DETAILED RESULTS FOR THE CRADLEY HEATHENS 2019
Part 1 May- July

06/05/2019

CRADLEY HEATHENS v Mildenhall Fen Tigers NL @ Monmore Green

Cradley Heathens

Mildenhall Fen Tigers

Team Manager - Will Pottinger

Team manager - Malcolm Vasey
1 Max Clegg 2 3 3 2 3 13 - 1 Danny Ayres 3 3 3 3 1 13 -
2 Lewis Whitmore 0 0 1 0 1 - 2 Matt Marson 1 0 3 1 5 -
3 Dan Halsey 3 2 3 3   11 - 3 Charlie Brookes 0 1* 1* 2 4 1
4 Luke Harris 1 1* 2 2* 6 2 4 Jason Edwards 2 2 2 3 0 9 -
5 Tom Brennan 3 3 2 1* 2* 11 2 5 David Wallinger 2 2 fx 0   4 -
6 Tom Spencer 1* 0 fx 1*   2 2 6 Elliot Kelly fell 1* 1     2 1
7 Harry McGurk 2 0 0 0   2 - 7 Macauley Leek 3 1* 2* 1* fx 7 3
8 8
   
     


Heat01: Ayres, Clegg, Marson, Whitmore 2-4 57.09
Heat02: Leek McGurk, Spencer, Kelly(fell) 3-3 5-7 61.25
Heat03: Halsey, Edwards, Harris, Brooks 4-2 9-9 60.00
Heat04: Brennan, Wallinger, Leek, McGurk 3-3 12-12 57.41
Heat05: Ayres, Halsey, Harris, Marson 3-3 15-15 57.68
Heat06: Clegg, Wallinger, Kelly, Whitmore 3-3 18-18 57.72
Heat07: Brennan, Edwards, Brooks, Spencer 3-3 21-21 57.94
Heat08: Marson, Leek, Whitmore, McGurk 1-5 22-16 60.75
Heat09: Halsey, Harris, Kelly, Wallinger(fx) 5-1 27-27 AW
Heat10: Clegg, Edwards, Brooks, Whitmore 3-3 30-30 58.06
Heat11: Ayres, Brennan, Marson, Spencer 2-4 32-34 AW
Heat12: Halsey, Brookes, Leek, McGurk 3-3 35-37 60.09
Heat13: Ayres, Clegg, Brennan, Wallinger  3-3 38-40 57.81
Heat14: Edwards, Harris, Spencer, Leek(fx) 3-3 41-43 AW
Heat15: Clegg, Brennan, Ayres, Edwards 5-1 46-44 58.00

  CRADLEY pulled off a stunning last gasp win on a dramatic return to league racing.
The Anchor Logistics Heathens sealed a final race 5-1 to beat Mildenhall 46-44 at Monmore – and that was the only time they led over the course of the 15 heats.
It looked as though former Heathen Danny Ayres was going to come back to haunt his former club.
The Mildenhall No.1 was unbeaten in his four programmed rides and made the best start in the final race. But Heathens’ heat-leaders Tom Brennan and Max Clegg brought the house down with a sensational display of grit and determination.
First Brennan dived under Ayres into bend three, before captain Clegg also worked his way by to hit the front.
They clung on to take the chequered flag, leaving the men from Suffolk wondering what might have been.
In fact they could’ve wrapped up an away win in the penultimate race as they sat on a maximum – but Fen Tigers’ reserve Macauley Leek binned it on bend three after being caught unawares by returning home rider Luke Harris who charged under him, ultimately forcing the error. But for a team who hadn’t ridden together previously, the Heathens will take plenty of heart and confidence from their first performance back in the National League. 
Team Manager Will Pottinger said: “You can’t beat that – there’s no better way to win in terms of drama and emotion than in a last heat decider. “We’re delighted to open our season with a victory, especially as there wasn’t much between the sides all night. “We won plenty of races but we didn’t really have the back-up to turn them into heat advantages in the main. “For the lads lower down the team this was their first meeting at this level tonight and I’m sure they’ll learn a lot from this one and improve as the season goes along. “It was always a bit much to expect them to score lots of points, but the ones they did manage proved crucial in the end. “I thought our top three in particular were brilliant tonight and they certainly came up with the goods from their positions. “Mildenhall leave with a point and I think that’s only fair based on the meeting as a whole.
“But we’re over the moon with the way we’ve dug in to get this win and it’s certainly something we can build on.”
Powerhouse trio Clegg, Brennan and ex-Mildenhall man Danny Halsey recorded eight wins between them and contributed 35 of the home side’s 46 points.  Harris enjoyed a steady night’s work while youngsters Harry McGurk, Tom Spencer and Lewis Whitmore were all able to chip in with some vital contributions which just about saw the Heathens eventually get over the line on a night of learning for the trio.

09/05/2019

Isle of Wight Warriors v CRADLEY HEATHENS  KOC @ The Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium, Ryde, IOW

 

Isle of Wight Warriors

Cradley Heathens

Team Manager - Jackie Vatcher

Team manager - Will Pottinger
1 Georgie Wood 3 3 fell 0   6 - 1 Max Clegg 2 3 3 3   11 -
2 Chris Widman 1 0 3 2 6 - 2 Lewis Whitmore 0 0 1   1 -
3 Ryan Terry Daley 1 1* 1* 1 4 2 3 Danny Halsey 3 1* xt 3 7 1
4 Danno Verge 0 2 2 3 1 8 - 4 Luke Harris 2* 2 3 2 0 9 1
5 Ben Morley 3 3 2^ 2 3 13 - 5 Tom Brennan 2 2 3 1 2 10 -
6 Connor King 0 1 0 0 1 2 - 6 Tom Spencer 2* 1* 0 1 2* 6 3
7 Chad Writzfield 1 xt 2 0 3 - 7 Harry McGurk 3 0 1 1 0 5 -
8 8  
41 49
     

