DETAILED RESULTS FOR THE CRADLEY HEATHENS 2019
Part 2 August - October

17/08/2019

Leicester Lion Cubs v Cradley Heathens NL @ Paul Chapman and sons Arena

Leicester Lion Cubs

Cradley Heathens

Team Manager - Dave Darcy / David Howard

Team manager - Will Pottinger
1 Danyon Hume 3             1 Max Clegg 2            
2 Luke Ruddick R/R RTD           2 Luke Harris 1*          
3 Joe Lawlor               3 Tom Spencer            
4 Dan Thompson             4 Dan Halsey            
5 Ellis Perks               5 Jack Smith              
6 Ryan McDonald 2*             6 Sheldon Davies 1            
7 Ryan Terry Daley 3             7 Harry McGurk 0          
8 Josh Embleton 8
   
     


Heat01: Hume, Clegg, Harris, Terry-Daley 3-3 65.91
Heat02: Terry-Daley, McDonald, Davies, McGurk 68.31
Heat03: MEETING ABANDONED AFTER TOM SPENCER NEEDED HOSPITAL
                TREATMENT AND NO AMBULANCE LEFT AT TRACK.
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19/08/2019

Cradley Heath v Plymouth Gladiators @ Monmore Green

Cradley Heathens

Plymouth Gladiators

Team Manager - Will Pottinger

Team manager - Mattie Bates
1 Max Clegg 3 3 3 3 3 15 M 1 Ben Wilson fx 2* 1 2   5 1
2 Luke Harris 2* 1 3 1 3 0 10 1 2 Adam Extance R/R JB //// RA NS - -
3 Tom Spencer R/R JC HM HM LH - - 3 David Wallinger 0 1 0 2 3 -
4 Dan Halsey 2 fx 2 2 6 - 4 Nathan Stoneman 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 19 -
5 Jack Smith 1* 2 2 fx   5 1 5 Richard Andrews 3 2 2 3 1* 1* 12 2
6 Sheldon Davies 1 0 0     1 - 6 Adam Sheppard ef 0 1 0 0 1 -
7 Harry McGurk 3 2 1 1 0 1 1* 9 1 7 Jamie Bursill 1 2 0 0   3 -
8 James Chattin 1* 1 1 8  
47 43
     

Heat01: Clegg, Harris, Bursill Wilson(fx) 5-1 57.12
Heat02: McGurk, Bursill, Davies, Sheppard(ef) 4-2 9-3 62.69
Heat03: Stoneman, Halsey, Chattin, Wallinger 3-3 12-6 58.44
Heat04: Andrews, McGurk, Smith, Bursill 3-3 15-9 59.91
Heat05: Stoneman(TS), Wilson, McGurk, Halsey(fx) 1-5 16-14 58.69
Heat06: Clegg, Andrews, Harris, Sheppard 4-2 20-16 57.16
Heat07: Stoneman, Smith, Wallinger, Davies 2-4 22-20 58.78
Heat08: Harris, Andrews, McGurk, Bursill 4-2 26-22 59.07
Heat09: Andrews, Halsey, Sheppard, McGurk 2-4 28-26
Heat10: Clegg, Stoneman, Harris, Wallinger 4-2 32-28 57.44
Heat11: Stoneman, Smith, Wilson, Davies 2-4 34-32 59.66           
Heat12: Harris, Wallinger, McGurk, Sheppard 4-2 38-34 59.63               
Heat13: Clegg, Wilson, Andrews, Smith(fx) 3-3 41-37 AW
Heat14: Stoneman, Halsey, McGurk, Sheppard 3-3 44-40 59.32
Heat15: Clegg, Stoneman, Andrews, Harris 3-3 47-43 59.16
 

  CAPTAIN Max Clegg recorded another unbeaten night for Cradley as they edged a 47-43 win over Plymouth.
The Yorkshireman was in inspirational form on his home circuit once again as he helped the Anchor Logistics Heathens secure three more invaluable league points.  It was a result which saw them move back into the National League’s top four and kept them well and truly in the play-off picture.  But Clegg was quick to praise his team-mates for the part they played in the result - particularly Luke Harris and youngster Harry McGurk who enjoyed their best league performances of the season.  “It’s always nice to get a maximum and it’s even nicer when it’s in a win for the team,” Clegg said.  “But to say we were without Tom (Spencer) I thought it was a fantastic team performance. 
 
