DETAILED RESULTS FOR THE CRADLEY HEATHENS 2018

29/04/2018

Coventry Bees v CRADLEY HEATHENS @ Leicester - POSTPONED - TRACK WATERLOGGED


07/05/2018

CRADLEY HEATHENS v Stoke Potters @ Monmore Green

Cradley Heathens

Team Manager - Will Pottinger

Team manager - Malcolm Vasey
1 Adam Roynon ef 3 xm 3   6 - 1 Danny Ayres (G) 3 3 fx fx ef 6 -
2 Conor Dwyer 1 1 1 0 3 - 2 Paul Burnett 2* 1 2 1 6 1
3 Kyle Bickley fx 2 3 3 2* 10 1 3 Tony Atkin 3 1 3 1 8 -
4 Bradley Andrews 2 0 1 2* 5 1 4 Adam Extance x 0 1 1 2 -
5 Jordan Jenkins 3 3 3 2* 3 14 PM 5 Rob Shuttleworth fx 2 2 1 x 5 -
6 Drew Kemp 3 2* 2* 3   10 PM 6 Joe Alcock 1 xt 0 0   1 -
7 Jason Edwards 2* 2* 3 2 2* 11 3 7 William O'Keefe 0 1 0 0 1 -
8 8
59 29
     


Heat01: Ayres, Burnett, Dwyer, Roynon(ef) 1-5 57.68
Heat02: Kemp, Edwards, Alcock, O'Keefe 5-1 6-6 59.00
Heat03: Atkin, Andrews, Bickley(fx), Extance(x) 2-3 8-9 60.43
Heat04: Jenkins, Edwards, O'Keefe, Shuttleworth(fx) 5-1 13-10 61.62
Heat05: Ayres, Bickley, Burnett, Andrews 2-4 15-14 58.86
Heat06: Roynon, Shuttleworth, Dwyer, O'Keefe 4-2 19-16 58.56
Heat07: Jenkins, Kemp, Atkin, Extance 5-1 24-17 58.88
Heat08: Edwards, Burnett, Dwyer, O'Keefe 4-2 28-19 59.87
Heat09: Bickley, Shuttleworth, Andrews, Alcock 4-2 32-21 58.62
Heat10: Atkin, Edwards,Extance, Dwyer 2-4 34-25 61.19
Heat11: Jenkins, Kemp, Burnett, Ayres(fx) 5-1 39-26 58.76
Heat12: Bickley, Edwards, Atkin, Alcock 5-1 44-27 60.57
Heat13: Roynon, Jenkins, Shuttleworth, Ayres(fx) 5-1 49-28 AW
Heat14: Kemp, Andrews, Extance, O'Keefe 5-1 54-29 58.69
Heat15: Jenkins, Bickley, Ayres(ef), Shuttleworth 5-0 59-29

 

  CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger was delighted with his side's National Trophy opener as they eventually wrapped up an emphatic 59-29 home win over Stoke.  The Motor Market Heathens came out on top in a dramatic encounter which saw a series of crashes, spills and machinery problems.  But the hosts recovered from an opening race 5-1 deficit, and finished super strongly bagging four maximums of their own before being awarded a 5-0 in the final race.
A bumper crowd turned out in glorious conditions and Pottinger paid tribute to the supporters.  He said: "It was great to see such a good turnout and fingers crossed we can maintain that good level of support for the boys throughout the year. "Naturally we're more than happy to get off to a winning start. "Four of the lads got double figures, Adam (Roynon) would've scored more had he not have suffered a few bike problems and it was a good team performance. "We got off to a pretty slow start but I think that was to be expected for a new team in their first home meeting. "The boys worked really well together though and they were all helping each other out and we were particularly pleased with that because it bodes really well for the rest of the season."
Jordan Jenkins dusted himself down from a first bend collision in his first ride to secure a paid maximum on his Heathens debut.
Fellow Mildenhall man Drew Kemp also went unbeaten by an opponent as the talented 15-year-old linked up superbly with Jason Edwards at reserve as the duo contributed 21 points from nine rides.
Kyle Bickley was disqualified in his opening ride and went on to also reach double figures despite a spectacular crash in his final outing which he somehow walked away from despite puncturing the air bag.
Adam Roynon endured a frustrating night winning two of his rides, but his tally was hampered with mechanical gremlins forcing him out of his other two rides.
Bradley Andrews improved as the night went on and finished with a paid win while Conor Dwyer produced a steady performance on his first full meeting since the end of last season.

12/05/2018

Stoke Potters v Cradley Heath @  Loomer Road

Stoke Potters

Cradley Heathens

Team Manager - Malcolm Vasey

Team manager - Will Pottinger
1 Max Clegg 3 2       8 - 1 Adam Roynon 2 3 2*     7 1
2 Paul Burnett 1 1* 1* 0 3 2 2 Conor Dwyer ef ret ret 0 0 -
3 Tony Atkin 2 2 1   5 - 3 Kyle Bickley 3 3 2* 2 10 1
4 Adam Extance 1* 1* 0   2 2 4 Bradley Andrews fx       0 -
5 Rob Shuttleworth 0         0 - 5 Jordan Jenkins R/R KB CD AR     - -
6 Joe Alcock fx 1       1 - 6 Drew Kemp 3 3 3     9 M
7 William O'Keefe ret 1 0 2 3 - 7 Jason Edwards 2* 2* 3 3 1* 11 3
8 8 Luke Whitehead
   
     

