a couple of important meetings still to come."
Matt Williamson put in yet another impressive home display to top score for the Heathens.
Arron Mogridge was kept busy at reserve yet again as he picked up double-figures from seven rides.
Darryl Ritchings gave it his all on a steady night from the guest No.3.
Michael Neale had a disastrous night mechanical wise while Tyler Govier struggled to find the right set-up to get amongst the points also.

26/09/2015

NATIONAL LEAGUE RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP @ RYE HOUSE (NO CRADLEY RIDERS COMPETED IN THIS MEETING)
It was won by Ben Morley, 2nd Danny Ayres, 3rd Robert Branford


30/09/2015

BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES v CRADLEY HEATHENS GOLD CUP SEMI-FINAL 2 @ PERRY BARR

 

Team Manager - Graham Drury Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Adam Ellis 3 3 3 3 3 3 18 MAX 1 Max Clegg 2 2 2 2 2 10 -
2 Adam Kirby 0 0 1 1 2 - 2 Tyler Govier 1* 0 0 fell 1 1
3 Sam Chapman 1 1 1 1 0 4 - 3 Ellis Perks R/R AM MW LH DR - -
4 Zach Wajtknecht R/R AE TP JPB SC - - 4 Darryl Ritchings 0 1 2 2* 3 8 1
5 Tom Perry 3 3 2 3 1 1 13 - 5 Matt Williamson 2 2 3 2* 0 ef 9 1
6 Jack Smith 2* 0 1 1 4 1 6 Arron Mogridge 1 2 1* 2* 3 3 2* 14 2
7 Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 3 fx 3 0 0 6 - 7 Luke Harris 0 1* 0 1 1
8                       8                    
47 43
 

Heat 01: Ellis, Clegg, Govier, Kirby 3-3 69.88
Heat 02: Parkinson-Blackburn, Smith, Mogridge, Harris 5-1 8-4 62.54
Heat 03: Ellis, Mogridge, Chapman, Ritchings 4-2 12-6 59.47
Heat 04: Perry, Williamson, Harris, Parkinson-Blackburn(fx) 3-3 15-9 62.13
Heat 05: Perry, Clegg, Chapman, Govier 4-2 19-11 61.35
Heat 06: Ellis, Williamson, Mogridge, Kirby 3-3 22-14 59.78
Heat 07: Williamson, Perry, Ritchings, Smith 2-4 24-18 62.16
Heat 08: Parkinson-Blackburn, Mogridge, Kirby, Govier 4-2 28-20 63.10
Heat 09: Mogridge, Williamson, Chapman, Parkinson-Blackburn 1-5 29-25 63.34
Heat 10: Ellis, Ritchings, Kirby, Harris 4-2 33-27 60.16
Heat 11: Perry, Clegg, Smith, Govier 4-2 37-29 61.97
Heat 12: Mogridge, Ritchings, Chapman, Parkinson-Blackburn 1-5 38-34 63.31
Heat 13: Ellis, Clegg, Perry, Williamson 4-2 42-36 60.35
Heat 14: Ritchings, Mogridge, Smith, Chapman 1-5 43-41 63.31
Heat 15: Ellis, Clegg, Perry, Williamson(ef)
 

 
AN understrength Cradley side put up a valiant effort as they suffered a narrow 47-43 Gold Cup second leg defeat against Birmingham.
The Heathens crashed out in the semi-finals as they went down 101-79 on aggregate but can be proud of their efforts from their 'away' leg.  Team manager Will Pottinger was keen to focus on the positives ahead of next week's Knockout Cup clash with King's Lynn.  Said Pottinger: "People were saying that we wouldn't get anywhere near Birmingham tonight and it feels good to prove those people wrong.  "To take it to a last heat decider under the circumstances is a great effort and we can hold our heads high.  "We can take some confidence from tonight's performance and we'll head to King's Lynn next week with the belief that we can go there and get a positive result."
Arron Mogridge had another busy yet enjoyable night as he bagged one of his highest scores of the season at reserve.
Max Clegg made a decent return to the side following his heavy crash last week and while no heat wins were secured for the Cradley No.1 it was another double-figure score from the Yorkshireman.
Matt Williamson battled hard for his points and an engine failure at the tapes in heat 15 cost him the chance to add to his tally.
Darryl Ritchings proved a good choice of guest with another steady performance at No.4.
Tyler Govier and Luke Harris both endured tough nights but both were much more on the pace and their starts were improved.
 

