Results and scorers
DETAILED RESULTS FOR THE CRADLEY HEATHENS 2014
Cradley Heathens v Coventry StormNL @ Monmore Wood
Heat 01: Starke, O.Greenwood, Williamson, Daley 4-2 55.65 NTR
Heat 02: Greaves, Phillips, Daley, Knuckey, 5-1 9-3 58.72
Heat 03: Nielsen, Clegg, D.Greenwood, Perry 2-4 11-7 56.61
Heat 04: Worrall, Sarjeant, Phillips, Knuckey 4-2 15-9 56.13
Heat 05: Clegg, Nielsen, O.Greenwood, Perry 3-3 18-12 57.11
Heat 06: Starke, Sarjeant, Daley, Williamson(f/r) 3-3 21-15 56.93
Heat 07: Worrall, Nielsen, Greaves, D.Greenwood 4-2 25-17 57.10
Heat 08: D.Greenwood, Williamson, Phillips, Knuckey 3-3 28-20 59.28
Heat 09: Clegg, Perry, Daley, Sarjeant(f/r) 5-1 33-21 58.26
Heat 10: Starke, Nielsen^, D.Greenwood, Williamson 3-5 36-26 57.73
Heat 11: Greaves, Knuckey, O.Greenwood, Worrall(nf) 3-3 39-29 58.71
Heat 12: Nielsen, Phillips, Clegg, Daley 3-3 42-32 58.89
Heat 13: Starke, Worrall, Sarjeant, O.Greenwood 5-1 47-33 57.53
Heat 14: Perry, Greaves, D.Greenwood, Knuckey 5-1 52-34 58.61
Heat 15: Starke, Worrall, Nielsen, Sarjeant 5-1 57-35 57.97
CRADLEY continued their sensational run of form by romping to a 57-35 victory over Coventry in an entertaining clash at Monmore Green. The in-form Heathens gained revenge against the only side to defeat them in 2014 with an impressive display to extend their winning run to 10 meetings.
They were made to work extremely hard for all three points before pulling clear with three 5-1s in the final three races to wrap up a resounding win. Team boss Will Pottinger revealed he was not entirely pleased with the performance but was delighted with another superb result. Said Pottinger: "We've got to be happy with a victory by a 22 point margin; it was another great result. "We are a little disappointed by the fact it could have easily been more to be honest. We threw away some silly points but fortunately it didn't cost us in the end and hopefully it won't happen again. "It was still a good win for us against a strong side, and everybody contributed once again. The reserves scored well, Steve (Worrall) and Paul (Starke) led the team superbly from the top end and everyone else chipped in as well so we can't complain."
Skipper Paul Starke led the side in perfect fashion with a faultless maximum which saw him break his own track record in the opening race of the night. He was backed up brilliantly by Steve Worrall, who dropped his only points when he mistakenly pulled up on the third lap of heat 11 believing the race had reached it's conclusion.
Talented youngsters Max Clegg and Nathan Greaves both put in impressive displays to notch paid double figures, whilst Danny Phillips once again performed well at reserve.
Middle order man Tom Perry recovered from a tough start to end his night by playing his part in two vital Heathens 5-1s, whilst Matt Williamson also added a useful three points despite a difficult night.
It was another superb performance from me the formidable Heathens who continue to prove a dominant force once again in 2014 as they look to defend their National League title.
F.A.S.T. GOLDEN HAMMER @ Monmore Wood
|1||Oliver Greenwood (Cov)||2||2||1||2||2||9||9||Max Clegg (Crad/Leic)||2||0||3||1||2||8|
|2||Lewis Blackbird (East/Pet)||3||3||0||3||ef||9||10||Tom Perry (Crad/Wol)||1||0||2||2||3||8|
|3||Danny Phillips (Crad)||f/r||x||fell||0||0||0||11||Nathan Greaves (Crad/Swin)||tx||1||2||1||0||4|
|4||James Sarjeant (Cov)||tx||1||1||3||2||7||12||Simon Lambert (Work/Kent)||3||3||1||1||3||11|
|5||Kyle Newman (Poole/Ply)||1||3||3||3||3||13||13||Matt Williamson (Crad/Scun)||fx||1||0||0||2||3|
|6||Ashley Birks (Scun)||3||2||0||fell||ns||5||14||Ben Hopwood (Stoke)||1||1||1||x2m||1||4|
|7||Steve Worrall (Crad/Edin/Swin)||2||3||3||3||3||14||15||Dan Greenwood (Cov)||2||2||2||2||1||9|
|8||Jon Armstrong (Stoke)||0||0||2||2||0||4||16||Adam Roynon (Una)||3||2||3||1||1||10|
Heat 01: Blackbird, O.Greenwood, Chessell, Phillips(f/rmt), Sarjeant (tx) 55.47(NLTR)
Heat 02: Birks, Worrall, Newman, Armstrong 56.83
Heat 03: Lambert, Clegg, Perry, Chessell, Greaves(tx) 57.07
Heat 04: Roynon, D.Greenwood, Hopwood, Williamson(fx) 57.0
Heat 05: Newman, O.Greenwood, Williamson, Clegg 58.79
Heat 06: Blackbird, Birks, Hopwood, Perry 57.25
Heat 07: Worrall, D.Greenwood, Greaves, Phillips(x) 57.40
Heat 08: Lambert, Roynon, Sarjeant, Armstrong 57.37
Heat 09: Roynon, Greaves, O.Greenwood, Birks 57.65
Heat 10: Newman, D.Greenwood, Lambert, Blackbird 57.19
Heat 11: Clegg, Armstrong, Hopwood(f/r), Phillips(f) 57.94
Heat 12: Worrall, Perry, Sarjeant, Williamson 56.81
Heat 13: Worrall, O.Greenwood, Lambert, Hopwood(x2m) 58.29
Heat 14: Blackbird, Armstrong, Greaves, Willaimson 58.68
Heat 15: Newman, Perry, Roynon, Phillips 58.47
Heat 16: Sarjeant, D.Greenwood, Clegg, Birks(f) 58.91
Heat 17: Perry, O.Greenwood, D.Greenwood, Armstrong
Heat 18: Worrall, Clegg, Roynon, Blackbird(ef) 58.43
Heat 19: Lambert, Williamson, Chessell, Phillips, Birks(ns) 58.44
Heat 20: Newman, Sarjeant, Hopwood, Greaves 58.19
CRADLEY star Steve Worrall continued his magnificent run of form by storming to a stunning victory in the F.A.S.T Golden Hammer at Monmore Green.
The Heathens ace emerged victorious in front of a packed crowd to become only the second home winner of the prestigious event in the modern era. On a night of breathtaking action, Worrall was made to work extremely hard before eventually fending off Kyle Newman by a single point to climb to the top of the rostrum. Worrall had worked his way from the back to brilliantly snatch second place from Newman in a scintillating heat two as Ashley Birks edged victory. It proved a result which eventually proved crucial, as both Worrall and Newman reeled off wins in each of their remaining four outings. It was another memorable evening for Worrall as he continues to enjoy a sensational season - and he was thrilled to come away with an unforgettable win. Said Worrall: "I'm over the moon. Now I'm a Cradley rider and with the form I've been in I was desperate to win it, so I'm so happy I pulled it off. "I didn't have things all my own way tonight and I wasn't making great starts, so I feel like I really earned it and I'm delighted to have come out on top. "It was a great night and things are going so well for me at the moment. I'm on the crest of a wave at the moment so hopefully it won't stop any time soon."
Whilst Worrall and Newman set the pace, 2010 Champion Simon Lambert completed the top three with a determined 11 point haul. He edged a thrilling battle with Adam Roynon in heat eight which proved crucial as he narrowly beat the former Heathens skipper to the final rostrum spot.
Defending Champion Lewis Blackbird experienced some costly misfortune as he attempted to claim back to back Hammer wins. He set a new track record with a composed win in his opening ride - yet he was forced wide on the opening bend of heat 10 before bike troubles whilst leading his final ride left him out of the top three.
Coventry Storm duo Oliver Greenwood and Dan Greenwood both proved impressive as they bagged nine points apiece, whilst Heathens pair Tom Perry and Max Clegg battled hard for solid points hauls. Both Nathan Greaves and Matt Williamson recovered from difficult starts to be involved in some hard-fought racing.
