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05/06/11

Buxton Hitmen v Dudley Heathens

Buxton Hitmen

 

Dudley Heathens

Team Manager - Jack Lee Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Jason Garrity (G) 2 2 3 1 fx 8 - 1 Jon Armstrong 3 3 3 1* 3 2 15 1
2 Dean Felton 0 2 0 2 0 4 - 2 Kyle Newman   R R R
3 Luke Priest 3 fx 1* 2 3 9 1 3 Richard Franklin 1 0 1* 2 3 7 1
4 Robert Branford R R R 4 Tom Perry 1 2* 2 1 f 6 1
5 Adam Allott 3 3 2 3 4 3 18 - 5 Ashley Morris 2 3 3 2 0 ex 10 -
6 Paul Burnett 0 1 0 0 2* 3 1 6 Darryl Ritchings 3 1 0 1 5 -
7 Ryan Blacklock 2 0 0 0 2 7 Danny Stoneman 1 1* 1 1 4 1
8                   44   8                    
47
Heat 01: Armstrong, Garrity, Franklin, Felton   57.4  2-4
Heat 02: Ritchings, Blacklock, Stoneman, Burnett  59.3  2-4  4-8
Heat 03: Priest, Felton, Perry, Franklin  59.0  5-1  9-9
Heat 04: Allott, Morris, Stoneman, Blacklock  56.7  3-3  12-12
Heat 05: Armstrong, Perry, Burnett, Priest(fx)  58.4  1-5  13-17
Heat 06: Morris, Garrity, Ritchings, Felton  56.3  2-4  15-21
Heat 07: Allott, Perry, Franklin, Burnett  56.3  3-3  18-24
Heat 08: Armstrong, Felton, Stoneman, Blacklock  58.3  2-4  20-28
Heat 09: Morris, Allott, Priest, Ritchings  57.0  3-3  23-31
Heat 10: Garrity, Franklin, Perry, Felton  55.6  3-3  26-34
Heat 11: Allott, Morris, Armstrong, Burnett  55.9  3-3  29-37
Heat 12: Franklin, Priest, Ritchings, Blacklock  57.4  2-4  31-41
Heat 13: Armstrong, Allott^ Garrity, Morris  56.5  5-3  36-44
Heat 14: Priest, Burnett, Stoneman, Perry(f)  56.0  5-1  41-45
Heat 15: Allott, Armstrong, Garrity(ex), Morris(ex)  57.3  3-2  44-47
 
DUDLEY Heathens continued their stunning run of form with a 47-44 win at Buxton at go level on points with the National League leaders on Sunday.
It was the former Cradley club’s sixth straight wins in all competitions and they achieved it despite the absence of in-form heat-leader Kyle Newman who was unavailable because of his Premier League duties with Newcastle.
Heathens were looking comfortable and on target for the maximum four points available when they went into the last three heats 10-points up.
But Buxton used Adam Allott for double points in Heat 13 and the Hitmen gained a 5-3 advantage.
And when Tom Perry fell in the penultimate race to hand the home side a 5-1 the result was still in doubt.
Ashley Morris was then controversially excluded from Heat 15 for delaying the start and Buxton needed a 5-1 to snatch the draw.
But when their guest rider Jason Garritty was excluded for causing the stoppage of the rerun Heathens were home and dry.
Jubilant Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: “We’re very pleased with this result, we have had an excellent week. “Jon Armstrong was brilliant but this was about a solid all-round team performance and it certainly gives us encouragement for the rest of the season.  “It’s just a shame we don’t have another meeting now before June 21 when we face the Isle of Wight at Wolverhampton.”

19/06/11

NATIONAL LEAGUE PAIRS @ NEWPORT

Group A: Newport 26, Scunthorpe/Sheffield 22, Belle Vue 17, Hackney 15, King’s Lynn 10.
Group B: Stoke 23, Mildenhall 21, Dudley 20 (Kyle Newman 11, Jon Armstrong 9), Buxton 13, Isle of Wight 13.
Final: Stoke beat Newport.


21/06/11

Dudley Heathens v Isle of Wight Islanders

Dudley Heathens

 

Isle of Wight

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Chris Hunt
1 Jon Armstrong 1* 3 3 3 3 13 1 1 Paul Starke fx 0 2 1 3 -
2 Richard Franklin 2 2* 2 2* 1 9 1 2 Rob Smith 3 1 6^ fx 0 10 -
3 Tom Perry 3 2* 3 ef 8 1 3 Lee Smethills f 0 0 2* 2 1
4 Ashley Morris 2* 3 1 3 9 1 4 Brendon Johnson 1 1 1 1* 4 1
5 Kyle Newman 3 3 3 2* 11 PM 5 Nick Simmons 2 1 2 0 2 7 -
6 Darryl Ritchings 3 2* 1 0 6 - 6 Ross Walter f 0 f 0 -
7 Danny Stoneman 1 0 1* 1 3 1 7 Gary Cottham 2 1* 0 3 2 8 1
8 8
59 34
Heat 01: Smith, Franklin, Armstrong, Starke(fx)   58.2   3-3
Heat 02: Ritchings, Cottham, Stoneman, Walter   58.13  4-2  7-5
Heat 03: Perry, Morris, Johnson, Smethills (f)  AW  5-1   12-6
Heat 04: Newman, Simmons, Cottham,  Stoneman  59.02  3-3  15-9
Heat 05: Morris, Perry, Smith, Starke  58.14  5-1  20-10
Heat 06: Armstrong, Franklin, Simmons^, Walter  60.17  5-1  25-11
Heat 07: Newman, Ritchings, Johnson, Smethills  59.42  5-1  30-12
Heat 08: Smith^, Franklin, Stoneman, Cottham  59.0  3-6  33-18
Heat 09: Perry, Simmons, Morris, Walter  58.66   4-2  37-20
Heat 10: Armstrong, Franklin, Johnson, Smethills  59.01  5-1  42-21
Heat 11: Newman, Starke, Ritchings, Smith(fx)  58.75  4-2  46-23
Heat 12: Cottham, Smethills, Stoneman, Perry(ef)  60.15  1-5  47-28
Heat 13: Armstrong, Newman, Starke, Simmons  59.45  5-1  52-29
Heat 14: Morris, Cottham, Johnson, Ritchings  58.78  3-3  55-32
Heat 15: Armstrong, Simmons, Franklin, Smith  58.95  4-2  59-34
 
HEATHENS are within a point of the National League leaders after a thumping 59-34 win over the Isle of Wight at Monmore Green on Tuesday.
Kyle Newman romped to an unbeaten 11+1 haul but it was a solid all-round team performance as the former Cradley club, watched by their ex-promoter Tim Rowe, gave their best display of the season.
Skipper Jon Armstrong led by example with 13+1 and Richard Franklin continued his impressive form with 9+2 which included a rare appearance in Heat 15.
And once again a bumper crowd turned out to back the side with the green, red and white colours out in force.
Boss Will Pottinger said: “I’m pleased, very pleased. We all rode very well and it sets us up nicely for some important meetings over the next few days, starting at Newport on Friday. “We have picked up points in all six league meetings so far and if we can keep the scoreboard ticking over then we will reach the play-offs. Then anything can happen!”

24/06/11

NEWPORT HORNETS v DUDLEY HEATHENS
MEETING ABANDONED - RESULT STANDS

 

 

Team Manager Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Jay Herne 3 3 3 9 - 1 Jon Armstrong 0 3 f 3 -
2 Tom Young ex f r 2 2 1 2 Richard Franklin 1 1 3 2 7 -
3 James White-Williams 2 0 1* 0 3 1 3 Tom Perry 0 1* f 3 4 1
4 Matt Bates 1* 2 2 5 1 4 Ashley Morris 3 2 1 6 -
5 Todd Kurtz 3 3 9 9   5 Kyle Newman 2 1* 3     6 1
6 David Gough r r 1 1 - 6 Darryl Ritchings 3 2 f 2* 7 1
7 Richard Andrews 2* 2 1 1 1 7 1 7 Danny Stoneman 1 0 2*       3 1
8 8
36 36
Heat 01:  Herne, Andrews, Franklin, Armstrong   5-1
Heat 02:  Ritchings, Andrews, Stoneman, Gough(R)   4-2  9-3
Heat 03:  Morris, Williams, Bates, Perry   3-3   12-6
Heat 04   Kurtz, Newman, Andrews, Stoneman  2-4  14-10
Heat 05:  Armstrong, Bates, Franklin, Williams   2-4  16-14
Heat 06:  Herne, Ritchings, Newman, Young(f)   3-3  19-17
Heat 07:  Kurtz, Morris, Perry, Gough(r)   3-3  22-20
Heat 08:  Franklin, Stoneman, Andrews, Young(r) 1-5  23-25
Heat 09:  Newman. Bates, Williams, Ritchings(f) 3-3   26-28
Heat 10:  Herne, Young, Morris, Perry(f)  5-1  31-29
Heat 11:  Kurtz, Franklin, Gough, Armstrong(f)  4-2  35-31
Heat 12:  Perry, Ritchings, Andrews, Williams  1-5   36-36
                MEETING ABANDONED - TRACK UNFIT
Heat 13:
Heat 14:
Heat 15:
 
