Results and scorers
DETAILED RESULTS FOR THE DUDLEY HEATHENS 2016 - PART 2
ISLE OF WIGHT WARRIORS v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ SMALLBROOK STADIUM, RYDE IOW
||CRADLEY kept their play-off hopes
alive with a dramatic 45-44 win at the Isle of Wight. And boss
Will Pottinger admitted he thought they had thrown the meeting away
until star men Ashley Morris and Max Clegg notched a last gasp 5-1.
The Motor Market side were 43-40 down after letting a useful lead slip
but the Heat 15 result secured their second away win of the season.
Said Pottinger: "You never know how important those three points will
be. "It was our second straight away win and we needed it, it was most
welcome. "We could easily have lost it but we saved our best until last
and it was a huge relief to come away with three precious points." When
it came to the crunch Morris made a fine start to the decider to lead
home favourite James Cockle. Heathens needed the 5-1 and the travelling
fans went wild as Clegg dived underneath Cockle coming out of the fourth
turn to join his partner for the win.
The Warriors were hit by the loss of ex-Heathens racer Tyler Govier after a crash in his opening heat. And when George Piper crashed in the re-run it handed Bradley Andrews and Ben Basford a gift 5-0 to hand the Heathens a handy early lead. But when Warriors No.1 Mark Baseby clocked the fastest time of the season in Heat 6 the island side were edging back towards the Heathens.
Heathens needed a big response in Heat 13 - but Max Clegg stopped on the start with carburettor problems and it looked like it wasn't Cradley's night.
Isle of Wight led by three going into the last race and the Morris - Clegg combination did the rest for a much needed away win.
2016 F.A.S.T. GOLDEN HAMMER @ MONMORE GREEN,
|1||Lee Dicken||f/r||1||1||0||2||4||9||Dan Bewley||1||2||3||2||1||9|
|2||Josh Bates||3||2||2||3||2||12||3rd||10||Ben Morley||2||1||1||1||fx||5|
|3||Ashley Morris||2||3||2||2||3||12||4th||11||Max Clegg||3||1||3||2||2||11|
|4||Adam Ellis||1||3||2||3||1||10||12||Matt Williamson||fx||1||1||1||2||5|
|5||Kyle Howarth||2||3||3||3||3||14||2nd||13||Luke Chessell||fx||0||0||0||1||1|
|6||Richard Andrews||0||0||0||0||ret||1||14||Adam Roynon||3||3||1||2||0||9|
|7||Steve Worrall||3||2||3||3||3||14||1st||15||Lee Smart||1||0||fx||ns||ns||1|
|8||Tom Perry||1||2||0||1||3||7||16||Nathan Greaves||2||f/r||2||0||1||5|
|res||Bradley Andrews||fx||0||res||Ben Basford||0||0|
Heat 01: Bates, Morris, Ellis, Dicken(f/r) 54.69
Heat 02: Worrall, Howarth, Perry, R.Andrews 54.72
Heat 03: Clegg, Morley, Bewley, Williamson AW
Heat 04: Roynon, Greaves, Smart, Chessell(fx) 57.72
Heat 05: Howarth, Bewley, Dicken, Chessell 56.15
Heat 06: Roynon, Bates, Morley, R.Andrews 57.28
Heat 07: Morris, Worrall, Clegg, Smart 56.28
Heat 08: Ellis, Perry, Williamson, Greaves(f/r) 56.78
Heat 09: Clegg, Greaves, Dicken, R.Andrews 57.67
Heat 10: Howarth, Bates, Williamson, Smart(fx) 57.45
Heat 11: Bewley, Morris, Roynon, Perry 56.87
Heat 12: Worrall, Ellis, Morley, Chessell 56.07
Heat 13: Worrall, Roynon, Williamson, Dicken 57.30
Heat 14: Bates, Clegg, Perry, Chessell 57.43
Heat 15: Howarth, Morris, Morley, Geaves 57.30
Heat 16: Ellis, Bewley, R.Andrews, Basford 57.12
Heat 17: Perry, Dicken, Morley(fx), B.Andrews(fx) AW
Heat 18: Worrall, Bates, Bewley, Greaves AW
Heat 19: Morris, Williamson, Chessell, R.Andrews(ret) 58.86
Heat 20: Howarth, Clegg, Ellis, Roynon 58.03
Run-off for 1st/2nd Worrall (W) beat Howarth(B) 59.40
FORMER Cradley rider Steve Worrall was crowned F.A.S.T Golden Hammer Champion for a second time after a dramatic victory at Monmore Green.