Overall it was a night of magnificent action which saw Cradley star Worrall spark jubilant scenes amongst his home fans with a brilliant win.
Stoke Potters v Cradley Heathens NL @ Loomer Road
|Team Manager - Malcolm Vasey||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||James Sarjeant||1*||2||3||3||3||12||1||1||Paul Starke||3||2||x||2||1*||1*||9||2|
|2||Chris Widman||2||0||2||1||5||-||2||Benji Compton (G)||fell||fx||withdrew||0||-|
|3||Ben Hopwood||3||3||1*||2||0||9||1||3||Max Clegg||1*||3||2||3||fr/1||10||1|
|4||Lee Payne||0||1||2||2||5||-||4||Steve Worrall R/R||TP||PS||DP||MC|
|5||Jon Armstrong||1*||2||3||0||6||1||5||Tom Perry||2||3||3||3||2||2||15||-|
|6||Rob Shuttleworth||2||fr/1*||1||fx||fx||4||1||6||Nathan Greaves||3||1||3||xt/fell||fell||1||3||11||-|
|7||Adam Kirby||fr||2||0||2||7||Danny Phillips||1||fr||x2m1||0||2||-|
|Heat 01: Starke, Widman,
Sarjeant, Compton(fell) 3-3 64.0
Heat 02: Greaves, Shuttleworth, Phillips, Kirby(f/r) 2-4 5-7 66.3
Heat 03: Hopwood, Perry, Clegg, Payne 3-3 8-10 63.9
Heat 04: Perry, Kirby, Armstrong, Phillips(f/r) 3-3 11-13 64.6
Heat 05: Hopwood, Starke, Payne, Compton(fx) 4-2 15-15 AW
Heat 06: Perry, Sarjeant, Greaves, Widman 2-4 17-19 65.3
Heat 07: Clegg, Armstrong, Shuttleworth(f/r1), Starke(x) 3-3 20-22 AW
Heat 08: Greaves, Widman, Phillips(x2m - 15m)1, Kirby 2-4 22-26 65.5
Heat 09: Perry, Payne, Hopwood, Greaves(xt - 15m/f) 3-3 25-29 64.0
Heat 10: Sarjeant, Clegg, Widman, Phillips 4-2 29-31 65.0
Heat 11: Armstrong, Starke, Shuttleworth, Greaves(f) 4-2 33-33 64.9
Heat 12: Clegg, Hopwood, Greaves, Shuttleworth(fx) 2-4 35-37 64.8
Heat 13: Sarjeant, Perry, Starke, Armstrong 3-3 38-40 64.4
Heat 14: Greaves, Payne, Clegg(f/r) 1, Shuttleworth(fx) 2-4 40-44 65.3
Heat 15: Sarjeant, Perry, Starke, Hopwood 3-3 43-47
CRADLEY picked up another hard fought win on their travels, beating the Stoke Potters 47-43.
The win means the Heathens extend their unbeaten run to 11 meetings- despite finishing tonight with only five riders.
Steve Worrall and Matt Williamson were already missing due to being involved in the Premier League Fours, before guest Benji Compton was forced to withdraw after suffering two falls.
Heathens Team Manager Will Pottinger was relieved to pick up three more league points and was full of praise for his riders. "We knew it was going to be a tough meeting before we came here tonight, but to pull off a four point win with only five riders is a fantastic achievement by the lads," he said. "Tom (Perry), Max (Clegg) and Starkey (Paul Starke) were all excellent tonight and proved to be a solid top end. "Nathan (Greaves) was fantastic and it always helps when you've got a free-scoring reserve who can perform like that. "Danny (Phillips) struggled a bit at times but his couple of points were vital in the end and he had a great ride in Heat 8 to get third after starting 15 metres back. "Sometimes luck goes for you and at other times it goes against you, thankfully it was on our side tonight and we were able to capitalise on a few mistakes made by their riders to pick up some important points. "It was just another remarkable effort from the team tonight and it means we keep our good run of form going and pick up some more important league points."
FOURS @ BRANDON, COVENTRY
POSTPONED TRACK FLOODED
RETRO FOURS @ MONMORE GREEN,
BIRMINGHAM 34, WOLVES 28, CRADLEY 27, OXFORD 10
Cradley - Stuart Robson 10, Aaron Summers 9, Kyle Newman 4, Gino Manzares 4
Heathens v Mildenhall Fen Tigers @ Monmore WOOD
ABANDONED AFTER ONE HEAT HEAVY RAIN
Team Manager - Will Pottinger
|Team manager - Kevin Jolly|
|1||Paul Starke||3||1||Danny Halsey||2|
|2||Matt Williamson||1||2||Connor Coles||Fell|
|3||Max Clegg||3||Josh Bates R/R|
|4||Steve Worrall R/R||4||Brendon Johnson|
|5||Tom Perry||5||Joe Jacobs|
|6||Nathan Greaves||6||Michael Neale|
|7||Danny Phillips||7||Connor Mountain|
Heat01: Starke, Halsey, Williamson(f/r), Coles
|CRADLEY saw their clash with Mildenhall
washed out after just one race at Monmore Green.
Track staff had worked tirelessly to get the meeting on after the circuit was hit by rain earlier in the day before a heavy downpour shortly after the meeting got underway caused the match to be abandoned.
Paul Starke led a Heathens heat advantage in an incident-packed opening race before heat two was stopped following a fall on the opening lap.
It was just before the second race was due to be rerun that the rain struck once again before referee Jim Lawrence opted to call a halt to proceedings having conversed with riders from both clubs.
Cradley boss Will Pottinger admitted it was a hugely frustrating night.
He said: "After getting the meeting started we were all desperate to try and make sure we got through to the end. "Unfortunately the track had already taken some rain earlier in the day, and when it started to rain again there wasn't much we could do. "It's very frustrating for everyone, but there's nothing we can do about it and we've just got to focus on the meeting at Mildenhall on Sunday now."
MILDENHALL FEN TIGERS v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ WEST ROW
|Team manager - Kevin Jolly||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Dan Halsey||3||0||3||2*||2||10||1||1||Oliver Greenwood (G)||2||3||3||0||1||9||-|
|2||Josh Bates R/R||CC||CM||JK||BJ||-||-||2||Matt Williamson||1*||0||3||0||3||7||1|
|3||Connor Coles||0||2||1*||3||0||6||1||3||Max Clegg||0||1*||2||3||3||3||12||1|
|4||Brendon Johnson||1*||2||1||1||F||5||1||4||Steve Worrall R/R||OG||TP||MW||MC||-||-|
|5||Joe Jacobs||3||3||2||3||0||11||-||5||Tom Perry||1||2*||2||0||0||5||1|
|6||Jack Kingston||FX||FX||F||1*||FR/1||2||1||6||Nathan Greaves||3||3||2*||2||2*||1||13||2|
|7||Connor Mountain||1||2*||1||1||1||6||1||7||Luke Harris (G)||2*||F||2*||4||2|
Heat01: Halsey, O.Greenwood, Williamson, Coles 3-3 51.8
Heat02: Greaves, Harris, Mountain, Kingston(fx) 1-5 4-8 53.8
Heat03: O.Greenwood, Coles, Johnson, Clegg 3-3 7-11 51.8
Heat04: Jacobs, Mountain, Perry, Harris 5-1 12-12 51.9
Heat05: O.Greenwood, Johnson, Coles, Williamson 3-3 15-15 51.3
Heat06: Greaves, Perry, Mountain, Halsey 1-5 16-20 52.7
Heat07: Jacobs, Perry, Clegg, Kingston(f) 3-3 19-23 AW
Heat08: Williamson, Greaves, Mountain, Kingston(15m/f) 1-5 20-28 52.3
Heat09: Coles, Greaves, Johnson, Perry 4-2 24-30 53.1
Heat10: Halsey, Clegg, Johnson, Williamson 4-2 28-32 52.0
Heat11: Williamson, Jacobs, Kingston, Greenwood 31-35 52.3
Heat12: Clegg, Greaves, Mountain, Coles 1-5 32-40 52.6
Heat13: Jacobs, Halsey, Greenwood, Perry 5-1 37-41 53.4
Heat14: Clegg, Harris, Kingston(f/r), Johnson(f) 1-5 38-46 53.5
Heat15: Clegg, Halsey, Greaves, Jacobs 2-4 40-50 52.2
CRADLEY raced to arguably their most impressive victory of the season as they put one over old rivals Mildenhall 50-40 at West Row.