 "All the boys dug deep and battled hard for every point - and every point was important in the end.  "Even James (Chattin) got a point from his one ride at No.8 and while a couple of the other boys had tougher nights, some of the others stepped up to the plate.  “Luke was awesome; he was fast out the gate and put the bike in the right places and it was great to see Harry have such a good meeting.
“To see how he was struggling a few months ago to seeing him have a night like this is awesome and it shows how far he’s come.  “Everyone chipped in with something like I say though and we’re happy because we needed that win. “I thought it was a cracking meeting for the fans with how close it was throughout and there was some good racing as well. ”Cradley’s main threats came from former Heathen Richard Andrews and Nathan Stoneman - who only dropped two points from seven rides, one of which as Clegg sealed his maximum in the final race with a stunning last lap switch of racing line.
 

29/08/2019

 Belle Vue Colts v Cradley Heathens NL @ National Speedway Stadium, Gorton Manchester

Belle Vue Colts

Cradley Heath

Team Manager - Steve Williams / Graham Goodwin

Team Manager Will Pottinger
1 Kyle Bickley 3 3 3 3 3 15 Max 1 Max Clegg 2 2 1 2 0 7 -
2 Connor Bailey 1 1 3 2* 7 1 2 Tom Spencer R/R SW HM LH JS - -
3 Jordan Palin 3 3 3 3 2* 14 PM 3 Luke Harris ret 0 0 x2m 2 2  
4 Danny Phillips 2* 1 2* 3 8 2 4 Dan Halsey 1 1 1 0 3 -
5 Leon Flint 3 3 2 1   9 - 5 Jack Smith 2 2 1 3 0 1 9 -
6 Ben Rathbone 2* 2* 0 2* 6 3 6 Sam Wooley 0 1 0 0 0 1 -
7 Ben Woodhull 3 1 1 1       6 - 7 Harry McGurk ef 0 0 2 0 1 3 -
8 8
65 25
 

Heat01: Bickley, Clegg, Bailey, Wooley 4-2 61.79
Heat02: Woodhull, Rathbone, Wooley, McGurk(ef) 5-1 9-3 63.97
Heat03: Palin, Phillips, Halsey, Harris(ret) 5-1 14-4 62.62
Heat04: Flint, Smith, Woodhull, McGurk 4-2 18-6 62.15
Heat05: Palin, Clegg, Phillips, McGurk 4-2 22-8 62.68
Heat06: Bickley, Smith, Bailey, Wooley 4-2 26-10 63.05
Heat07: Flint, Rathbone, Halsey, Harris 5-1 31-11 62.09
Heat08: Bailey, McGurk, Woodhull, Harris(15m) 4-2 35-12 61.81
Heat09: Palin, Phillips, Smith, Wooley 5-1 40-14 62.00
Heat10: Bickley, Bailey, Halsey, McGurk, Harris()X 5-1 45-15 62.22
Heat11: Smith(TS), Flint, Clegg, Rathbone 2-4 47-19 64.44
Heat12: Palin, Harris, Woodhull, Wooley 4-2 51-21 63.25
Heat13: Bickley, Clegg, Flint, Smith 4-2 55-23 62.97
Heat14: Phillips, Rathbone, McGurk, Halsey 5-1 60-24 64.40
Heat15: Bickley, Palin, Smith, Clegg 5-1 65-25 62.84

 

  CRADLEY co-owner Nigel Pearson hailed the opposition’s qualities as they were thumped 65-25 at Belle Vue.  Not only was it the biggest defeat of the season for the Heathens, but it was also the heaviest loss the club have suffered since being reformed in 2010.  But Pearson insists nobody connected with the former Dudley Wood club should dwell on the result.  “At the end of the day Belle Vue are a top quality outfit at this level and they’ve gone out there and proved that,” he said.  “In many ways they remind me of our title winning sides from both 2013 and 2014 and I expect them to be there-or-thereabouts when it matters most.  “That doesn’t sugarcoat the fact that it is a bitterly disappointing result for everyone involved with the Heathens and it really does hurt.  “We were at a disadvantage from the moment we entered the league so late on and we had to put a side together at the last minute while most other clubs had got deals sorted with riders behind the scenes.  “But we kept the Cradley name alive and that was important to us.  “We know it’s been a tough year for many reasons - but the season isn’t over yet.  “We have seen glimpses of what these riders can do when they put on the Heathens racejacket and it’s important everyone stands by them.
“We’re not out of the play-off race yet, we’re still in the cup - and we still may have a season farewell Golden Hammer to look forward to when we would look to invite some of the Belle Vue lads.”
Not one home rider experienced a tough evening in Manchester with Colts captain Kyle Bickley, who represented the Heathens in the 2018 National Trophy, storming to a 15-point maximum.