DUDLEY Heathens went to the top of the National League table at a wet Hayley Stadium on Friday night gaining a 36 all draw after the meeting was abandoned after twelve races due to rain, the result standing.
The Heathens where four points adrift after the opening four races after home pairing Jay Herne and Richard Andrews gained maximum points in the opening heat over Richard Franklin and Jon Armstrong in the opening heat. An exchange of 4-2’s in the next three races saw the Heathens trailing 14-10. Armstrong and Franklin then reduced the deficit to just two points as the Heathens pairing gained a 4-2 heat advantage with the rain getting increasingly worse.
The Heathens took the lead for the first time in heat eight with a maximum heat win from Franklin and reserve Danny Stoneman over Richard Andrews to give the Heathens a 25-25 lead at the midway point of the meeting. Newport gained a maximum of their own in heat ten as Tom Perry fell on the second lap and then Ashley Morris came to grief on the final lap, Morris pushing for the consolation point as the Hornets regain the lead. The Hornets extend their lead with a 4-2 in heat eleven with Franklin splitting the Newport pairing of Todd Kurtz and David Gough after Armstrong comes to grief at the starting line leaving the Heathens trailing 35-31.
Tom Perry and Darryl Ritchings levelled the scores in heat twelve with a 5-1 heat win over Richard Andrews and David Gough as proceedings were called to a halt with continuing rain leaving the referee to alternative but to abandon the meeting giving the Heathens a hard fought 36 all draw.
Heathens club chairman Nigel Pearson commented “On behalf of all the team I’d like to thank the many Heathens supporters that travelled down and supported the team and to the riders for their superb efforts on a difficult track which took the club to the top of the National League table. There is a great togetherness within the team and it puts us in a buoyant mood ahead of our difficult cup semi final matches against Stoke in the coming week.”

26/06/11

STOKE POTTERS v DUDLEY HEATHENS - KO Cup Semi-Final

 

Team Manager - Malcolm Vasey

Team manager - Will Pottinger
1 Simon Lambert 2* 3 3 1 2 11 1 1 Jon Armstrong 1 2^ 3 0 6 1
2 Jamie Pickard 3 1 3 2* 0 9 1 2 Richard Franklin 0 2 1 0 3 -
3 Gareth Isherwood 3 0 3 2 8 1 3 Tom Perry 0 0 0 1 1 -
4 Tony Atkin 2* 3 1 1* 7 2 4 Ashley Morris 1 2 1 6^ 1 11 -
5 Tim Webster 3 3 2 3 11 - 5 Kyle Newman ef 2 2 2 3 9
6 Ben Reade 2* 1 1 4 1 6 Darryl Ritchings 1 0 0 0 1 -
7 James Sargeant 3 2* 2* 3 2 12 2 7 Danny Stoneman ef 1 0 0 1 -
- 8
62 32
Heat01:  Pickard, Lambert, Armstrong, Franklin   64.1    5-1
Heat02:  Sargeant, Reade, Ritchings, Stoneman(ef)  63.2  5-1   10-2
Heat03:  Isherwood, Atkin, Morris, Perry   64.8  5-1  15-3
Heat04:  Webster, Sargeant, Stoneman, Newman(ef)  63.6  5-1  20-4
Heat05:  Atkin, Franklin, Armstrong^ Isherwood   64.9   3-4   23-8
Heat06:  Lambert, Newman, Pickard, Ritchings   63.5   4-2   27-10
Heat07:  Webster, Morris, Reade, Perry   64.6   4-2  31-12
Heat08:  Pickard, Sargeant, Franklin, Ritchings   64.1   5-1   36-13
Heat09:  Isherwood, Newman, Atkin, Stoneman   64.5   4-2  40-15
Heat10:  Lambert, Pickard, Morris, Perry  63.6   5-1   45-16
Heat11:  Armstrong, Webster, Reade, Franklin  64.6  3-3   48-19
Heat12:  Sargeant, Isherwood, Perry, Ritchings  65.1  5-1   53-20
Heat13:  Webster, Newman, Lambert, Armstrong  64.6   4-2  57-22
Heat14:  Morris^, Reade, Atkin, Stoneman   64.6  3-6  60-28
Heat15:  Newman, Lambert, Morris, Pickard   65.0   2-4  62-32
 
DUDLEY Heathens have a mountain to climb if they are to reach the Knockout Cup Final after going down by 30-points in Sunday’s first leg at Loomer Road.
Heathens were on the back foot right from the start of a meeting which was delayed by nearly two hours due to the non-arrival of the paramedic.
When the action got underway, Heathens were hit by four Stoke 5-1s in four races, with both Kyle Newman and Danny Stoneman suffering mechanical breakdowns.
When skipper Jon Armstrong went for double points in Heat 5, he beat Stoke’s Gareth Isherwood but the two Dudley riders finished in the wrong order with Richard Franklin second for a 4-3 rather than a 5-3.
Heathens had to wait until Heat 11 for their first race win of the meeting, Armstrong taking the flag although by that stage they were 29-points adrift.
Two more advantages followed for the Potters with James Sarjeant clearly out to impress against his former club as they went 57-22 up, and at that stage there looked no way back for the Heathens.
They did, though, give themselves a glimmer of hope in the last two races by taking five points off that deficit, first with a tactical ride win from Ashley Morris in Heat 14 who held off Sarjeant’s strong challenge.
And Heathens finished with a 4-2 from Newman and Morris, split by Simon Lambert, leaving them 62-32 down at the end of the first leg and with much work to do in Tuesday’s return fixture at Monmore Green.

28/06/11

DUDLEY HEATHENS v STOKE POTTERS

Team manager Will Pottinger Team Manager Malcolm Vasey
1 Jon Armstrong F 2* 3 1* 6 2 1 Simon Lambert 2* 3 2 3 2 12 1
2 Richard Franklin 1 3 1 1 6 - 2 Jamie Pickard 3 2* 3 X 0 8 1
3 Tom Perry F 1 2* 3 6 1 3 Gareth Isherwood 1* 1* 0 2 4 2
4 Ashley Morris 3 0 3 R 1 7 - 4 Tony Atkin 2 2 2 3 9 -
5 Kyle Newman 3 3 3 2 3 14 - 5 Tim Webster X 1 X 1 -
6 Darryl Ritchings 1* X 0 1 2 4 1 6 Ben Reade 0 0 1 0 1 -
7 Danny Stoneman 2 1 1 4 - 7 James Sargeant 3 2 2* 0 1 8 1
8 8
47 43

 

Heat01:  Pickard, Lambert, Franklin, Armstrong(f) AW 1-5  
Heat02:  Sarjeant, Stoneman, Ritchings, Reade   59.27  3-3  4-8
Heat03:  Morris, Atkin, Isherwood, Perry(f)  60.15   3-3  7-11
Heat04:  Newman, Sarjeant, Stoneman, Webster(fx)  59.55  4-2   11-13
Heat05:  Lambert, Pickard, Perry, Morris  59.19   1-5  12-18
Heat06:  Franklin, Armstrong, Webster, Reade  59.73  5-1  17-19
Heat07:  Newman, Atkin, Isherwood, Ritchings(fx)  58.87  3-3  20-22
Heat08:  Pickard, Sarjeant, Franklin, Ritchings   59.24   1-5  21-27
Heat09:  Morris, Perry, Reade, Webster(fx)  59.52   5-1  26-28
Heat10:  Armstrong, Atkin, Franklin, Isherwood   59.70   4-2  30-30
Heat11:  Newman, Lambert, Stoneman, Pickard(fx)  59.50  4-2  34-32
Heat12:  Perry, Isherwood, Ritchings, Sarjeant   59.39   4-2  38-34
Heat13:  Lambert, Newman, Armstrong, Reade  58.60   3-3  41-37
Heat14:  Atkin, Ritchings, Sarjeant, Morris  59.69   2-4  43-41
Heat15:  Newman, Lambert, Morris, Pickard  59.39   4-2  47-43
 
HEATHENS missed out on a Cup Final place but maintained their unbeaten home record with an exciting 47-43 win over Stoke at their adopted ‘Monmore Wood’ home on Tuesday.
Once again the racing was entertaining for a bumper Monmore crowd with Heathens fans out in force despite the hefty 30-point deficit from the first leg of the Knockout Cup Semi-Final.
Kyle Newman was impressive for the former Cradley club with 14 in a solid all-round display, but they also wasted points early on.
Heathens trailed for much of the meeting but went into Heat 15 with a two-point lead and secured a win on the night with Newman leading the way over Simon Lambert and Ashley Morris.
Dudley boss Will Pottinger said: “Obviously I’m disappointed we didn’t pull it off on aggregate but we needed a good start and when we lost a 5-1 in the first heat it hurt us. “But I’m proud of all the lads because they have given everything they’ve got and we have pulled off a win on the night. “On reflection the damage was done in the first leg when we had a nightmare up at Stoke, we were always going to be up against it. “But we’re still unbeaten at home and the fans were brilliant tonight. I can’t thank them enough and there was some fabulous racing out there. “I would also like to congratulate Stoke who were the better side over two legs but we are already looking forward to taking them on in the league later in the season.”