Heat01: Wood, Clegg, Widman, Whitmore 4-2
Heat02: McGurk, Spencer, Writzfield, King 1-5 5-7
Heat03: Halsey, Harris, Terry-Daley (fr) 1, Verge(fr) 1-5 6-12 AW
Heat04: Morley, Brennan, King, McGurk, Writzfield (xt) 4-2 10-14
Heat05: Clegg, Verge, Terry-Daley, Whitmore 2-4 12-18
Heat06: Wood, Brennan, Spencer, Widman 3-3 15-21
Heat07: Morley, Harris, Halsey, King 3-3 18-24
Heat08: Widman, Writzfield, McGurk, Whitmore 5-1 23-25
Heat09: Brennan, Verge, Terry Daley, Spencer 3-3 26-28
Heat10: Harris, Widman, McGurk, Wood (fell) 2-4 28-32
Heat11: Clegg, Morley (15m) Whitmore, King 2-4 30-36         
Heat12: Halsey, Spencer,Terry-Daley, Writzfield 1-5 31-41             
Heat13: Clegg, Morley, Brennan, Wood 2-4 33-45
Heat14: Verge, Harris, King, McGurk 4-2 37-47
Heat15: Morley, Brennan, Verge, Harris 4-2 41-49

 

  CRADLEY took control of their Knockout Cup Quarter-Final with a 49-41 win at the Isle of Wight.  It means it’s two out of two for the Anchor Logistics Heathens following their dramatic league opening win over Mildenhall on Monday. While the star riders were once again in impressive form, there were encouraging signs from the youngsters in what was a solid team performance.
Teenage reserves Harry McGurk and Tom Spencer were boosted by their first outing which saw them combine for a 5-1 in Heat Two as the Heathens took an early lead.  And that was backed up instantly with another maximum - this time from Danny Halsey and Luke Harris.  While the hosts kept Cradley on their toes by taking the chequered flag in four of the next five races to stay within two, the Heathens produced a strong second half showing to put them in the driving seat ahead of the return at Monmore on Monday, May 20.

 
Cradley capitalised on the disqualification of home No.1 Georgie Wood in the tenth when Harris picked up his first win of the campaign, while McGurk added another point to his tally as a reserve replacement for Halsey who had suffered a tapes exclusion.Captain Max Clegg won Heat 11 ahead of home skipper Ben Morley - who had to fight his way through past Spencer to split the visiting duo after receiving a 15 metre penalty.  But Spencer rode maturely to get another paid win under his belt in the twelfth while Halsey regained his composure to ease to his second victory of the night. And when Clegg raced to his third straight success in Heat 13, that secured victory for the Midlands outfit who will still sit major favourites to qualify for the Semi-Finals of the competition despite conceding two late 4-2s.
Heathens team manager Will Pottinger said: “It goes without saying that we’re delighted to get the win but the performance was just as pleasing.  “It was a solid team effort with the three heat-leaders again contributing some big points between them.  “Luke fully deserved his place in Heat 15 with the way he rode and it was really encouraging to see our two young reserves chipping in and scoring paid 14 between them. “Lewis (Whitmore) suffered bike problems all night but the main thing is we got the job done as a team and it puts us in a very strong position going into the home leg.” 

20/05/20192

 CRADLEY HEATHENS v Isle of Wight Warriors KOC@ Monmore Green

Cradley Heathens

Isle of Wight Warriors

Team Manager - Will Pottinger

Team manager - Kevin Shepherd
1 Max Clegg 3 2 3 3 3 2 16 - 1 Georgie Wood X 3 3 2 3 11 -
2 Lewis Whitmore FX 0 1 fell 1 - 2 Chris Widman 2 1 0 0 3 -
3 Danny Halsey X FX FX 1* 3 4 1 3 Ryan Terry-Daley 3 3 0 2   8 -
4 Luke Harris 2 2 2 2 3 0 11   4 Danno Verge 1 1 2 2 6 2
5 Tom Brennan R/R MC DH LH LW       5 Ben Morley 3 2 3 1* 1 10 1
6 Tom Spencer 3 2 2* 1* 1 9 2 6 Chad Wrtzfeld 1* 2 1* 1 1 6 3
7 Harry McGurk 1 1* 3 0       5 1 7 Connor King FX 0 0 0 0  
8 8
46 44
 

Heat01: Clegg, Widman, Wrtzfeld, Whitmore(fx) 3-3 58.16
Heat02: Spencer, Wrtzfeld, McGurk, King(fx) 4-2 7-5 62.75
Heat03: Terry-Daley, Harris, Verge, Halsey(X) 2-4 9-9 60.81
Heat04: Morley, Clegg, McGurk, King 3-3 12-12 58.66
Heat05: Wood, Harris, Widman, Halsey(fx) 2-4 14-16 AW
Heat06: Clegg, Morley, Wrtzfeld, Whitmore 17-19 58.53
Heat07: Terry-Daley, Spencer, Verge, Halsey(fx) 2-4 19-23 60/78
Heat08: McGurk, Spencer, King, Widman 5-1 24-24 63.68
Heat09: Morley, Harris, Halsey, King 3-3 27-27 59.15
Heat10: Clegg, Verge, Whitmore, Terry-Daley 4-2 31-29 58.50
Heat11: Wood, Harris, Spencer, Widman 3-3 34-32 57.85
Heat12: Halsey, Terry-Daley, Wrtzfeld, McGurk 3-3 37-35 59.91
Heat13: Clegg, Wood, Morley, Whitmore(fell) 3-3 40-38 58.20
Heat14: Harris, Verge, Spencer, King 4-2 44-40 59.81
Heat15: Wood, Clegg, Morley, Harris 2-4 46-44 58.75

 

  CRADLEY held their nerve to progress through to the Knockout Cup Semi-Finals.
Anchor Logistics Heathens beat the Isle of Wight 46-44 in a tense affair at Monmore, sealing a ten-point aggregate victory. The hosts were always going to find things tough after teenage talent Tom Brennan broke his leg in three places at the weekend - and certainly made hard work of things throughout the second leg.
Plenty of drama occurred early doors, most alarmingly for the hosts when Danny Halsey wiped out team-mate Luke Harris in Heat Three in the first of three successive falls in a nightmare start for the ex-Mildenhall man.  And the Heathens nerves were jangling a little with seven races gone when the Warriors led on the night and were within just four-points on aggregate.  But young reserve duo Harry McGurk, who only turned 15 recently, and Tom Spencer stepped up to the plate superbly in the eighth to record a crucial sole maximum of the night.
Captain Max Clegg’s ability to win races also proved important as he inspired his team-mates to get over the line with Harris and Halsey also coming to the party to take the chequered flag in the latter stages.
Team boss Will Pottinger said: “It goes without saying that it was a lot closer than what we would’ve liked. “We did our best to throw it away at times but to say we were without one of our top riders, I thought there were some encouraging signs again, particularly from the two reserves.  “But with the circumstances with Tom coming into this meeting, we’ve got to be satisfied to get the win on the night and more importantly we’ve progressed on aggregate which was our main agenda.”.