Former title winner Danny Phillips also reached double figures while talented teenager Jordan Palin secured another unbeaten night in Manchester.
Belle Vue were rampant from start to finish - and they were in total control as they registered 10 straight heat advantages from the off.
That was brought to an end when Jack Smith claimed the visitors’ only race win of the night as a tactical substitute - and while Cradley did finally get a result in their favour, they were denied a 5-1 maximum when reigning British Youth Champion Leon 
Flint eventually came around Heathens skipper Max Clegg down the back straight on the last lap.
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03/09/2019

 

LEICESTER LION CUBS v CRADLEY HEATHENS

Team Manager - Dave Darcey / David Howard

Team manager - Will Pottinger
1 Ellis Perks 2 3 3 3 2* 13 - 1 Max Clegg 3 3 2 3 2 1 14 -
2 Luke Ruddick R/R RTD LP JT RTD - - 2 Luke Harris 1 2* 2 fx 1 6 1
3 Joe Thompson 3 1 3 3 2* 12 1 3 Tom Spencer R/R SW JC JC LH - -
4 Luke Priest (G) 2* 0 1 0 2* 5 2 4 Jack Smith fx 2 fell   2 -
5 Danyon Hume 2 3 2 1 3 11 - 5 Dan Halsey 3 2 1* fell fx 6 1
6 Josh Embleton 2* 1 1* 3   7 2 6 Sam Wooley (G) 0 1 fx /// 0 1 2 -
7 Ryan Terry-Daley 0 3 fx 1 2* 3 9 1 7 James Chattin 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 -
8 8  
57 33
     

Heat01: Clegg, Perks, Harris, Terry-Daley 2-4
Heat02: Terry-Daley, Embleton, Chattin, Wooley 5-1 7-5
Heat03: Thompson, Priest, Chattin, Wooley 5-1 12-6
Heat04: Halsey, Hume, Chattin, Terry-Daley 2-4 14-10
Heat05: Clegg, Harris, Thompson, Priest 1-5 15-15
Heat06: Perks, Halsey, Priest, Wooley 4-2 19-17
Heat07: Hume, Smith, Embleton, Chattin 4-2 23-19
Heat08: Thompson, Harris, Terry-Daley, Chattin 4-2 27-21
Heat09: Thompson, Clegg, Halsey, Priest 3-3 30-24
Heat10: Perks, Terry-Daley, Chattin, Smith(fell) 5-1 35-25
Heat11: Clegg, Hume, Embleton, Harris(fx) 3-3 38-28          
Heat12: Terry-Daley, Thompson, Harris, Wooley 5-1 43-29              
Heat13: Perks, Clegg, Hume, Halsey 4-2 47-31
Heat14: Embleton, Priest, Wooley, Chattin 5-1 52-32
Heat15: Hume, Perks, Halsey, Clegg 5-1 57-33

 