Heat01: Clegg, Roynon, Burnett, Dwyer 4-2 63.6
Heat02: Kemp, Edwards, Alcock(fx), O'Keefe 0-5 4-7 AW
Heat03: Bickley, Atkin, Extance, Andrews 3-3 7-10 AW
Heat04: Bickley, Edwards, O'Keefe, Shuttleworth 1-5 8-15 67.4
Heat05: Roynon, Atkin, Extance, Dwyer(ret) 3-3 11-18 68.8
Heat06: Kemp, Clegg, Burnett, Dwyer(ret) 3-3 14-21 66.2
Heat07: Edwards, Bickley, Alcock, O'Keefe 1-5 15-26 69.7
Heat08: Edwards, O'Keefe, Burnett, Dwyer(ret) 3-3 18-29 71.5
Heat09: Kemp, Roynon, Atkin, Extance 1-5 19-34 71.0
Heat10: Clegg, Bickley, Edwards, Burnett 3-3 22-37 67.8
Heat11:              MATCH ABANDONED (RAIN)
Heat12:                  RESULT STANDS
Heat13:
Heat14:
Heat15:

 

  CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger praised his National Trophy team for keeping their cool after the meeting at Stoke was abandoned - but Heathens took maximum points!  They ran out 37-22 winners and the result stands after referee Stuart Wilson declared the track unfit for racing after 10
races.
Motor Market Cradley boss Pottinger said: "We are more than happy we got the win and there have been some good performances from the lads tonight. "Unfortunately, Bradley Andrews came down in his first heat and he got injured.  "He has concussion so he's going to be out for at least 12 days. It's unfortunate but thankfully everyone else goes home in one piece.  "We got off to a really good start and we were always ahead so we don't have many complaints.  "Luckily Eastbourne got called off early in the day so we had Jason Edwards back in the team. With losing Bradley early on it would have put more pressure on Drew Kemp so we are very fortunate and thankful.
 We also thank Luke Whitehead for being our number eight squad member. It's appreciated.  "The track conditions were alright but it could have been a lot better.  "The guys dealt with the situation the best they could and they used their heads to try and stay safe. It wasn't easy but they got on with it.
The lads deserve a lot of credit for attacking the track.  "Unfortunately, the rain intervened so I think it was a sensible decision to call it off. We already had one rider going home injured and we didn't want any more.  "We've made a good start to the season but we know we are going to have to face tougher tests. We can only beat the opposition in front of us and we look forward to the next meeting against Coventry."
Rampant reserve Drew Kemp pulled off an emphatic three ride maximum leaving him unbeaten so far in Cradley's National Trophy campaign.
Conor Dwyer, though, suffered a frustrating night with mechanical gremlins.
Skipper Adam Roynon and Kyle Bickley produced solid performances scoring 17+1 between them.

 

21/05/2018

 CRADLEY HEATHENS v Coventry Bees @ Monmore Green

Cradley Heathens

Coventry Bees

Team Manager - Will Pottinger

Team manager - Martyn McDonald
1 Adam Roynon (c) 2 3 1 2 2 10 - 1 Connor Mountain 3 3 3 3 3 15 M
2 Bradley Andrews R/R CD JE AB JC - - 2 Luke Harris 1 2* 1 1 5 1
3 Kyle Bickley 1 fx 3 3 0 7 - 3 Jon Armstrong (c) 2* 3 2* 2 1 10 2
4 Conor Dwyer 0 0 x 0 0 - 4 Danny Phillips 3 1 3 3 10 -
5 Alfie Bowtell 3 2 3 2 1* 11 1 5 Luke Ruddick 1 2 fx 0   3 -
6 James Chattin fx 0 0 0 0 - 6 Jamie Halder 2 0 1 1*   4 1
7 Jason Edwards 3 2* 1 2* 2* 0 2 12 1 7 Ryan MacDonald 1* 0 0 1 2 1
8 8
40 49
     

Heat01: Mountain, Roynon, Harris, Dwyer 2-4 56.94
Heat02: Edwards, Halder, MacDonald Chattin 3-3 5-7 56.94
Heat03: Armstrong, Phillips, Bickley, Dwyer1-5 6-12 58.75
Heat04: Bowtell, Edwards, Ruddick, MacDonald 5-1 11-13 58.87
Heat05: Mountain, Harris, Bickley(fx), Dwyer(x) 0-5 11-18 57.44
Heat06: Roynon, Ruddick, Edwards, Halder 4-2 15-20 58.19
Heat07: Armstrong, Bowtell, Phillips, Chattin 2-4 17-24 58.19
Heat08: Bowtell, Edwards, Harris, MacDonald 5-1 22-25 59.69
Heat09: Bickley, Edwards, Halder, Ruddick 5-1 27-26 58.75
Heat10: Phillips, Armstrong, Roynon, Chattin 1-5 28-31 58.57
Heat11: Mountain, Bowtell, Harris, Chattin 2-4 30-35 57.44
Heat12: Bickley, Armstrong, Halder, Edwards 3-3 33-38 60.19
Heat13: Mountain, Roynon, Bowtell, Ruddick 3-3 36-41 58.12
Heat14: Phillips,Edwards, MacDonald, Dwyer 2-4 38-45 59.43
Heat15: Mountain, Roynon, Armstrong, Bickley 2-4 40-49 57.43

 

  CRADLEY’S National Trophy hopes are hanging in the balance after their first defeat of the season.
Heathens slipped up 49-40 at the hands of fellow homeless club Coventry at Monmore on a night of tension and drama. The absence of brilliant teenager Drew Kemp was too much for Heathens to cope with which is clearly a concern going forward as he will also miss the trip to Buxton on Sunday.  New signing Alfie Bowtell did a fine job on debut for the Motor Market Heathens with 12+3 from his six outings – but there were too many weak links in the home side. Kyle Bickley did well to hold off former Heathens skipper Jon Armstrong for an important win in Heat 12 to keep Cradley within five of the visitors.  But when the brilliant Connor Mountain passed Heathens skipper Adam Roynon in Heat 13 it was a crushing blow for Will Pottinger’s men – and they were never likely to recover from 41-36 down.
Victory was assured for Coventry when former Heathens title winner Danny Phillips secured a brilliant win ahead of Jason Edwards with Jamie Halder third to go seven points up with one to go.
Heathens co-promoter Nigel Pearson said: “With us already missing a key rider like Drew Kemp it’s obvious we needed the remaining lads to step up to the plate.  “It’s disappointing to lose, but there were some positives and Jason Edwards impressed us particularly as well as Alfie Bowtell on debut. “I thought Will Pottinger, or manager, did everything right, his programme changes were spot on and I don’t think he could have done anything more than he did.  “Coventry were the better all-round side and I congratulate them for that. They fully deserved their win. “It means we are in a real battle for qualification for the final now. We cannot afford to be a four-man team and we must do better. “People expected us to walk away with this group – it just shows you never know what this sport will throw at you next!”