The 2014 Heathens title winner finished level on points with Wolverhampton and Sheffield racer Kyle Howarth after their five programmed rides. With the pair tied on 14 points apiece, the two went head-to-head in a run-off.
Howarth made the gate but Worrall made a superb cutback up the inside on lap two as he became only the fourth rider to win the showpiece event on more than one occasion. Said Worrall: "It's an honour to win the Golden Hammer for a second time in front of the Heathens fans. "It was a much tougher line-up this year and while I wish I could have gone through the card, it was still a good ride to beat Kyle in the run-off. "I won the Golden Hammer in 2014 and I had some great memories with the Heathens here that same year."It was great to race in front of the Cradley fans again; they were amazing as always and I'm glad we all put on a good show for them."
Coventry and Sheffield racer Josh Bates claimed third place on count back after beating Cradley favourite Ashley Morris in heat one.
Max Clegg narrowly missed out on the rostrum places while Luke Chessell and Richard Andrews endured nights to forget.
NATIONAL LEAGUE FOURS
Final Heat results
Heat 1 Morris, Priest, Perks(fx), Shuttleworth
Heat 2 Ellis, Woods, Chessell, Payne(fx)
Heat 3 Williamson, Branford, Knight, Clegg(f)
Heat 4 Morley, Bewley, Wood, Andrews
Heat 5 Bewley, Branford, Perks, Chessell
Heat 6 Clegg, Wood, Woods, No Belle Vue rider
Heat 7 Knight, Payne, Priest, Andrews
Heat 8 Morley, Williamson, Morris, Ellis(R)
CRADLEY HEATHENS v BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES @ MONMORE GREEN
Heat 01: Clegg,
Hume, Carr, Basford 3-3 53.0 NLTR
CRADLEY slipped to their first home defeat of the season as they went down 48-41 against local rivals Birmingham at Monmore Green.
The Motor Market Heathens experienced a night to forget as the table-topping Brummies emerged victorious in front of a bumper derby day crowd. Faultless paid maximums from flying top two Ashley Morris and Max Clegg were not enough to see them come out on top in a tense encounter. Team boss Will Pottinger admitted it was a tough night – but he insists their National League play-off hopes are certainly far from over. Said Pottinger: “The heat-leaders got 35 points between them, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to win so ultimately it’s very disappointing. “We knew it was going to be a very hard meeting against a good Birmingham team, but hopefully we learn the lessons from tonight and take it into the rest of the season. “There are enough points left to play for in order to get into the play-offs, so although this result is a blow it isn’t the end of the world.”
Clegg and Morris both went unbeaten from five rides, but Luke Chessell was the only other rider to record a race win when he triumphed under heavy pressure from Danyon Hume in heat five.
|Richard Andrews fought
hard for little reward in the engine room of the side, whilst reserve
duo Bradley Andrews and Ben Basford failed to defeat an opposing rider.
With Birmingham No.7 Jack Parkinson-Blackburn piling up paid 16 points and five of their riders recording race wins, their all-around strength came out on top.
MILDENHALL FEN TIGERS v CRADLEY HEATHENS @WEST ROW MILDENHALL
CRADLEY saw their National League play-off hopes dealt another severe blow with a heavy 60-29 defeat at Mildenhall. The Motor Market Heathens were well beaten on a tough afternoon at West Row just six days after losing their unbeaten home record at the hands of Birmingham. With Ashley Morris on Premier League duty with Peterborough, Will Pottinger’s side were always set to face a tough test against the Fen Tigers. But they were never in the mix for a consolation point and were condemned to a resounding loss on an afternoon to forget. Team boss Pottinger admitted their performance was simply “not good enough” - but he paid tribute to the travelling Cradley fans for their support. Said Pottinger: “We’ve come to expect not getting hammered like that away from home, so personally I was very disappointed with that result. “That performance just wasn’t good enough, we should be doing much better and we’ll certainly be looking for a big improvement over the rest of the season. “We still have a number of matches, but if we’re going to make the play-offs we certainly need to up our game. “I’d like to thank the supporters who made the journey, because they still supported is throughout and we really appreciate their efforts.”
|Skipper Max Clegg offered
the bulk of their resistance, with his double figure points haul
featuring three impressive race wins.
Ellis Perks battled admirably as he guested for Morris in the No.5 race jacket, recording an impressive heat nine win.