07/10/2015

KINGS LYNN YOUNG STARS v CRADLEY HEATHENS KOC @ ADRIAN FLUX ARENA SADDLEBOW ROAD

 

Team Manager - Dale Allitt Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Tom Stokes 1 2 1 1 5 - 1 Max Clegg 3 3 3 3 2* 14 PM
2 Scott Campos 0 2 fx 1 3 1 7 - 2 Nathan Greaves R/R AM JPB DR JPB - -
3 Jake Knight R/R SC JB AP SH - - 3 Darryl Ritchings 1 1* 2 0 1 5 1
4 Shane Hazeldon 0 1* 1 2* 2 0 6 2 4 Arron Mogridge 2* 3 2 2 3 12 1
5 Josh Bailey fx 2 fx ns 2 - 5 Matt Williamson 3 3 3 2* 3 14 PM
6 Layne Cupitt 2* fell ns 2 1 6 Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 1 0 1 2* 1 0 5 1
7 Ryan Kinsley 3 2 3 3 2 3 1 17 - 7 Tyler Govier 0 1 0 0 1 -
8 Adam Portwood 0               0 - 8                    
39
 

Heat 01: Clegg, Mogridge, Stokes, Campos 1-5 63.33
Heat 02: Kinsley, Cupitt, Parkinson-Blackburn 5-1 6-6 63.67
Heat 03: Mogridge, Campos, Ritchings, Hazelden 2-4 8-10 63.42
Heat 04: Williamson, Kinsley, Govier, Bailey(fx) 2-4 10-14 AW
Heat 05: Clegg, Bailey, Hazelden, Parkinson-Blackburn 3-3 13-17 62.64
Heat 06: Williamson, Stokes, Parkinson-Blackburn, Campos(fx) 2-4 15-21 AW
Heat 07: Kinsley, Mogridge, Ritchings, Bailey(fx) 3-3 18-24 62.72
Heat 08: Kinsley, Ritchings, Campos, Govier 4-2 22-26 63.68
Heat 09: Williamson, Parkinson-Blackburn, Hazelden, Portwood 1-5 23-31 63.12
Heat 10: Campos, Mogridge, Stokes, Ritchings 4-2 27-33 63.06
Heat 11: Clegg, Kinsley, Parkinson-Blackburn, Cupitt(ns) 2-4 29-37 64.11
Heat 12: Kinsley, Hazeldon, Ritchings, Parkinson-Blackburn 5-1 34-38 63.25
Heat 13: Clegg, Williamson, Stokes, Bailey(ns) 1-5 35-43 63.51
Heat 14: Mogridge, Hazeldon, Kinsley, Govier(f) 3-3 38-46 63.71
Heat 15: Williamson, Clegg, Campos, Hazelden 1-5 39-51 64.09
 

  CRADLEY seized control of their Knockout Cup semi-final tie as they stormed to a 51-39 first leg victory over King’s Lynn at the Adrian Flux Arena.
Max Clegg and Matt Williamson both struck faultless paid maximums for the Motor Market Heathens to lead them to a sensational win as they aim to book a Grand Final showdown with Eastbourne.  After building up an early lead, Will Pottinger’s injury-hit side fought hard to preserve their advantage before the impeccable Clegg and Williamson joined forces in heats 13 and 15 to ensure they will take a healthy 12 point advantage into next Wednesday’s second leg at Perry Barr.
Team boss Pottinger was thrilled to see his side overcome their Gold Cup disappointment against local rivals Birmingham to get back to winning ways in fine style.   “We’re delighted with the result. I think it probably went a lot better than many people expected, and it was a great team effort,” Pottinger said.   “I feel a bit for King’s Lynn who had some misfortune which we’ve had to contend with ourselves on occasion this season, but we still had to get the job done and we are pleased to come away with a healthy lead.  “We’re in a good position heading into the second leg next week, but it doesn’t change anything and we’ll have to go in with the same attitude looking to wrap it up as soon as possible.”
Whilst Clegg and Williamson were in dominant form, Arron Mogridge continued his excellent run with a vital performance in the engine room of the side.  He made a seamless transition back into the No.4 race jacket to bag a hard-fought 12+1 and step up as a third heat-leader in the absence of injury victims Ellis Perks and Nathan Greaves.
Guest Darryl Ritchings and youngster Jack Parkinson-Blackburn both added solid contributions whilst Tyler Govier put in a determined display as the Heathens claimed a well-deserved win.
 