The Heathens have been in dominant form so far this season, but they entered the meeting without star duo Steve Worrall and Paul Starke plus young reserve Danny Phillips.
Despite being heavily depleted, Will Pottinger’s side put in a gutsy display to claim a spectacular win against a strong Fen Tigers side.
It was a superb team effort which sees Cradley extend their winning run to a magnificent 12 matches – and Pottinger was full of praise for his patched up side. He said: “It was a fantastic effort from everyone. Without our top two guys, and then missing Danny (Phillips) at reserve we thought we were going to be up against it, so to come away from Mildenhall with a ten point win is a brilliant achievement. “All six lads deserve a great amount of credit for the effort they put in. We probably would have been happy leaving with a point beforehand, so to come away with all four is superb.”
Talented youngster Nathan Greaves stepped up with a match-winning display at reserve, piling up a vital 13+2 points to top score for the visitors.
He was involved in four Heathens 5-1s as they established an early lead before Max Clegg reeled off three consecutive wins in his final three rides to see his side over the line.
Guesting No.1 Oliver Greenwood and Matt Williamson also recorded two race wins apiece whilst solid showings from Tom Perry and reserve Luke Harris saw Cradley claim a memorable win.
DOUBLE HEADER PART 1
CRADLEY HEATHENS v KINGS LYNN YOUNG STARS @ MONMORE WOOD
Kings Lynn Young Stars
Team Manager - Will Pottinger
|Team manager - Dale Allitt|
|1||Paul Starke||fx||3||3||2*||8||1||1||Ben Morley||---||WITHDREW||---||--|
|2||Matt Williamson||3||2*||3||2*||10||PM||2||Lewis Rose R/R||LC||SC||JC||LC|
|3||Max Clegg||2*||0 f/r||3||3||8||1||3||Scott Campos||F||2||1*||1||2||1||7||1|
|4||Tom Perry||3||3||2*||1||2*||11||2||4||Luke Chessell (G)||1||2||F||1 f/r||2||F||6||-|
|5||Steve Worrall||3||3||3||3||3||15||MAX||5||James Cockle||2||1||FX||1||1||5||-|
|6||Nathan Greaves||3||FX||2*||3||8||1||6||Layne Cupitt (G)||FX||F||1*||F||0||1||2||1|
|7||Luke Harris||1||1||2*||0||4||1||7||Dave Holt||2||2||fx||0||0||4||-|
Heat01: Williamson, Holt, Starke(fx), Cupitt(fx) 3-2 AW
Heat02: Greaves, Holt, Harris, Cupitt(f) 4-2 7-4 62.88
Heat03: Perry, Clegg, Chessell, Campos 5-1 12-5 61.12
Heat04: Worrall, Cockle, Harris, Holt 4-2 16-7 59.40
Heat05: Perry, Campos, Cupitt, Clegg(15m) 3-3 19-10 62.04
Heat06: Starke, Williamson, Cockle, Holt 5-1 24-11 59.09
Heat07: Worrall, Chessell, Campos, Greaves(fx) 3-3 27-14 59.47
Heat08: Williamson, Harris, Cockle^(fx), Cupitt(f) 5-0 32-14 64.55
Heat09: Clegg, Perry, Cockle, Cupitt 5-1 37-15 60.41
Heat10: Starke, Williamson, Campos, Chessell(f) 5-1 42-16 60.80
Heat11: Worrall, Greaves, Chessell, Morley(ns) 5-1 47-17 59.37
Heat12: Clegg, Campos, Culpitt, Harris 3-3 50-20 62.00
Heat13: Worrall, Starke, Cockle, Morley(ns) 5-1 55-21 60.61
Heat14: Greaves, Chessell, Perry, Holt 4-2 59-23 61.77
Heat15: Worrall, Perry, Campos, Chessell 5-1 64-24
CRADLEY have topped the National League
table for the fourth time in five seasons after they raced to two
more excellent victories at Monmore Green.
DOUBLE HEADER PART 2
CRADLEY HEATHENS v MILDENHALL FEN TIGERS NL @ MONMORE WOOD
|Team manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager Rob Henry|
|1||Paul Starke||3||3||3||3||12||MAX||1||Dan Halsey||FX||0||1||0||1||-|
|2||Matt Williamson||1||1||1||1||4||-||2||Connor Coles||2||3||2||0||7||-|
|3||Max Clegg||1*||2||3||2||8||1||3||Josh Bates||3||2||4^||3||12||-|
|4||Tom Perry||2||1*||2*||2*||7||3||4||Brendon Johnson||0||1*||0||0||1||1|
|5||Steve Worrall||3||3||3||2*||11||PM||5||Joe Jacobs||FX||2||1^||1||4||-|
|6||Nathan Greaves||3||FX||3||2*||3||11||1||6||Layne Cupitt||F||0||0||0||-|
|7||Luke Harris||1||1||0||2||-||7||Connor Mountain||2||2||0||1||1||6||-|
Heat01: Starke, Coles, Williamson, Halsey(fx) 4-2 57.73
Heat02: Greaves, Mountain, Harris, Culpitt 4-2 8-4 61.01
Heat03: Bates, Perry, Clegg, Johnson 3-3 11-7 59.24
Heat04: Worrall, Mountain, Harris, Jacobs(fx) 4-2 15-9 AW
Heat05: Coles, Clegg, Perry, Halsey 3-3 18-12 60.13
Heat06: Starke, Jacobs, Williamson, Cupitt 4-2 22-14 59.06
Heat07: Worrall, Bates, Johnson, Greaves(fx) 3-3 25-17 58.08
Heat08: Greaves, Coles, Williamson, Mountain 4-2 29-19 60.67
Heat09: Clegg, Perry, Jacobs, Cupitt 5-1 34-20 59.51
Heat10: Starke, Bates, Williamson, Johnson 4-4 38-24 58.29
Heat11: Worrall, Greaves, Halsey, Coles 5-1 43-25 58.35
Heat12: Bates, Clegg, Mountain, Harris 2-4 45-29 58.76
Heat13: Starke, Worrall, Jacobs, Halsey 5-1 50-30 58.51
Heat14: Graves, Perry, Mountain, Johnson 5-1 55-31 60.26
Heat15: ABANDONED CURFEW (RESULT STANDS)
After edging ahead in the first half of the meeting, the Heathens stormed to four 5-1s in the final six races to wrap up another resounding win.
They had opened up a 55-31 lead before the meeting was abandoned after 14 races due to curfew.
It was a case of job well done for the hosts, who arrived knowing six National League points would see them finish top of the table for the fourth time in five seasons.
in-form Steve Worrall went unbeaten in both meetings with a spectacular performance to lead their charge to two more wins, whilst skipper Paul Starke was also in formidable form following a fall in the opening race of the night.
Matt Williamson battled on despite suffering a suspected broken finger in his opening ride, striking a paid maximum against the Young Stars followed by a solid performance in the second meeting.
Middle order duo Max Clegg and Tom Perry provided excellent scoring from the engine room of the side with typically determined showings across both meetings.
With Nathan Greaves also impressing at reserve plus Luke Harris performing admirably as a guest for Danny Phillips, the Heathens continued their tremendous form. And team boss Will Pottinger was pleased with a good night at the office. He said: "The track was tricky to start with after all the rain we've had, but we managed to come through the first meeting quite convincingly in the end. "We had a tough test against Mildenhall, but we came away with another good win to secure our place at the top of the table which is a great achievement for everybody involved with the club. "It was great to see everyone contributing once again, and it was another good night all-around for us really."