27/05/2018

Buxton Hitmen v Cradley Heathens @ Hi-Edge Buxton

Buxton Hitmen

Cradley Heathens

Team Manager - Josh Moss

Team manager - Will Pottinger
1 Ben Wilson 3 3 2 2 3 13 - 1 Joe Lawlor (G) 2 1 2* 1*   6 2
2 Sam Wooley (G) 0 0 1* x f/r 0 1 1 2 Bradley Andrews R/R CW JC AB JE - -
3 Connor Coles R/R SW BW KD TW - - 3 Kyle Bickley 3 3 3 3 2* 14 PM
4 Tom Wolley 2 2* 1 2 2 1 10 2 4 Chris Widman 1* 1 2* 1 1 6 2
5 David Wallinger- DNR           DNR   5 Alfie Bowtell 3 3 3 3 2 3 17 -
6 Kieran Douglas 2 1 2 1 1* 0 7 1 6 James Chattin (G) 1 f/r 0 fx   1 -
7 Lewis Whitmore fx N   WITHDREW 1 - 7 Jason Edwards 3 2* 0 2* 3 3 13 2
8 8
32 57
     

Heat01: Wilson, Lawlor, Widman, S.Wooley 3-3
Heat02: Edwards, Douglas, Chattin(F/R- 1), Whitmore(FX) 2-4 5-7
Heat03: Bickley, T.Wooley, Widman, S.Wooley 2-4 7-11
Heat04: Bowtell, Edwards, Douglas[3 riders only] 1-5 8-16
Heat05: Wilson, T.Wooley, Lawlor, Chattin(F/R) 5-1 13-17
Heat06: Bowtell, Wilson, S.Wooley, Edwards 3-3 16-20
Heat07: Bickley, Widman, Douglas [3 riders only] 1-5 17-25
Heat08: Bowtell, Edwards, S.Wooley(ex)[3 riders only] 0-5 17-30
Heat09: Bowtell, Douglas, T.Wooley, Chattin 3-3 20-33
Heat10: Bickley, Wilson, Widman, S.Wooley(f/r) 2-4 22-37
Heat11: Edwards, Lawlor, Douglas, [3 riders only] 1-5 23-42
Heat12: Bickley, T.Wooley,Douglas,Chattin(fx) 26-45
Heat13: Wilson, Bowtell, Lawlor 3-3[3 riders only] 3-3 29-48
Heat14: Edwards, T.Wooley, Widman, Douglas 2-4 31-52
Heat15: Bowtell, Bickley, T.Wooley, S.Wooley 1-5 32-57

 

  CRADLEY revived their National Trophy hopes by securing maximum points from their 57-32 win at Buxton.
The victory moved the Motor Market Heathens back level with group leaders Coventry as they bounced back well from Monday’s defeat at the hands of the Bees. Despite only being with four of their own riders, the Heathens took advantage of an under strength Hitmen side whose problems grew as the meeting progressed.  Already without broken ankle victim Connor Coles, heat-leader David Wallinger then pulled out of the fixture in the build-up while reserve Lewis Whitmore was withdrawn after Heat Eight with an arm injury.  Heathens got their noses in front as early as Heat Two when Jason Edwards and local lad James Chattin combined for a 4-2 in the re-run after Whitmore had been disqualified for the hosts after sliding off in the initial staging. 
Bickley gated in the third and new signing Chris Widman eventually got by Sam Woolley for a second successive 4-2.  Alfie Bowtell and Edwards got the better of lone inexperienced Hitman Kieran Douglas and established an early eight point lead.  But the Derbyshire outfit hit back with a maximum of their own in the very next race. Ben Wilson made it two race wins out of two while Heathens No.1 guest Joe Lawlor couldn’t find a way past home skipper Tom Woolley. But the Heathens stamped their authority on the fixture in quick succession as Bickley and Widman bagged a 5-1 in the seventh before Bowtell and Edwards won a 5-0 after lapping Sam Woolley who had remounted after falling. That opened up a 13 point lead for the Heathens who also took the next four race wins.  Heat 12 saw Bickley maintain his unbeaten start as Chattin eventually missed out on the scoring positions despite a tight tussle with Kieran Douglas.  And the Heathens rounded off in style with one final 5-1 as Bickley tucked in for a paid maximum behind Bowtell who only dropped one point himself on an impressive display from the recent recruit.
Team manager Will Pottinger said: “Buxton were very depleted but we had to take advantage of their misfortune.  “Alfie and Kyle were both excellent and were well supported by Jason, Joe and Chris.  “Chris did exactly what we wanted him to do by scoring from every race.  “James put in a good shift and was unlucky not to get more points from Heat 12.  “It was important to get back to winning ways and sets us up nicely for the return match at Monmore a week tomorrow.”