29/06/11

KINGS LYNN YOUNG STARS v DUDLEY HEATHENS

Team Manager - Dale Allitt Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Kyle Hughes 2 3 3 2 3 13 - 1 Jon Armstrong 3 3 3 2* 3 2 16 1
2 Lewis Kerr 1* R 1* FX 2 2 2 Kyle Newman  R/R            
3 Scott Campos FX R 0 1 3 Richard Franklin 0 1 1 R 0 2 -
4 Jake Knight 2 2 3 3 0 10 - 4 Tom Perry 3 1 R 2 1* 7 1
5 James Cockle 3 3 1 1* 8 1 5 Ashley Morris 2 2 0 3 0 1* 8 1
6 Tom Stokes 2* 2* 0 1 5 2 6 Darryl Ritchings 1 1 1 2 2 7 -
7 Oliver Rayson 3 0 2 2* 3 0 10 1 7 Danny Stoneman 0 1* 0 1 1
48 41
Heat 01  Armstrong, Hughes, Kerr, Franklin  63.59   3-3 
Heat 02  Rayson, Stokes, Ritchings, Stoneman  63.24    5-1  8-4
Heat 03  Perry, Knight, Franklin, Campos(fx)   63.20   2-4  10-8
Heat 04  Cockle, Morris, Stoneman, Rayson   63.08   3-3  13-11
Heat 05  Armstrong, Knight, Perry Campos(r)  62.30  2-4  15-15
Heat 06  Hughes, Morris, Ritchings, Kerr   63.14   3-3  18-18
Heat 07  Cockle, Stokes, Franklin, Perry(r)   62.84  5-1  23-19
Heat 08  Armstrong, Rayson, Kerr, Stoneman   62.67  3-3  26-22
Heat 09  Knight, Rayson, Ritchings, Morris  62.72   5-1  31-23
Heat 10  Hughes, Perry, Kerr(fx), Franklin(r)   AW  3-2   34-25
Heat 11  Morris, Armstrong, Cockle, Stokes  63.16  1-5   25-30
Heat 12  Rayson, Ritchings, Stokes, Franklin   63.16  4-2  29-32
Heat 13  Armstrong, Hughes, Cockle, Morris  62.25  3-3  42-35
Heat 14  Knight, Ritchings, Perry, Rayson  62.02  3-3   45-38
Heat 15  Hughes, Armstrong, Morris, Knight   62.56   3-3  48-41

 

 
JON Armstrong stormed back to top form for the Heathens at King’s Lynn on Wednesday… but he couldn’t prevent a 48-41 defeat.
The former Cradley club failed to take a point for the first time this season but they remain top of the National League.
Heathens went into the meeting without the in-form Kyle Newman who was called into the Elite League for Poole – and the added pressure on the other riders proved too much.
Inspirational skipper Armstrong was at his brilliant best with a 16+1 haul from six outings and was only beaten in the last race.
But there was a lack of consistency from the rest of the side who found the meeting one step too far after a gruelling schedule of four matches in six days.
The Norfolk side secured victory on the night with a shared 3-3 in the penultimate race but Heathens still had a chance of pinching a point.
But Kyle Hughes won the decisive Heat 15 to frustrate the Heathens and their loyal band of followers.
Boss Will Pottinger said: “I was particularly pleased to see Armo back on form, he was awesome for us tonight.  “It’s a shame we couldn’t take a point from the meeting but I think anyone with any knowledge of the sport will admit we would have got something out of it if we had Kyle with us.  “Darryl (Ritchings) also gave a positive display on his first visit to the track and Tom (Perry) looked more like the rider we know he can be. We have to take the positives from the performances of the young riders and hope we can get something at the Isle of Wight next Tuesday when we will be back to full strength.”

05/07/11

ISLE OF WIGHT ISLANDERS v DUDLEY HEATHENS

Meeting rained off new date Thurs September 1st


12/07/11

DUDLEY HEATHENS v NEWPORT HORNETS

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Laurence Rogers
1 Jon Armstrong 3 2 3 0 8 - 1 Jay Herne 1 3 4^ 2* 3 13 1
2 Darryl Ritchings 2* 1* 2 2* 7 3 2 Tom Young f/r 0 3 1* 4 1
3 Tom Perry 3 1* 3 2* 0 9 2 3 James White-Williams 1 1* 1 0 3 1
4 Ashley Morris 2* 2 1 3 8 1 4 Matt Bates 0 2 0 0 2 -
5 Kyle Newman 2 3 3 1 2 11 - 5 Todd Kurtz 3 3 2 6^ 1 15 -
6 Adam Portwood f 0 0 0 - 6 Richard Andrews 2 0 0 0 1 2 5 -
7 Brendon Johnson 3 1* 1* 3 1 9 2 7 David Gough 1* f/x 1 1
52 43
Heat 01  Armstrong, Ritchings, Herne, Young(f/r)   58.71   5-1 
Heat 02  Johnson, Andrews, Gough, Portwood(f)   61.09   3-3   8-4
Heat 03  Perry, Morris, White-Williams, Bates  59.59  5-1  13-5
Heat 04  Kurtz, Newman, Johnson, Gough(f/x)  58.78  3-3   16-8
Heat 05  Herne, Morris, Perry, Young  59.17  3-3   19-11
Heat 06  Kurtz, Armstrong, Ritchings, Andrews  59.0  3-3   22-14
Heat 07  Newman, Bates, White-Williams, Portwood  59.87  3-3  25-17
Heat 08  Young, Ritchings, Johnson, Andrews  60.21   3-3  28-20
Heat 09  Perry, Kurtz, Morris, Andrews  57.73  4-2   32-22
Heat 10  Armstrong, Ritchings, White-Williams, Bates  59.48   5-1  37.23
Heat 11  Newman, Herne^, Young, Portwood  59.88  3-5  40-28
Heat 12  Johnson, Perry, Andrews, White-Williams  59.85  5-1  45-29
Heat 13  Kurtz^, Herne, Newman, Armstrong  58.71  1-8  46-37
Heat 14  Morris, Andrews, Johnson(15), Bates(15)  59.43  4-2  50-39
Heat 15  Herne, Newman, Kurtz, Perry  58.93  2-4  52-43
 
HEATHENS kept their National League play-off push on track with another three-point haul at Monmore against Newport.
The home side controlled the match after taking a 5-1 in the first race, but the Hornets have two of the league’s top riders in their ranks so Dudley were never likely to run away with the contest completely.
Todd Kurtz and Jay Herne duly took several race wins, but there were some fine efforts on the Heathens side to take points away from them, youngster Darryl Ritchings being involved in the Heat 1 maximum over Herne as he performed well on his elevation to the main body of the team, with a spectacular fourth-to-second effort in Heat 10 another highlight.
Tom Perry also enjoyed one of his best nights of the season and clocked the fastest time of the night in Heat 9 when he led Kurtz home, and there was an encouraging debut from Brendan Johnson with two race wins at reserve.
Heathens led by 16-points after Heat 12 before Newport put themselves back in contention for a point with an 8-1 in the next race when Kurtz won for double points.
There was high drama in Heat 14 when Johnson was penalised by referee Graham Flint for delaying the start, after twice moving at the gate, and with the Hornets’ Matt Bates then failing to beat the two-minute time allowance there was the unusual sight of two riders going from the 15-metre handicap.
Ashley Morris won the re-run with Johnson third to ensure all three points for the Heathens, and Kyle Newman then managed to split Herne and Kurtz in Heat 15 with Perry always in close attendance in a fine end to the meeting.
Heathens now move on to Belle Vue on Wednesday evening (8pm) naming an unchanged side as they return to a venue where they notched a 52-39 win in the Knockout Cup earlier in the season.

13/07/11

BELLE VUE COLTS v DUDLEY HEATHENS

Team Manager - Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Kyle Howarth 3 3 3 9 - 1 Jon Armstrong 2 1 3 -
2 Karl Mason fx 2* 3 2* 7 2 2 Darryl Ritchings 1 0 0 1 2 -
3 Adam McKinna 2 3 3 3 11 - 3 Tom Perry 3 n WITHDREW 3 -
4 Byron Bekker 0 2* 1 3 1 4 Ashley Morris 1 n WITHDREW 1 -
5 Jason Garrity 3 3 3 9 - 5 Kyle Newman fx fx n 0 -
6 Chris Widman 3 2* 2* 8 1 6 Adam Portwood f 1 2 1 4 -
7 Scott Richardson 2* 2* 1 2* 7 3 7 Brendon Johnson fx fx 2 fx 2 -
54 15
 
Heat 01:  Howarth, Armstrong, Ritchings, Mason    63.0    3-3 
Heat 02:  Widman, Richardson, Portwood(f), 67.2  5-0  8-3
Heat 03:  Perry, McKinna, Morris, Bekker,   62.9  2-4  10-7
Heat 04:  Garrity, Richardson, Johnson(fx), Newman(x)  AW 5-0  15-7
Heat 05:  McKinna, Bekker, Armstrong, Ritchings  62.6  5-1  20-8
Heat 06:  Howarth, Mason, Portwood, Newman(f)  AW  5-1  25-9
Heat 07:  Garrity, Widman,    68.8  5-0  30-9
Heat 08:  Mason, Johnson, Richardson, Ritchings  64.1  4-2  34-11
Heat 09:  McKinna, Portwood, Bekker,   64.6  4-2  38-13
Heat 10:  Howarth, Mason   66.3  5-0   43-13
Heat 11:  Garrity, Widman, Ritchings, Johnson(x)   65.3  5-1  48-14
Heat 12:  McKinna, Richardson, Portwood    65.0   5-1  53-15
Heat 13: MATCH ABANDONED CURFEW
Heat 14:
Heat 15:
 
HEATHENS crashed to a 53-15 defeat at Belle Vue on Wednesday in a meeting cut short because of a time curfew at the Manchester track.
The former Cradley club saw Tom Perry, last season's rider of the year, taken to hospital for precautionary x-rays on a neck injury but he does have full movement.
Both Kyle Newman (arm) and Ashley Morris (shoulder) also suffered injuries and withdrew from the meeting.
Heathens ran out of riders and were well beaten on the night.
An update on the injured riders will be issued when more information becomes available and the club would like to thank the fans who made the trip north to support their side.