31/05/2019

 Plymouth Gladiators v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ St Boniface Arena, Coypool Road, Plymouth

Postponed


03/06/2019

CRADLEY HEATHENS v Belle Vue Colts NL @ Monmore Green

Cradley Heathens

Belle Vue Colts

Team Manager - Will Pottinger

Team Manager - Stephen Williams & Graham Goodwin
1 Max Clegg 3 3 3 3 2 14 - 1 Leon Flint 2 2 2 2 1 9 -
2 Lewis Whitmore fx 1 0   1 - 2 Ben Woodhull 1* 0 1 1* 3 2
3 Daniel Halsey 2 3 2 2 9 - 3 Danny Phillips 3 3 2 fell 8 -
4 Luke Harris 1* 1 1* fx 3 2 4 Arran Butcher 0 1 0 1 2 -
5 Jack Smith 1 2 3 f/r 0 6 - 5 Kyle Bickley 2* 2 3 1* 3 11 2
6 Tom Spencer 2 0 1 0 2 5 - 6 Ben Rathbone fx fell nf     0 -
7 Harry McGurk 1* 0 2 1* 4 2 7 Jordan Palin 3 3 3 3 3 15 M
8 8  
42 48
     

Heat01: Clegg, Flint, Woodhull, Whitmore(fx) 3-3  58.31
Heat02: Palin, Spencer, McGurk, Rathbone(fx) 3-3  6-6 60.41
Heat03: Phillips, Halsey, Harris, Butcher 3-3 9-9 59.81
Heat04: Palin, Bickley, Smith, McGurk 1-5 10-14 59.65
Heat05: Halsey, Flint, Harris, Woodhull 4-2 14-16 59.47
Heat06: Clegg, Bickley, Whitmore, Rathbone(fell) 4-2 18-18 57.75
Heat07: Phillips, Smith, Butcher, Spencer 2-4 20-22 59.75
Heat08: Palin, McGurk, Woodhull, Whitmore 2-4 22-26 60.25
Heat09: Bickley, Halsey, Harris, Rathbone(nf) 3-3 25-29 57.90
Heat10: Clegg, Phillips, Spencer, Butcher 4-2 29-31 59.00
Heat11: Smith, Flint, Woodhull, Spencer 3-3 32-34 59.28         
Heat12: Palin, Halsey, McGurk, Phillips 3-3 35-37 60.41            
Heat13: Clegg, Flint, Bickley, Smith(f/r) 3-3 38-40 58.32
Heat14: Palin, Spencer, Butcher, Harris(fx) 2-4 40-44 AW
Heat15: Bickley, Clegg, Flint, Smith 2-4 42-48 58.28
 

  CRADLEY suffered their first defeat of the season as Belle Vue Colts raced to a 48-42 victory at Monmore.
Teenage sensation Jordan Palin proved unstoppable for the visitors with a 15-point maximum, and the Heathens’ upper order were not quite able to compensate. They could still have snatched a draw in the finale, but former Cradley rider Kyle Bickley ended the unbeaten run of Max Clegg, with team-mate Leon Flint adding the insurance of third place. After three opening shared races, the Colts made the first breakthrough with a 5-1 in Heat 4 as the impressive Palin combined with Bickley to edge out debutant Jack Smith.
Heathens worked hard to bring the match back to all-square with Clegg reeling in Bickley to take Heat 6, but a late pass on Tom Spencer by Arran Butcher in the next put the Colts back ahead. And a further 4-2 in Heat 8 saw them extend their lead to four points, with Ben Woodhull recovering from an early clash with Harry McGurk to snatch third spot on the line from Lewis Whitmore.
Clegg again came from the back to superbly go round Danny Phillips in Heat 10, and Smith notched his first win in Heathens colours up against Leon Flint in the next, leaving the home side two points down with four races to go.  The home side gained a stroke of fortune in Heat 12 when Phillips came down whilst holding a safe third place, but Smith was squeezed out of the first clash of the big guns and eventually fell himself, as Clegg overhauled Flint for his fourth win. And as Palin romped to win number five in Heat 14, disaster struck for the Heathens as Luke Harris straightened on the first bend of lap two and hit the fence, handing third place to Arran Butcher and giving the Colts a four-point lead to defend – a mission which Bickley ensured they accomplished.
Clegg said: “It was a very hard night, and we threw a lot of points away. I feel like we should have definitely got a win, but we all need to stop throwing those points away. “Maybe it’s inexperience or lack of riding, and it’s not ideal for people who are only doing one meeting every couple of weeks, but it’s all a learning curve. “I had a fairly decent night, but I couldn’t get through in Heat 15 so I didn’t get a max.” 

09/06/2019

Mildenhall v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ West Row, Mildenhall

Mildenhall Fen Tigers

Cradley Heathens

Team Manager - Laurence Rogers

Team manager - Will Pottinger
1 Danny Ayres 3 3 fell 3 3 fx 12 1 1 Max Clegg 2 3 2 1*   8 1
2 Matt Marson fx 0 3 2 5 - 2 Sheldon Davies fx 1 2 1* 4 1
3 David Wallinger 2 2 2 1 7 - 3 Daniel Halsey 3 3 3 3 1 13 -
4 Charlie Brooks fell fell NS NS 0 - 4 Luke Harris 1* 2* 1 2 6 2
5 Jason Edwards 3 1 3 0 2 9 - 5 Jack Smith 2 2 3 2 3 12 -
6 Elliot Kelly 2* fx WITHDREW 2 1 6 Tom Spencer 0 1* 1 2*   4 2
7 MaCauley Leek 3 fx WITHDREW 3 - 7 Harry McGurk 1 1* 1* 1*   4 3
8 8  
38 51
     