04/06/2018

 CRADLEY HEATHENS v Buxton Hitmen @ Monmore Green

Cradley Heathens

Buxton Hitmen

Team Manager - Will Pottinger

Team manager - Josh Moss
1 Adam Roynon 2* 3 2* 3 2* 12 PM 1 Ben Wilson 1 2 1 2 1 7 -
2 Bradley Andrews R/R DK CW AB DK - - 2 Luke Whitehead 0 0 1 0 0 1 -
3 Kyle Bickley 3 3 3 3 3 15 MAX 3 Ben Woodhull 1 0 0 2 3 -
4 Jason Edwards 2* 1 2* 1 6 2 4 Tom Wooley (c) 0 2 3 1 2 0 8 -
5 Alfie Bowtell 3 1* 3 2* 1 10 2 5 David Wallinger R/R LW TW CW LW   - -
6 Drew Kemp 3 3 2 3 3 3 17 - 6 Lewis Whitmore 1 1 ret 0 0 2 -
7 Chris Widman 2* 2* 1 2* 1 8 3 7 Kieran Douglas 0 0 0 1 0 1 -
8 8
68 22
     

Heat01: Kemp, Roynon, Wilson,Whitehead 5-1 57.25
Heat02: Kemp, Widman, Whitmore, Douglas 5-1 10-2 57.38
Heat03: Bickley, Edwards, Woodhull, Wooley 5-1 15-3 59.56
Heat04: Bowtell, Widman, Whitmore, Douglas 5-1 20-4 60.25
Heat05: Bickley, Wilson, Edwards, Whitehead 4-2 24-6 58.50
Heat06: Roynon, Wooley, Widman, Douglas 4-2 28-8 58.37
Heat07: Wooley, Kemp(15m), Bowtell, Woodhull 3-3 31-11 59.31
Heat08: Bowtell, Widman, Whitehead, Whitmore 5-1 36-12 59.75
Heat09: Bickley, Edwards, Douglas, Whitehead 5-1 41-13 58.81
Heat10: Kemp, Roynon, Wooley, Woodhull 5-1 46-14 57.94
Heat11: Kemp, Bowtell, Wilson, Whitehead 5-1 51-15 57.89
Heat12: Bickley, Woodhull, Widman, Whitmore 4-2 55-17 59.68
Heat13: Roynon, Wilson, Bowtell, Whitmore 4-2 59-19 58.50
Heat14: Kemp, Wooley, Edwards, Douglas 4-2 63-21 58.57
Heat15: Bickley, Roynon, Wilson, Wooley 5-1 68-22 58.69

  CRADLEY’s class of 2018 romped to the club’s biggest win in almost four years with a 68-22 demolition of Buxton.
The Motor Market Heathens were always major favourites for the clash with the visitors severely depleted through injury. And the hosts were dominant from start to finish as they returned to the top of their National Trophy group.
Heathens got their night off to the perfect start, opening with four, 5-1 maximums. In fact they only failed to claim a race winner in one single heat, when Buxton skipper Tom Woolley took the chequered flag in Heat Seven.  But even that was pushed hard as super talented teen Drew Kemp chased down to the line. The youngster was punished with a 15 metre handicap after breaking the tapes in the initial staging, but soon worked his way into second place before pushing Woolley all the way.  That was the only time the 15-year-old was beaten from six rides as he continued to show why he is one of Britain’s brightest future stars. The same can be said for Kyle Bickley who stormed to a 15-point maximum - his second unbeaten meeting in succession. Skipper Adam Roynon led by example with a paid maximum of his own, and team rode superbly with Bickley in the final race to wrap up a final 5-1.
Alfie Bowtell achieved double figures for a third straight fixture, despite riding round for third in Heat 13 with a slow puncture.
Chris Widman enjoyed one of his best performances in recent times and rode in a determined manner to be a part of three maximums while Jason Edwards enjoyed a solid night in his first meeting in the main body of the side.
Maximum man Kyle Bickley was delighted with both his own individual performance as well as that from the rest of the team. He said: “Right from my first race everything just clicked, I didn’t make any mistakes and I was really pleased with how I rode. “That’s a paid max and a 15-point max I’ve had in a row for Cradley now so I’m enjoying my racing again. “The team absolutely smashed the win as well which is the most important thing - in fact we couldn’t have asked for much more.”
With the Heathens now leading the way on 14 points, they know their destiny is in their own hands with three fixtures remaining.

10/06/2018

Coventry Bees v Cradley Heathens @ Leicester

Coventry Storm

 

Cradley Heathens

Team Manager - Martyn McDonald Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Connor Mountain 2 3 3 2 2 12 - 1 Adam Roynon 3 2* 3 3 3 14 1
2 Danny Phillips 0 1 2* 2 2* 7 2 2 Bradley Andrews R/R DK/CW DK AB DK
3 Luke Ruddick R/R DP JH JH/RM LH - - 3 Kyle Bickley 2* 1* 0 0 3 1
4 Luke Harris 0 0 1 2 0 3 - 4 Jason Edwards 3 2 1 1 0 7 -
5 Jon Armstrong 3 3 2 1* 1* 10 2 5 Alfie Bowtell 2 fx 3 2* fell 7 1
6 Ryan MacDonald 0 fell 0 0 0 6 Drew Kemp x2m 3 3 3 1 3 3 16 -
7 Jamiie Halder 2 1 1 1* x2m 1* 2 8 2 7 Chris Widman 1 1 0 ex 0 2 -
8                       8                    
40 49
Heat 01: Roynon, Mountain, Widman, Phillips, (Kemp ex2m) 2-4 62.75
Heat 02: Kemp, Halder, Widman, MacDonald 2-4 4-8 65.12
Heat 03: Edwards, Bickley, Phillips, Harris 1-5 5-13 65.32
Heat 04: Armstrong, Bowtell, Halder, Widman 4-2 9-15 65.06
Heat 05: Kemp, Roynon, Halder, Harris 1-5 10-20 64.44
Heat 06: Mountain, Phillips, Bowtell(fx), Widman(fx) 5-0 15-20 63.06
Heat 07: Armstrong, Edwards, Bickley, MacDonald(f) 3-3 18-23 65.19
Heat 08: Bowtell, Phillips, Halder, Widman 3-3 21-26 64.69
Heat 09: Kemp, Bowtell, Harris, MacDonald, Halder(ex2m) 1-5 22-31 64.19
Heat 10: Mountain, Phillips, Edwards, Bickley 5-1 27-32 64.56
Heat 11: Roynon, Armstrong, Kemp, MacDonald 2-4 29-36 63.94
Heat 12: Kemp, Harris, Halder, Bickley 3-3 32-39 65.31
Heat 13: Roynon, Mountain, Armstrong, Bowtell(f) 3-3 35-42 65.50
Heat 14: Kemp, Halder, Edwards, Harris 2-4 37-46 65.75
Heat 15: Roynon, Mountain, Armstrong, Edwards 3-3 40-49
  SUPER skipper Adam Roynon produced a stunning final ride to secure maximum points for Cradley from their 49-40 win at Coventry.
The Motor Market Heathens had already wrapped up victory in the penultimate race, courtesy of a fifth heat win of the afternoon from teenage sensation Drew Kemp. But with local rivals Birmingham having meetings in hand on Cradley, Will Pottinger’s side knew how invaluable the extra away point could prove to be.
Roynon or Jason Edwards needed to split the home duo of Connor Mountain and former Heathen Jon Armstrong - but there was anxiety early on.
The Bees made the gate and Armstrong hit the front while Roynon had to work his way into second.  With Mountain breathing down his neck though, the pressure was well and truly on.  But the Heathens No.1 went out into the dirt to blast by Armstrong on the entrance to lap three and also ensured a personal paid maximum in the process.  Said Roynon: “Our main objective today was to come here and do what they did to us at Monmore - beat them and get four points.  “We succeeded and the whole team were brilliant.  “A couple of the boys struggled in the latter part of the meeting but on the whole we were a unit again and nothing fazes us. We’re just continuing to build momentum for the next few meetings ahead of hopefully winning that trophy at the end of the season.”