26/07/11

2011 GOLDEN HAMMER

Rider

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1 Adam Roynon 2 3 2 fx ns   7   9 Adam Allott 3 0 3 3 3   12
2 Shane Hazeldon 0 2 0 2 fx   4   10 Steve Worrall 0 3 1 1 2   7
3 Darryl Ritchings 1 1 0 f 2   4   11 Richard Franklin 1 2 0 0 0   3
4 Richie Worrall 3 2 3 fx 2   10   12 Byron Bekker 2 1 1 fx 0   4
5 Kyle Hughes 3 2 3 2 3   13   13 Todd Kurtz 3 1 2 3 3   12
6 Jay Herne 1 0 3 2 1   7   14 Brendon Johnson 0 1 2 3 1   7
7 Jack Hargrieves x 0 0       0   15 Jon Armstrong 2 3 2 1 1   9
8 Tom Perry 2 3 1 1 3   10   16 Ashley Morris 1 0 1 3 2   7
res Adam Portwood 2 1             res Cameron Hoskins 0            
Heat 1   R. Worrall, Roynon, Ritchings, Hazeldon  
Heat 2   Hughes, Perry, Herne
Heat 3   Allott, Bekker, Franklin, S.Worrall
Heat 4   Kurtz, Armstrong, Morris, Johnson
Heat 5   Roynon, Hughes, Kurtz, Allott
Heat 6   S.Worrall, Hazeldon, Johnson, Herne
Heat 7   Armstrong, Franklin, Ritchings, Hargrieves
Heat 8   Perry, R.Worrall, Bekker, Morris
Heat 9   Herne, Roynon, Morris, Franklin
Heat 10  Hughes, Armstrong, Bekker, Hazeldon
Heat 11  Allott, Johnson, Perry, Ritchings
Heat 12  R.Worrall, Kurtz, S.Worrall, Hargrieves
Heat 13  Johnson, Portwood
Heat 14  Kurtz, Hazeldon, Perry, Franklin
Heat 15  Morris, Hughes, S.Worrall, Ritchings(f)
Heat 16  Allott, Herne, Armstrong, R.Worrall(f)
Heat 17  Perry, S.Worrall, Armstrong, Hoskins
Heat 18  Allott, Morris, Portwood, Hazeldon(fx)
Heat 19  Kurtz, Ritchings, Herne, Bekker
Heat 20  Hughes, R.Worrall, Johnson, Franklin
 
KING’S Lynn’s Kyle Hughes was the winner of the FAST Golden Hammer in front of a packed house at Monmore Green.
Hughes proved to be the most consistent performer in a wide-open event in which the main contenders all took points off each other, with the crowd enjoying some terrific action.
And the winner revealed afterwards that the big event win means he now feels paid back for the biggest disappointment of his career – when he lost the 2009 National League Riders’ Championship with a chain failure on the final bend.
Hughes was joined on the rostrum by Buxton’s fast-starting Adam Allott, who won four races on his way to 12 points, and Newport youngster Todd Kurtz who matched Allott’s score but had one fewer race win.
Top Heathens performer was Tom Perry who looked very quick on his way to double figures and was left to rue a stoppage when he led his first race as Jack Hargreaves and Jay Herne tangled – and in the re-run, Hughes took the win over Perry.
Adam Roynon made a largely successful comeback from injury with seven points from his first three rides, although he sat out his final outing as a precaution after coming to grief in his fourth.
Meanwhile, the Legends’ series went the way of former Wolves star Sam Ermolenko, who got the better of Heathens’ Jan O Pedersen 3-0, although that didn’t prevent the Dane from receiving a rapturous reception as he appeared on a British track for the first time in nearly 20 years.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “It was a fabulous night, and I have to say an absolutely awesome crowd. A massive thanks to everyone for turning out, I hope they all enjoyed it and again it shows what we’re trying to do here.  “Congratulations to Kyle as the meeting winner, but well done to all the riders and it was particularly pleasing to once again be able to work alongside the Dudley Stroke Association to promote the FAST message.”

JAN O PEDERSEN v SAM ERMOLENKO

1 59.21 Jan O Pedersen 2 Sam Ermolenko 3
2 58.47 Jan O Pedersen 2 Sam Ermolenko 3
3 ----- Jan O Pedersen 2 Sam Ermolenko 3

30/07/11

NATIONAL LEAGUE FOURS

Group 1 - Mildenhall Fen Tigers 22 / Dudley Heathens 16
Isle of Wight Islanders 11 points / Hackney Hawks 6 points - ELIMINATED

Group 2 - Belle Vue Colts 15 / Stoke Potters 14
Buxton Hitmen 10 points / Newport Hornets 3 points - ELIMINATED

 

Final - Dudley Heathens
1 Jon Armstrong 0 3 3
2 Ashley Morris 1 3 4
3 Richard Franklin 2 0 2
4 Adam Roynon 3 3 6
15
 
Final - Stoke Potters
1 Simon Lambert 1 2 3
2 Tim Webster 1 2 3
3 Tony Atkin 3 1 4
4 Jamie Pickard 1 0 1
11
     

Final - Belle Vue Colts

1 Byron Bekker 3 1 4
2 Adam McKinna 2 2 4
3 Jason Garrity 2 2 4
4 Karl Mason 0 0 0
12
 
Final - Mildenhall Fen Tigers
1 Jack Hargrieves 2 0 2
2 Lewis Blackbird 0 1 1
3 Joe Jacobs 0 3 3
4 Cameron Heeps 3 fx 3
9
Heat 1  Heeps, Garrity, Webster, Armstrong. 63.3
Heat 2  Atkin, Hargreaves, Morris, Mason. 64.3
Heat 3 Bekker, Franklin, Pickard, Blackbird. 64.1
Heat 4: Roynon, McKinna, Lambert, Jacobs. 64.4
Heat 5: Armstrong, Lambert, Bekker, Hargreaves. 64.7
Heat 6: Roynon, Webster, Blackbird, Mason. 64.4
Heat 7: Jacobs, Garrity, Atkin, Franklin. 64.5
Heat 8: Morris, McKinna, Pickard. Heeps (fell, excl). 64.8
  DUDLEY Heathens are celebrating their first major silverware after clinching the National League Fours championship at Stoke on Saturday.
Heathens overcame Buxton to win the National Shield earlier in the season but the Loomer Road event featured eight of the ten National League clubs, and it was Dudley who came out on top.
Heathens made short work of their semi-final, qualifying comfortably with Mildenhall as the two sides proved too strong for the Isle of Wight and Hackney.
Mildenhall won the group with Heathens two points behind, although a fall for Adam Roynon when leading his second ride more than accounted for the difference, and it had no significant effect on Dudley’s progression.
They were joined in the Final by Belle Vue and Stoke which made for a strong line-up – but a solid effort from the Heathens saw them finish three points clear.
Roynon, who only returned from a broken leg last Tuesday, won both of his rides, and they went into the last race one point ahead of Stoke with Belle Vue a further point back.
The pressure was on Ashley Morris in what turned out to be a three-man race as Mildenhall’s Cameron Heeps crashed out – and Morris made a fabulous start to head home Adam McKinna and Jaimie Pickard to the delight of the Heathens fans.
Jubilant team boss Will Pottinger said: “Nights like this make everything worthwhile. It was very tense, but Ashley was brilliant to win it for us in the last race. “It was nice for us to celebrate with our fans, once again they were brilliant!”
Heathens will parade their silverware at their next home meeting, when they face Mildenhall in the National League at Monmore Green on Tuesday.

