2013

Yes! Heathens win the lot!!!!

 

 

 

Season Review

After being forced to dismantle the 2012 side to fit in with the points limit, a new side was formed around Lewis Blackbird (Mildenhall) and Paul Starke from Isle of Wight both riders appeared to have 'bargain', averages, they joined Ashley Morris at the spearhead of the side, with Dan Greenwood retained (Adam Roynon unable to compete in the National League, Byron Bekker not returning, Tom Perry released to Isle of Wight, and James White-Williams having a break from speedway). The newcomers were 16 year old Max Clegg from Scunthorpe and fellow teenager Nathan Greaves, Gareth Isherwood fitted into the averages to complete the side.
The team gelled perfectly, Lewis Blackbird and Paul Starke performed exactly as expected and Ashley Morris continued his improvement to become a star, his performance in the Play-Off Final was the icing on the cake for him, dropping just two points over both legs.
Max Clegg just improved all season finishing with a remarkable average of 6.38, he really got to grips with the Monmore track, but Nathan was struggling a bit with his home track and was riding better away! He had an up and down season but showed what he a classy rider he could become.

Dan Greenwood started the season slowly but improved when it got to the 'business' end of the campaign, Gareth Isherwood had what could be described as a solid year, reliable performances just where they were needed

L to R.Nigel Pearson (Chairman). Max Clegg, Lewis Blackbird, Gareth Isherwood, Ashley Morris (captain)
Will Pottinger (Team Manager), Paul Starke, Dan Greenwood, Nathan Greaves, Gary Patchet (Team Partner)

  The incredible Heathens swept through 2013 topping the National League once again but this time no heartbreak as the mighty Heathens took the National League Championship, National Shield, KO Cup, NL Fours and the Pairs.
After topping the National League by a massive 10 points they faced Kings Lynn Young Stars in the Play-Off Final. A massive crowd at Monmore 'Wood' saw the Heathens win the first leg 53-40 led by 'Rider of the Year',  Ashley Morris with a superb 15 point maximum. The following night October 9th Dudley once again went on to win with Ashley Morris splitting the Lambert - Kerr partnership for second place and a 47-46 win on the night. The large crowd of Heathens fans making the journey to the Norfolk Arena were sent into raptures as the dream had come true at last when Lewis Blackbird and Dan Greenwood hit the Young Stars with a 5-1 in heat 11 to secure victory.
How do you follow that?  Well the next hurdle was the KO Cup Final - the last two days of the season. The 'home leg', was a crushing defeat for the opponents Isle of Wight, 58-33 left them reeling, with the second leg just a formality really with Ashley Morris again doing the skippers role with a paid 5 ride maximum.
As
 expected Dudley were never going to give up a 25 point lead and although losing 48-44 on the night were Cup winners with a 102-81 aggregate victory.

Team Manager Will Pottinger was jubilant having such a successful season and who could blame him?
There were many highlights throughout the year, none more so than the National League fours at Stoke in August. Finishing top of group 'B' with 17 points Lewis Blackbird beat Kent's Steve Boxall in the last race to secure the trophy. Or winning the NL Pairs at Mildenhall in June with Lewis and Ashley Morris overcoming earlier gremlins to finish top of the pile again.
It completed a amazing year for the Heathens who were were rewarded with a civic reception at Dudley Council House in November.

Riders Performance Chart

'The Heathens' 2013

RIDER  

Matches Rides Points Bonus TOTAL Average
Lewis Blackbird    23 113 275 11 286 10.12
Ashley Morris 21 101 235 15 250 9.90
Paul Starke 24 114 257 10 267 9.37
Dan Greenwood 24 103 148 28 176 6.83
Max Clegg 21 96 133 20 153 6.38
Gareth  Isherwood  22 91 109 27 136 5.98
Nathan Greaves 25 102 107 29 136 5.33

GUESTS

Steve Boxall 1 4 11 0 11 11.00
Robert Branford 1 4 6 1 7 7.00
Lee Geary 3 12 6 2 8 2.67
Darryl Ritchings 1 4 5 3 8 8.00
Danno Verge 1 4 2 0 2 2.00
Includes National League, Play-Off, KO Cup & National Shield only
(Tactical rides are counted as points normally scored eg. 3 points for a win.)


Final League Table

National League
Team
PL
3W
2W
D
L
4W 3W D 1L L
For
Ag
Pts
Dudley Heathens 13 7 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 1 693 488 37
Kings Lynn Young Stars
13
5 0
0
1 3 0 2 0 4 585 568 27
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 13 5 1
0
1 2 0 0 0 4 589 585 25
Isle of Wight Islanders
14
4 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 4 656 613 22
Coventry Storm 14 2 1
0
4 1 2 0 1 3 627 654 19
Buxton Hitmen 14
3
1 0 3 0 2 0 1 4 535 644 18
Kent Kings 13 4 1
0
2 0 0 0 1 5 556 635 15
Stoke Potters 12 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 6 456 610 7


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

PLAY-OFF FINAL
DUDLEY 53 KINGS LYNN 40
(Ashley Morris 15 (5), Lewis Blackbird 11 (5), Paul Starke 8 (4), Max Clegg 6 (4),
Dan Greenwood 5+1 (4), Gareth Isherwood 5+1 (4), Nathan Greaves 3+2 (4)
KINGS LYNN 46 DUDLEY 47
(Ashley Morris 13 (5), Lewis Blackbird 8+1 (4), Dan Greenwood 7 (5), Paul Starke 6 (4),
Nathan Greaves 6 (4), Gareth Isherwood 4+2 (4), Max Clegg 3+1 (4)