But Luke Chessell experienced a mixed afternoon whilst Richard Andrews, Bradley Andrews and Ben Basford all struggled to make an impact.
NATIONAL LEAGUE PAIRS FINAL @ ADRIAN FLUX ARENA KINGS LYNN - POSTPONED RAIN
KENT KINGS v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ SITTINGBOURNE, KENT
Heat 01: Bowen,
Morris, Thomas, R.Andrews 4-2 56.4 NNLTR
|CRADLEY slipped to their third straight defeat as
they went down 58-32 at Kent on Monday.
The Motor Market Heathens experienced another night to forget on their travels leaving their National League play-off hopes still hanging by a thread. They will now face a must-win home encounter with Stoke at Monmore Green on Tuesday (7.30) in a bid to keep their top four bid on track. Team manager Will Pottinger conceded his side were simply “beaten by a better team” at Central Park as the high-flying Kings comfortably came out on top.
Said Pottinger: “We always knew it was going to be very tough against a good team, and unfortunately we’ve come up short again. “Ben Morley tried his best as a guest and was unfortunate to crash in his last race, but overall we were beaten by a better team. “It was a disappointing evening and it’s hard to know what to say really. We’ve at least got a home meeting tomorrow to try and put it right. “Despite these results we still have a chance to get into the play-offs, but we need to get back on track with a win over Stoke tomorrow.”
Ben Morley top scored for the visitors as he guested for Max Clegg in the No.5 spot. He recorded three race wins and ended with a hard-fought double figure points haul.No.1 Ashley Morris had a mixed evening but claimed a classy heat 11 win, whilst Luke Chessell also claimed a heat seven victory as he added a creditable seven points.
Bradley Andrews battled hard for four points at reserve, but Ben Basford and Richard Andrews both struggled to make an impact.
CRADLEY HEATHENS v STOKE POTTERS NL @ MONMORE GREEN
|Team Manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager - Malcolm Vasey|
|1||Ashley Morris||3||3||3||3||3||15||MAX||1||Ben Wilson||2||2||2||1||1||8||-|
|2||Richard Andrews||1||1||2*||0||4||1||2||Shaun Tedham||ret||0||1||0||1||-|
|3||Luke Chessell||3||3||f/r||3||9||-||3||Tony Atkin||1*||1*||1*||f/r||3||3|
|4||James Purchase R/R||JL||JL||JL||JL||-||-||4||Danny Phillips||2||2||2||0||6||-|
|5||Max Clegg||3||3||3||2*||2*||13||PM||5||Ben Hopwood||2||2||3||0||7||-|
|6||Ben Basford||2*||0||1||2*||5||2||6||Chris Hay||1||fell||1||2||1||5||-|
|7||Bradley Andrews||3||1||3||f/r1||8||-||7||Paul Burnett||0||fx||fell||0||-|
|CRADLEY gave their confidence a much-needed boost
with a resounding 60-30 triumph over Stoke at Monmore Green. The
Motor Market Heathens put in a strong all-around team display to record
a comprehensive win and get their National League play-off bid back on
track. It was a perfect way for Will Pottinger’s side to bounce
back from a run of three successive defeats – and Pottinger was thrilled
with the convincing manner of their victory. “We’re delighted with
the response from the riders,” Pottinger said. “We had a heavy defeat
again at Kent last night, so it was important for us to get back to
winning ways. “We started well, everyone had a good first ride to
get themselves going and it was nice to get a big win under our belts.
“A performance like that breeds a lot of confidence heading into an
important weekend with two away matches.”
Star duo Ashley Morris and Max Clegg went unbeaten for the fourth straight home meeting, joining forces in heats 13 and 15 as they ended the evening with three successive 5-1s.
|Luke Chessell also reeled
off three wins out of four and was only denied a maximum of his own by a
fall when comfortably leading heat nine.
Reserve duo Bradley Andrews and Ben Basford chipped in with solid scores, striking a 5-1 in heat two as they got off to a bright start.
No.8 Joe Lawlor also won heat 14 alongside Basford as he put in a battling display, whilst Richard Andrews and namesake Bradley recorded a heat eight maximum.
STOKE POTTERS v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ LOOMER ROAD
Heat 01: Hume,
Morris, Tedham, R.Andrews 4-2 64.5
|CRADLEY skipper Max Clegg struck a stunning maximum
to lead them to a 49-41 over Stoke at Loomer Road.
