Results and scorers
DETAILED RESULTS FOR THE DUDLEY HEATHENS 2017 - PART 2 - AUG - NOV
CRADLEY HEATHENS v ISLE OF WIGHT ISLANDERS NL @ PERRY BARR
NEW signing Richard Hall enjoyed a dream debut as Cradley demolished the Isle of Wight 61-29 at Perry Barr on Wednesday.
Hall, a recent replacement for the injured Dan Greenwood, scored a 12-point maximum on his first appearance in Motor Market Heathens colours as the six-man home side brushed aside the challenge of the Warriors to move back into the National League’s top four. And Hall was not the only unbeaten home man as Danny Ayres swept to a 15-point full house from five outings, whilst skipper Tom Perry dropped just one point to the opposition.
There were also solid contributions from the other Cradley riders, who had come under fire following a heavy defeat at Kent last week.
Reserve Conor Dwyer piled up paid-13 from a seven ride shift, taking extra outings after Tyler Govier’s meeting with his former club came to an abrupt end in Heat 2. Govier picked up too much drive on the second bend, lifted, and came off the back of the bike, and withdrew with concerns over elbow and hand damage.
It was the second time in three weeks that the Warriors had visited Perry Barr and seen one of the home reserves withdrawn – as it also happened in their away match against Birmingham last month – but again they were unable to take any advantage from their numerical supremacy. The visitors were limited to just two race wins, the first coming in Heat 1 when a fast-starting Ben Wilson held Perry at bay, whilst captain James Cockle fended off a hard-pressing Joe Lawlor for a consolation in Heat 12 when the gap between the sides was already 20-points. Hall opened up with a 5-1 alongside Lawlor in Heat 3 after early leader Scott Campos fell on turn two, and he also produced one of the rides of the night to pass Connor Coles in Heat 9. But the most spectacular action came when big guns Ayres and Perry charged from the back in Heat 13 after being out-gated by Wilson and Coles – with the Heathens in a maximum position by the second lap and Ayres clocking the fastest time of the night. That was one of three successive 5-1s to wrap up an emphatic win and take the Heathens through the 60-point barrier at home for the first time since the opening night of the season – an identical result, now expunged, against the withdrawn King’s Lynn Young Stars. Hall said: “I didn’t think it would go that well, it’s gone better than I was expecting and it’s nice to get a maximum in my first meeting. “It’s also nice to get a warm welcome from the fans as well. I wanted to come and score points to help the team win, and that’s what we’ve done tonight. “Obviously we’ve got two good heat-leaders here and now we’ve got a third so hopefully we can keep it going.”
Heathens are next in action on August 21 with the big local derby against Birmingham at Monmore, a meeting for which children will be admitted free and there will also be a special one-off appearance of popular club mascot ‘Ollie Ommer.’
CRADLEY HEATHENS v BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES NL @ MONMORE GREEN
|Team Manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager Graham Drury|
|1||Tom Perry||2||ef||3||1*||2||8||1||1||Jack Parkinson-Blackburn||3||3||1||0||7||-|
|2||Luke Harris||1*||2||1*||1||2*||7||3||2||David Mason R/R||LC||TH||TB||TH||-||-|
|3||Joe Lawlor R/R||CD||CD||SW||LH||-||-||3||Layne Cupitt||0||fx||ex||0||1||1||-|
|4||Richard Hall||2||1*||2||3||8||1||4||Tom Bacon||3||3||3||2||2||0||13||-|
|5||Danny Ayres||fx||ex||2*||2||1*||5||2||5||Liam Carr||3||3||3||3||3||15||M|
|6||Conor Dwyer||3||1*||2||2||3||3||0||14||1||6||Alex Spooner||0||2*||1||1||0||4||1|
|7||Paul Bowen||1||fx||fell||1||7||Taylor Hampshire||2||0||0||0||1*||3||1|
Heat 01: Parkinson-Blackburn, Perry, Harris, Cupitt 3-3 56.53
CRADLEY skipper Tom Perry could not hide his disappointment despite
salvaging a 43-43 draw from their crunch clash with Birmingham at
The Motor Market Heathens looked set to have their play-off hopes dashed when they trailed by 10 points after nine races. A number of costly mistakes and thrown away points left Will Pottinger’s side on the back foot before they rallied to pull level with three races remaining. But they were unable to complete what would have been a remarkable comeback, with Perry and Danny Ayres not quite able to overhaul maximum man Liam Carr in a tense heat 15 decider. And whilst they could be forgiven for being pleased with a draw given the circumstances, Perry conceded they were frustrated not to come out on top. Said Perry: “We’re not really pleased, because we wanted the win but it was just one of those nights. “We were 10 down at one point so I think we did well to pull it back, but I thought we might have had that extra push in the last couple. “It wasn’t to be in the end, but at least we managed to avoid getting beat and we still have a chance after that. “We just can’t afford to drop any more points for the rest of the year to have a chance to be in those play-offs.”