  CRADLEY’S play-off hopes hang in the balance after a 57-33 derby defeat at Leicester.  The Anchor Logistics Heathens put up a brave fight against the joint league leaders early on.  But the hosts kicked on to overpower the Heathens leaving them four points outside the play-off places with just two fixtures remaining.  Cradley opened with a heat advantage with Luke Harris picking up a comfortable third place while captain Max Clegg held off some intense pressure from 2015 team-mate Ellis Perks.  But the hosts responded instantly as inexperienced reserve pairing James Chattin and Sam Woolley, who were both late call-ups to the fixture, conceded a 5-1.  Jack Smith made an encouraging start in the third but was passed by Joe Thompson down the back straight before crashing out on bend four.  Danny Halsey led a 4-2 courtesy of a brilliant charge around home skipper Danyon Hume down the back straight of the fourth before the
Heathens pulled level when Clegg made another lighting getaway while Harris produced an impressive, brave blast around Thompson on the entry to the final lap. Halsey made a blistering start to the sixth to get ahead of home No.1 Perks, but the Leicester man eventually worked his way to the front to lead the first of three straight 4-2s as they re-established their six-point lead.  That enabled team boss Will Pottinger to nominate Clegg as a tactical substitute - but he eventually had to settle for second place after being punished with a 15-metre handicap for jumping the start twice.  Leicester’s Hume was the next rider to start 15-metres back in Heat 11 and forced an error from Harris on lap three who slid-off whilst in second on what would’ve been an important 5-1.  The hosts rounded things off in style with four more straight advantages to extend their winning margin by an extra 14-points. with Smith and Halsey nursing knocks ahead of Friday’s trip to Plymouth (7.15).  Captain Clegg said: “We did alright in the first part of the meeting but we couldn’t keep it going unfortunately. “A few of the boys had a few falls and Leicester grew stronger as the meeting went on.  “Of course we’re disappointed but like Belle Vue, Leicester are a strong team. “We’ve still got a couple of meetings left and we need to give it our best to try and get as many league points as we can.” 

06/09/2019

Plymouth Gladiators v Cradley Heathens

Team Manager - Mattie Bates

Team manager - David Short
1 Ben Wilson 3 2 3 3 2 3 X 13 - 1 Max Clegg 2 3 3 3 3 3 17 -
2 Adam Sheppard R/R JB JB TY KA - - 2 Ryan Terry-Daley (G) 0 2 1 3 1 7 -
3 Tom Young fx fx 2 0 1 3 - 3 Tom Spencer fx 2 2 1* 3 8 1
4 Henry Atkins 3 2 3 1 1 10 - 4 Jack Smith 2 f/r 2 1 2 2* 9 1
5 Richard Andrews 3 3 2 0   8 - 5 Dan Halsey R/R RTD MC TS JS     - -
6 Jamie Bursill 1 3 1* 1 0 6 1 6 Harry McGurk 1* 0 1* 2*   4 3
7 Kris Andrews 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 7 James Chattin 2 1* 1 0   4 1
8 8  
40 49
     

Heat01: Wilson, Clegg, Bursill, Terry-Daley 4-2 50.72
Heat02: Bursill, Chattin, McGurk, K.Andrews 3-3 7-5 54.75
Heat03: Atkins, Smith, Young(fx), Spencer(fx) 3-2 10-7 50.50
Heat04: R.Andrews, Terry-Daley, Chattin, K.Andrews 3-3 13-10 57.75
Heat05: Clegg, Atkins, Terry-Daley Young(fx) 2-4 15-14 50.53
Heat06: Clegg, Wilson, Bursill, McGurk 3-3 18-17 50.53
Heat07: R.Andrews, Spencer, Bursill, Smith(f/r) 4-2 22-19 52.24
Heat08: Terry-Daley, Young, Chattin, K.Andrews 2-4 24-23 53.78
Heat09: Atkins, Spencer, McGurk, Young 3-3 27-26 52.03
Heat10: Wilson, Smith, Spencer, K.Andrews 3-3 30-29 51.22
Heat11: Clegg, R.Andrews, Terry-Daley, K.Andrews 2-4 32-33 51.22           
Heat12: Spencer, McGurk, Young, Bursill 1-5 33-38 51.60            
Heat13: Clegg, Wilson, Smith, R.Andrews 2-4 35-42 51.44
Heat14: Wilson, Smith, Atkins, Chattin 4-2 39-44 52.47
Heat15: Clegg, Smith, Atkins, Wilson(fx) 1-5 40-49 53.4