Clegg capped off a faultless performance with a brilliant heat 15 victory to secure all four points and give the Motor Market Heathens’ play-off hopes a huge boost. It was a battling display from Will Pottinger’s side to complete a quick-fire double over the Potters having stormed to a comprehensive win at Monmore Green last Tuesday. Team boss Pottinger was delighted to see his side come out on top in a crucial clash to strengthen their grip on the all-important fourth spot. Pottinger said: “It was important that we got a win this evening, and it keeps our chances of getting into the play-offs high. “It was good to get all four points in the last race, and it was a great ride from Max Clegg to get to the front on a night when passing was at a premium. “Max was superb, and everyone contributed to the win. Every point was vital in the end and it was a good performance.”
Clegg reeled off five straight wins with a spectacular display, whilst Luke Chessell also recorded three vital race wins in the engine room of the side.
No.1 Ashley Morris added a vital eight points, plus Bradley Andrews contributed paid double figures to give them the edge at reserve. With Ben Basford, No.8 Joe Lawlor and Richard Andrews all chipping in with important points, the Heathens edged a tight encounter.
BUXTON HITMEN v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ D&P RACEWAY, BUXTON
Heat 01: Morris,
Rutherford, Wooley, R.Andrews 3-3 58.3
|CRADLEY picked up a second crucial win in less than 24 hours after
beating Buxton 50-39 at Hi-Edge.
High on confidence following their 49-41 at Stoke on Saturday, the Motor Market Heathens produced another solid team effort to wrap up four more league points.
After suffering three consecutive defeats, skipper Max Clegg says it's been an important few days for the side after getting their play-off bid back on track. Said Clegg: "I know the boys were hurting from the big loss at Kent on Monday, but they all did well to learn from that and get the big win at home to Stoke on Tuesday. "We saw the away meetings at Stoke and Buxton this weekend as a big chance to get some more points on the board and to get all eight is a big boost for the team. "It's put us back in a strong position and we need to make sure we follow it up with another home win against Kent a week on Monday."
Clegg was in inspirational form for the Heathens once again as he struck another maximum against the Hitmen, meaning he has been beaten by an opposition rider just twice in his last five National League fixtures. Fellow heat-leader Ashley Morris struck a fine paid maximum himself while reserve Bradley Andrews put in another important display at reserve as he continues to find his confidence once more.
Richard Andrews looked a lot more solid while Luke Chessell picked up three second places before crashing in his final ride. Ben Basford and No. 8 Joe Lawlor both battled hard and arguably deserved more points for their efforts.
NATIONAL LEAGUE RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP @ LEICESTER
1st MAX CLEGG, 2nd BEN MORLEY, 3rd TOM PERRY
CRADLEY HEATHENS v KENT KINGS NL @ MONMORE GREEN
Heat 01: Morris,
Bowen, Mason, R.Andrews 3-3 55.57
CRADLEY pulled off an impressive late show against Kent to secure a 53-37 home win as they sealed their place in the end of season play-offs. The Motor Market Heathens were restricted to just two heat advantages in the first 11 races before a sensational post interval display saw them hit a 4-2 and a trio of 5-1's. It was another performance full of determination and character and team manager Will Pottinger was delighted to see his side pull off their fourth straight victory. Said Pottinger: "We always expected a tight meeting and that's exactly what we got right until the latter stages. "We were keen to get another win on the board and it certainly keeps our momentum going. "There were plenty of positives to take from the meeting and there were encouraging signs from all of our riders. "It means we head into the play-offs with some good form behind us, but before that we've got to focus on our Knockout Cup fixture against Eastbourne which is another big meeting for us." The Heathens were once again inspired by powerhouse duo Max Clegg and Ashley Morris who dropped just two points between them to an opposition rider. Club asset Tom Perry enjoyed a solid guest performance, in place of the injured Luke Chessell, as he picked up two stylish heat wins on his way to double figures. Ben Basford took the chequered flag in two, important 5-1's while Bradley and Richard Andrews both did their jobs for the team at No. 7 and No. 2 respectively.
Youngster Joe Lawlor again picked up experience from three rides in the No.8 position, and rounded off his night with a good ride to hold off Kent reserve Danno Verge.
The Heathens are next in action when they host Eastbourne
in the first leg of their Knockout Cup semi-final tie at Monmore Green
on Tuesday, September 27.
Meanwhile, local rivals Birmingham have selected the Heathens as their opponents for the play-off semi-finals.