Perry scored a hard-fought 8+1 points and was unfortunate to shed a
chain as he lined up a cutback on Carr in heat six.
Reserve Conor Dwyer was the Heathens’ hero, bagging paid 15 points on a hectic night at reserve. He led home consecutive 5-1s in heats 11 and 12 to haul the Heathens level, holding off Jack Parkinson-Blackburn brilliantly with the help of Ayres in heat 11.
Ayres recovered from two exclusions in his opening two rides, the second which was controversial after a clash with Tom Bacon, to add paid seven points.
Richard Hall also fought through the pain barrier with a shoulder injury to hold off Bacon for a timely victory in the penultimate race.
Luke Harris added paid double figures to cap off a solid all-around team display which could well have led to a victory on another night.
CRADLEY HEATHENS v BELLE VUE COLTS NL @
(Follows Wolves v Belle Vue match)
|Team Manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager Grahame Goodwin / Steve Williams|
|1||Tom Perry||3||3||3||3||3||15||M||1||Jon Armstrong (G)||2||3||2||3||1*||1*||12||2|
|2||Luke Harris||1||2*||0||3||1||7||1||2||Ben Woodhull (G)||0||0||0||0||0||-|
|3||Joe Lawlor||3||2||3||2*||3||0||13||1||3||Lee Payne R/R||AM||JA||JS||LW||-||-|
|4||Richard Hall R/R||LH||CD||CC||JL||-||-||4||Rob Shuttleworth||fx||WITHDREW||-||-|
|5||Conor Coles (G)||2||3||2*||2||0||9||1||5||Jack Smith||3||2||1||2||2||2||12||-|
|6||Conor Dwyer||3||1*||2*||1*||3||2*||12||4||6||Andy Mellish||2||1||1*||1*||0||0||1||6||2|
|7||Lewis Whitmore||0||0||fell||0||-||7||Luke Woodhull||1*||1||1||0||1||fx||4||1|
SKIPPER Tom Perry labelled every match a must-win after Cradley kept
their play-off hopes alive with a 56-34 Monmore win over the Belle Vue
Perry recorded a superb five-ride maximum and was well backed by Joe Lawlor and Connor Coles with Conor Dwyer once more potent at reserve. “It was a meeting we definitely needed to win and it was good for myself to get 15 points, so very happy with that,” he said. “They are all must-wins and now we must keep on going for the rest of them.”
Victory looked a tall order for Cradley with Connor Coles standing in for Danny Ayres, who was absent on compassionate leave and the Heathens running rider-replacement for the injured Richard Hall. But the Colts, the league's pacesetters, also had their problems, Dan Bewley's injury for the senior side against Wolves earlier in the evening ruling him out. Diminutive veteran and former
Heathens favourite Jon Armstrong took the No.1 racejacket and gave his
usual polished performance. However, Belle Vue also lost Rob
Shuttleworth to a back injury after a first-ride fall and with Jack
Smith – three meetings in one day! – inevitably fading as the night wore
on, Cradley had just too much for the visitors.
Perry beat Armstrong and Smith up the inside on heat 13 and rounded the same pair in the final race to round off an outstanding evening.
BELLE VUE COLTS v CRADLEY HEATHENS KO CUP
|Team Manager - Graham Goodwin||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Ben Hopwood (G)||1||2||3||2*||1*||9||2||1||Liam Carr (G)||0||3||2||3||3||1||12||-|
|2||Kyle Bickley||3||2*||1||2||3||2||13||2||2||Luke Harris||2||1||0||3||0||6||-|
|3||Lee Payne R/R||KB||BH||JS||RS||-||-||3||Joe Lawlor||ret||0||1||2||0||3||-|
|4||Rob Shuttleworth||3||1*||3||3||fx||10||1||4||Richard Hall||1||2||2||ret||3||0||8||-|
|5||Jack Smith||2*||3||1||2||2||3||13||1||5||Tom Perry R/R||LH||LC||RH||JL||-||-|
|6||Andy Mellish||3||1||1*||2||7||2||6||Joe Alcock||1||0||0||0||1||-|
|7||Luke Woodhull||2*||3||1*||1||7||2||7||Paul Bowen||0||fell||fell||1||1||-|
Heat 01: Bickley, Harris, Hopwood, Carr 4-2 AW
CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger applauded both sets of riders for their
efforts despite his side suffering a heavy 59-31 loss in their Knockout
Cup first leg tie at Belle Vue. It was a difficult night for both
teams in Manchester as a torrential downpour on parade put the meeting
in doubt. But an agreement was made to delay the start time by 30
minutes – before the rain poured again during the opening two races.
The hosts adapted to conditions much better though, as Cradley were able
to register just one heat advantage all meeting.