  CRADLEY reignited their play-off hopes with a brilliant 49-40 win at Plymouth. It meant the Anchor Logistics Heathens grabbed all four league points on offer, putting them level with fourth placed Isle of Wight in the National League standings.
It sets up an exciting final regular home meeting with high flying Kent at Monmore Green on Monday (7.30) with the Heathens well and truly back in the mix.
Their victory at the newly named Plymouth Coliseum was their second away victory of the season - and it was arguably their best win of the year too.  They had to do it without the experience of Danny Halsey as well, who was forced to pull out on the morning of the fixture after aggravating an existing injury in a couple of spills in Tuesday’s defeat at Leicester.  But his team-mates stepped up to the plate superbly as a unit to keep their top four hopes alive.
Captain Max Clegg inspired the side once again, dropping just one point from six rides.  He was backed up solidly by fellow heat-leader Jack Smith while Tom Spencer, who was returning from a spell out with concussion, produced one of his displays of the campaign.
Guest Ryan Terry-Daley filled Luke Harris’ boots well against his former club while inexperienced reserve pairing Harry McGurk and James Chattin contributed four vital points apiece between them.
Captain Clegg said: “I’m so proud of each and every one of the boys.  “It was a true team performance and everyone did their bit which was great to see.  “It reminded me of Tuesday’s meeting at Leicester to start with where it was close at first, but tonight we carried on plugging away and got even stronger as it went on. “We’re all buzzing for Monday now and hopefully we can get a good crowd behind us for what is now a massive meeting.” 

09/09/2019

Cradley Heathens V Kent Kings NL @ Monmore Green - Rained Off


16/09/2019

CRADLEY HEATHENS v KENT KINGS NL

Cradley Heathens

Kent Kings

Team Manager - Will Pottinger

Team Manager - Chris Hunt
1 Max Clegg 2* 3 3 3 3 14 PM 1 Drew Kemp 1 3 3 0 0 7 -
2 Luke Harris 3 1 1* 2* 3 10 1 2 Robert Ledwith 0 1 fx 1 2 -
3 Tom Spencer R/R HM JC HM LH   - - 3 Jordan Jenkins 3 2 0 2   7 -
4 Connor Coles (G) 2 2 2 2 8 - 4 Daniel Gilkes 1 1 1 3 6 -
5 Jack Smith 2 3 2 1 1 9 - 5 Anders Rowe 3 2 3 2 2 12 -
6 Harry McGurk 2 0 2 1* 0 0 ret 5 1 6 Sam Wooley (G) 1 0 0     1 -
7 James Chattin 0 0 0 0       0 - 7 Alex Spooner 3 1 3 1* 1 9 1
8 8
46 44


Heat01: Harris, Clegg, Kemp, Ledwith 5-1 58.84
Heat02: Spooner, McGurk, Wooley, Chattin 2-4 7-5 60.56
Heat03: Jenkins, Coles, Gilkes, McGurk 2-4 9-9 59.91
Heat04: Rowe, Smith, Spooner, Chattin 2-4 11-13 59.25
Heat05: Kemp, Coles, Ledwith, Chattin 2-4 13-17 59.10
Heat06: Clegg, Rowe, Harris, Wooley 4-2 17-19 57.78
Heat07: Smith, Jenkins, Gilkes, Chattin 3-3 20-22 59.66
Heat08: Spooner, McGurk, Harris, Ledwith(fx) 3-3 23-25 60.28
Heat09: Rowe, Coles, McGurk, Wooley 3-3 26-28 59.49
Heat10: Clegg, Harris, Gilkes, Jenkins 5-1 31-29 58.22
Heat11: Kemp, Smith, Ledwith, McGurk 2-4 33-33 59.16
Heat12: Harris, Jenkins, Spooner, McGurk 3-3 36-36 60.28
Heat13: Clegg, Rowe, Smith, Kemp 4-2 40-38 58.09
Heat14: Gilkes, Coles, Spooner, McGurk(ef) 2-4 42-42 60.25
Heat15: Clegg, Rowe, Smith, Kemp 4-2 46-44 58.81
 