BELLE VUE COLTS v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL NEW NATIONAL STADIUM BELLE VUE, MANCHESTER
Heat 01: Williamson, Morris, Woolley,
R.Andrews 4-2 62.1
|WILL Pottinger has refused to press the panic button after seeing his Cradley side slip to a 50-40 defeat in Manchester. Cradley wrapped up their regular leave programme at the new National Speedway Stadium and head into a vital week of Knockout Cup and play-off action. Said Pottinger: "It's never nice to lose but the boys did their best at a track they've never seen before. "Nathan Greaves came back in as a guest and did a good job for us and Ash (Morris) was superb as ever. "I'm looking forward to next week now when Max Clegg is back with us and we can give it a good push. "Hopefully they’ve come out of this better riders for the experience. It’s so vital at this stage in the season, particularly with the Play Offs looming, that you don’t go dropping points unnecessarily. “We’re looking forward now to the business end of the season. We’ve got some tough matches ahead with some very good teams. We are the underdogs but that’s something we’re happy to be. “Our target at the start of the year was at minimum to get into the top four, which we’ve done but now we’re there we want to go all the way and win the league, rather than end a damp squib!”|
CRADLEY HEATHENS v EASTBOURNE EAGLES KOC SEMI-FINAL
||CRADLEY lost out in a last heat decider as they were defeated 46-44
by Eastbourne in the first leg of their Knockout Cup semi-final.
In a meeting that saw ten shared heats, it was a clash full of tension with no more than four points ever separating the two sides. But an uncharacteristic first bend mistake in heat 15 from previously unbeaten guest Danny Ayres ended any hope for the Motor Market Heathens as the Eagles clinched a 4-2 to take the tie.
Cradley team manager Will Pottinger admits the Heathens face a major challenge in the second leg against an Eastbourne side who have won their last 13 home fixtures. "It's a bit of a hard one to take and it's very disappointing," said Pottinger. "Naturally, our aim was to win first and foremost and then we always wanted that to be a victory which would see us take a decent lead to Eastbourne for the second leg. "Unfortunately we came up against a very good, solid Eastbourne team and we just weren't good enough on the night. "The performance and result kind of summed up our season whereby we were a bit too reliant on our three heat-leaders and just one of the reserves while the other lads struggled for points between them. "We realise it's going to be very hard to progress now but we can't go there with a negative mindset. "The lads now have a bit of a break and we'll be looking for them to put in a much better performance at Birmingham a week on Thursday."
Heathens No. 1 Ashley Morris dropped just two points while super guest
Danny Ayres proved to be a hit with the home supporters once again after
taking the chequered flag in all four of his programmed rides.
While Max Clegg was punished for missing the gate against strong opposition, Bradley Andrews had a solid night at reserve. However Richard Andrews, Joe Lawlor and Ben Basford, who fell in two of his three outings, all struggled for speed and suffered nights to forget.
BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES v CRADLEY HEATHENS - PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL 1st Leg @ PERRY BARR POSTPONED
BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES v CRADLEY HEATHENS - PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL 1st Leg @ PERRY BARR
Heat 01: Carr,
Clegg, Bacon, Lawlor 4-2 60.88
|CRADLEY have it all to do in Monday's National League play-off
semi-final at Monmore Green after suffering a 53-37 first leg defeat at
Birmingham. The Motor Market Heathens came up against a powerful
Brummies side at Perry Barr who have lost just one fixture in 2016.
While Ashley Morris, Max Clegg and Ben Hopwood scored 34 points between
them, Bradley Andrews, Ben Basford, Joe Lawlor and No.8 Stephen
Whitehouse managed a total of just three on a tough night for the
Cradley found themselves 20 points down with just one heat remaining at Perry Barr, but a Morris, Clegg 5-1 reduced the deficit to 16 points. Team boss Will Pottinger admits it was a difficult night for his side but says the tie isn't over if the Heathens can register some early heat advantages at home on Monday. "Birmingham are enjoying a fantastic year and we knew it wasn't going to be easy against them," said Pottinger. "We were really pleased overall with our heat leaders but the lower order of our team struggled to match their strength on the night. "We have to stay positive though and it's never over until it's over. "If we can hit a couple of 5-1's or 4-2's in the first few races on Monday then it's game on I guess. "We know with Max and Ash we're capable of winning races but they just need that extra bit of support. "There's still a glimmer of hope but it's going to take a massive whole team effort on Monday to pull it off."