CRADLEY HEATHENS v DEVON DEMONS NL @ MONMORE WOOD
|Team manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager - Davis Short|
|1||Steve Worrall||3||3||3||3||3||15||MAX||1||Josh Bates (G)||1||3||4^||2||2||12||-|
|2||Nathan Greaves||2*||3||2*||3||2*||1||13||3||2||Richard Andrews||0||X||N||0||-|
|3||Max Clegg||1||2||3||1||3||10||-||3||James Shanes||0||0||0||2||2||-|
|4||Tom Perry R/R||NG||DP||MW||MC||4||Luke Chessell||2||4^||1||1||8||-|
|5||Paul Starke||ret||3||3||1||7||-||5||Matt Bates||3||1||1||0||x||5||-|
|6||Matt Williamson||3||1||2*||X||2*||8||2||6||Cameron Hoskins||0||0||1||0||fell||1||-|
|7||Danny Phillips||2*||2||1*||2*||3||10||3||7||Tyler Govier||1||1||X||X||0||2||-|
Heat01: Worrall, Greaves, J.Bates, Andrews 5-1 56.9
Heat02: Williamson, Phillips, Govier(f/r), Hoskins(f/r) 5-1 10-2 60.5
Heat03: Greaves, Chessell, Clegg, Shanes 4-2 14-4 59.3
Heat04: M.Bates, Phillips, Govier, Starke(ret) 2-4 16-8 61.1
Heat05: J.Bates, Clegg, Phillips, Andrews(fx) 3-3 19-11 58.2
Heat06: Worrall, Greaves, M.Bates, Hoskins 5-1 24-12 59.1
Heat07: Starke, Chessell^, Williamson, Shanes 4-4 28-16 58.9
Heat08: Greaves, Phillips, Hoskins(f/r), Govier(fx) 5-1 33-17 59.5
Heat09: Clegg, Williamson, M.Bates, Hoskins 5-1 38-18 58.6
Heat10: Worrall, Greaves, Chessell, Shanes 5-1 43-19 57.7
Heat11: Starke, J.Bates^, Govier(fx), Williamson(fx) 3-4 46-23 58.2
Heat12: Phillips, Shanes, Clegg, Hoskins(f) 4-2 50-25 60.5
Heat13: Worrall, J.Bates, Starke, M.Bates 4-2 54-27 58.5
Heat14: Clegg, Williamson, Chessell, Govier 5-1 59-28 59.3
Heat15: Worrall, J.Bates, Greaves, M.Bates(fx) 4-2 63-30 AW
Bronze Helmet Steve Worrall beat Luke Chessell to become the new holder.
CRADLEY wrapped up their regular National League home fixtures in perfect fashion as they stormed to a 63-30 win over Devon at Monmore Green.
The flying Heathens put in another impressive display to emerge with a resounding win and ensure they extended their winning run to 15 meetings. With the play-offs rapidly approaching and a mouth-watering Knockout Cup semi-final tie with Coventry next week, Cradley continued their rich vein of form with a comfortable triumph. It was another tremendous night at the office for Will Pottinger's side despite the absence of Tom Perry due to Premier League commitments - and Pottinger was pleased with another strong showing. He said: "It was an excellent team performance all-around again, and we were pleased to come away with another good win. "Everyone won at least one race which was great to see, and as we head into the business end of the season confidence is high."
Steve Worrall stormed to a faultless maximum as he moved up to the No.1 spot, whilst he ended a superb evening by claiming the a National League Bronze Helmet from Luke Chessell. He was partnered by teenage star Nathan Greaves for three of Cradley's seven 5-1s as the youngster stormed to a career-best 13+3 point haul on his return to the main body.
Returning reserve Danny Phillips picked up where he left off after his injury with a determined 10+2 point haul, whilst Matt Williamson also notched paid double figures in the lower order.
With Max Clegg adding a hard-fought ten points plus Paul Starke claiming two important wins to see off Devon tactical rides, the Heathens cruised to a comfortable win.
KINGS LYNN YOUNG STARS v CRADLEY HEATHENS @ SADDLEBOW ROAD
Kings Lynn Young Stars
Team Manager - Dale Allitt
|Team manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Ben Morley (G)||1||4^||2||1||1||9||-||1||Steve Worrall||2*||3||3||3||3||14||PM|
|2||Scott Campos||0||0||1*||1*||2||2||2||Tom Perry R/R||DP||MW||NG||DP|
|3||James Cockle||1||X/2m||0||2||ret||3||-||3||Max Clegg||3||3||2*||3||3||14||PM|
|4||Marc Owen||0||1||2||2||5||-||4||Nathan Greaves||2*||3||3||ret||3||11||1|
|5||Darren Mallett||0||1||2||0||3||-||5||Paul Starke||3||3||3||2*||2*||13||PM|
CRADLEY HEATHENS v COVENTRY STORM KO CUP SEMI-FINAL 1st LEG
Team Manager - Will Pottinger
|Team manager - Laurence Rogers|
|1||Steve Worrall||3||3||3||2*||2*||13||PM||1||Oliver Greenwood||1||1||2||1||1||6||-|
|2||Nathan Greaves||2*||1||3||2*||8||2||2||Stefan Nielsen R/R||LP||RTD||DG||JS|
|3||Max Clegg||1||3||2||2*||8||1||3||Luke Priest||0||fell||fell||1||0||1||-|
|4||Tom Perry||3||2*||1*||3||9||2||4||Dan Greenwood||2||2||ret^||fell||1||0||5||-|
|5||Paul Starke||3||3||3||3||3||15||MAX||5||James Sarjeant||2||4^||3||1*||0||10||1|
CRADLEY stormed to a stunning 63-28
victory over Midlands neighbours Coventry in the first leg of their
Knockout Cup semi-final at Monmore Green.
CRADLEY HEATHENS v MILDENHALL NL PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL ABANDONED AFTER HEAT 7 RESULT DOES NOT STAND
|Team manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager Rob Henry|
|1||Steve Worrall||2*||3||5||1||1||Joe Jacobs||1||3||4||-|
|2||Nathan Greaves||3||F||3||-||2||Connor Coles R/R||JK||LC||-||-|
|3||Max Clegg||3||2||5||-||3||Lee Payne (G)||NS||NS||-||-|
|4||Tom Perry||fell||1||1||1||4||Luke Chessell||2||ret||4^||6||-|
|5||Paul Starke||3||3||6||-||5||Dan Halsey||2||ret||2|
|6||Matt Williamson||3||1||4||-||6||Jack Kingston||0||fell||2||2||-|
|7||Danny Phillips||2*||0||2||1||7||Ellis Perks||1||1*||2||1|
Heat01: Greaves, Worrall, Jacobs, Kingston 5-1 56.84
Heat02: Williamson, Phillips, Perks, Kingston 5-1 10-2 60.87
Heat03: Clegg, Chessell, Perry(F), Payne(NS) 3-2 13-4 58.73
Heat04: Starke, Halsey, Perks, Phillips 3-3 16-7 58.34
Heat05: Jacobs, Clegg, Perry, Chessell(ret) 3-3 19-10 60.72
Heat06: Worrall, Kingston, Greaves(f), Halsey(ret) 3-2 22-12 61.98
Heat07: Starke, Chessell^, Williamson, Payne(NS) 4-4 26-16 67.60
Heat08: MATCH ABANDONED HEAVY RAIN
CRADLEY were beaten by the rain as their National League play-off semi-final clash with Mildenhall was abandoned due to rain.
Just seven heats had been completed when deteriorating conditions forced the meeting to be abandoned with the Heathens leading 26-16.
However, the club have moved swiftly to provisionally re-arrange the tie for next Tuesday, September 30 (7.30). Prices for the clash have been set at £5 for adults and concessions plus free for kids with a readmission ticket from tonight's abandonment, with normal admission prices for those without a valid re-admission ticket. Cradley had got off to a tremendous start with 5-1s in the opening two races before the rain began to cause problems. By the time heat seven arrived, riders from both clubs were clearly struggling with the slippery conditions and the meeting was called to a halt.
Heathens boss Will Pottinger admitted they were hugely disappointed having been left with no choice but to abandon the meeting. However, they are now looking forward to travelling to Coventry for their Knockout Cup semi-final on Friday before hosting the Fen Tigers again next week. Said Pottinger: "It's just so frustrating for everyone here, and we've just not had any luck with the weather. "Unfortunately the rain just wasn't going to relent so it was the right decision in the end. "We'll just have to try again next week, and hopefully the weather will be kinder to us and we can put in a good performance to build up a big lead. "In the meantime we travel to Coventry on Friday in what should be a good meeting for all the lads, so hopefully we can perform well there as well."