  BOSS Will Pottinger has praised his Cradley side following a bumper night of action.  The Anchor Logistics Heathens kept their play-off hopes alive in dramatic fashion with a last gasp 46-44 win against Kent before slipping to a 45-39 defeat in a battling Knockout Cup Semi-Final first leg display against Belle Vue.  They were two displays with plenty of encouraging moments - and more importantly leave the Heathens with a realistic opportunity of seeing their season extended.  “It was great to just come out on top against a strong Kent team,” Pottinger said. “It goes without saying we’re really pleased with that result; we’ve done all we can, now we just have to wait and see what happens with other results.
Cradley left it late against Kent but added three more invaluable points to their National League tally nevertheless.
Heat-leader duo Max Clegg and Jack Smith combined for two late 4-2s to pile the pressure on rivals Mildenhall who now need to claim all four league points at Plymouth on Thursday to deny the Heathens a top four finish.
Without injured pairing Danny Halsey and Tom Spencer, the odds were stacked against the hosts against a powerful Kent outfit – but Pottinger’s side dug deep to produce the goods.
Clegg inspired his side with another unbeaten night, including a classy first outing which saw him secure a paid win behind Luke Harris after working his way through from the back in the opener to secure an important early 5-1.
Harris impressed on his way to double figures as he delivered one of his standout performances of the year and came up with two further advantages alongside Clegg.
Young reserve Harry McGurk worked hard for some crucial points early doors while guest Connor Coles was his usual solid self with four successive second places.
It was a close contest that swung one way then the other and the sides were tied going into the final race and the nerves were jangling on the terraces.
Former Heathen Drew Kemp straightened up in the opening turns, narrowly avoiding Smith who managed to turn back underneath to settle into third and with Clegg dominant again out front, the job was done for Cradley who now face an anxious wait to discover their fate.
 

Second half of double header

Cradley Heathens v Belle Vue Colts NL KO Cup SF 1

Team Manager - Will Pottinger

Team manager - Steve Williams / Graham Goodwin
1 Max Clegg 2* 3 3 3   11 PM 1 Kyle Bickley 0 2* 3 2   7 1
2 Luke Harris 3 2* 1 0 2 8 1 2 Connor Bailey 1 3 3 2* 9 1
3 Tom Spencer R/R SW SW HM LH - - 3 Jordan Palin fx fx 2 3 5 -
4 Connor Coles 3 1 3 2 9 - 4 Danny Phillips 2 2 1* 3 8 1
5 Jack Smith fx 3 1 0   4 - 5 Leon Flint 3 1 2 1*   7 1
6 Harry McGurk 2 1 1 0 0 4 - 6 Ben Rathbone 3 0 0 0   3 -
7 James Chattin fx f/r 1 fx 1* 2 1 7 Ben Woodhull 1 2* 2* 1   6 2
8 Sam Wooley 1 0 1 - 8  
   
 

Heat01: Harris, Clegg, Bailey, Bickley 5-1 59.44
Heat02: Rathbone, McGurk, Woodhull, Chattin 2-4 7-5 AW
Heat03: Coles, Phillips, Wooley, Palin(fx) 4-2 11-7 60.06
Heat04: Flint, Woodhull, Chattin(f/r) Smith(ef) 1-5 12-12 60.50
Heat05: Bailey, Bickley, Coles, Wooley 1-5 13-17 59.78
Heat06: Clegg, Harris, Flint, Rathbone 5-1 18-18 58.34
Heat07: Smith, Phillips, McGurk, Palin(fx) 4-2 22-20 AW
Heat08: Bailey, Woodhull, Harris, Chattin(fx) 1-5 23-25 60.53
Heat09: Coles, Flint, McGurk, Rathbone 4-2 27-27
Heat10: Clegg, Palin, Phillips, Harris 3-3 30-30 58.81
Heat11: Bickley, Bailey, Smith, McGurk 1-5 31-35 59.68          
Heat12: Palin, Harris, Chattin, Rathbone 3-3 34-38 61.90              
Heat13: Clegg, Bickley, Flint, Smith 3-3 37-41 58.31
Heat14: Phillips, Coles, Woodhull, McGurk 2-4 39-45 60.75
Heat15: CURFEW REACHED - RESULT STANDS
 