 
It was another solid afternoon for Cradley who took control of the meeting early on, opening with three heat advantages. But they were given a reminder that there was plenty still to be done in the sixth race as they handed Coventry a 5-0. Chris Widman had already retired at the back when Alfie Bowtell was deemed to have collided with Danny Phillips on the second lap and was disqualified.
A fired-up Bowtell made amends though by comfortably winning Heat Eight before tucking in behind Kemp for a 5-1 in the ninth as they moved nine in front.  But with Edwards and Kyle Bickley missing out at the start of the next, Coventry edged back to within five.
Step forward in-form duo Roynon and Kemp who claimed the final five race wins between them.
Heathens have two National Trophy meetings left to secure top spot - both against neighbours Birmingham in what promise to be two unmissable derbies.
The first of those is at Monmore Green on Monday, July 2 (7.30).
 

02/07/2018

 CRADLEY HEATHENS v Birmingham Brummies @ Monmore Green

Cradley Heathens

Birmingham Brummies

Team Manager - Will Pottinger

Team manager - Laurence Rogers
1 Danny Ayres (G) 2 2* 2 f/r 2 2 10 1 1 Tome Bacon (c) 3 3 3 3 ret 12 -
2 Bradley Andrews R/R DK DK AB NS - - 2 Callum Walker ret fell 1 1 2 -
3 Kyle Bickley 0 2 3 1 6 1 3 James Shanes 3 3 3 3 3 15 M
4 Jason Edwards 2 1* 2* 3 8 2 4 Leon Flint 1 1 fell 2 4 -
5 Alfie Bowtell (c) 2 2 2* 2* 1* 1*   10 4 5 Danyon Hume fx withdrew injured - -
6 Drew Kemp 1* 3 3 3 3 2 1 16 1 6 Arran Butcher fx ret 0     0 -
7 Chris Widman 2* fell withdrew injured 2 1 7 Tom Spencer 1 1 1 fell 1 0 0 4 -
8 8
52 37
     


Heat01: Bacon, Ayres, Kemp, Walker(ret) 3-3 57.38
Heat02: Kemp, Widman, Spencer, Butcher 5-1 8-4 57.50
Heat03: Shanes, Edwards, Flint, Bickley 2-4 10-8 57.00
Heat04: Kemp, Bowtell, Spencer, Hume(fx) 5-1 15-9 57.52
Heat05: Bacon, Bickley, Edwards, Walker(f) 3-3 18-12 57.56
Heat06: Kemp, Ayres, Spencer, Butcher 5-1 23-13 57.62
Heat07: Shanes, Bowtell, Flint, NR 2-4 25-17 57.07
Heat08: Kemp, Bowtell, Walker, Spencer(f) 5-1 30-18 59.62
Heat09: Bickley, Edwards, Spencer, Butcher 5-1 35-19 59.31
Heat10: Shanes, Ayres, Flint(fell) NR 2-3 37-22 56.93
Heat11: Bacon, Bowtell, Walker, NS 2-4 39-26 57.25
Heat12: Shanes, Kemp, Bickley, Spencer 3-3 42-29 57.69
Heat13: Bacon, Ayres, Bowtell, NS 3-3 45-32 57.82
Heat14: Edwards, Flint, Kemp(15m), Spencer 4-2 49-34 59.25
Heat15: Shanes, Ayres, Bowtell, Bacon(ef) 3-3 52-37 57.00
 

  HEATHENS boss Will Pottinger hailed a “sensational” display from Drew Kemp as they beat local rivals Birmingham.
The home side romped to a 52-37 win over the Brummies in a clash marred by a horror Heat 4 crash which ruled out Chris Widman and Danyon Hume.
Widman and Hume tangled on the home straight and ploughed through the airfence. Hume aggravated an old arm injury and pulled out of the meeting.
James Shanes and Tom Bacon scored 27 between them for the Brummies but Kemp reeled off an incredible paid 17 for the Heathens.
Pottinger said: “Drew was sensational. Obviously we took control after they lost Danyon and we hope both he and Chris are OK. “But Drew was out of this world and was the stand out performance for us. All the boys chipped in and we were solid.  “Losing Chris was tough but with Drew in such great form we coped really well with his absence and it’s a good win."
Bacon and Shanes were outstanding for the Brummies as they kept the visitors in contention despite the setback of losing Hume.  Flying Bacon won Heat 1 in style from Cradley guest Danny Ayres but the home side took control when the classy young 15-year-old Kemp won Heat 2 and with Widman second, the Heathens were four in front.
The much-awaited clash “war of the wonderkids” never materialised with Shanes roaring clear in Heat 3 with Bickley left at the back behind rival Flint.  Then came the horror incident in Heat 4 followed by a repair to the airfence and from then on it was the Bacon and Shanes show. However, when they weren’t in the line-up Brummies were vulnerable and three maximum 5-1s from the rampant Heathens in six races left them reeling.