Heat01: Ayres, Clegg, Davies(fell), Marson(fell) 3-2 AW
Heat02: Leek, Kelly, McGurk, Spencer 5-1 8-3  53.1
Heat03: Halsey, Wallinger, Harris, Brooks(fell) 2-4 10-7 51.8
Heat04: Edwards, Smith, McGurk, Leek(fx) 3-3 13-10 51.4
Heat05: Clegg, Brooks, Davies, Wallinger(fell) 2-4 15-14 51.8
Heat06: Ayres, Smith, Spencer, Kelly(fx) 3-3 18-17 51.6
Heat07: Halsey, Harris, Edwards, Kelly(fx) 1-5 19-22 52.2
Heat08: Marson, Davies, McGurk, Leek(NS) 3-3 22-25 54.1
Heat09: Smith, Wallinger, Spencer, Brooks 2-4 24-29 53.5
Heat10: Halsey, Marson, Harris, Ayres(fell) 2-4 26-33 53.0
Heat11: Edwards, Clegg, Davies, Kelly(NS) 3-3 29-36 52.6       
Heat12: Halsey, Spencer, Wallinger, Leek(NS) 1-5 30-41 53.9             
Heat13: Ayres, Smith, Clegg, Edwards  3-3 33-44 52.6
Heat14: Ayres(TR), Harris, McGurk, Kelly(NS) 36-47 53.0
Heat15: Smith, Edwards, Halsey, Ayres(fx) 2-4 38-51 54.5

 

  CRADLEY pulled off a 51-38 National League victory at Mildenhall as their hosts suffered a day of abject disaster.
Whilst former Fen Tigers star Dan Halsey delivered a top display for the Anchor Logistics Heathens, his old club were remarkably reduced to four riders with just five races completed. Mildenhall reserves Macauley Leek and Elliot Kelly, and then second-string Charlie Brooks, all crashed out of the meeting to leave the home side hopelessly exposed. Leek’s accident bizarrely came after he had won Heat 2 and he was ruled out with a dislocated shoulder, whilst Kelly tangled with Jack Smith in Heat 4 and damaged his knee.  Then in Heat 5 Brooks hurt his ribs when he hit the fence on the final bend – and with only a one-point deficit at that stage, the Heathens were always favourites thereafter.
Halsey and Luke Harris put them in front with a 5-1 over Jason Edwards in Heat 7, one of several races in which the Fen Tigers could field only one rider.
Smith sailed past David Wallinger in Heat 9 to extend the lead to five points, and home No.1 Danny Ayres summed up the hosts’ day by coming to grief in Heat 10 when trying to get on terms with Halsey. Tom Spencer enjoyed a super ride in Heat 12 to partner Halsey to maximum points over Wallinger, and the only question thereafter was whether the Heathens could close things out for all four points.
Smith and Max Clegg packed in behind Ayres in Heat 13 with the Fen Tigers’ skipper going solo to win a tactical substitute outing in the next – but Ayres came down again in Heat 15.
Edwards split Smith and Halsey in the re-run to spoil the latter’s maximum, but the Heathens victory was the most important outcome of the afternoon.
Cradley boss Will Pottinger said: “It was important for us to get back to winning ways after losing at home on Monday, although obviously the circumstances were rather exceptional. “But we had to do our jobs despite the bad luck Mildenhall were experiencing, and we wish their riders well. “We would certainly have taken that result if you’d offered it to us beforehand, and everyone scored solidly which is what you want.  “Dan Halsey was superb and it was just a shame he lost his maximum with a mistake in Heat 15, and it was also good to see Jack winning races – and it was a very pleasing debut too from Sheldon (Davies), so all in all we’re very happy.” 

17/06/2019

CRADLEY HEATHENS v  Leicester Lion Cubs NL @ Monmore Green

Cradley Heathens

Leicester Lion Cubs

Team Manager - Will Pottinger

Team manager - Dave Howard
1 Max Clegg 3 3 3 3 3 3 18 MAX 1 Tom Perry (G) 2 3 3 1* 0 9 1
2 Sheldon Davies 0 ret 0   0 - 2 Ryan McDonald 1* 0 2* 1 4 2
3 Danny Halsey 1* 2 fx 3 1 7 1 3 Joe Lawlor (G) 3 1 1* 2 3 10 1
4 Luke Harris 2 1* 1 fx 4 1 4 Jamie Halder R/R DT JT JT JT - -
5 Jack Smith 2 2* 2 0   6 1 5 Danyon Hume 1 2 3 2 2 10 -
6 Tome Spencer 1 0 0 2   3 - 6 Dan Thompson 3 0 1* 2* 1* 7 3
7 Harry McGurk ef 0 1 ret 1 - 7 Joe Thompson 2* 3 0 3 2 1 11 1
8 8  
39 51
 

Heat01: Clegg, Perry, McDonald, Davies 3-3 55.63
Heat02: D.Thompson, J.Thompson, Spencer, McGurk(ef) 1-5 4-8 59.24
Heat03: Lawlor, Harris, Halsey, D.Thompson 3-3 7-11 57.31
Heat04: J.Thompson, Smith, Hume, McGurk 2-4 9-15 58.06
Heat05: Perry, Halsey, Harris, McDonald 3-3 12-18 57.75
Heat06: Clegg, Hume, D.Thompson, Davies(ret) 3-3 15-21 56.38
Heat07: Clegg(TS), Smith, Lawlor, J.Thompson 5-1 20-22 57.78
Heat08: J.Thompson, McDonald, McGurk, Davies 1-5 21-27 59.50
Heat09: Hume, D.Thompson, Harris, Halsey(fx) 1-5 22-32 AW
Heat10: Clegg, J.Thompson, Lawlor, Spencer 3-3 25-35 56.62
Heat11: Perry, Smith, McDonald, Spencer 2-4 27-39 58.21          
Heat12: Halsey, Lawlor, D.Thompson, McGurk 3-3 30-42 59.19           
Heat13: Clegg, Hume, Perry, Smith 3-3 33-45 57.25
Heat14: Lawlor, Spencer, J.Thompson, Harris(fx) 2-4 35-49
Heat15: Clegg, Hume, Halsey, Perry 4-2 39-51 57.65