  “The second meeting was always going to be even tougher and things started to go against us a bit.  “Jack (Smith) had to borrow bikes which is far from ideal and one or two of the boys naturally and understandably tired the longer the night went on.  “It was disappointing to lose the first leg but I’m still proud of the effort.
“There was a good team spirit all night, everyone got stuck in and that’s all anyone can ask.” Their attentions instantly turned to the Knockout Cup tie though and a tiring Heathens just hadn’t got enough in their locker to reproduce a similar outcome against Belle Vue.  It means the Heathens have plenty to do in the return leg at the National Speedway Stadium on Wednesday where the Colts have been in ruthless, dominant form of late.  The hosts drew first blood as Harris and Clegg teamed up for another 5-1 but they found themselves behind after conceding back-to-back maximums in Heats 4 and 5.
Smith pulled up on borrowed machinery before Coles struggled to make an impact against a fast starting Bailey and Kyle Bickley.  But it was Clegg and Harris who replied as they both produced impressive rides to get the better of former British Youth Champion Leon Flint.  Smith switched to Coles’ machinery for his next outing and rode a hard race to force an error from Belle Vue youngster Jordan Palin on bend three as the Heathens retook the lead.
Local lad James Chattin was thrown out of the eighth after clattering into Connor Bailey who picked himself up to win the re-run.  But there was drama behind him as Ben Woodhull locked up dramatically out of bend four, with Harris having to shut right off the throttle to avoid stronger contact between the two.And while Clegg and Coles were able to add two further wins for the Heathens, Belle Vue edged back ahead with their fourth 5-1 in Heat 11.
Two shared races followed with Clegg completing an unbeaten set over the course of the two meetings before the visitors rounded off with a 4-2 in Heat 14 in a meeting cut short by a single race.

 

 

18/09/2019

Belle Vue Colts v Cradley Heathens KO Cup SF 2

Team Manager - Steve Williams / Graham Goodwin

Team manager - Will Pottinger
1 Kyle Bickley 1 2* 2* 2* ret 7 3 1 Max Clegg 3 2* 2 1 2 10 1
2 Connor Bailey 0 3 3 3 3 12 - 2 Jack Smith 2* 3 1 1* 1* 8 3
3 Jordan Palin 3 ef 3 3 9 - 3 Tom Spencer R/R HM HM HM LH - -
4 Danny Phillips 2 1 0 1* 4 1 4 Luke Harris 1 1 1 1 3 7 -
5 Leon Flint 3 3 3 3   12 Max 5 Connor Coles (G) 2 1 2 0   5 -
6 Ben Rathbone 3 0 0 2   5 - 6 Harry McGurk 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 -
7 Ben Woodhull 1 1 2* 2* 6 2 7 James Chattin 0 0 0 1* 0 1 1
8 8  
55 35

 

Heat01: Clegg, Smith, Bickley, Bailey 1-5 61.47
Heat02: Rathbone, McGurk, Woodhull, Chattin 4-2 5-7 62.78
Heat03: Palin, Phillips, Harris, McGurk 5-1 10-8 60.66
Heat04: Flint, Coles, Woodhull, Chattin 4-2 14-10 60.97
Heat05: Smith, Clegg, Phillips, Palin(ef) 1-5 15-15 61.31
Heat06: Bailey, Bickley, Coles, Chattin 5-1 20-16 60.31
Heat07: Flint, McGurk, Harris, Rathbone 3-3 23-19 62.04
Heat08: Bailey, Woodhull, Smith, McGurk 5-1 28-20 60.75
Heat09: Palin, Coles, Chattin, Phillips 3-3 31-23 61.72
Heat10: Bailey, Bickley, Harris, McGurk 5-1 36-24 61.84
Heat11: Flint, Clegg, Smith, Rathbone 3-3 39-27 62.41         
Heat12: Palin, Woodhull, Harris, McGurk 5-1 44-28 62.72              
Heat13: Flint, Bickley, Clegg, Coles 5-1 49-29 62.65
Heat14: Harris, Rathbone, Phillips, Chattin 3-3 52-32 64.2
Heat15: Bailey, Clegg, Smith, Bickley(ret) 3-3 55-35

 

  CUP kings Cradley missed out on a final spot after going down 55-35 at Belle Vue.
During the Dudley Wood days in the 80s Cradley were the most successful cup side - and more has followed in the modern era.  But the trip to the National Speedway Stadium was one step too far after Monday’s first leg defeat at Monmore.
The Anchor Logistics Heathens showed an improvement on their previous visit to Manchester but were always on the back foot.  Boss Will Pottinger said: “The guys had a proper go and I can see positives.  “We made a good start but we always knew how tough it was going to be. Belle Vue are a great side.”
Co-promoter Nigel Pearson said: “We can’t fault anybody for effort, the lads gave their all.  “Many people say we’ve overachieved this season but I think the lads should feel proud of what they’ve done.  “Whenever I go to Belle Vue it reminds me of what a wonderful club it is - and Manchester City Council deserve great credit for supporting speedway.” 

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28/10/2019

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