COVENTRY STORM v CRADLEY HEATHENS KO CUP SEMI-FINAL 2nd LEG
|Team Manager - Laurence Rogers||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Oliver Greenwood||2||fx||WITHDREW||2||-||1||Joe Jacobs||3||2*||3||8||PM|
|2||Stefan Nielsen R/R||LP||RTD||DG||JS||-||-||2||Paul Starke R/R||MC||NG||JJ||-||-|
|3||Luke Priest||1*||0||0||1*||2||2||3||Max Clegg||EF||3||3||15m2||8||-|
|4||Dan Greenwood||1||1||2||2||6||-||4||Nathan Greaves||2*||3||1||X||6||1|
|5||James Sarjeant||2||2||3||7||-||5||Tom Perry||3||3||3||9||MAX|
|6||Ryan Terry Daley||2*||2||0||4||1||6||Layne Culpitt||FX||1||FX||1||-|
|7||Martin Knuckey||3||1*||1*||1||6||2||7||Danny Phillips||FX||0||0||0|
Heat01: Jacobs, O.Greenwood, Priest,Clegg(ef) 3-3 64.5
Heat02: Knuckey, Daley, Cuppitt(fx), Phillips(fx) 5-0 8-3 66.0
Heat03: Clegg, Greaves, D.Greenwood, Priest 1-5 9-8 64.7
Heat04: Perry, Sarjeant, Knuckey, Phillips 3-3 12-11 62.2
Heat05: Greaves, Jacobs, D.Greenwood, Priest 1-5 13-16 64.5
Heat06: Perry, Daley, Cuppitt, O.Greenwood(fx) 2-4 15-20 63.8
Heat07: Clegg, Sarjeant, Greaves, Daley 2-4 17-24 63.5
Heat08: Jacobs, D.Greenwood, Knuckey, Phillips 3-3 20-27 63.5
Heat09: Perry, D.Greenwood, Priest, Cuppitt(fx) 3-3 23-30 AW
Heat10: Sarjeant, Clegg, Knuckey, Greaves(X) 4-2 27-32 AW
Heat11: MATCH ABANDONED - 10-30pm CURFEW
CRADLEY booked their spot in the Knockout Cup Final courtesy of a hard-fought 32-27 win over Coventry at Brandon.
The depleted Heathens had put in a determined performance to comfortably seal an aggregate victory by a resounding margin.
However, the meeting was overshadowed by unsavoury scenes which saw the meeting abandoned as an injured mechanic received treatment. A clash between James Sarjeant and Nathan Greaves in heat ten sparked ugly scenes as riders and mechanics from both sides came to blows. It was an unfortunate end to what had been an entertaining contest, and Cradley boss Will Pottinger admitted he was disappointed by events.
However, he was pleased with the on-track performance of his side as they overcame their absences to pick up victory. Said Pottinger: "It was a real shame to see the meeting end how it did, and it goes without saying that we wish the guy who got hurt well. "As far as the meeting goes it was a good performance from us, and we've got to be happy to come away with the win given the riders we were missing." Stand-in skipper Tom Perry stormed to a faultless maximum for the visitors, whilst guesting No.1 Joe Jacobs also went unbeaten.
Youngster Max Clegg and Nathan Greaves were also impressive in the middle order to help form a powerful top four which accounted for eight race wins to lead them to victory on the night.
NATIONAL LEAGUE RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP @
1st Dan Halsey - 2nd Steve Worrall - 3rd Ben Morley
CRADLEY HEATHENS v MILDENHALL NL PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL
|Team manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager Chris Louis|
|1||Steve Worrall||3||3||3||3||3||15||MAX||1||Simon Lambert||1||4^||1||F||6||-|
|2||Nathan Greaves||2*||1||2||2*||7||2||2||Josh Bates R/R||LC||BJ||DH||EP|
|3||Max Clegg||3||3||3||3||12||MAX||3||Luke Chessell||0||2||0||RET||NS||2||-|
|4||Tom Perry||1||1||1||3||6||-||4||Brendon Johnson||0||0||2||1||1||0||4||-|
|5||Paul Starke||3||3||3||2*||2*||13||PM||5||Dan Halsey||FX||2||6^||2||1||1||12||-|
|6||Matt Williamson||3||1||2*||2*||8||2||6||Michael Neale||RET||0||0||0||-|
|7||Danny Phillips||2*||2*||1*||2*||7||4||7||Ellis Perks||1||1||0||1||0||3||-|
Heat01: Worrall, Greaves, Lambert, Chessell 5-1 55.94
Heat02: Williamson, Phillips, Perks, Neale 5-1 10-2 59.32
Heat03: Clegg, Chessell, Perry, Johnson 4-2 14-4 56.96
Heat04: Starke, Phillips, Perks, Halsey(fx) 5-1 19-5 56.57
Heat05: Clegg, Lambert^, Perry, Johnson 4-4 23-9 57.96
Heat06: Worrall, Halsey, Greaves, Neale 4-2 27-11 57.06
Heat07: Starke, Johnson, Williamson, Chessell 4-2 31-13 57.23
Heat08: Halsey^, Greaves, Phillips, Perks 3-6 34-19 59.16
Heat09: Clegg, Halsey, Perry, Neale 4-2 38-21 58.52
Heat10: Worrall, Greaves, Johnson, Chessell(ret) 5-1 43-22 60.04
Heat11: Starke, Williamson, Lambert, Perks 5-1 48-23 57.67
Heat12: Clegg, Phillips, Perks, Chessell(ns) 5-1 53-24 60.04
Heat13: Worrall, Starke, Halsey, Lambert(fell) 5-1 58-25 AW
Heat14: Perry, Williamson, Johnson, Perks 5-1 63-26 60.66
Heat15: Worrall, Starke, Halsey, Johnson 5-1 68-27 58.71
Bronze Helmet Steve Worrall beat Daniel Halsey to
retain the helmet 58.55
|CRADLEY seized control of
their National League play-off semi-final tie as they raced to a
comprehensive 68-27 first leg victory over Mildenhall at Monmore Green.
The Heathens put in a sensational all-around team display to comfortably dispose of the injury-hit Fen Tigers and build up a big lead ahead of Sunday's second leg at West Row.
Steve Worrall and Paul Starke were both in impeccable form as they went unbeaten, with Worrall capping off the evening by rounding Dan Halsey to retain his Bronze Helmet.
Youngster Max Clegg also struck a four-ride maximum in spectacular style from the No.3 spot.
The all-action teenager was involved in the race of the night as he passed guesting Mildenhall No.1 Simon Lambert on the run to the line in a blockbuster heat five.
Whilst all three heat-leaders put in magnificent performances, they were backed up superbly by fast-starting reserve duo Matt Williamson and Danny Phillips as both suffered just one defeat apiece. Nathan Greaves also impressed with a determined display - starting and ending his night with paid wins alongside partner Worrall. Middle order man Tom Perry ended his night with a classy win as the Heathens stormed to six 5-1s in the final six races on their way to a crushing triumph. It was another professional display from Will Pottinger's side as they look to defend their National League title - and the team boss was pleased with the performance. Said Pottinger: "We're delighted with that performance. Everybody contributed and having no last places was really pleasing to see. "We've got to be over the moon with a 41 point lead going into the second leg, and barring an absolute disaster we should be into the Final which is the main thing."