02/08/11

DUDLEY HEATHENS v MILDENHALL

 

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Robert Henry
1 Jon Armstrong 1 2 2 2 7 - 1 Jack Hargreaves 2* 1 2* 3 3 2* 13 3
2 Darryl Ritchings 0 1* 0 1* 2 2 2 Mark Baseby R R R
3 Tom Perry 2* 2 3 3 1 11 2 3 Daniel Halsey fx ef 0 0 -
4 Ashley Morris 3 0 inj - - 3 - 4 Joe Jacobs 1 1 3 2* 7 1
5 Adam Roynon f 3 fx 1* f 4 1 5 Lewis Blackbird 2* 3 x fx fx 5 1
6 Richard Franklin 2 2* 1* 2* 2 0 1 10 2 6 Aaron Baseby 3 1 f/r 1 1* 6 1
7 Adam Portwood 0 1 - 0 1 - 7 Cameron Heeps 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 20 -
38 51
Heat 01  Baseby, Hargreaves, Armstrong, Ritchings   59.62   1-5 
Heat 02  Heeps, Franklin, Baseby, Portwood  59.03  2-4  3-9
Heat 03  Morris, Perry, Jacobs, Halsey(fx)  AW  5-1  8-10
Heat 04  Heeps, Blackbird, Portwood, Roynon(f)  59.4  1-5  9-15
Heat 05  Heeps, Perry, Hargreaves, Morris  59.16  2-4  11-19
Heat 06  Blackbird, Armstrong, Ritchings, Baseby  59.33   3-3  14-22
Heat 07  Roynon, Franklin, Jacobs, Halsey    - -  5-1  19-23
Heat 08  Heeps, Hargreaves, Franklin, Ritchings  59.18  1-5  20-28
Heat 09  Perry, Franklin, Baseby, Blackbird(ex)  60.45  5-1 25-29
Heat 10  Jacobs, Armstrong, Ritchings, Halsey  60.09  3-3  28-32
Heat 11  Hargreaves, Franklin, Roynon(ex), Blackbird(ex)  60.13  2-3  30-35
Heat 12  Perry, Heeps, Baseby, Franklin  59.50  3-3  33-38
Heat 13  Hargreaves, Armstrong, Roynon, Blackbird(f)  59.87  3-3  33-38
Heat 14  Heeps, Jacobs, Franklin, Portwood  60.06  1-5  37-46
Heat 15  Heeps, Hargreaves, Perry, Roynon(f) - -  1-5  38-51

DUDLEY Heathens favourite Ashley Morris was taken to hospital with concussion as his
side saw their unbeaten home record shattered by Mildenhall.
Morris was involved in a first-bend accident with the Fen Tigers’ Lewis Blackbird in Heat 9, and having fallen heavily he required lengthy attention although he was talking to medics before being taken from the circuit, and the latest news appears encouraging.
Morris’s withdrawal came on a night when the Heathens suffered, quite literally, ‘heeps’ of problems – the biggest of which was that Mildenhall’s 15-year-old sensation Cameron Heeps adapted to the track on his first visit in sensational fashion to bag a bumper 20-point haul at reserve.
With Jack Hargreaves putting his extensive Monmore experience to good use, the Fen Tigers always had control of the meeting as things went wrong for Dudley, with the returning Adam Roynon taking no fewer than three falls, and skipper Jon Armstrong being unable to win a race.
Heeps’ one defeat of the night was inflicted by Tom Perry in one of the races of the season, the Heathens man having to twice squeeze through an almost impossible gap to get the better of his opponent in Heat 12, but the Fen Tigers had the win in the bag with a race to spare.
Dudley Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “It’s a disappointing result of course, but whatever level of the sport you race at if you have a reserve who can score you 20 points from seven rides you’re going to be in with a great chance.  ”Ashley’s injury didn’t help us and fingers crossed things don’t look too bad there, but congratulations to Mildenhall who deserved their win.  “I have to say the race with Tom Perry and Cameron Heeps must have been worth the admission money alone, and we now have to put this night behind us and focus on our meetings ahead because we are still very much in the play-off battle.”

12/08/11

SCUNTHORPE SAINTS v DUDLEY HEATHENS

Team Manager - Stuart Parnaby Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Gary Irving R R R 1 Jon Armstrong 2 1 4^ 2 R 9 -
2 Lee Smethills 1 2* 1 2* 6 2 2 Darryl Ritchings 0 f R 1* 1 1
3 Steve Worrall 3 3 2* 3 3 2* 16 PM 3 Tom Perry 1 0 1 2 4 -
4 Richie Worrall 2* 3 2* R fx 7 2 4 Ashley Morris 0 1^ R 2* 3 1
5 Ashley Birks 3 3 3 3 3 3 18 M 5 Adam Roynon R X withdrawn
6 Adam Wrathall 2* 2* R 1 5 2 6 Richard Franklin 0 fx 0 1* 1 1
7 Stefan Nielsen 3 2* 3 3 0 11 1 7 Danny Stoneman 1 1 2 1 1* 3 1 10 1
63 28
Heat 01  S.Worrall, Armstrong, Smethiills, Ritchings   58.61  4-2
Heat 02  Nielsen, Wrathall, Stoneman, Franklin  59.00  5-1  9-3
Heat 03  S.Worrall, R.Worrall, Perry, Morris  58.82  5-1  14-4
Heat 04  Birks, Nielsen, Stoneman, Roynon(R)  59.68  5-1  19-5
Heat 05  R.Worrall, S.Worrall, Armstrong, Ritchings(F)  59.31  5-1  24-6
Heat 06  Birks, Smethills, Franklin(fx), Roynon(X) 59.15  5-0  29-6
Heat 07  Birks, Wrathall, Morris^, Perry  58.23  5-1  34-7
Heat 08  Nielsen, Stoneman, Smethills, Ritchings(R)  59.84  4-2  38-9
Heat 09  S.Worrall, R.Worrall, Stoneman, Franklin  58.88  5-1  43-10
Heat 10  Nielsen, Smethills, Perry, Morris(R)  59.76  5-1  48-11
Heat 11  Birks, Armstrong^, Ritchings, Wrathall(R) 59.00  3-5  51-16
Heat 12  Worrall, Perry, Franklin, Nielsen  59.40  3-3  54-19
Heat 13  Birks, Armstrong, Stoneman, R.Worrall(R)  59.46  3-3  57-22
Heat 14  Stoneman, Morris, Wrathall, R.Worrall(fx)  60.68  1-5  58-27
Heat 15  Birks, S.Worrall, Stoneman Armstrong  59.45  5-1  63-28
 
DUDLEY Heathens suffered a night to forget at the Eddie Wright Raceway as they were well beaten by the powerful Scunthorpe Saints.
Heathens got off to the worst possible start with the home side dropping just one point in the first seven races, leaving the scoreline at a mountainous 34-7, and by that stage Adam Roynon had been ruled out of the meeting still suffering from his leg injury.
With more Scunthorpe advantages following, the score advanced to 48-11 before Heathens, to their credit, managed to stem the tide.
And the most encouraging factor was the performance of the recalled Danny Stoneman at reserve, who was competitive throughout and gained a thoroughly deserved race win in Heat 14 as part of a 5-1 with Ashley Morris.
That, however, was the Heathens’ only win of the night as they had no real answer to either Ashley Birks or Steve Worrall, both of whom rode to six-ride maximums for the home side.
Will Pottinger’s men will be hoping for much better when they travel to another of the league’s strongest sides, Stoke, on Saturday.

13/08/11

STOKE POTTERS v DUDLEY HEATHENS

Team Manager - Malcolm Vasey Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Simon Lambert 3 3 3 3 1 2 15 - 1 Jon Armstrong 1 1 1 6^ 2 3 14 -
2 Tim Webster R R R 2 Darry Ritchings 0 0 0 2 0 2 -
3 James Sarjeant 3 2* 3 1 3 12 1 3 Tom Perry 0 2 0 2 1 5 -
4 Tony Atkin 2* 3 1 2* 3 11 2 4 Ashley Morris 1 2 4^ 0 1 1 9 -
5 Jamie Pickard 2* 3 3 1 3 0 12 1 5 Adam Roynon R R R
6 Ben Reade 1* 1 0 2* 4 1 6 Richard Franklin 3 0 1 0 4 -
7 Gareth Isherwood 2 1 2* 2* 7 2 7 Danny Stoneman 0 fx ef 0 0 -
61 34
Heat 01   Lambert, Pickard, Armstrong, Ritchings   64.3  5-1
Heat 02   Franklin, Isherwood, Reade, Stoneman   65.0  3-3   8-4
Heat 03   Sarjeant, Atkin, Morris, Perry  64.3   5-1  13-5
Heat 04   Pickard, Morris, Isherwood, Stoneman   65.1  4-2  17-7
Heat 05   Atkin, Sarjeant, Armstrong, Ritchings   65.7  5-1  22-8
Heat 06   Lambert, Perry,   Atkin, Franklin   64.5  4-2  26-10
Heat 07   Pickard, Morris^, Reade, Perry   64.5  4-4  30-14
Heat 08   Lambert, Isherwood, Franklin, Ritchings  65.5  5-1  35-15
Heat 09   Sarjeant, Atkin, Armstrong, Stoneman(ef)  64.5  5-1  40-16
Heat 10   Lambert, Perry, Sarjeant, Morris 64.6  4-2  44-18
Heat 11   Armstrong^, Ritchings, Pickard, Reade  65.3  1-8  45-26
Heat 12   Sarjeant, Isherwood, Perry, Franklin  64.9  5-1  50-27
Heat 13   Pickard, Armstrong, Lambert, Ritchings  65.2   4-2  54-29
Heat 14   Atkin, Reade, Morris, Stoneman  65.3  5-1  59-30
Heat 15   Armstrong, Lambert, Morris, Pickard   64.9 2-4  61-34
 
DUDLEY are facing a massive pair of upcoming home matches after struggling on the road again at Stoke on Saturday.
Heathens’ Monmore fixtures against Belle Vue and Stoke on the next two Tuesdays have both become crucial encounters in their bid to reach the end-of-season play-offs.
They sit one place outside that zone at present having been beaten at Loomer Road, with the Potters going top of the table thanks to their victory.
As at Scunthorpe on Friday, it all went wrong for Heathens – without the injured Adam Roynon – in the early stages, with the Potters racing into a 26-10 lead despite Richard Franklin’s success in Heat 2.
When Ashley Morris went for double points in Heat 7 he was limited to four points by Jaimie Pickard, and Stoke wrapped the meeting up with two 5-1s and a 4-2 in the next two races to move 44-18 in front.
Heathens did enjoy some success in the closing stages, with skipper Jon Armstrong re-discovering his form to partner Darryl Ritchings to a big 8-1 in Heat 11.
Armstrong was victorious again in the final race with Morris defeating Pickard for a Heathens 4-2, although that wasn’t enough to stop the Potters from going through the 60-point barrier.