14/10/2015

CRADLEY HEATHENS v KINGS LYNN YOUNG STARS KOC @ PERRY BARR

 

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Dale Allitt
1 Max Clegg 3 3 3 2* 3 14 1 1 Tom Stokes 2 1 2 1 0 6 -
2 Nathan Greaves R/R AM JPB DR JPB - - 2 Scott Campos (c) 1* 0 fx 1 withdrew 2 1
3 Darryl Ritchings ef 2* 3 3 3 11 1 3 Jake Knight R/R RK SC JB SH - -
4 Arron Mogridge fell 3 3 2* 3 11 1 4 Shane Hazelden 1* 2 2 2 0 7 1
5 Matt Williamson 3 3 3 3 2* 14 1 5 Josh Bailey 1* 1* 1* 1 0 0 4 3
6 Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 2 0 2* 0 0 1 5 1 6 Layne Cupitt 1 2 0 ret 3 -
7 Tyler Govier fx fell 1 1 2 - 7 Ryan Kinsley 3 2 2 0 1* 2 1 11 1
8                       8                    
57 33
 

Heat 01: Clegg, Stokes, Campos, Mogridge(f) 3-3 61.97
Heat 02: Kinsley, Parkinson-Blackburn, Cupitt, Govier(fx) 2-4 5-7 61.75
Heat 03: Mogridge, Kinsley, Hazelden, Ritchings(f) 3-3 8-10 61.85
Heat 04: Williamson, Cupitt, Bailey, Govier(f) 3-3 11-13 62.07
Heat 05: Mogridge, Ritchings, Stokes, Campos 5-1 16-14 62.38
Heat 06: Clegg, Kinsley, Bailey, Parkinson-Blackburn 3-3 19-17 61.25
Heat 07: Williamson, Hazelden, Govier, Campos(fx) 4-2 23-19 61.84
Heat 08: Ritchings, Parkinson-Blackburn, Campos, Kinsley 5-1 28-20 62.91
Heat 09: Ritchings, Mogridge, Bailey, Cupitt 5-1 33-21 62.60
Heat 10: Clegg, Hazelden, Bailey, Parkinson-Blackburn 3-3 36-24 62.15
Heat 11: Williamson, Stokes, Kinsley, Parkinson-Blackburn 3-3 39-27 62.19
Heat 12: Ritchings, Hazelden, Govier, Cupitt 4-2 43-29 62.97
Heat 13: Williamson, Clegg, Stokes, Bailey 5-1 48-30 61.72
Heat 14: Mogridge, Kinsley, Parkinson-Blackburn, Hazelden 4-2 52.32 62.90
Heat 15: Clegg, Williamson, Kinsley, Stokes 5-1 57-33 61.37

 
CRADLEY reached the National League Knockout Cup final for the fourth year running after a 57-33 win over King's Lynn.
An impressive all-round display clinched a 36-point aggregate victory, totalling 108-72 over the two legs.  On a night of first class entertainment, the scoreline certainly didn't reflect the racing on show but it's the Heathens who will be buoyed ahead of their Grand Final against Eastbourne next week.  A delighted team manager Will Pottinger said: "It's great to race to such an emphatic win over the two legs and it certainly fills us with confidence ahead of the final.  "We got off to a pretty slow start but we restricted them to just the one race win and it was a really impressive performance from the boys.  "We're under no illusions - it's going to be a tough final against Eastbourne but we know we're more than capable of winning over two legs and all the lads will need to dig deep and hopefully we can finish off the season with a trophy."
Heathens top two Max Clegg and Matt Williamson continued their remarkable form by going unbeaten by a King's Lynn rider for a second successive week.
Darryl Ritchings and Arron Mogridge proved to be a more than handy duo at No's 3 and 4 once again and both were only denied a paid maximum of their own due to an engine failure and a fall respectively.
15-year-old reserve guest Jack Parkinson-Blackburn impressed once again and deserved even more points than he managed for his efforts.
Tyler Govier endured another tough night as the Heathens booked their place in the final.
The Heathens will host Eastbourne in the first leg next Wednesday (October 21) before travelling to Arlington for the return fixture on Saturday October 24.