MILDENHALL FEN TIGERS v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL 2nd leg
|Team Manager - Rob Henry||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Dan Halsey||1*||fell||2||2*||fell||5||2||1||Simon Lambert (G)||3||3||2||0||1||9||-|
|2||Josh Bates R/R||BJ||CM||DG||JK||-||-||2||Nathan Greaves||0||0||2||2||-|
|3||Dan Greenwood (G)||1||2||1||1*||2||7||1||3||Max Clegg||3||0||3||3||9||-|
|4||Brendon Johnson||2||0||1*||2||X||5||1||4||Tom Perry||2*||1||0||3||6||1|
|5||Joe Jacobs||2||2*||3||3||2||12||1||5||Paul Starke||3||3||3||1||3||13||-|
|6||Jack Kingston||fell||3||3||1*||fell||fx||7||1||6||Connor Dwyer (G)||1||1||0||1||3||-|
|7||Connor Mountain||2||1*||2||ret||5||1||7||Danny Phillips||3||0||0||1*||2*||6||2|
Heat 01: Lambert, Johnson, Halsey, Greaves 3-3 52.9
Heat 02: Phillips, Mountain, Dwyer, Kingston(f) 2-4 5-7 52.9
Heat 03: Clegg, Perry, Greenwood, Johnson 1-5 6-12 51.7
Heat 04: Starke, Jacobs, Mountain, Phillips 3-3 9-15 50.5
Heat 05: Lambert, Greenwood, Johnson, Greaves 3-3 12-18 50.9
Heat 06: Starke, Mountain, Dwyer, Halsey(f) 2-4 14-22 51.1
Heat 07: Kingston, Jacobs, Perry, Clegg 5-1 19-23 52.0
Heat 08: Kingston, Greaves, Greenwood, Phillips 4-2 23-25 52.7
Heat 09: Starke, Johnson, Greenwood, Dwyer 3-3 26-28 51.6
Heat 10: Clegg, Halsey, Kingston, Perry 3-3 29-31 52.1
Heat 11: Jacobs, Lambert, Phillips, Kigston(f) 3-3 32-34 AW
Heat 12: Clegg, Greenwood, Dwyer, Mountain(ret) 2-4 34-38 52.4
Heat 13: Jacobs, Halsey, Starke, Lambert 5-1 39-39 50.7
Heat 14: Perry, Phillips, Johnson(X), Kingston(fx) 0-5 39-44 55.3
Heat 15: Starke, Jacobs, Lambert, Halsey(f) 2-4 41-48 50.6
Paul Starke beat Joe Jacobs for the Bronze Helmet
CRADLEY stormed to a sensational 48-41 win over rivals Mildenhall to seal their place in the National League Grand Final.Despite carrying a big lead from the first leg, the Heathens showed no mercy as they edged a memorable victory at West Row to wrap up a comprehensive aggregate triumph. It was another fine display from the former Dudley Wood outfit as they overcame the absences of Steve Worrall and Matt Williamson to edge an entertaining clash. And team boss Will Pottinger was full of praise for his side as they survived a tough test to claim their 20th consecutive win in all competitions. Said Pottinger: “Although we had a big lead we wanted to concentrate on winning the meeting today, so we are delighted to have done that. “It’s a great result considering we were without Steve Worrall and Matt Williamson, so we are all going away happy after another terrific team performance.” Skipper Paul Starke led by example with a fine display as he raced to four wins out of five with a superb showing before defending the Bronze Helmet in the absence of Worrall immediately after heat 15. His only defeat came as he was on the receiving end of a 5-1 in heat 13 which brought Mildenhall level and set up a tense finale. However, the Heathens were gifted a 5-0 in the penultimate race as Jack Kingston fell and Brendan Johnson brought down Danny Phillips before Starke and impressive guest Simon Lambert sealed a tremendous triumph. With in-form youngster Max Clegg storming to three impressive victories the Heathens heat-leaders accounted for nine race wins whilst Danny Phillips and Tom Perry also chipped in with solid scores to ensure they edged a tight affair.
Cradley will now be back in action on Tuesday as they welcome a strong Birmingham side to Monmore Green for what promises to be an entertaining night of competitive action.
CRADLEY HEATHENS v BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES CHALLENGE
|Team Manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager - Phil Morris|
|1||Steve Worrall||3||3||3||2*||2*||13||PM||1||Adam Roynon||1||3||RET||1||5||-|
|2||Nathan Greaves||2*||FX||2||F||4||1||2||Luke Chessell||XT||0||3||1||4||-|
|3||Max Clegg||1||1*||3||2||7||1||3||Simon Lambert||3||1*||2||6^||1||13||1|
|4||Tom Perry||0||2||2*||3||7||1||4||Brendon Johnson||2*||2||1*||1||0||6||2|
|5||Paul Starke||3||3||3||3||3||15||MAX||5||Ben Wilson||2||2||FX||4||-|
|6||Matt Williamson||2*||0||2*||2*||6||3||6||Adam Extance||0||1||1*||1||0||3||-|
|7||Danny Phillips||3||F||0||FX||3||-||7||Chris Widman||0||1*||1||1||0||3||1|
Heat 01: Worrall, Greaves, Roynon, Extance 5-1 56.13
Heat 02: Phillips, Williamson, Extance, Widman 5-1 10-2 59.69
Heat 03: Lambert, Johnson, Clegg, Perry 1-5 11-7 57.83
Heat 04: Starke, Wilson, Widman, Phillips 3-3 14-10 57.45
Heat 05: Roynon, Perry, Clegg, Chessell 3-3 17-13 57.33
Heat 06: Worrall, Wilson, Extance, Greaves(fx) 3-3 20-16 57.56
Heat 07: Starke, Johnson, Lambert, Williamson 3-3 23-19 56.93
Heat 08: Chessell, Greaves, Widman, Phillips 2-4 25-23 59.67
Heat 09: Clegg, Perry, Extance, Wilson(fx) 5-1 30-24 57.99
Heat 10: Worrall, Lambert, Johnson, Greaves(f) 3-3 33-27 57.99
Heat 11: Starke, Williamson, Chessell, Roynon(ret) 5-1 38-28 57.91
Heat 12: Lambert^, Clegg, Widman, Phillips(fx) 2-7 40-35 AW
Heat 13: Starke, Worrall, Roynon, Extance 5-1 45-36 57.95
Heat 14: Perry, Williamson, Johnson, Widman 5-1 50-37 59.94
Heat 15: Starke, Worrall, Lambert, Johnson 5-1 55-38 58.83
|CRADLEY overcame a tough test to continue their magnificent winning run as they defeated Birmingham 55-38 in the West Midlands Trophy at Monmore Green. The Heathens have been in dominant form throughout 2014, suffering just one defeat and recording several huge wins on home soil. Yet they were forced to put in a determined display to claim their 45th consecutive home victory as they took on a strong Brummies side in a one-off fixture. Skipper Paul Starke and star man Steve Worrall both went unbeaten with faultless displays, joining forces in heats 13 and 15 as the Heathens struck three maximums in the final three races to wrap up a tremendous win. Whilst Starke and Worrall were in formidable form, they received support from throughout the side as Will Pottinger’s men put in another strong all-around performance. Tom Perry and Max Clegg recovered from conceding a 5-1 in their opening ride to both notch solid scores in the middle order, whilst reserve Matt Williamson played his part in three 5-1s as he battled through the pain barrier with a shoulder injury. Youngster Nathan Greaves forced his way to the front alongside Worrall in heat one to help his side make a lightning start whilst Danny Phillips also won his opening ride despite an otherwise difficult night. It was another confidence-boosting display for the Heathens as they gained some priceless track time ahead of the National League and Knockout Cup Finals later this month. And team boss Pottinger was pleased to see his side put in another strong showing in what was an entertaining clash. Said Pottinger: “It was a good test for us against a strong Birmingham side, and we came through it well. “A few lads had some problems but everyone played their part again and it was good to get some track time to make sure everyone stays sharp. “It was another good win for us to keep our confidence high and hopefully we’ve ironed out any problems, so it was a successful night.”|
COVENTRY v CRADLEY PLAY-OFF FINAL 1st LEG - POSTPONED TRACK WATERLOGGED
CRADLEY v COVENTRY PLAY-OFF FINAL 1st LEG
|Team Manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager - Laurence Rogers|
|1||Steve Worrall||3||2||NS||WITHDREW||5||-||1||Simon Lambert (G)||1||3||2||2*||0||8||1|
|2||Nathan Greaves||2*||RET||WITHDREW||2||1||2||Luke Priest||0||0||0||RET||0||-|