01/08/2018

 Birmingham Brummies v Cradley Heathens @ Perry Barr, Birmingham

Birmingham Brummies

Cradley Heathens

Team Manager - Laurence Rogers

Team manager - Will Pottinger
1 Tom Bacon 3 3 3 3 3 15 M 1 Alfie Bowtell 2 3 2 0   7 -
2 Callum Walker R/R JS SD DG TS - - 2 Jason Edwards 1* 1 1 1* 1* 5 3
3 Tom Brennon (G) 2 2 3 2 9 - 3 Ben Morley (G) 3 2 2 3 3 1 14 -
4 Dan Greenwood 0 0 3 1* 2 6 1 4 Kyle Bickley R/R JE RA TH BM - -
5 James Shanes 3 3 3 2* 2* 13 PM 5 Ellis Perks 2* 2 2 1 fx 7 -
6 Jamie Sealey 0 0 1 fell   1 - 6 Richard Andrews 2* 1* fx 0 1 4 2
7 Sheldon Davies 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 7 Taylor Hampshire 3 1* 2 1* 1 8 2
8 Tom Spencer 0 0 8
45 45
     


Heat01: Bacon, Bowtell, Edwards, Sealey 3-3 60.36
Heat02: Hampshire, Andrews, Davies, Sealey 1-5 4-8 63.37
Heat03: Morley, Brennon, Edwards, Greenwood 2-4 6-12 62.54
Heat04: Shanes, Perks, Hampshire, Davies 3-3 9-15 61.01
Heat05: Bowtell, Brennon, Edwards, Greenwood 2-4 11-19 62.01
Heat06: Bacon, Perks, Andrews, Davies 3-3 14-22 60.94
Heat07: Shanes, Morley, Sealey, Andrews(fx) 4-2 18-24 61.75
Heat08: Greenwood, Hampshire, Edwards, Davies 3-3 21-27 62.47
Heat09: Brennon, Perks, Greenwood, Andrews 4-2 25-29 61.71
Heat10: Bacon, Morley, Hampshire, Spencer 3-3 28-32 61.61
Heat11: Shanes, Bowtell, Edwards, Sealey(fell) 3-3 31-35 61.20
Heat12: Morley, Brennon, Andrews, Davies 2-4 33-39 62.65
Heat13: Bacon, Shanes, Perks, Bowtell 5-1 38-40 61.40
Heat14: Morley, Greenwood, Hampshire, Davies 2-4 40-44 63.00
Heat15: Bacon, Shanes, Morley, Perks(fx) 5-1 45-45 AW
 

  CRADLEY secured their passage into the National Trophy Final - but they were taken all the way by Birmingham in a 45-45 draw at Perry Barr.
The Heathens were always favourites with a strong line-up in all departments whilst the Brummies continue to struggle with injuries and absences – but the home side put up a terrific fight in a derby thriller. Tom Bacon and James Shanes took the battle to the visitors with a string of impressive wins, several of them from the back on a spectacular night of racing in front of a big crowd.
But the Heathens’ recently-signed reserves dominated in that department, with a 5-1 from Taylor Hampshire and Richard Andrews in Heat 2 putting them ahead.
Jason Edwards crucially snatched third place from Dan Greenwood in both Heats 3 and 5 which left the Brummies facing an eight-point deficit.  But they notched a 4-2 in Heat 7 when Andrews crashed out and Shanes superbly switched inside Ben Morley in the re-run, and Greenwood recovered to share the points with a race win from the outside gate in the next.
With guest Tom Brennan – in for the injured Leon Flint - defeating Perks in his third outing, Bacon had the home fans on their feet when he rounded Morley to win Heat 10 which narrowed the deficit to four points.
Shanes beat Alfie Bowtell in Heat 11 but the Heathens edged a vital 4-2 in the next with Morley holding off Brennan – although a super 5-1 from Bacon and Shanes in Heat 13 put the pressure back on. With a 40-38 lead the Heathens were desperate to finish things off in the penultimate race, and they effectively did the job with another fast start from Morley and third place for Hampshire, split by Greenwood. Bacon and Shanes both completed maximums in the last heat with Perks coming to grief, but the draw took the Heathens into the Trophy Final by the narrowest margin.
Motor Market Heathens team Manager Will Pottinger said: “Before the meeting everyone knew what they needed to do. “We know a draw or a win would be enough and we always expected a tough battle, particularly in the latter stages. “The way Tom Bacon and James Shanes were riding for them, we knew heat advantages in Heats 12 and 14 were going to be vital and so it proved. “It was a close contest and it must have been good for the supporters, but we expected nothing less because these meetings are always no holds barred. “It was a shame we couldn’t hold on for the victory, but I’m hoping everyone has gone home happy with the draw because it means we’re in the final.”

13/08/2018

2018 F.A.S.T. GOLDEN HAMMER @ MONMORE GREEN, WOLVERHAMPTON
 

Rider

Rider

1 Max Clegg 2 2 2 3 3 12 3rd   9 Jason Edwards 1 0 1 3 1 6  
2 Danny Ayres 3 3 3 3 2 14 2nd   10 Tom Perry 3 2 3 2 2 12  
3 David Wallinger 1 1 0 0 0 2     11 Luke Harris 2 2 0 0 2 6  
4 Danny Phillips fx 2 1 1 1 5     12 Rob Shuttleworth 0 1 0 1 1 3  
5 Drew Kemp 2 3 2 1 3 11     13 Tom Brennan 2 1 2 2 2 9  
6 Ben Morley 3 1 1 2 3 10     14 Alfie Bowtell f/r 0 3 2 fx 5  
7 Luke Ruddick xt fx fx - - 0     15 Kyle Bickley 1 3 1 0 1 6  
8 Connor Coles 1 fx 2 1 0 4     16 Tom Bacon 3 3 3 3 3 15 1st
res James Chattin fx 0       0     res                