  AN unstoppable performance from skipper Max Clegg wasn’t enough to stop Cradley falling to a second straight home defeat.
Anchor Logistics Heathens went down 51-39 to Midland rivals Leicester despite Clegg easing to a stunning 18-point maximum.
He was part of Cradley’s only two heat advantages on another bitterly disappointing display with Danny Halsey the hosts’ only other race winner.
The Lion Cubs may have been without three of their regular riders, but a smart choice of guests in former Heathens Tom Perry and Joe Lawlor added to a solid all-round display from the East Midlanders.
The visitors took the lead as early as Heat Two, albeit in fortunate circumstances. Heathens youngster Harry McGurk shot from last to second down the back straight, but as he set his sights on Dan Thompson out front, the 15-year-old suffered a puncture, gifting the visitors a 5-1.
It looked as though Heathens were going to respond instantly as they made the best gates in heat three, but former Heathen Lawlor stormed under the home duo before of Luke Harris and Danny Halsey before the latter came under some late pressure from Dan Thompson.
Cradley fell further behind in the fourth but the damage would have been worse had it not been for a smart move from Jack Smith who was able to get by Leicester skipper Danyon Hume off bend two.  Halsey and Harris again demonstrated quick reactions in the fifth as they outgated their opponents, but Perry first worked his way past Harris before eventually getting the better of a thrilling battle with Halsey as the pair exchanged positions on several occasions.
Six points down after six, Heathens team boss Will Pottinger spotted an opportunity to use the tactical substitution available to him – and it worked to perfection. Clegg came in and made it a hat-trick of straight wins and when partner Smith joined him out front, Heathens gained their first heat advantage of the night to move to within two.  Sadly their joy would be short-lived as the visitors took control of the fixture with back-to-back 5-1s of their own, the second of which was gifted to the Lion Cubs when Halsey fell whilst in pursuit of Leicester skipper Hume and the visitors never looked back.  Boss Pottinger said: “Of course it’s disappointing and we seem to be taking one step forward and then two steps back lately.  “Max obviously can’t do anymore - sadly we just haven’t got the back-up for him at the moment and we’re struggling which is a real shame. “We’re just lacking confidence away from the starts - that’s what’s letting us down a lot.  “But we have to keep fighting, we need to regroup and step things up another level next time we’re all together again.”
Heathens travel to Stoke on Saturday, June 29 with the next home fixture against Isle of Wight on Monday, July 1.

29/06/2019

Stoke Potters v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ Loomer Road, Chesterton

 

Stoke Potters

Cradley Heathens

Team Manager - Adam Isherwood

Team manager - Chris Van-Straaten
1 Tom Perry 1* 3 3 1* 2 10 2 1 Max Clegg 3 3 1* 3 3 13 1
2 Joe Alcock 2 1 3 1 7 - 2 Tom Spencer 0 1 1   2 -
3 Joe Lawlor fx WITHDREW INJURED 0 - 3 Dan Halsey fx 2 2 fx fell 4 -
4 Luke Priest fx 2 2* 2* 3 9 2 4 Luke Harris 3 1* 0 2 6 1
5 Connor Coles 3 3 3 2 1* 12 1 5 Kyle Bickley (G) 2 2 ex 2 0 6 -
6 Corban Pavitt 3 0 0 0 1 4 - 6 Sheldon Davies 1* fell 1     2 1
7 Shelby Rutherford f/r 1 2* 3 3   9 1 7 Harry McGurk 2 0 fx 1 0 3 -
8 8  
51 36
     

Heat01: Clegg, Alcock, Perry, Spencer 3-3 64.3
Heat02: Pavitt, McGurk, Davies, Rutherford 3-3 6-6 71.4
Heat03: Harris, Halsey(fx), Lawlor(fx), Priest(fx) 0-3 6-9 AW
Heat04: Coles, Bickley, Rutherford, McGurk 4-2 10-11 64.7
Heat05: Clegg, Priest, Spencer, Pavitt 2-4 12-15 65.5
Heat06: Perry, Bickley, Alcock, Davies 4-2 16-17 65.1
Heat07: Coles, Halsey, Harris, Pavitt 3-3 19-20 65.6
Heat08: Alcock, Rutherford, Spencer, McGurk 5-1 24-21 69.6
Heat09: Rutherford, Priest, Davies, Bickley(ex) 5-1 29-22 71.3
Heat10: Perry, Halsey, Alcock, Harris 4-2 33-24 65.1
Heat11: Coles, Bickley, Clegg, Pavitt 3-3 36-27 65.7         
Heat12: Rutherford, Priest, McGurk, Halsey(f/r) 5-1 41-28 71.4             
Heat13: Clegg, Coles, Perry, Bickley 3-3 44-31 63.7
Heat14: Priest, Harris, Pavitt, McGurk 4-2 48-33 68.3
Heat15: Clegg, Perry, Coles, Halsey(f) 3-3 51-36 --.--
 

  CRADLEY suffered a 51-36 defeat at Stoke as they endured another frustrating night in the National League.
The Anchor Logistics Heathens led early on at Loomer Road when a bizarre third heat saw Luke Harris end up as the only finisher.
And they still clung on by a single point with seven races gone. But controversial exclusions for Harry McGurk in Heat Eight and then guest Kyle Bickley in Heat Nine saw the hosts turn things around with back-to-back maximums as the momentum swung in the Potters favour.
And despite captain Clegg kicking on to end with four wins from his five rides, he again lacked the support required as the Heathens left empty handed. 
Stand-in team boss Chris Van Straaten said: “There were quite a few Heathens fans who’d made the trip and it must be very frustrating and disappointing for them in particular.  “We can list excuses but at the end of the day the team should be doing much better.  “Don’t get me wrong the decisions in Heats Eight and Nine were critical - and also very poor. “They were turning points in the meeting though and we lost our way after that.
“They lost Joe Lawlor early on and we should’ve taken advantage but again we hadn’t got the back-up for Max unfortunately.
“Danny Halsey hit the deck more times in one night than he probably has done in the rest of his career.  “The younger, less experienced members of the team showed a lack of confidence on the track - it wasn’t the easiest after being heavily watered and it made it daunting for them it seemed and I think it caught them out.  “The effort was certainly there though and it’s important to remember they are still learning all the time.  “Overall it’s another tough one to take but we have to put things right in the next one before the meetings start running out.” 

01/07/2019

CRADLEY HEATHENS v Isle of Wight Warriors  @ Monmore Green

 

Cradley Heathens

Isle of Wight Warriors

Team Manager - Will Pottinger

Team manager - Kevin Sheppard
1 Max Clegg 3 3 3 3 3 15 M 1 Georgie Wood 2 3 ef 3 ef 8 -
2 Tom Spencer 1 1 1* f/r 3 1 2 Chris Widman fx 0 0   0 -
3 Dan Halsey 3 2 2 3 f/r 10 - 3 Ryan Terry-Daley 0 2 1* 1* 4 2
4 Luke Harris 2* 1* 1* fx 4 3 4 Danno Verge 1 1* 2 3 1* 8 2
5 Jack Smith 2 3 2 1   8 - 5 Ben Morley 3 2 3 2 2 12 -
6 Sheldon Davies 3 0 0 1   4 - 6 Chad Wirtzfeld 2 0 3 2   7 -
7 Harry McGurk 0 1* 2 0 3 1 7 Connor King 1* 0 1 2*   4 2
8 8  
47 43
     