|3||Max Clegg||3||1*||3||3||1||11||1||3||Stefan Nielsen||1||1||3||4^||9||-|
|4||Tom Perry||2*||2||1||3||8||1||4||Dan Greenwood||0||0||2*||2||4||1|
|5||Paul Starke||3||3||3||1||3||13||-||5||James Sarjeant||2||3||4^||3||2||14||-|
|6||Matt Williamson||1*||2*||3||1||1||0||1||9||2||6||Ryan Terry Daley||0||1||0||1||-|
|7||Danny Phillips||2||FX||2*||XT||0||4||1||7||Martin Knuckey||3||1*||1||1*||0||6||2|
Heat 01: Worrall, Greaves, Lambert, Priest 5-1 56.50
Heat 02: Knuckey, Phillips, Williamson, Daley 3-3 8-4 62.14
Heat 03: Clegg, Perry, Nielsen, D.Greenwood 5-1 13-5 56.90
Heat 04: Starke, Sarjeant, Knuckey, Phillips(fx) 3-3 16-8 56.88
Heat 05: Lambert, Perry, Clegg, Priest 3-3 19-11 57.94
Heat 06: Sarjeant, Worrall, Daley, Greaves(ret) 2-4 21-15 57.78
Heat 07: Starke, Williamson, Nielsen, Greenwood 5-1 26-16 57.63
Heat 08: Williamson, Phillips, Knuckey, Priest(ret) 5-1 31-17 68.53
Heat 09: Clegg, Sarjeant^, Perry, Daley 4-4 35-21 57.38
Heat 10: Nielsen, Greenwood, Williamson, Phillips(xt) Worrall(ns) 1-5 36-26 58.11
Heat 11: Starke, Lambert, Williamson, Priest 4-2 40-28 57.91
Heat 12: Clegg, Nielsen^, Knuckey, Williamson 3-5 43-33 58.21
Heat 13: Sarjeant, Lambert, Starke, Phillips 1-5 44-38 58.16
Heat 14: Perry, Greenwood, Williamson, Knuckey 4-2 48-40 60.13
Heat 15: Starke, Sarjeant, Clegg, Lambert 4-2 52-42 57.52
KINGS LYNN YOUNG STARS v CRADLEY KO CUP FINAL 1st LEG
|Team Manager - Dale Allitt||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Simon Lambert||2*||3||3||2||1||0||11||1||1||Dan Halsey (G)||1||2*||1||2||6||1|
|2||Darren Mallett R/R||JC||TS||SL||MO||-||-||2||Nathan Greaves||0||3||2||3||3||11||-|
|3||Tom Stokes||1||1||1||3||1*||7||1||3||Max Clegg||2*||3||3||3||2*||13||PM|
|4||Marc Owen||0||0||1||1*||0||2||1||4||Tom Perry||3||1||0||3||7||-|
|5||James Cockle||3||3||2||2||3||1||14||-||5||Paul Starke||RET||2||2||0||4||-|
|6||Josh Bailey||1*||0||0||1||1||6||Matt Williamson||3||0||0||FELL||3||-|
|7||Scott Campos||2||2*||1||2||1||8||1||7||Danny Phillips||0||1||0||2*||3||1|
Heat 01: Cockle, Lambert, Halsey, Greaves 5-1
Heat 02: Williamson, Campos, Bailey, Phillips 3-3 8-4
Heat 03: Perry, Clegg, Stokes, Owen 1-5 9-9
Heat 04: Cockle, Campos, Phillips, Starke(ret) 5-1 14-10
Heat 05: Greaves, Halsey, Stokes, Owen 1-5 15-15
Heat 06: Lambert, Starke, Stokes, Williamson 4-2 19-17
Heat 07: Clegg, Cockle, Perry, Bailey 2-4 21-21
Heat 08: Lambert, Greaves, Campos, Phillips 4-2 25-23
Heat 09: Stokes, Starke, Owen, Williamson 4-2 29-25
Heat 10: Clegg, Lambert, Owen, Perry 3-3 32-28
Heat 11: Greaves, Cockle, Halsey, Bailey 2-4 34-32
Heat 12: Clegg,Campos, Stokes, Williamson(f) 3-3 37-35
Heat 13: Cockle, Halsey, Lambert, Starke 4-2 41-37
Heat 14: Perry, Phillips, Campos, Owen 1-5 42-42
Heat 15: Greaves, Clegg, Cockle, Lambert 1-5 43-47
CRADLEY have one hand on the Knockout Cup trophy after they snatched a dramatic 47-43 victory over King’s Lynn in their Grand Final first leg at Saddlebow Road. The Heathens made the trip to Norfolk without star man Steve Worrall after confirmation he broke his wrist in his play-off final crash at Monmore Green 24 hours earlier.
However, the former Dudley Wood outfit put ...in a determined display to snatch a memorable win at the death in spectacular circumstances. They entered the final two races trailing by four points – yet they struck back to back 5-1s in the final two races with talented youngsters Max Clegg and Nathan Greaves performing heroics in a nervy last heat decider.
In-form middle order man Clegg had been in fine form throughout the night, showing maturity beyond his mere 17 years to step up in the absence of Worrall and lead the side with a marvellous paid maximum.
He team-rode home in fine style alongside Tom Perry to draw the Heathens level in heat three before two more composed wins in his next two outings.
When colleague Greaves – battling an ankle injury - brilliantly forced his way past James Cockle on the final lap of heat 11 it moved Will Pottinger’s side back within two to set up a tantalising finale.
With tensions running high, young reserve Danny Phillips brilliantly held his nerve to fend off King’s Lynn pair Scott Campos and Marc Owen to join Tom Perry at the front for a crucial 5-1.
That set up a nervy last-heat decider, and it was up to talented youngsters Clegg and Greaves to duly deliver a dramatic maximum to ensure they snatched their 23rd consecutive victory in all competitions.
Clegg in particular was made to work hard in the final race as he charged into second place alongside his partner on the final lap to ensure he ended an incredible night unbeaten by an opponent.
With the teenage duo both impressive plus local lad Perry notching two vital race wins, the Heathens just came out on top to put themselves in a superb position ahead of next Tuesday’s second leg at Monmore Green.
NATIONAL LEAGUE FOURS @ Brandon Stadium, Coventry
Group 1 Buxton 5 Cradley 13 Coventry 18 Kent 12
Group 2 Mildenhall 15 Devon 4 Kings Lynn 15 Stoke 12
|RUN OFF FOR 2nd and 3rd PLACES - JAMES SARJEANT bt JOSH BATES WHO FELL|
|Final Heat results
Cov Crad KL Mil
Heat 1 Greaves, Bastes, Priest, Owen 1 3 0 2 64.1
Heat 2 Sarjeant, RTDaley, Phillips, Perry(f) 4 3 2 3 65.9
Heat 3 Starke, Cockle, Kingston, Nielsen 4 6 4 4 62.6
Heat 4 Clegg, Johnson, Greenwood, Stokes 5 9 4 6 AW
Heat 5 Clegg, Cockle, Priest, Phillips 6 12 6 6 64.3
Heat 6 Greaves, Kingston, Greenwood, RTDaley 7 15 6 8 64.0
Heat 7 Nielsen, Owen, Johnson, Perry 10 15 8 9 64.3
Heat 8 Starke, Bates, Sarjeant, Stokes 11 18 8 11 63.2
|DOMINANT Cradley claimed
National League Fours glory once again on a dramatic afternoon at
The Heathens put in a determined display to overcome some stern competition and tricky track conditions to emerge victorious from a chaotic meeting. It was a magnificent triumph for Will Pottinger’s side to kick off a blockbuster few days in perfect fashion as they prepare to pursue Knockout Cup and National League glory on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. And team boss Pottinger heaped praise on his quartet as they successfully defended the trophy they won in spectacular fashion in 2013. Said Pottinger: “It took over four hours to get the meeting done, but we’ve retained our trophy and the lads deserve full credit because it was a tremendous performance. “We only just scraped into the final, but then everyone stepped it up when it mattered and it was a brilliant win. “Obviously Starkey, Max and Nathan all went unbeaten in the final which was great to see, and even though Tom didn’t score he still played his part and was winning his first ride until he fell. “It was a good team effort and it gives everyone plenty of confidence ahead of a massive week.”
The Heathens needed a second place from skipper Paul Starke ahead of Kent man Simon Lambert to seal their place in the final as they recovered from a nervy start to emerge from their sem-final. Despite a tough start to the meeting, Cradley continued to grow more comfortable with difficult conditions culminating in a fine showing in the Final. From the moment Nathan Greaves stormed underneath Josh Bates in heat one to give them an early lead they never looked back, with four wins in the opening five races before Greaves sealed glory in composed style in heat six.
With Paul Starke, Max Clegg and Greaves all going unbeaten in the final, a tough afternoon for Tom Perry proved unimportant as the in-form Heathens claimed the top prize.