Heat 01: Ayres, Clegg, Wallinger, Phillips AW
Heat 02: Morley, Kemp, Coles, Ruddick(xt), Chattin(fx) AW
Heat 03: Perry, Harris, Edwards, Shuttleworth 58.5
Heat 04: Bacon, Brennan, Bickley, Bowtell(f/r) 57.12
Heat 05: Kemp,Clegg, Brennan, Edwards 57.44
Heat 06: Ayres, Perry, Morley, Bowtell 57.91
Heat 07: Bickley, Harris, Wallinger, Ruddick(fx) 59.19
Heat 08: Bacon, Phillips, Shuttleworth, Coles(fx) 57.34
Heat 09: Bacon, Clegg, Morley, Harris 56.31
Heat 10: Ayres, Kemp, Bickley, Shuttleworth 58.6
Heat 11: Bowtell, Coles, Edwards, Wallinger 58.37
Heat 12: Perry, Brennan, Phillips, Ruddick(fx) 57.35
Heat 13: Clegg, Bowtell, Shuttleworth, Chattin 57.41
Heat 14: Ayres, Bowtell, Coles, Harris 58.79
Heat 15: Bacon, Perry, Kemp, Wallinger 57.89
Heat 16: Edwards, Morley, Phillips, Bickley 59.78
Heat 17: Clegg, Perry, Bickley, Coles 57.16
Heat 18: Bacon, Ayres, Edwards, NR 57.75
Heat 19: Morley, Brennan, Shuttleworth, Wallinger 58.62
Heat 20: Kemp, Harris, Phillips, Bowtell(fx) AW
 
BIRMINGHAM skipper Tom Bacon stormed to a 15-point maximum as he won Cradley’s F.A.S.T Golden Hammer individual.
It was a keenly fought contest at Monmore Green which went down to the final set of heats.  Both Bacon and former Heathens’ favourite Danny Ayres had made a series of impressive gates to win all four of their opening rides before meeting in Heat 18.  And while it was Ayres who made the best gate in that one, it was the Brummies man who showed no fear to squeeze through a gap around the outside off bend number two to send the Perry Barr fans home happy.  Said Bacon: “I was really looking forward to the meeting in the build-up and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. “There were a lot of fast guys out there and fortunately I made some really quick starts which always helps. “It was tight with Danny in that last one but I managed to get through and I knew that was enough to win the meeting.  “I’m absolutely delighted to join such a brilliant list of names who’ve won this event in years gone by and this is an achievement I’m proud of.”
While Bacon and Ayres took the top two rostrum places, it was a battle of two former Heathens title winners for third spot.
Tom Perry looked set to take it until he was beaten by Max Clegg in Heat 17, handing the final podium position to the Yorkshire racer on countback with the pair scoring 12.

From a Cradley perspective, Teenage sensation Drew Kemp, who turned 16 on Saturday, was involved in the thick of the action and narrowly missed out on a rostrum place scoring 11.  Jason Edwards and Kyle Bickley struggled with track conditions early on, but both got better as the night went on, picking up a win apiece along the way.  Skipper Alfie Bowtell was ruled out of contention early on suffering two falls in his opening outings, but regrouped to score five points from his final three rides.
 

10/09/20181

CRADLEY HEATHENS v MILDENHALL FEN TIGERS NT TROPHY FINAL

Cradley Heathens

Mildenhall Fen Tigers

Team Manager - Will Pottinger

Team manager - Phil Kirk
1 Alfie Bowtell fx 2 2* 1   5 1 1 Max Clegg (G) 3 3 3 3 3 15 Max
2 Jason Edwards 2 1* 1 3 7 1 2 Josh Bailey R/R MM RK DK JJ - -
3 Kyle Bickley 2 fx 1* 3 6 1 3 Ryan Kinsley 3 2* 3 XT WITHDREW INJURED 8 1
4 Jack Smith (G) 1* 1 2 1 5 1 4 Jordan Jenkins (C) 0 2 fx 2* 2 6 1
5 Ellis Perks 2 fx WITHDREW INJURED 2 - 5 Drew Kemp 3 3 2 3 2* 2*   15 2
6 Richard Andrews 3 3 1 2* 3 1   13 - 6 Sam Bebee 2 f/r 0 1 0 0 3 -
7 James Chattin 0 0  1 fx 0       1 - 7 Matt Marson 1 1* 1 0 1     4 1
8 8
39 51


Heat01: Clegg, Edwards, Marson, Bowtell(fx) 2-4 56.13
Heat02: Andrews, Bebee, Marson, Chattin 3-3 5-7 58.07
Heat03: Kinsley, Bickley, Smith, Jenkins 3-3 8-10 58.31
Heat04: Kemp, Perks, Marson, Chattin 2-4 12-14 57.18
Heat05: Clegg, Kinsley, Smith(15m), Kyle Bickley(fx) 1-5 11-19 57.34
Heat06: Kemp, Bowtell, Edwards, Bebee(f/r) 3-3 14-22 58.40
Heat07: Kinsley, Jenkins, Chattin, Perks(fx) 1-5 15-27 58.82
Heat08: Andrews, Kemp, Edwards, Marson 4-2 19-29 58.41
Heat09: Kemp, Smith, Bickley, Bebee 3-3 22-32 58.31
Heat10: Edwards, Bowtell, Bebee, Jenkins(fx) 5-1 27-33 58.68
Heat11: Clegg, Jenkins, Andrews, Chattin(fx) 1-5 28-38 AW
Heat12: Bickley, Andrews, Marson, Bebee 5-1 33-39 57.81
Heat13: Clegg, Kemp, Bowtell, Chattin 1-5 34-44 57.82
Heat14: Andrews, Jenkins, Smith, Bebee 4-2 38-46 57.87
Heat15: Clegg, Kemp, Andrews, Bowtell 1-5 39-51 57.81
 

