2012

So close for the League Title

 

 

Season Review

Well what can you say about 2012? The Heathens finished top of the National League again, in fact they only lost four of the Official matches all season but still came away with nothing!
They had the best crowds in the league, best club, best programme.
It was all down to bad luck in the end. The title was decided against Mildenhall in the Play-Off Final at Kings Lynn. With the Heathens winning the first leg on October 23rd - 51-37, the second leg the following night was on a knife edge. By heat 14 the aggregate score was 88-87 with Roynon and Morris in heat 15 the Heathens just needed a heat win, however a dramatic crash when Stefan Nielsen thundered round the outside caught the fence and his bike took out Roynon, the race was stopped with Roynon stretchered off with a badly broken leg. The referee studied the video and it was alleged that Mildenhall co-promoter Chris Louis watched it with him and influenced his decision and then he controversially excluded the Dudley skipper giving the Fen Tigers a gift 3-3 to win the League Championship.

It was heartbreaking for the Heathens and a match that the loyal fans could never forget, and it drove a big wedge between the two clubs.
The club appealed against referee Dave Robinson's decision who should never have allowed the co-promoter to enter the referee's box.

L to R Nigel Pearson (Chairman), Darryl Ritchings, James White-Williams, Byron Becker, Will Pottinger (Team Manager),
Adam Roynon (Captain), Tom Perry, Dan Greenwood, Ashley Morris, Gary Patchett (Club Partner)

The season started with a win in the National Shield against the Fen Tigers in April, first losing by one point at West Row, Mildenhall the second leg at Monmore was rained off a week later.  The re-run of this match was on 29th May with Dudley winning 52-41.
They went through the league campaign to finish in top spot winning 13 out of the 14 matches home and away, their only defeat was at West Row Mildenhall in August, no surprise really as the Heathens were without Adam Roynon, Ashley Morris and Tom Perry!  It was no wonder that Mildenhall became the enemy of 2012.

Dudley raced the first leg of the KO Cup Final at Mildenhall at the beginning of October, it had been more than a month since the Heathens had ridden.
Joe Haiines guested for Adam Roynon with 13 paid 14 he more than did his job but operating rider replacement for Ashley Morris it was always going to be difficult but then Byron Bekker crashed with Dan Greenwood and suffered knee ligament damage in heat three, an injury that finished Byron's career. It left the Heathens with a mountain to climb losing 61-33 in this first leg.  The second leg of the KO Cup Final was the second match of a double header following the Play-Off Final clash with Mildenhall. The match was conceded after heat 12 with the Fen Tigers scoring 32 points to the Heathens 41. Dudley were up against it from the start with rider replacement for Tom Perry who was injured in the first half of the double header with a broken thumb and broken scaphoid. Sean Phillips had to replace the injured Byron Bekker. So Mildehall took the KO Cup 93-74 in front of a massive Dudley crowd.

Rider of the year was Adam Roynon who was adored by the Heathens fans, his approachable personality made him an instant hit with the supporters and there is no doubt that Adam gave his all for the club. He was of course so unlucky with injuries and to see him end the season in hospital was dreadful. Tom Perry and Ashley Morris both continued to improve throughout the season, Tom in particular gained a lot of confidence riding for Somerset in the Premier League. Now a contracted Dudley rider he was great to watch round the 'boards'.
Byron Bekker took that nasty tumble and injured his knee very badly which is a shame for the South African his influence on the young riders around the pits was invaluable.
Dudley also took on Jan O Pedersen to help the young lads in the pits and got a lot of respect from the youngsters who were soaking up his knowledge like sponges.
Both Darryl Ritchings and Dan Greenwood had a good season and continued to improve.  James White-Williams was signed as a reserve with good gating ability and he decided to return to motor-cross at the end of the year.


 

 

 

 

 

The Heathens 2012
 

Rider
Matches
Rides
Points
Bonus
Total
Aver
Adam Roynon 19 84 227 4 231 11.00
Tom Perry 20 93 216 14 230 9.89
Ashley Morris 23 107 228 20 248 9.27
Byron Bekker 21 85 148 26 174 8.19
Darryl Ritchings 26 123 174 45 219 7.12
Dan Greenwood 24 108 142 33 175 6.48
James White-Williams 25 104 117 27 144 5.54
Also rode
Connor Dwyer 1 3 0 0 0 0.00
Joe Haines 3 14 32 2 34 9.71
Sean Phillips 1 3 1 0 1 1.33
Guests
Ashley Birks 2 8 23 1 24 12.00
Tommy Fenwick 1 4 0 0 0 0.00
Joe Haines 1 5 11 1 12 9.60
Gary Irving 1 5 9 0 9 7.20
Adam Kirby 1 3 1 0 1 1.33
National League, Play-Offs, KO Cup, National Shield matches only
Steve Worrall 1 6 13 1 14 9.33

 

 

 

 

Final League Table

National League
Team
PL
3W
2W
D
L
4W 3W D 1L L
For
Ag
Pts
Dudley Heathens 14 7 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 783 468 42
Mildenhall Fen Tigers
14
6 0
0
1 4 0 2 0 1 717 552 38
Isle of Wight Islanders 14 3 2
0
2 2 0 0 0 5 595 684 21
Stoke Potters
14
4 0 1 2 0 2 0 1 4 647 631 20
Rye House Raiders 14 5 0
0
2 1 0 0 1 5 596 659 20
Scunthorpe Saints 14
3
2 0 2 0 1 0 1 5 584 683 17
Buxton Hitmen 14 3 0
1
3 0 0 0 1 6 586 686 11
Kings Lynn Young Stars 14 2 1 0 4 0 0 0 1 6 567 712 9