21/10/2015

CRADLEY HEATHENS v EASTBOURNE EAGLES KO CUP FINAL @ PERRY BARR

 

 

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Laurence Rogers
1 Max Clegg 0 3 3 6 - 1 Bradley Wilson-Dean 2 3 5 -
2 Ellis Perks R/R DA AM MW JS - - 2 Daniel Spiller R/R RA MK MO KD - -
3 Danny Ayres (G) 3 3 fx 3 9 - 3 Marc Owen 1 2* 3 1 7 1
4 Arron Mogridge 2* 2 2* 2* 8 3 4 Martin Knuckey (G) f/r 1 3 fx 4 -
5 Matt Williamson 1 1 2 4 - 5 Ben Hopwood 3 0 fell 3 -
6 Jack Smith 0 0 2* 2 1 6 Kelsey Dugard 2* 1 1 4 1
7 Tyler Govier 1 fell fx 1 - 7 Richard Andrews 1* 3 2* 1 7 2
8                       8                    
30 30
 

Heat 01: Ayres, Wilson-Dean, Andrews, Clegg(ef) 3-3  61.81
Heat 02: Andrews, Dugard, Govier, Smith 1-5  4-8 62.75
Heat 03: Ayres, Mogridge, Owen, Knuckey(fx) 5-1 9-9 61.44
Heat 04: Hopwood, Andrews, Williamson, Govier(f)  1-5 10-14  64.41
Heat 05: Wilson-Dean, Mogridge, Kuckey, Ayres(fx)  2-4  12-18 63.28
Heat 06: Clegg, Mogridge, Dugard, Hopwood(f/r) 5-1 17-19  60.46
Heat 07: Knuckey, Owen, Williamson, Smith 1-5 18-24 63.38
Heat 08: Owen, Williamson, Andrews,
Govier 2-4  20-28  AW
Heat 09: Ayres, Mogridge, Dugard, Hopwood(fx)  5-1 25-29  63.81
Heat 10: Clegg, Smith, Owen, Knuckey(fx)  5-1 30-30 61.69
Heat 11: Dugard(fx)
Heat 12: MEETING ABANDONED DUE TO 10.00pm CURFEW
Heat 13:
Heat 14:
Heat 15:

 

  CRADLEY will go into their Knockout Cup Grand Final second leg all square after drawing 30-30 at Perry Barr.
The Motor Market Heathens pulled off two consecutive 5-1 maximums to come from eight-points down in a meeting which was abandoned after ten heats due to the track time curfew.   Both sets of riders deserve huge credit for giving it their all in far from ideal conditions following poor weather in the build-up to the meeting.
Team Manager Will Pottinger said: "Circumstances were extremely difficult for both teams and we're disappointed with how things went.  "However I want to focus on the positives and there's a few for us as a team.  "We showed good character to fight back from eight down and the effort of all of our lads cannot be faulted.  "The odds will be stacked against us on Saturday but anything can happen in speedway and we're going to give it our best shot to try and end on a high."
Danny Ayres picked up three race wins on an impressive performance from the guest No.3 to top score for the Heathens.
Arron Mogridge continued his fine run of form by picking up three paid wins as he contributed a trio of maximum heat advantages for the hosts.
Max Clegg recovered from a nervy start to secure back-to-back heat wins while Matt Williamson deserved more points for his gutsy, determined efforts.
Guest reserve Jack Smith grew into the meeting as it went on and teamed up with Clegg for the vital 5-1 in heat ten to draw the scores level.
Tyler Govier had another night to forget at Perry Barr after being taken to hospital with suspected broken ribs.
The Heathens travel to Arlington on Saturday (October 24) for the second leg.