The Motor Market Heathens now face a mammoth task in the second leg of their Quarter-Final clash, when they host the Colts at Perry Barr on September 27. Said Pottinger: “Regardless of the result, both sets of riders should be commended for getting the meeting started, yet alone completing all 15 races because conditions were far from ideal. “With the rain that came down, on top of the amount that they’d already had, it would have been very easy for the riders to cause a bit of a fuss, cancel the meeting and walk away.
|“But there weren’t any grumbles as such, everyone had exactly the right attitude and were determined to crack on with the meeting as soon as they could. “Belle Vue are a very strong team this year and they’re not top of the National League with an unbeaten home record because of a fluke. “They got to grips with the conditions much quicker than we were able to unfortunately and it was a tough night for us. “Being without Danny (Ayres) and Tom (Perry) due to Championship commitments and injury respectively was always going to make our task even more difficult. “But then to lose Conor (Dwyer) on the day of the meeting through illness was another big blow for us with the sort of form he’s been able to demonstrate of late. “But we thank Liam (Carr), Paul (Bowen) and Joe (Alcock) for their efforts as guest replacements.|
MILDENHALL FEN TIGERS v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ WEST ROW
|Team Manager - Phil Kirk||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Connor Mountain||2||2||3||2*||1*||10||2||1||Danny Ayres||3||2||2||fx||0||7||-|
|2||Luke Ruddick R/R||AS||DK||JA||DK||-||-||2||Richard Hall R/R||LW||JB||CC||WOK||-||-|
|3||Jon Armstrong||2*||1||3||1||3||10||1||3||Jamie Bursill (G)||0||ret||fx||X/2m||ret||0||-|
|4||Jordan Jenkins||3||3||3||3||2||14||-||4||William O'Keefe (G)||1||1||2||0||2||6||-|
|5||Dan Halsey||fx||3||3||3||9||-||5||Connor Coles (G)||2||3||2||2||1||3||13||-|
|6||Alex Spooner (G)||1*||2*||2*||1||1||7||3||6||Joe Alcock (G)||fx||1*||0||0||0||1||0||2||1|
|7||Drew Kemp (G)||3||3||1*||1||ret||2*||10||2||7||Lewis Whitmore (G)||fx||WITHDREW||0||-|
DEPLETED Cradley suffered a miserable afternoon as they went down 60-28
at Mildenhall on Sunday.
The Motor Market Heathens were forced to head to West Row with a patched-up side featuring just one of their own riders. And although Danny Ayres offered admirable resistance alongside guest Connor Coles, they were second best throughout.
Team manager Will Pottinger said: “We had two experienced riders in Danny Ayres and Connor Coles who did a solid job. “But we didn’t have any other option apart from using unattached three-pointers who are just starting out in the sport to fill the other positions. “It was always going to be a long afternoon, and we weren’t helped by the late withdrawal of Joe Lawlor this morning. “It’s very frustrating as we should be putting out stronger teams than we are, but there’s nothing we can do about it at the moment.”
CRADLEY HEATHENS v EASTBOURNE EAGLES @ MONMORE GREEN
ISLE OF WIGHT WARRIORS v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ Andrew Younie Stadium, Smallbrook, Ryde, Isle of Wight
|Team Manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager Jackie Vatcher|
|1||James Cockle||3||2||3||1||3||12||-||1||Rob Shuttleworth||1||2||2||2||ret||7||-|
|2||Chris Widman||2*||1*||3||ret||6||2||2||Richard Hall R/R||JL||JBU||JBA||LH||--||-|
|3||Connor Coles||3||1||3||3||2*||12||1||3||Joe Lawlor||0||0||2||2||2||1||7||-|
|4||Scott Campos||2*||3||2||3||10||1||4||Luke Harris||1||0||1*||1*||ret||3||2|
|5||Ben Wilson||3||3||3||3||12||max||5||Josh Bailey||2||3||2||1||0||8||-|
|6||Jamie Sealey||3||1||0||2*||6||1||6||Jamie Bursil||2||fell||0||0||2||-|
|7||Adam Portwood||ef||1||1||1||3||-||7||William O'Keefe||1*||0||0||0||1||2||1|
Heat 01: Cockle, Widman, Shuttleworth, Lawlor 5-1 71.6
CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger was left frustrated after
another heavy away defeat at the Isle of Wight.
The Motor Market Heathens were beaten 61-29 on a tough night at Smallbrook as their patched-up side were second best from start to finish.
Guesting duo Josh Bailey and Rob Shuttleworth fought admirably, as did middle order man Joe Lawlor. But they recorded just one race win as the Warriors stormed to a convincing win on a difficult evening for the Heathens. And team boss Pottinger admitted their situation is far from ideal after their latest tough evening. “It’s hard to know what to say,” Pottinger said. “It’s frustrating to be having a revolving door as a team at the moment. “It was another tough night, and we were beaten heavily. It was a disappointing performance, but it is what it is. “Hopefully we can get as much of the team together as possible on Wednesday and win our last meeting against Eastbourne.”
NATIONAL LEAGUE RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP @ LEICESTER 3.00 pm
CRADLEY HEATHENS v EASTBOURNE EAGLES @ PERRY BARR
|Team Manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager|
BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES v CRADLEY HEATHENS FAREWELL CHALLENGE @ PERRY BARR
|Team Manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager|
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