CRADLEY HEATHENS v KINGS LYNN YOUNG STARS KO CUP FINAL 2nd LEG
|Team Manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager - Dale Allitt|
|1||Steve Worrall (R/R)||PS||MC||TP||1||Ben Morley (G)||2||FX||6^||8||-|
|2||Nathan Greaves||1||FX||2||3||6||-||2||Darren Mallett R/R||JC||TS||BM|
|3||Max Clegg||3||3||2||3||11||-||3||Tom Stokes||0||FELL||FELL||2||2||-|
|4||Tom Perry||2*||2*||2*||FELL||6||3||4||Marc Owen||1||2||FELL||3||-|
|5||Paul Starke||3||3||3||9||MAX||5||James Cockle||0||2||3||F^||5||-|
|6||Matt Williamson||3||1||4||-||6||Josh Bailey||2||1||F||1||4||-|
|7||Danny Phillips||1||1||1*||3||1||7||Layne Cupitt (G)||FX||0||0||-|
Heat 01: Starke, Morley, Greaves, Cockle 4-2 57.28
Heat 02: Williamson, Bailey, Phillips, Cupitt(fx) 4-2 8-4 59.20
Heat 03: Clegg, Perry, Owen, Stokes 5-1 13-5 58.7
Heat 04: Starke, Cockle, Phillips, Cupitt 4-2 17-7 59.00
Heat 05: Clegg, Perry, Stokes(fell), Morley(fx) 5-0 22-7 59.00
Heat 06: Cockle, Clegg, Bailey, Greaves(fx) 2-4 24-11 AW
Heat 07: Starke, Owen, Williamson, Stokesw(fell) 4-2 28-13 58.24
Heat 08: Morley^, Greaves, Phillips, Bailey(fell) 3-6 31-19 62.93
Heat 09: Clegg, Perry, Bailey, Cockle^(fell) 5-1 36-20 65.24
Heat 10: Greaves, Stokes, Perry(fell), Owen(fell) 3-2 39-22
Heat 12: Abandoned RAIN Aggregate score 86-65
CRADLEY sealed Knockout Cup glory for the second consecutive season with 39-22 triumph over King’s Lynn on an emotional night at Monmore Green.
The Heathens bid farewell to their adopted home in perfect fashion as they wrapped up a comfortable 86-65 aggregate triumph over the Young Stars in their last meeting at the venue. Despite seeing the meeting cut short due to heavy rainfall, the former Dudley Wood outfit poignantly lifted major silverware on home soil for the first time since their revival in 2010. Carrying a four point lead following a hard-fought first leg triumph at Saddlebow Road last week, Will Pottinger’s side put in a professional display to comfortably come out on top. They raced into an early lead to seize control of the tie before coping well with deteriorating conditions to ensure they claimed a resounding victory. And team boss Pottinger was pleased to see his side come out on top on a memorable night. Said Pottinger: “It was crucial that we got off to a good start, and we managed to increase our lead early on. “Towards the end it was just crucial that everyone came through unscathed in tricky conditions, and we managed to do that and come out with the win on aggregate. “We worked really hard to win the Cup last year, and so we are delighted to have retained the trophy after a great year “It was a great way to bow out at Monmore Green, and to win a trophy on home soil for the first time was brilliant. “We’ve got a superb unbeaten record which we are very proud of because not many teams can boast home records like that. “It’s a shame we have to leave, but we have gone out on a high. We just hope that won’t be the end and we will be back riding somewhere next season.”
Skipper Paul Starke led by example with a faultless maximum whilst in-form youngster Max Clegg suffered just one defeat from four rides with another fine showing. He joined forces with partner Tom Perry to strike three maximums including a 5-0 in heat five after separate falls for both King’s Lynn riders as Cradley raced into an early lead.
Nathan Greaves also claimed a composed victory in the final race as he ended his night on a high having dusted himself down from a spectacular heat six crash.
With reserve duo Matt Williamson and Danny Phillips also putting in solid displays the Heathens comfortably covered the absence of star man Steve Worrall to confirm Knockout Cup glory and continue their dominant form.
COVENTRY v CRADLEY PLAY-OFF FINAL 2nd LEG
POSTPONED WATERLOGGED TRACK
COVENTRY v CRADLEY PLAY-OFF FINAL 2nd LEG AT LEICESTER
|Team Manager - Laurence Rogers||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Simon Lambert||3||2||2||0||7||-||1||Ben Morley||1*||XT||2||1*||4||2|
|2||Luke Priest||0||1*||2||FELL||3||1||2||Nathan Greaves||2||3||3||1*||9||1|
|3||Stefan Nielsen||0||2||1||RET||3||-||3||Max Clegg||2||2||3||3||1||11||-|
|4||Dan Greenwood||3||1*||3||3||2*||12||2||4||Tom Perry||1*||1*||1||2||5||2|
|5||James Sarjeant||3||1*||3||3||2*||14||-||5||Paul Starke||3||3||2||2||0||10||-|
|6||Ryan Terry Daley||0||0||XT||1||1||2||-||6||Matt Williamson||1*||0||F/R||0||1||1|
|7||Matin Knuckey||3||0||0||0||X2m||3||-||7||Danny Phillips||2||1||1||2*||0||6||1|
Heat 01: Lambert, Greaves, Morley, Priest 3-3 66.19
Heat 02: Knuckey, Williamson, Phillips, Terry-Daley 3-3 6-6 68.56
Heat 03: Greenwood, Clegg, Perry, Nielsen 3-3 9-9 65.50
Heat 04: Starke, Sarjeant, Phillips, Knuckey 2-4 11-13 64.13
Heat 05: Greaves, Nielsen, Greenwood, Williamson Morley(tx) 3-3 14-16 66.00
Heat 06: Starke, Lambert, Priest, Williamson(fr) 3-3 17-19 64.69
Heat 07: Sarjeant, Clegg, Perry, Terry-Daley 3-3 20-22 64.25
Heat 08: Greaves, Priest, Phillips, Knuckey 2-4 22-26 65.19
Heat 09: Greenwood, Starke, Nielsen, Williamson 4-2 26-28 64.00
Heat 10: Clegg, Lambert, Perry, Priest 2-4 28-32 64.06
Heat 11: Sarjeant, Morley, Greaves, Knuckey, Terry-Daley(tx) 3-3 31-35 63.75
Heat 12: Clegg, Phillips, Terry-Daley, Nielsen(ret) 1-5 32-40 65.87
Heat 13: Sarjeant, Starke, Morley, Lambert 3-3 35-43 63.87
Heat 14: Greenwood, Perry, Terry-Daley, Phillips 4-2 39-45 64.56
Heat 15: Sarjeant, Greenwood, Clegg, Starke 5-1 44-46 63.81
CRADLEY ARE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS AGAIN AGGREGATE SCORE 98-86
CRADLEY are National League Champions once again after they sealed the title against Coventry on a memorable night at Leicester. The Heathens travelled to Beaumont Park with their title hopes on a knife-edge with a 10 point lead from the first leg. Yet they put in a spectacular display to claim a 46-44 win on the night and seal a comfortable aggregate triumph. After quickly settling any nerves early on, the Heathens wrapped up victory as early as heat 12 as Max Clegg and Danny Phillips stormed clear to spark jubilant scenes amongst the passionate travelling contingent. It was an unforgettable night as the Heathens completed a spectacular season by retaining their title to complete a second successive League and Cup double. Having bagged National League Fours and Knockout Cup glory earlier in the week, team boss Will Pottinger was in jubilant mood. Said Pottinger: "Three trophies in a week is a fantastic achievement, and to defend our title from last year is absolutely superb. "It's been a brilliant team effort over the course of the whole season, and we are just so pleased to have got the job done tonight to make it all worthwhile. "To lose only one match over a long campaign is a tremendous achievement and shows what a superb team this has been, so we are absolutely over the moon."
In-form youngster Clegg top scored with a fine display, bagging double figures alongside skipper Paul Starke to lead the side.
Nathan Greaves also impressed with an excellent showing, whilst Phillips bolstered the lower order with a determined display.
Middle order man Tom Perry and guesting No.1 Ben Morley added useful contributions as Cradley came out on top in an entertaining clash.
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