CRADLEY HEATHENS v BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES - PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL 2nd Leg @ MONMORE GREEN
|Team Manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager - Graham Drury|
|1||Max Clegg||3||1||3||2*||2*||11||2||1||Danny Ayres (G)||2||3||2||0||7||-|
|2||Richard Andrews||0||0||2||1||3||-||2||Danyon Hume||JPB||LG||LG||JS||-||-|
|3||Ben Hopwood (G)||f/r||2||3||3||8||1||3||Darryl Ritchings||2*||1*||0||2||5||2|
|4||James Purchase R/R||JL||JL||JL||JL||-||-||4||Tom Bacon||3||2||2||3||1||11||-|
|5||Ashley Morris||3||3||3||3||3||15||MAX||5||Tom Perry||f/r1||3||1*||1||0||6||1|
|6||Ben Basford||1||f/r||0||0||1||-||6||Jack Smith||3||2*||2||1*||2*||10||3|
|7||Bradley Andrews||0||2*||0||0||2||1||7||Jack Parkinson-Blackburn||1*||2*||ef||3||1*||7||3|
|8||Joe Lawlor||1||1*||0||1||3||1||8||Lee Geary||0||1||1||-|
||CRADLEY were dumped out of the National League play-offs after a
47-43 home defeat to reigning Champions Birmingham. A brave
effort, against a Brummies side who have lost just one meeting all
season, wasn't enough to stop them falling to a fourth straight loss as
they went down 100-80 on aggregate in the semi-finals of the
competition. In another example of a meeting which summed up their
season, the Motor Market Heathens had plenty of firepower from their
heat-leaders, but struggled for support from their lower order.
Fans favourite Ashley Morris roared to a 15-point maximum but couldn't
hide his disappointment as hopes of a third National League title were
officially ended by their Midland rivals. Said Morris: "Of course
I'm happy with another unbeaten night but it doesn't mean as much when
the team have lost. "We knew it was going to be tough on aggregate
but thought we could at least get a win on the night but it wasn't to
be. "Birmingham were just way too strong for us in the end and
fair play to them. "We go to Eastbourne in the Knockout Cup on
Saturday and we know we need to pull off something very special to get
The Heathens trail 46-44 as they head to Arlington for the second leg of their KO Cup semi-final against the Eagles.
EASTBOURNE EAGLES v CRADLEY HEATHENS KOC semi-final 2nd leg @ Arlington
|Team Manager - Connor Dugard||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Adam Ellis||3||3||3||2||2||13||-||1||Max Clegg||1||3||3||3||3||13||-|
|2||Gary Cottham||LH||TB||GW||TB||-||-||2||James Purchase R/R||BA||NS||RA||BB||-||-|
|3||Ellis Perks||3||1*||3||3||10||1||3||Tom Bacon (G)||ret||2||fx||ret||2||-|
|4||Georgie Wood||2*||2||3||2*||3||1*||13||3||4||Richard Andrews||1||1*||fell||fx||f||2||1|
|5||Jake Knight||3||3||2||1*||9||1||5||Ashley Morris||2||2||1||ret||0||5||-|
|6||Luke Harris||2*||3||0||0||2*||7||2||6||Ben Basford||1||fell||fell||1||1||3||-|
|7||Tom Brennon||2*||1||1||2*||2*||2*||10||4||7||Bradley Andrews||0||0||0||1||1||2||-|
|8||Nick Laurence||8||Niail Strudwick||0||0||-|
Heat 01: Ellis,
Harris, Clegg, B.Andrews 5-1 63.0
|CRADLEY saw their season come to a disappointing conclusion with a
62-27 defeat at Eastbourne in their Knockout Cup Semi-Final second leg.
The Motor Market Heathens travelled to Arlington in need of a miracle to
reach the Grand Final after going down 47-43 in the first leg at Monmore
Green. But they were well beaten in wet conditions on a night to
forget at Arlington which saw them condemned to a heavy 108-71 aggregate
loss. It was a tough evening for Will Pottinger’s side, who never
recovered after conceding three 5-1s in the opening three races.
Skipper Max Clegg put in a fine display, reeling off four straight wins in his final four rides including victories over Adam Ellis in heats 13 and 15. Yet he received little support as the Heathens ran 13 last places – and he admitted they were simply beaten by a better team. “It was a good night for myself, but it’s a bit frustrating for the team to lose so heavily,” Clegg said. “We knew it was going to be tough but I don’t think we expected it to be that tough. Eastbourne were just a much better team than us and we can’t really have any complaints about the result.
NATIONAL LEAGUE PAIRS FINAL @ Adrian Flux Arena - KINGS
(Meeting rained off )
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