24/10/2015

EASTBOURNE EAGLES v CRADLEY HEATHENS KO CUP FINAL @ ARLINGTON

 

 

Team Manager - Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Bradley Wilson-Dean 2 3 3 3 3 14 - 1 Max Clegg 3 3 3 2 1* 12 1
2 Georgie Wood 1* 2* 2 1 6 2 2 Ellis Perks R/R DA AM MW JS - -
3 Marc Owen 2* 2 1 fell 5 1 3 Danny Ayres (G) fx 1 3 2 2 11 -
4 Daniel Spiller 3 fx 3 1 0 7 - 4 Arron Mogridge 0 1 2* 0 2* 5 2
5 Ben Hopwood 1 1 2 0 4 - 5 Matt Williamson 2 1 3 2 1* 9 1
6 Kelsey Dugard 3 1* 0 4 1 6 Jack Smith (G) 0 0 0 1 1 3 5 -
7 Richard Andrews 2* 3 0 2 0 7 1 7 Luke Harris 1 0 0 1 -
8                       8                    
47 43
 

Heat 01: Clegg, Wilson-Dean, Woods, Ayres(fx) 3-3 
Heat 02: Dugard, Andrews, Harris, Smith 5-1  8-4 62.1
Heat 03: Spiller, Owen, Ayres, Mogridge 5-1 13-5 60.2
Heat 04: Andrews, Williamson, Hopwood, Harris 4-2 17-7 61.0
Heat 05: Clegg, Owen, Mogridge, Spiller(fx) 2-4 19-11
Heat 06: Wilson-Dean, Woods, Williamson, Smith 5-1 24-12 65.9
Heat 07: Ayres, Mogridge, Hopwood(f/r), Andrews(f/r) 1-5 25-17 66.2
Heat 08: Williamson, Wood, Dugard, Harris 3-3 28-20 66.0
Heat 09: Spiller, Williamson, Owen, Smith 4-2 32-22 65.1

Heat 10: Wilson-Dean, Ayres, Wood, Mogridge 4-2 36-24 64.7
Heat 11: Clegg, Hopwood, Smith, Dugard 2-4 38-28 AW
Heat 12: Ayres, Andrews, Smith, Owen(f) 2-4 40-32 AW
Heat 13: Wilson-Dean, Clegg, Williamson, Hopwood 3-3 43-35 64.5
Heat 14: Smith, Mogridge, Spiller, Andrews 1-5 44-40 65.0
Heat 15: Wilson-Dean, Ayres, Clegg, Spiller 3-3 47-43 63.8

   

CRADLEY went down fighting as they slipped to a narrow 47-43 defeat in the second leg of the Knockout Cup Final at Eastbourne.
The Motor Market Heathens travelled to Arlington knowing they needed to become the first side to defeat the Eagles on home soil this season if they were to retain their trophy.
Will Pottinger’s injury-hit side battled valiantly in wet conditions to force a last-heat decider before eventually falling agonisingly short of what would have been an unforgettable victory. Team manager Pottinger admitted they were disappointed to end a difficult season without any silverware to show for their efforts – but he was nonetheless proud of the fight shown by his side. “Of course it’s disappointing to lose on aggregate by such a small margin, but I’m very proud of all the lads tonight,” Pottinger said. “They put in a great effort and really pushed Eastbourne all the way like no other team has done at Arlington this year. “Everyone can be proud of their efforts, and although we would have liked to end the season with a major piece of silverware we certainly can hold our heads up high after that performance.”
After falling 12 points behind after just six heats, the Heathens launched a brave fightback over the second half of the meeting with a 5-1 in the penultimate race forcing a tense heat 15 showdown.
However, Max Clegg and Danny Ayres were unable to reel in Bradley Wilson-Dean as Eastbourne completed their late-season treble having won the National Trophy and Gold Cup in recent weeks.  Clegg and Ayres, guesting for the injured Nathan Greaves, were in tremendous form throughout for the visitors as both notched double figures whilst Matt Williamson also put in another strong showing at No.5.
Arron Mogridge notched a useful contribution in the engine room of the side, partnering Jack Smith to a maximum in heat 14 as the young reserve ended a solid night on a high.
Youngster Luke Harris struggled after being called in as a late replacement for the injured Tyler Govier, but it was nonetheless a brave performance throughout from the Heathens despite their narrow defeat.
 


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