Heat01: Clegg, Wood, Spencer, Widman(fx) 4-2 57.38
Heat02: Davies, Wirtzfeld, King, McGurk 3-3 7-5 61.35
Heat03: Halsey, Harris, Verge, Terry-Daley 5-1 12-6 58.81
Heat04: Morley, Smith, McGurk, King 3-3 15-9 59.65
Heat05: Wood, Halsey, Harris, Widman 3-3 18-12 57.09
Heat06: Clegg, Morley, Spencer, Wirtzfeld 4-2 22-14 56.90
Heat07: Smith, Terry-Daley, Verge, Davies 3-3 25-17 59.35
Heat08: Wirtzfeld, McGurk, Spencer, Widman 3-3 28-20 60-28
Heat09: Morley, Halsey, Harris, Wood(ef) 3-3 31-23 57.94
Heat10: Clegg, Verge, Terry-Daley, Spencer(f/r) 3-3 34-26 57.62
Heat11: Wood, Smith, Widman, Davies 2-4 36-30 58.06       
Heat12: Halsey, Wirtzfeld, Terry-Daley, McGurk 3-3 39-33 60-00               
Heat13: Clegg, Morley, Smith, Wood 4-2 43-35 57.90
Heat14: Verge, King, Davies, Harris(fx) 1-5 44-40 60.53
Heat15: Clegg, Morley, Verge, Halsey 3-3 47-43 58.38

  CRADLEY captain Max Clegg inspired his side back to winning ways with another unbeaten night at Monmore.
The skipper roared to a 15-point maximum as the Anchor Logistics Heathens beat the Isle of Wight 47-43.  But this wasn’t all about Clegg as he received some vital back-up from fellow heat-leaders Danny Halsey and Jack Smith.  And there were glimpses from their less experienced members of the side too as Heathens added three much needed league points to their tally. 
Isle of Wight gated on a 5-1 in the opener before Tom Spencer shot up the inside of their duo and was shortly followed by Clegg. But Chris Widman caught the back wheel of Spencer into bend three and was disqualified from the re-run in which Heathens opened their account with a 4-2..

 
Sheldon Davies bagged his first race win in Cradley colours in the second before the Heathens moved six clear with a convincing 5-1 from Halsey and Luke Harris in the third.  They were on course for a second successive maximum in the fourth until Ben Morley eventually worked his way past Harry McGurk and then Smith who made an error on lap three. 
The Warriors looked on course to close the gap in heat eight, but mature rides from inexperienced pairing McGurk and Spencer saw them smartly work their way past Widman – a regular National League rider for over a decade.  That did enable the visitors to introduce their tactical substitute though – and it almost came off. With Morley comfortable out front, Wood worked his way into second. But luck was on Cradley’s side on this occasion as his machine packed up on the final lap.  After Clegg made it a hat-trick of race wins in the tenth, Wood would set the record straight as he took the chequered flag in Heat 11, and with Davies unable to make an impact at the back, the gap was back down to six.  Halsey and Clegg added to their win tally and Heathens looked set to wrap the points up in the penultimate race. But a bend four error by Harris, for the second successive meeting, ensured a tense finale.

And although Halsey slid off in that last heat decider, super-cool Clegg delivered the goods once more.
Team boss Will Pottinger said: “We made a good start to the meeting and we were able to keep it pretty steady from there on in.  “We had a bit of luck with Georgie having bike problems twice - but we threw a couple of points away ourselves again so I guess you could say that levelled itself out.  “The Isle of Wight have got two top riders in Georgie and Ben who can win races for fun at this level so it’s always going to be close. “But Max was in unstoppable form again, and he had support from other areas of the team tonight which was good to see. “The lads lower down the team can take positives out of tonight and full credit to the track staff because that was probably the best it’s been this year so we thank them for that.  “We’re a little bit disappointed to let the Isle of Wight leave with a point but the most important thing is that we got the three league points and we’re back to winning ways so we’re happy enough.” 

04/07/2019

Isle of Wight Warriors v CRADLEY HEATHENS @ The Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium, Ryde, IOW

 

Isle of Wight Warriors

Cradley Heathens

Team Manager - Kevin Sheppard

Team manager - Connor Dugard
1 Georgie Wood 3 3 3 3 3 15 MAX 1 Max Clegg 2 3 3 2 ret 1* 11 1
2 Chad Wortzfeld 1 1 2 0 4 - 2 Tom Spencer fell 0 3 1* 4 1
3 Scott Campos 3 2 ret 2* 7 1 3 Dan Halsey fx 1* 2 fx 3 1
4 Danno Verge 2* 1* 1 3 7 2 4 Luke Harris 1 2 1* 1* 5 2
5 Ben Morley 2 3 3 2* 0 10 1 5 Jack Smith 3 2 2* 1 2 10 1
6 Connor King 2* 0 0 fell   2 - 6 Sheldon Davies 1 0 1     2 -
7 Chris Widman 3 1* 1* 3 8 2 7 Hayy McGurk 0 0 0 2   2  
8 8  
53 37
 

Heat01: Wood, Clegg, Wortzfeld, Spencer(f) 4-2
Heat02: Widman, King, Davies, McGurk 5-1 9-3
Heat03: Campos, Verge, Halsey, Harris(fx) 5-1 14-4
Heat04: Smith, Morley, Widman, McGurk 3-3 17-7
Heat05: Clegg, Campos, Verge, Spencer 3-3 20-10
Heat06: Wood, Smith, Wortzfeld, Davies, 4-2 24-12
Heat07: Morley, Harris, Halsey, King 3-3 27-15
Heat08: Spencer, Wortzfeld, Widman, McGurk 3-3 30-18
Heat09: Clegg, Smith, Verge, Campos(ret) 1-5 31-23
Heat10: Wood, Halsey, Harris, Wortzfeld 3-3 34-26
Heat11: Morley, Clegg, Spencer, King 3-3 37-29       
Heat12: Widman, Campos, Davies, Halsey(fx) 5-1 42-30             
Heat13: Wood, Morley, Smith, Clegg(ret) 5-1 47-31
Heat14: Verge, McGurk, Harris, King(f) 3-3 50-34
Heat15: Wood, Smith, Clegg, Morley 3-3 53-37
 