  CRADLEY’S National Trophy hopes are all but over after a crushing 51-39 defeat at the hands of Mildenhall at Monmore.  And they were undone by two familiar faces after former favourites Drew Kemp and Max Clegg came back to haunt them.
Kemp scored 15 while two-time title winner with Heathens Max Clegg romped to a maximum.
The night got off to a far from ideal start when skipper Alfie Bowtell slid off into bend two and was disqualified, but had team-mate Jason Edwards to thank for a quick lay-down directly behind him. Edwards picked himself up and was able to split the Mildenhall pair in the re-run with Clegg taking the chequered flag as the visitors drew first blood.  And despite an impressive ride from reserve Richard Andrews to win Heat Two, the visitors would soon create some breathing space between the two sides.
Mildenhall sat comfortably on a maximum when Kyle Bickley slid off on bend three of the fifth. He was disqualified and guest partner Jack Smith was punished with a 15 metre handicap under the season’s new rules for the re-run. Mildenhall took full advantage in that second staging and the visitors opened up an eight point lead with the first 5-1.  But just two races later the Heathens’ night took a turn for the worse as they were reduced to six riders. Ellis Perks went in pursuit of the Fen Tigers’ Ryan Kinsley, but lifted alarmingly out of bend two.

 
He collected his opponent and sent the Mildenhall man crashing through the wooden fence in a horrific looking incident. Perks was withdrawn from the meeting and took a trip to hospital with foot and ankle injuries while Kinsley somehow not only walked away from the crash, but also took his place in the re-run and eased to victory to remain unbeaten from three rides to lead another maximum to move 12 in front.
The Heathens sparked a mini revival, but 5-1s from the gate in Heats 10 and 12 were met with an instant response from the visitors with the Heathens unable to kick on.  And Clegg and Kemp rounded off impressive nights with one final maximum as they went either side of Bowtell down the back straight in Heat 15.

16/09/2018

MILDENHALL FEN TIGERS v CRADLEY HEATHENS NT FINAL

Mildenhall Fen Tigers

Cradley Heathens

Team Manager - Phil Kirk

Team manager - Will Pottinger
1 Ben Morley (G) 3 2* 1 3   9 1 1 Alfie Bowtell 0 0 2* 3 2 3 10 1
2 Ryan Kinsley 2* 3 2 0 7 2 2 Jason Edwards 1 0 2 3 1 7 -
3 Josh Bailey 1 1 0   2 - 3 Nathan Stoneman (G) 2 3 3 3 1* 2* 14 2
4 Jordan Jenkins 3 3 3 0 fx 9 - 4 Ellis Perks R/R JE TB AB NS - -
5 Drew Kemp 3 2 2 1 1     9 - 5 Tom Brennan (G) 2 1 1 2 0     6 -
6 Matt Marson 2* 0 0 2 3     7 1 6 Richard Andrews 0 0 1* fx 2 3 1
7 Sam Bebee 3 1 1*   1*         6 2 7 James Chattin 1 0 0         1 -
8 8
49 41


Heat01: Morley, Kinsley, Edwards, Bowtell 5-1 52.6
Heat02: Bebee, Marson, Chattin, Andrews 5-1 10-2 53.5
Heat03: Jenkins, Stoneman, Bailey Edwards 4-2 14-4 52.3
Heat04: Kemp, Brennan, Bebee, Chattin 4-2 18-6 52.4
Heat05: Jenkins, Edwards, Bailey, Bowtell 4-2 22-8 52.5
Heat06: Kinsley, Morley, Brennan, Andrews 5-1 27-9 53.1
Heat07: Stoneman, Kemp, Brennan, Marson 2-4 29-13 53.5
Heat08: Edwards, Kinsley, Bebee, Chattin 3-3 32-16 54.0
Heat09: Jenkins, Brennan, Andrews, Bailey 3-3 35-19 53.6
Heat10: Stoneman, Bowtell, Morley, Kinsley 1-5 36-24 54.0
Heat11: Bowtell, Kemp, Edwards, Marson 2-4 38-28 54.0
Heat12: Stoneman, Marson, Bebee, Andrews(f) 3-3 41-31 AW
Heat13: Morley, Bowtell, Kemp, Brennan 4-2 45-33 53.5
Heat14: Marson, Andrews, Stoneman, Jenkins 3-3 48-36 54.8
Heat15: Bowtell, Stoneman, Kemp, Jenkins(fx) 1-5 49-41 55.0
 

  CRADLEY team boss Will Pottinger admitted he was “extremely proud” of his side as they went down with a fight in the National Trophy final.
The Heathens were facing almost Mission Impossible at Mildenhall after losing the first leg at home by 12 points last week.
It was no surprise that the Fen Tigers completed the double with a 49-41 win but Pottinger’s lads made the home side battle all the way.
Pottinger said: “It was always going to be the impossible job for the boys. Mildenhall are undoubtedly the team of the year and deservedly so.  “The 12-point deficit was a mountain to climb but after going 18-6 down after just four heats the the destination of the trophy was never in doubt.  “But we kept fighting and I was delighted with the spirit. I’m extremely proud of how they dug in and we actually won the second half of the meeting.  “I can’t remember the last time to run Mildenhall so close at their place.
 
We kept it down to eight points and the 5-1 in the last race was an excellent way to finish our season. “We were also missing a lot of our regular boys which made it even harder, but everyone really got stuck in today. “Nathan Stoneman was a brilliant guest with paid 16 while Tom Brennan rode so hard for just six points, he deserved so much more.  “It was another tough days for us but I think we go away with our head’s held high after an excellent performance all round.”
The Heathens were 27-9 down after just six heats and it looked as if Mildenhall were going to run up a cricket score. But Stoneman and Brennan hit back with a 4-2 over wonderkid Drew Kemp in Heat 7 and the mini-fightback began.
Alfie Bowtell and Stoneman also teamed up for two late 5-1s to restore some pride to the scoreline as the Heathens went down in style.

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