16/08/11

DUDLEY HEATHENS v BELLE VUE COLTS

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Steve Williams & Graham Goodwin
1 Jon Armstrong 3 2 3 2 3 13 - 1 Kyle Howarth 0 3 3 1* 3 2 12 1
2 Darryl Ritchings 1 1* 1* 1 4 2 2 Jason Garrrity R R R - -
3 Tom Perry 2 0 2 3 7 - 3 Karl Mason 1 2* 0 2 2 7 1
4 Ashley Morris 0 1 1* 1 3 1 4 Byron Bekker 2 3 2 0 2 9 -
5 Jamie Courtney 2 3 2 1 1 9 1 5 Adam McKinna 3 3 3 3 0 0 12 -
6 Richard Franklin 3 1 2 1 3 10 - 6 Chris Widman 2 0 0 fx 2 -
7 Danny Stoneman 0 ret 0 0 - 7 Scott Richardson 1* 1 0 0 2 1
46 44
Heat 01  Armstrong, Bekker, Ritchings, Howarth   59.02   4-2
Heat 02  Franklin, Widman, Richardson, Stoneman  60.61  3-3   7-5
Heat 03  Bekker, Perry, Mason, Morris   59.80   2-4   9-9
Heat 04  McKinna, Courtney, Richardson, Stoneman(ret)  60.84  2-4  11-13
Heat 05  Howarth, Mason, Morris, Perry   59.75   1-5   12-18
Heat 06  McKinna, Armstrong, Ritchings, Widman   59.79   3-3   15-21
Heat 07  Courtney, Bekker, Franklin, Mason   60.23   4-2   19-23
Heat 08  Howarth, Franklin, Ritchings, Richardson   59.47   3-3   22-26
Heat 09  McKinna, Perry, Morris, Widman   59.89   3-3   25-29
Heat 10  Armstrong, Mason, Ritchings, Bekker   59.89  4-2  29-31
Heat 11  McKinna, Courtney, Howarth, Stoneman  59.29   2-4   31-35
Heat 12  Perry, Mason, Franklin, Widman(fx)   60.03   4-2   35-37
Heat 13  Howarth, Armstrong, Courtney, McKinna  59.93  3-3  38-40
Heat 14  Franklin, Bekker, Morris, Richardson   59.83   4-2  42-42
Heat 15  Armstrong, Howarth, Courtney, McKinna   59.61   4-2  46-44
 
DUDLEY Heathens kept their National League Play-off hopes alive with a sensational 46-44 win over Belle Vue in a Monmore thriller on Tuesday.
The former Cradley club were inspired by skipper Jon Armstrong who notched 13 from his five rides, including a stunning last race to win the match.
Heathens were 35-31 down on a night of excellent racing from both sides but managed to take it to a last heat decider with 4-2 wins in Heats 12 and 14.
With the scores level at 42-42, Belle Vue’s Kyle Howarth took the lead with Armstrong second and debut boy Jamie Courtney keeping Adam McKinna at bay in third. Armstrong steadily made up ground on Howarth and passed him coming off the final turn to win the race, and the match, on the line to send the crowd wild.
Said Armstrong: “That’s more like it. It’s been a tough time for all the lads but don’t write us off just yet, we’re going to keep battling all the way.  “The fans were brilliant, I take a lot of the blame for the recent loss of form because I haven’t been leading from the front in the first race, but I certainly feel I am getting back to my best.” Heathens will be looking to keep the play-off push going in their next meeting against local rivals Stoke at Monmore next Tuesday, August 2
3.

23/08/11

DUDLEY HEATHENS v STOKE POTTERS

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Malcolm Vasey
1 Jon Armstrong 1 6^ ret 0 7 - 1 Simon Lambert 2 3 3 3 3 3 17 pm
2 Darryl Ritchings fx 0 2 1 3 - 2 Tim Webster R R R
3 Tom Perry ef ef 2 2 4 - 3 James Sarjeant 1 1 2* 3 3 10 1
4 Ashley Morris 2 2 fx 3 1 8 - 4 Tony Atkin 3 3 2* 2* 2 12 2
5 Jamie Courtney 1 1 1 2 0 5 - 5 Jamie Pickard 3 3 2 3 1 2* 14 1
6 Richard Franklin fx WITHDREW - 6 Ben Reade 2* 1* fx 1 4 2
7 Danny Stoneman ns WITHDREW 7 Gareth Isherwood 3 2* 1 1* 7 2
27 64
Heat 01  Pickard, Lambert, Armstrong, Ritchings(fx)   AW   1-5
Heat 02  Isherwood, Reade, Stoneman(f/ns), Franklin   61.96   0-5   1-10
Heat 03  Atkin, Morris, Sarjeant, Perry(ef)   60.78   2-4  3-14
Heat 04  Pickard, Isherwood, Courtney   62.07   1-5   4-19
Heat 05  Lambert, Morris, Sarjeant, Perry   60.19   2-4   6-23
Heat 06  Armstrong^, Pickard, Reade, Ritchings   61.66   6-3   12-26
Heat 07  Atkin, Sarjeant, Courtney   62.35   1-5   13-31
Heat 08  Lambert, Ritchings, Isherwood,   60.50   2-4   15-35
Heat 09  Pickard, Perry, Morris(fx), Reade(fx)   2-3   17-38
Heat 10  Sarjeant, Atkin, Ritchings, Armstrong(ret)   60.50   1-5   18-43
Heat 11  Lambert, Atkin, Courtney,    60.84   1-5   19-48
Heat 12  Sarjeant, Perry, Reade   59.18   2-4   21-52
Heat 13  Lambert, Courtney, Pickard, Armstrong   59.83   2-4   23-56
Heat 14  Morris, Atkin, Isherwood   59.83   3-3  26-59
Heat 15  Lambert, Pickard, Morris, Courtney   1-5   27-64
 
DUDLEY Heathens suffered a 64-27 thrashing at the hands of National League title hopefuls Stoke at Monmore on Tuesday.
And despite the loss of reserve duo Danny Stoneman (arm) and Richard Franklin (shoulder) in their first ride, there is no doubt the Potters were the better side.
The only joy which came the way of the former Cradley club was Jon Armstrong’s six-points as a tactical ride and a fine win by Ashley Morris in his fourth outing.
Club bosses are sweating on the fitness of their reserves ahead of next week’s home meeting with Buxton and an update will be issued later on Wednesday.
Stoke covered superbly for Tim Webster, who was unavailable, scoring 9+1 from his four riders which was far superior to his effort in the cup tie at Monmore back in June.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We are all gutted by this defeat but naturally our first thoughts are with the injured boys and we hope they will be fit for next week.  “But there were also other areas of the team where we were outclassed and we have to offer our congratulations to Stoke.  “We would like to say thanks to our wonderful fans once again, they could have gone home well before Heat 15 but they stayed with us. That’s why the lads came out to applaud the supporters afterwards, they appreciate the backing.  “As a gesture of thanks, we are offering free admission to children at next Tuesday’s home meeting with Buxton, which we are absolutely desperate to win after this recent run of results.”

30/08/11

DUDLEY HEATHENS v BUXTON HITMEN

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Jack Lee
1 Jon Armstrong 1 2 1 fx 4 - 1 Adam Allott 3 3 3 3 3 15 M
2 Darryl Ritchings 0 1* 2 0 3 1 2 Dean Felton 2* 0 3 1 6 1
3 Tom Perry 3 1* 2 1 7 1 3 Luke Priest fx 1* 3 3 7 1
4 Ashley Morris 2* 2 fx 6^ 2 12 1 4 Ben Taylor 1 2 2* 2 7 1
5 Jamie Courtney 2* 3 4^ 1 0 10 - 5 Robert Branford 3 3 3 2* 1 12 1
6 Adam Portwood 0 0 0 0 - 6 Paul Burnett 1 0 1 1 2* 5 1
7 Danny Stoneman 2 1* 0 0 1 4 1 7 Ryan Blacklock 3 0 - ns 3 -
40 55
Heat 01   Allott, Felton, Armstrong, Ritchings   58.82   1-5
Heat 02   Blacklock, Stoneman, Burnett, Portwood  63.42   2-4  3-9
Heat 03   Perry, Morris, Taylor, Priest  59.49   5-1  8-10
Heat 04   Branford, Courtney, Stoneman, Blacklock   58.99  3-3  11-13
Heat 05   Allott, Morris, Perry, Felton          3-3  14-16
Heat 06   Branford, Armstong, Ritchings  Burnett 60.09  3-3  17-19
Heat 07   Courtney, Taylor, Priest, Portwood  60.33  3-3  20-22
Heat 08   Felton, Ritchings, Burnett, Stoneman 61.01  2-4   22-26
Heat 09   Branford, Perry, Burnett, Morris(fx)  60.67  2-4  24-30
Heat 10   Priest, Taylor, Armstrong, Ritchings  61.57  1-5  25-35
Heat 11   Allott, Courtney^,Felton, Portwood   60.57  4-4  29-39
Heat 12   Priest, Burnett, Perry, Stoneman  61.27  1-5  61.32  1-5
Heat 13   Allott, Branford, Courtney, Armstrong(fx) AW 1-5  31-49    
Heat 14   Morris^, Taylor, Stoneman,   60-67  7-2  38-51
Heat 15   Allott, Morris, Branford, Courtney  59.38  2-4  40-55
 