LEAGUE SCORING SYSTEM
Home loss by any amount of points = 0
Home draw = 1
Home win by between 1 and 6 points = 2
Home win by 7 points or more = 3
Away loss by 7 points or more = 0
Away loss by 6 points or less = 1
Away draw = 2
Away win by between 1 and 6 points = 3
Away win by 7 points or more = 4

PLAY-OFF PICTURE
Top four teams race off in two-legged semi-finals and final to decide championship.
The top team having choice of opponents in semi-finals from the other three

 

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFF FINAL

DUDLEY 51 MILDENHALL 37
(Ashley Morris 15+1 (6), Darryl Ritchings 14+2 (7), Adam Roynon 12+1 (5),
James White-Williams 5+3 (6), Dan Greenwood 5+2 (5), Tom Perry 0 (2 inj), Btron Bekker R/R

MILDENHALL 54 DUDLEY 39
Adam Roynon 16 (6 - inj), Ashley Morris 8 (6), Dan Greenwood 6+2 (5), Darryl Ritchings 6+1 (6),
Adam Kirby (G for Byron Bekker) 3 (4), James White-Williams 1 (3), Tom Perry R/R

MILDENHALL WIN THE PLAY-OFF FINAL 91 -90


National Shield

Dudley won the National Shield  Mildenhall 47-Dudley 46 
 
{Adam Roynon 14+2(5), Ashley Morris 10(5), Tom Perry 7+1(4), Byron Bekker 4+1(4), Darryl Ritchings 4+1(4), Dan Greenwood 4+1(4), James White-Williams 3+1(4)
The second leg was rained off on April 17th and
re-run on 29th May
Dudley 52 Mildenhall 41
 
{Roynon 11(5), Tom Perry 10+1(5), Morris 9(4), Byron Bekker 8+1(4)), Darryl Ritchings 6+1(4)Dan Greenwood 5+1(4), James White-Williams 3+1(4)
Aggregate score Dudley 98  Mildenhall 88


National League Fours @ Stoke

Mildenhall 17
Lewis Blackbird 2, Stefan Nielsen 6, Joe Jacobs 6, Dan Halsey 3
Buxton 13
Adam McKinna 2, Luke Priest 4, Charles Wright 4, Dean Felton 3
Dudley 10
Darryl Ritchings 2, Ashley Morris 5, Adam Roynon 2, Byron Bekker 1
Stoke 7
Ashley Birks 3, James Cockle 2, Tony Atkin 1, Liam Carr 1


NL KO Cup

Quarter Final -
 Buxton 36 Dudley 54
Tom Perry 13+1(5), Adam Roynon 11 (5), James White Williams 8+3(4), Dan Greenwood 8(4), Ashley Morris 7(4), Byron Bekker 4(4), Darryl Ritchings 3(4)
Quarter Final - Dudley 65 Buxton 28
Tom Perry 15(5), Adam Roynon 12(4), Ashley Morris 12+1(5), Dan Greenwood 9+3(4), Darryl Ritchings 6+2(4), Byron Bekker 6+1(4), James White-Williams 5(4)

Semi-Final - 1st leg - Dudley 60 Isle of Wight 32
Tom Perry 13+1(5), Ashley Morris 12(5), Adam Roynon 11+1(4), Darryl Ritchings 7+3(4), Byron Bekker 6+2(4), Dan Greenwood 6(4), James Wight-Williams 5+1(4)
Semi-Final - 2nd leg -Isle of Wight 21 Dudley 15
Adam Roynon 6(2), Byron Bekker 1(), Darryl Ritchings 3(2), Ashley Morris 5(2), Tom Perry 3+1(2), James Wight Williams 3(2)
NLKO Cup Final - 1st leg Mildenhall 61- Dudley 33
Joe Haines (G) 13+1(5), Tom Perry 10(6), Darryl Ritchings 5+1(7), Dan Greenwood 3(5), James White-Williams 2+1(7) R/R Ashley Morris, Byron Bekker inj(1)
NLKO Cup Final - 2nd leg Dudley 41 Mildenhall 32
Adam Roynon 12(4), Ashley Morris 11(4), James White-Williams 9+1(4), Darryl Ritchings 7+2(4), Sean Phillips 1 (3), R/R Tom Perry inj
Mildenhall win the NLKO Cup 93-74
 

NL Pairs @ Mildenhall

Semi-Final - Scunthorpe 20, Dudley 13 (Byron Bekker 9, Tom Perry 4)
 Kings Lynn 12, Stoke 9
FINAL - Mildenhall 17, Buxton 14,
 Dudley 12
(Tom Perry 10, Byron Bekker 2), Scunthorpe 11
 


NL Riders Final @ Rye House

Won by Ashley Birks
Tom Perry 11 (0,3,3,2,3) Ashley Morris 5 (2,X,2,M,1)

 


The 2012 Golden Hammer was Rained off on July 10th and re-run on July 31st won by Kyle Newman with Simon Lambert 2nd and Ashley Birks in third place.
(Highest placed Heathen was Ashley Morris with 11 points)

The Heathens hosted the BRITISH UNDER 21 FINAL at Monmore 'Wood' on 24th April
Won by Joe Haines 2nd Tom Perry 3rd Kyle Howarth

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