  CRADLEY heat-leader Jack Smith felt they were made to pay for a slow start at the Isle of Wight.  The Anchor Logistics Heathens slipped to a 53-37 defeat at the Smallbrook Stadium on another frustrating night overall.  And Smith feels Cradley made lives hard for themselves early doors  “We got off to a really slow start and were ten points down after three races,” Smith said. “Thankfully though I came out and won Heat Four and then Max (Clegg) went out and won Heat Five.  “We struggled to get many heat advantages though and that obviously didn’t help.
“We got a bit better as a team as the meeting went on and it was good to see the younger members of the team finish on a bit of a high. “Tom (Spencer) won Heat Eight and then got a paid second, Harry (McGurk) finished with a second place and Sheldon (Davies) got a couple of thirds too. “We know it doesn’t count for much unfortunately though but we just have to take each meeting as it comes.
 “We know we need to start picking up more points if we’re serious about getting in that top four. “But we’ll keep working hard as a team, we’ll keep pushing and that’s all we can do really. “From a personal point-of-view it’s been another tough week with Redcar getting rid of me. “I’ve had two pretty good meetings for Cradley against the Isle of Wight - but there’s still more to come!”
Smith led the way alongside captain Clegg once again while Luke Harris endured a steady night.
Danny Halsey will be the most frustrated Heathen again though after sliding off whilst in a points scoring position in his opener before mechanical gremlins creeping when he was leading his final ride - and to add insult to injury he then found himself wiped out by Warriors’ debutant Scott Campos. 

15/07/2019

Kent Kings v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ Central Park Stadium, Sittingbourne

 

Kent Kings

Cradley Heathens

Team Manager - Chris Hunt

Team manager - Will Pottinger
1 Anders Rowe 2 2* 3 1*   8 2 1 Max Clegg 1 3 3 2 3 12 -
2 Alex Spooner ex WITHDREW 0 - 2 Luke Harris 3 2* 1 1* 7 2
3 Rob Ledworth R/R DG JM JM JE - - 3 Dan Halsey 2 1 2 3 8 -
4 Jason Edwards 3 fell 1 2 6 - 4 Tom Spencer 1* fx 0 xt 1 1
5 Drew Kemp 2 3 2* 3 2 12 1 5 Jack Smith 3 fx 2* 0   5 1
6 Dan Gilkes 3 0 3 3 1 0 10   6 Sheldon Davies 2 1 TS 0   3 -
7 Jake Mulford X2m 1* 1 2* 0 1* 5 3 7 Harry McGurk 1* 0 0     1 1
8 8  
41 37
 


Heat01: Harris, Rowe, Clegg, Spooner(fx) 2-4 AW
Heat02: Gilkes, Davies, McGurk, Mulford(X2m) 3-3 5-7 59.7
Heat03: Edwards, Halsey, Spencer, Gilkes 3-3 8-10
Heat04: Smith, Kemp, Mulford, McGurk 3-3 11-13 59.3
Heat05: Clegg, Harris, Mulford, Edwards(fell) 1-5 12-18
Heat06: Kemp, Rowe, Davies, Smith(fx) 5-1 17-19 58.8
Heat07: Gilkes, Kemp, Halsey, Spencer(fx) 5-1 22-20 59.7
Heat08: Gilkes, Mulford, Harris, McGurk 5-1 27-21 61.3
Heat09: Clegg, Smith, Edwards, Mulford 1-5 28-26 61.3
Heat10: Rowe, Halsey, Gilkes, Spencer 4-2 32-28 59.7
Heat11: Kemp, Clegg, Harris, Gilkes 3-3 35-31 59.6           
Heat12: Halsey, Edwards, Mulford, Smith 3-3 38-34 61.1             
Heat13: Clegg, Kemp, Rowe, Smith 3-3 41-37 59.7
Heat14: Spencer(xt) CURFEW MET RESULT STANDS
Heat15:

 

  CRADLEY picked up a useful league point by restricting highly-fancied Kent to a 41-37 victory at Central Park.  An extraordinary meeting featured a spate of crashes and both sides utilised the tactical substitute facility by Heat 9, before a halt was called due to the curfew with two races remaining. The home side, already without two of their top five, lost Alex Spooner with a dislocated shoulder in a Heat 1 spill, but that was compensated by additional rides for returning Dan Gilkes at reserve.  For the Heathens, there was an impressive display from second-string Luke Harris on his old home track, and he took the scalp of Kings’ No.1 Anders Rowe in the first race. Harris then combined with skipper Max Clegg for a 5-1 in Heat 5 to take the visitors six points up – but as the Kings paired Drew Kemp with Rowe in the next,
Jack Smith demolished the back straight fence and Kent collected the first of three successive maximums. The second of those featured a huge crash involving Gilkes and the Heathens’ Tom Spencer, who was disqualified after collecting his rival and taking both into the fence.  Heathens found themselves six points down but Clegg came into Heat 9 and joined Smith for a 5-1 over Jason Edwards, with the clock counting down to the impending curfew.  The home side extended their lead to four, before Clegg pulled off a wonderful Heat 13 effort to re-pass Kemp on the last lap. No more racing was possible as the time reached 8.30pm, with attempts to run Heat 14 halted by Spencer breaking the tapes, so the result was declared with the Heathens taking a point. Boss Will Pottinger said: “Kent are a tough team, and to come away with a point is a good result for us. “I suppose it’s a bit disappointing that we let it slip away in the middle of the meeting starting with their tactical substitution, but then we got to use one ourselves, which doesn’t happen too often. “At that stage you’d take a point, Max did a great ride in Heat 13 and then it was unlucky for Tom who was too eager at the start in Heat 14.” 

13/07/2019

NATIONAL LEAGUE FOURS@ Loomer Road Stoke

Semi Final A - Stoke 18 - Joe Lawlor [2] 6, Connor Coles [2] 5, Luke Priest [2] 4, Tom Perry [2] 3
IOW 14 - Ben Morley [2] 6, Danno Verge [2] 4, George Wood [2] 3, Chad Wirtzfeld [2] 1
Cradley 8 - Jack Smith [2] 4, Dan Halsey [2] 3, Tom Spencer [2] 1, Max Clegg [2] 0
Leicester 8 - Dan Thompson [2] 4, Joe Thompson [2] 2, Ryan Terry-Daley [2] 1, Danyon Hume [2] 1