HEATHENS have been rocked by yet another injury blow after skipper Jon Armstrong crashed out of their 55-40 defeat at the hands of Buxton at Monmore on Tuesday.
The former Cradley club were already without top star Adam Roynon and key reserve Richard Franklin going into the meeting which they were desperate to win.
But they couldn’t handle the Hitmen who had Adam Allott in stunning form with a 15-point maximum
Armstrong came to grief in Heat 13 after a tough night and suffered a throat injury when his handlebars struck him. He was taken to hospital struggling for breath but was later stabilised and a further update is expected within the next 24-hours.
Buxton gave a solid, professional display and were given a sporting round of applause by the brilliant Heathens fans when they took to the track for a well deserved victory parade.
Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: “Our thoughts are with Armo and his family right now and we hope everything will work out well.  “It’s another disappointment but I think our fans realise our season has been ruined by injuries and we are certainly battling against the odds right now.  “We need to put our team together for the Isle of Wight on Thursday and hope to make an announcement later on Wednesday or early Thursday about that.”

01/09/11

ISLE OF WIGHT ISLANDERS v DUDLEY HEATHENS

Team Manager - Chris Hunt / Kevin Shepherd Team Manager - Will Pottinger
1 Nick Simmons 3 3 3 9 - 1 Kyle Newman 2 3 6 11 -
2 Gary Cottham 0 2* 3 1 6 1 2 Richard Franklin R R R
3 Rob Smith 3 2 3 3 11 - 3 Tom Perry 0 1* 2 2 2 7 -
4 Paul Starke 2* 1* 2* 5 3 4 Ashley Morris 1 2 ret 3 -
5 Danny Warwick 3 3 2 8 - 5 Jamie Courtney 2 0 0 2 -
6 David Gough (g) 0 R 0 0 0 - 6 Darryl Ritchings 1* 3 1 1* 1 0 7 2
7 Luke Chessell 2 xt 0 1 3 - 7 Danny Stoneman 1 1* 0 1 3 1
Heat 01  Simmons, Newman, Ritchings Cottham   69.8   3-3
Heat 02  Ritchings, Chessell, Stoneman, Gough  72.8  2-4  5-7
Heat 03  Smith, Starke, Morris, Perry   71.8  5-1  10-8
Heat 04  Warwick, Courtney, Stoneman, Gough(ret)  71.4  3-3  13-11
Heat 05  Newman, Smith, Starke, Stoneman  70.8   3-3  16-14
Heat 06  Simmons, Cottham, Ritchings, Courtney  69.8  5-1  21-15
Heat 07  Warwick, Morris, Perry, Gough   70.4   3-3  24-18
Heat 08  Cottham, Perry, Ritchings, Chessell  71.7  3-3  27-21
Heat 09  Smith, Starke, Stoneman, Courtney  71.5  5-1  32-22
Heat 10  Simmons, Perry, Cottham, Morris(ret)  70.3  4-2   36-24
Heat 11  Newman^, Warwick, Ritchings, Gough  70.1  2-7  38-31
Heat 12  Smith, Perry, Chessell, Ritchings   71.0   4-2  42-33
Heat 13 
Heat 14 MEETING ABANDONED FOLLOWING A CRASH IN HEAT 13 WHICH DAMAGED THE ELECTRICS
Heat 15
 
KYLE Newman returned to the Heathens side with a stunning performance - but was then struck by the club's injury jinx.
Newman notched 11-points from his opening three rides in the 42-33 defeat at the Isle of Wight before he was involved in a horrifying spill.
The former Cradley club had restored pride with a hard working display including a 7-2 tactical win from Newman and Darryl Ritchings in Heat 11.
But disaster struck in Heat 13 when Newman was chasing Nick Simmons and clipped his back wheel with both riders hitting the fence at high speed. Simmonds was badly dazed and Newman was taken to hospital complaining of back pain.
Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: "Obviously our thoughts are with Kyle because it was an awful crash and our best wishes to Nick Simmons too.  "We've been through a tough time and it just wasn't meant to be. We all feel dreadful about Kyle just as we did about Armo on Tuesday.  "It was a good display by the boys, they all got stuck in and they can feel proud of their efforts. "We also want to say thanks to the fans who travelled down in big numbers, it's very much appreciated."

06/09/11

DUDLEY HEATHENS v KINGS LYNN YOUNG STARS

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Dale Allitt
1 Adam Allott (G) 3 3 3 3 12 M 1 Lewis Blackbird (G) f/r 3 6^ 0 0 9 -
2 Richard Franklin R R R 2 Jake Knight R R R
3 Tom Perry 2* 1* 2 2 3 1* 11 3 3 Lewis Kerr 0 1 2 1* 4 1
4 Jamie Courtney 3 2 1* 3 9 1 4 Oliver Rayson 2 1 X 0 0 3 -
5 Ashley Morris 3 2* 2 2* 2 11 2 5 James Cockle 2 2 6^ 3 1 3 17 -
6 Darryl Ritchings 1 3 1 3 1 2* 11 2 6 Tom Stokes 2 0 F 0 2 1 5 -
7 Danny Stoneman 1 0 1* 1 0 3 1 7 Scott Campos fx 1* 0 0 1 1
57 39
Heat 01  Allott, Rayson, Ritchings,  Blackbird(f/rmt)   60.03   4-2 
Heat 02  Ritchings, Stokes, Stoneman, Campos(fx)  60.52  4-2  8-4
Heat 03  Courtney, Perry, Rayson, Kerr  60.45  5-1   13-5
Heat 04  Morris, Cockle, Campos, Stoneman  60.32  3-3  16-8
Heat 05  Blackbird, Courtney, Perry, Kerr  60.42  3-3   19-11
Heat 06  Allott, Cockle, Ritchings, Stokes   60.83 4-2   23-13
Heat 07  Ritchings, Morris, Kerr, Campos  62.61  5-1   28-14
Heat 08  Cockle^, Perry, Stoneman, Campos  64.94  3-6  31-20
Heat 09  Cockle, Perry, Courtney, Stokes(f)  65.03  3-3  34-23
Heat 10  Allott, Kerr, Stoneman, Rayson  63.67   4-2  38-25
Heat 11  Blackbird^, Morris, Ritchings, Stokes  63.58  3-6   41-31
Heat 12  Perry, Stokes, Kerr, Stoneman   63.65  3-3  44-34
Heat 13  Allott, Morris, Cockle, Blackbird  61.94  5-1  49-35
Heat 14  Courtney, Ritchings, Stokes, Rayson  63.03   5-1  54-36
Heat 15  Cockle, Morrs, Perry, Blackbird  62.63  3-3   57-39
 
HEATHENS rounded off their National League programme for 2011 with a resounding home win – with several of their riders recording big scores.
The 57-39 victory over King’s Lynn moves Heathens above the Young Stars in the National League table after a blustery night at Monmore with both teams deserving credit for continuing after a heavy mid-meeting downpour.
Adam Allott proved to be the perfect choice of guest for the Heathens, the Buxton regular storming to four straight wins, and the Heathens’ engine-room was also in good working order with reserve Darryl Ritchings picking up the man-of-the-match award.
King’s Lynn’s top duo of skipper James Cockle and guest Lewis Blackbird both won tactical rides to leave them in with a chance of snatching a point in the closing stages, but back-to-back Dudley 5-1s in Heats 13 and 14 made it safe for the home side before Cockle edged out Ashley Morris in a cracking battle in the last race.
Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: “It’s a good way to finish our league programme after a tough run recently, and now we’re looking forward to the challenge matches to complete the season.  “Adam was a brilliant guest, but all of the boys rode well and I’d also like to thank the track staff for their efforts in making sure we got the meeting on.

11/09/11

LEICESTER LIONS v DUDLEY HEATHENS (Challenge)

Team Manager - Team Manager -
1 Kauko Niemenen 1* 2 3 2 8 1 1 Ryan Fisher 3 3 3 3 1 13 -
2 Victor Bergstrom 2 1* 3 f 6 1 2 Jamie Courtney 0 0 1* 0 1 1
3 Ilya Bondarenko 3 2 2 3 3 13 - 3 Kyle Newman R R R
4 Henning Bager 2* 1* 1* 2* 6 4 4 Thomas Piszcz 1 0 2 1 4 -
5 Magnus Karlsson 1 2* 2 1* 6 2 5 Josh Auty 3 3 3 0 2 11 -
6 Jan Graversen 3 3 1* 2* 3 0 12 2 6 Ashley Morris 1* 0 0 1* 0 2 2
7 Ben Holloway 0 0 0 0 - 7 Tom Perry 2 2* 1 2 1 f 8 1
8 Darryl Ritchings
51 39
Heat 01  Fisher, Bergstrom, Niemenen, Courtney   62.41   3-3
Heat 02  Graversen, Perry, Morris, Holloway   64.61   3-3   6-6
Heat 03  Bonderenko, Bager, Piszcz, Ritchings   63.81  5-1   11-7
Heat 04  Auty, Perry, Karlsson Holloway   63.69   1-5   12-12
Heat 05  Fisher, Bonderenko, Bager, Courtney   63.59   3-3   15-15
Heat 06  Auty, Niemenen, Bergstrom, Morris   63.78   3-3   18-18
Heat 07  Gravensen, Karlsson, Perry, Piszcz  64.85   5-1  23-19
Heat 08  Bergstrom, Perry, Courtney, Holloway   64.03   3-3   26-22
Heat 09  Auty, Bonderenko, Bager, Morris   64.68   3-3   29-25
Heat 10  Niemenen, Piszcz, Morris, Bergstrom   63.94   3-3   32-28
Heat 11  Fisher, Karlsson, Graversen, Courtmey   63.96   3-3   35-31
Heat 12  Bonderenko, Gravengen, Piszcz, Morris   64.91   5-1   40-32
Heat 13  Fisher, Niemenen, Karlsson, Auty   63.83   3-3   43-35
Heat 14  Graversen, Bager, Piszcz, Perry[f]   65.38   5-1   48-36
Heat 15  Bonderenko, Auty, Fisher, Graversen   65.05   3-3   51-39
 
AMERICAN ace Ryan Fisher romped to a 13+1 haul for Dudley Heathens in their 51-39 defeat at Leicester in the Ivor Brown Cup on Sunday.
Fisher was making a guest appearance from Elite League Coventry and a slip in Heat 15 prevented him from going through the card.
He received handy support from Josh Auty with 11 and reserve Tom Perry was good value with his 8+1 score.
Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: “Leicester just had too much strength in-depth and they deserved their win.  “I’m sure every Heathens fan could tell Ryan Fisher was a class above and as a friend of our former riders Billy Hamill and Greg Hancock I am sure his appearance in our colours went down well.  “I would have liked to have given Darryl (Ritchings) more races but the jump up to Premier League standard racing is massive and I’m sure he has benefited from being with the team.”
Heathens are next in action when they face Birmingham in a West Midlands Challenge clash at Wolverhampton on Tuesday, September 20.

20/09/11

DUDLEY HEATHENS v BIRMINGHAM BULLS Challenge

Team Manager - Will Pottinger Team Manager - Phil Morris
1 Kyle Newman fx 3 3 1* 7 1 1 Jason Garrity 2* 2 6^ fx 2* 12 2
2 Jamie Courtney 1 0 1 1 3 - 2 Luke Priest 3 1* 0 1 5 1
3 Tom Perry 2* 0 3 3 f 8 1 3 Ben Taylor 0 ef 0 1 1 -
4 Adam Roynon 3 3 2* ef 8 1 4 James Sarjeant 1 2 2 6^ 11 -
5 Ashley Morris 3 3 2 2 1 11 - 5 Jamie Pickard 2 2 1 3 3 11 -
6 Darryl Ritchings 3 1 f 2 6 - 6 Nathan Stoneman F 1* 0 fx 1 1
7 Mark Robinson 2* 0 3 2* 7 2 7 Danny Stoneman 1 1* 2 1 5 1
50 46
Heat 01  Priest, Garrity, Courtney, Newman  AW  1-5
Heat 02  Ritchings, Robinson, D. Stoneman, N.Stoneman  60.92  5-1  6-6
Heat 03  Roynon, Perry, Sarjeant, Taylor   60.11  5-1  11-7
Heat 04  Morris, Pickard, D.Stoneman, Robinson  60.86  3-3  14-10
Heat 05  Roynon, Garrity, Priest, Perry  58.87  3-3  17-13
Heat 06  Newman, Pickard, N.Stoneman, Courtney  62.36  20-16
Heat 07  Morris, Sarjeant, Ritchings, Taylor  61.63  24-18
Heat 08  Robinson, D.Stoneman, Courtney, Priest  61.68  4-2  28-20
Heat 09  Perry, Roynon, Pickard, N.Stoneman  60.47  5-1  33-21
Heat 10  Newman, Sarjeant, Courtney, Taylor  62.29  4-2  37-23
Heat 11  Garrity^ Morris, Priest, Ritchings(f)  61.85  2-7  39-30
Heat 12  Perry, Robinson, Taylor, N.Stoneman(fx)  61.48  5-1  44-31
Heat 13  Pickard, Morris, Newman(15m), Garrity(fx)  62.96  3-3 47-34
Heat 14  Sarjeant^, Ritchings, D.Stoneman, Roynon(ef)   64.59  2-7  49-41
Heat 15  Pickard, Garrity, Morris, Perry(f)  AW  1-5  50-46
 
DUDLEY signed off their last team match of the season with a 50-46 Challenge match victory over Birmingham Bulls at Monmore Green.
Ashley Morris took the plaudits by top-scoring with 11, but the real hero of the night was comeback man Mark Robinson who marked his track return after 20-years with a 7+2 score.
The 43-year-old rolled back the years and even tasted victory when taking the chequered flag in Heat 8.
The meeting was raced in difficult weather conditions, but the Heathens held off a late Bulls fightback to register a well-deserved victory.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We’d like to thank the riders for giving it their best in tricky race conditions and to the supporters for turning out after what has been a poor day weather wise.  “Both teams gave it their best on the track and served up some good racing for the big crowd and we thank them again for continuing to turn out in huge numbers all season.  “It’s been another enjoyable campaign and we’ll be back bigger and better next year.”
The final Heathens action of the season will be in three weeks time at Monmore Green when Team GB U21s take on USA.

HEATHENS TOP SCORER HEAT FOR THE LES POTTINGER MEMORIAL TROPHY

ROYNON, Perry, Morris, Ritchings(f)  63.07


11/10/11

GREAT BRITAIN UNDER 21 v U.S.A.

Team Manager - Phil Morris Team Manager - Steve Evans
1 James Sarjeant 2 2* 3 2 1* 10 2 1 Kenny ingalls 3 3 3 3 3 15 M
2 Ashley Morris 1* 3 3 1 8 1 2 Mikey Buman 0 1 2 2 5 1
3 Jamie Pickard 1* f/rmt 1 3 5 1 3 Austin Novratil 3 3 2 2 fx 10 1
4 Tom Perry 2 2 3 3 2 12 - 4 Russell Green 0 2* 0 2 4 1
5 Richard Franklin 3 1 1 0 5 - 5 Eddie Castro 2 0 2 1 5 -
6 Darryl Ritchings 3 0 f 1 4 - 6 Rocco Scopellite 1* 1 0 0 0 2 1
7 Brendon Johnson ef 1 f 1 2 - 7 Michael Raines 2 fx 1* 0 3 1
46 44
Heat 01  Ingalls, Sarjeant, Morris, Buman  57.27  3-3 
Heat 02  Ritchings, Raines, Scopellite, Johnson(ef)   60.61  3-3  6-6
Heat 03  Novratil, Perry, Pickard, Green   58.46  3-3   9-9
Heat 04  Franklin, Castro, Johnson, Raines(fx)  59.29  4-2  13-11
Heat 05  Ingalls, Perry, Buman, Pickard(f/r)  57.17  2-4  15-15
Heat 06  Morris, Sargeant, Scopellite, Castro  58.54  5-1  20-16
Heat 07  Novratil, Green, Franklin, Ritchings  59.62  1-5  21-21
Heat 08  Morris, Buman, Raines, Johnson(f)   61.43   2-4  24-20
Heat 09  Perry, Castro, Pickard, Scopellite  58.99  4-2   28-26
Heat 10  Sarjeant, Novratil, Morris, Green  59.29   4-2   32-28
Heat 11  Ingalls, Buman, Franklin, Ritchings(fx)  AW  1-5  33-33
Heat 12  Pickard, Novratil, Johnson, Scopellite  59.93  4-2  37-35
Heat 13  Ingalls, Sarjeant, Castro, Franklin   58.25  2-4  39-39
Heat 14  Perry, Green, Ritchings, Scopellite  59.36  4-2  43-41
Heat 15  Ingalls, Perry, Sarjeant, Novratil(fx)  58.37  3-3  46-44
  TOM Perry top scored for Great Britain Under-21s as they notched a dramatic last gasp 46-44 win over the USA Tourists in a Monmore Green thriller on Tuesday.
The Dudley Heathens favourite scored 12-points from his five outings and he received useful support from ex-Heathen James Sarjeant who impressed with 10+2.
Workington’s Premier League star Kenny Ingalls was unstoppable with a 15-point maximum for the tourists in a night of great entertainment with a big crowd.
Other Heathens riders Ashley Morris (8+1), Richard Franklin (5+1) and Darryl Ritchings (4) did well for the GB side.
Perry and Sarjeant tucked in behind Ingalls in the decisive Heat 15 for a 3-3 to hand the hosts the win.
GB boss Phil Morris said: “I put the team together with a lot of Dudley Heathens riders because they are a club who base their sides mainly on young British talent which is great.  “I admire them for the way they give British youngsters opportunities and Tom Perry in particular had a great night, it was nice to win. If every club had the same attitude as Dudley it would help.”

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