Semi Final B - Mildenhall 16 - Danny Ayres [2] 6, Henry Atkins [2] 4, Jason Edwards [2] 4, Matt Marson [2] 2
Kent 14 - Jordan Jenkins [2] 6, Drew Kemp [2] 3, Anders Rowe [2] 3, B. Fellows [2] 2
Plymouth 8 - Ben Wilson [2] 5, Richard Andrews [2] 3, Luke Chessell [2] 0, David Wallinger [2] 0
Belle Vue 8 - Jordan Palin [2] 3, Chris Bailey [2] 3, Kyle Bickley [2] 2, Danny Phillips [2] 0

Final - Stoke Potters
1 Tom Perry 3 1 4
2 Connor Coles X 3 3
3 Joe Lawlor 2  2 4
4 Luke Priest  1  3 4
R Joe Alcock - - -
15
Final - Isle of Wight Warriors
1

Ben Morley

3 3 6
2 Chad Wirtzfeld 1 1 2
3 Danno Verge 1 0 1
4 George Wood 3 2 5
R Connor King - - -
14  

Final - Mildenhall Fen Tigers

1 Matt Marson 0 0 0
2 Henry Atkins 2 1 3
3 Danny Ayres 2 3 5
4 Jason Edwards 3 2 5
R Elliot Kelly - - -
13
 

Final - Kent Kings

1 Drew Kemp 2 2 4
2  Anders Rowe 1 - 1
3 Jordan Jenkins 0 1 1
4 Rob Ledwith - - 0
R  B Fellows 0 0 0 0
6

 

Final Heat results                                         

Heat 1 Wood, Lawlor, Rowe, Marson
Heat 2 Morley, Atkins, Priest, Jenkins
Heat 3 Perry, Ayres, Wirtzfeld, Fellows
Heat 4 Edwards, Kemp, Verge, Coles(fx)
Heat 5 Morley, Kemp, Perry, Marson
Heat 6 Priest, Edwards, Wirtzfeld, Fellows
Heat 7 Ayres, Lawlor, Jenkins, Verge
Heat 8 Coles, Wood, Atkins, Fellows
  Cradley were Dumped out of the fours in Semi Final A when the Heathens number 1  Max Clegg suffered two tape exclusions in heats 2 and 8.

29/07/2019

CRADLEY HEATHENS v STOKE POTTERS

Cradley Heathens

Team Manager - Will Pottinger

Team manager - Adam Isherwood
1 Max Clegg 2 3 3 3 3 14 - 1 Jason Edwards (G) 3 3 3 1   10 -
2 Luke Harris 1* 1 3 1 6 1 2 Shelby Rutherford 0 1 1* 1 3 1
3 Tom Spencer 0 2 1 2 5 - 3 Joe Lawlor 3 2 2 3 0 10 -
4 Dan Halsey 2 0 3 3 8 - 4 Luke Priest 1 1* 0 2 4 1
5 Jack Smith 2 3 2 2* 1 10 1 5 Connor Coles 3 2 2 0 2 9 -
6 Sheldon Davies fx 0 WITHDREW 0 - 6 James Chattin 2 0 0 1*   3 1
7 Harry McGurk 3 1* 0 0 1* 0 5 2 7 Joe Alcock f/r1* fx 2 f/r   3 1
8 8  
48 42
 

Heat01: Edwards, Clegg[15m], Harris, Rutherford 3-3 57.87
Heat02: McGurk, Chattin, Alcock(f/r), Davies(fx)  3-3 6-6 60.97
Heat03: Lawlor, Halsey[15m], Priest, Spencer 2-4 8-10 57.87
Heat04: Coles, Smith, McGurk, Alcock(fx) 3-3 11-13 57.56
Heat05: Edwards, Spencer, Rutherford, Halsey 2-4 13-17 59.06
Heat06: Clegg, Coles, Harris, Chattin 4-2 17-19 57.00
Heat07: Smith, Lawlor, Priest, Davies 3-3 20-22 58.75
Heat08: Harris, Alcock, Rutherford, McGurk 3-3 23-25 59.32
Heat09: Halsey, Coles, Spencer, Chattin 4-2 27-27 58.91
Heat10: Clegg, Lawlor, Harris, Priest 4-2 31-29 57.31
Heat11: Edwards, Smith, Rutherford, McGurk 2-4 33-33 58.62          
Heat12: Lawlor, Spencer, McGurk, Alcock(f/r) 3-3 36-36 59.66          
Heat13: Clegg, Smith, Edwards, Coles 5-1 41-37 57.72
Heat14: Halsey, Priest, Chattin, McGurk 3-3 44-40 59.75
Heat15: Clegg, Coles, Smith, Lawlor 4-2 48-42 57.4
 

   CRADLEY prevailed in a dramatic Midlands derby to pick up three more invaluable league points against Stoke.  The Anchor Logistics Heathens held their nerve to secure a 48-42 win to move up to third in the standings. They had to overcome an early deficit though in a clash that had plenty of thrills and spills from the off.  The hosts were reduced to six riders early on when reserve Sheldon Davies was knocked unconscious after a nasty first bend tangle with Stoke guest James Chattin.  Either side of that, Cradley’s most experienced riders Max Clegg and Danny Halsey were both punished with 15-metre handicaps in the opening exchanges and had to battle hard to settle for second place.
 
Heathens looked set to pull level in Heat Five until Halsey lost control and shot across the the corner of the infield on the last lap whilst leading. That left the hosts with just one race win in the opening five and they knew improvement was needed.
They suddenly found their winning formula though and pulled level in the ninth with straight wins from Smith, Harris and Halsey.
And when Captain Clegg reeled off a second straight win in Heat Ten, with Harris able to make a smart move under experienced campaigner Luke Priest for third, Heathens finally moved in front for the very first time.  Stoke hit back though courtesy of two ex-Cradley racers Jason Edwards and Joe Lawlor taking the chequered flag and Halsey remarkably picked himself out of the air fence in the penultimate race after being collected in a shocking, high-speed collision which left three riders on the deck, to pick up another important race win for the hosts.
But it was two big race advantages from heat-leader duo Clegg and Smith in Heats 13 and 15 that made the difference for Cradley who also let Stoke head back up the M6 with a consolation league point after Connor Coles split the pair in the final race.
Anchor Logistics Heathens team boss Will Pottinger said: “We got the win in the end and that’s the main thing.
“It was far from straightforward though; it was quite disastrous in the first few races to be honest but we eventually managed to get going and managed to turn things around.  “We’d have ideally liked to have sent Stoke home with nothing, but it wasn’t to be and in all honesty they probably did deserve their point.” 
The Heathens now face a couple of weeks off before heading to league leaders Leicester on Saturday, August 17 (7.30).


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