DUDLEY WIN THE PLAY-OFF FINAL
100 - 86 on Aggregate


National Shield
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 41 Dudley Heathens 45
Ashley Morris 12+1(5), Lewis Blackbird 7+1 (5), Paul Starke 7 (4),
Dan Greenwood 6 (4), Gareth Isherwood 5+1 (4), Max Clegg 5 (4), Nathan Greaves 3+1 (4)

Dudley Heathens 51 Mildenhall Fen Tigers 39
Lewis Blackbird 13+1 (5), Paul Starke 9 (5), Max Clegg 7+2 (4), Gareth Isherwood 7 (4),
Robert Branford (G) 6+1 (4), Nathan Greaves 5+3 (4), Dan Greenwood 4+1 (4)

Aggregate
Dudley Heathens 96 Mildenhall 80


National Pairs
GROUP A - Dudley 18
(Morris 10,  Blackbird 8), Stoke 15,
Isle of Wight 11, Kings Lynn 10.

FINAL - Dudley 17 (Morris 8, Blackbird 9),
Mildenhall 15, Kent 14, Stoke 8


KO Cup

Quarter Final 1st leg - Dudley 55 Buxton 39
(Paul Starke 16 (6), Gareth Isherwood 12+2 (5), Max Clegg 11+1 (5) Ashley Morris 11+1 (6) Nathan Greaves 4+1 (5), Dan Greenwood 1+1 (3) Lewis Blackbird R/R
Quarter Final 2nd leg - Buxton 47 Dudley 43
Lewis Blackbird 13 (5), Ashley Morris 10+1 (5), Paul Starke 8 (4), Gareth Isherwood 6+1 (4)
Dan Greenwood 4 (4), Nathan Greaves 2 (4), Lee Geary 0 (4)
AGGREGATE Dudley 98 Buxton 86
Semi-Final 1st leg Dudley 56 Kings Lynn34
Lewis Blcckbird 14+1 (5), Paul Starke 12+1 (5), Ashley Morris 11 (4), Dan Greenwood 9+1 (5)
Gareth Isherwood 7+1 (4), Max Clegg 2+1 (4), Nathan Greaves 1 (4)
Semi-Final 2nd leg  Kings Lynn 44 Dudley 46
Ashley Morris 13 (5), Nathan Greaves 9+2 (4), Dan Greenwood 7+2 (4), Lewis Blackbird 7 (5)
Paul Starke 7 (4), Max Clegg 3+2 (4), Gareth Isherwood 0 (4)
AGGREGATE Dudley 102 Kings Lynn 78


Final - 1st leg - Dudley 58  Isle of Wight 33
Ashley Morris 14,(5), Paul Starke 11+1 (5), Lewis Blackbird 10+1 (4), Dan Greenwood 9+2 (4),
Nathan Greaves 5+2 (4), Max Clegg 5 (4), Gareth Isherwood 4 (4)

Final - 2nd leg - Isle of Wight 48 Dudley 44
Ashley Morris 11 (4), Lewis Blckbird 10 (5), Paul Starke 8+2 (5), Dan Greenwood 5+1 (4),
Nathan Greaves 4 (4), Gareth Isherwood 3+1 (4), Max Clegg 3 (4)

Dudley win the KO Cup 102 - 81 on aggregate.

National League Fours

 @ Stoke
GROUP B Dudley 17
(Starke 6, Blackbird 5, Morris 4, Isherwood 1), Ward (res) 1,
Kent 12, Stoke 11, Buxton 8.
FINAL Dudley 14
(Starke 6, Morris 5, Blackbird 3, Isherwood 0.
Kent 13, Mildenhall 11, Kings Lynn 10

DUDLEY WIN THE FOURS


National League Riders Final
@ Rye House

Steve Boxall 14, Lewis Kerr 14, Lewis Blackbird 12


A sort of Dudley Wolves Trophy for the BBC WM Trophy was run in July with both matches at Monmore Green 'Wood'
Wolves 41 Dudley 49
Paul Starke 12+1 (5), Ashley Morris 12 (5), Lewis Blackbird 8 (4), Nathan Greaves 5+2 (4),
Dan Greenwood 4+1 (4), Max Clegg 4 (4), Gareth Isherwood 3+2 (4)

Dudley 54 Wolves 39
Lewis Blackbird 15 (5), Paul Starke 13 (5), Ashley Morris 8 (4), Nathan Greaves 6+1 (4),
Max Clegg 4+2 (4), Dan Greenwood 4+1 (4), Gareth Isherwood 4 (40

Dudley win 103 80 on Aggregate
 

The 2013 Golden Hammer Lewis Blackbird 14, Kyle Newman 13, Steve Worrall 13

Dudley hosted the British under 21 Final at Monmore 'Wood' in April
1st Robert Branford 12, 2nd Kyle Howarth 14, 3rd Jason Garrity 12, 4th Ashley Morris 13

Dudley rode two Challenge matches against Premier League clubs
Redcar 51 Dudley 42
(Paul Starke 14, Tom Perry (G) 9+1, Ashley Morris 8+2, Max Clegg 6+1, Gareth Isherwood 3+1, Nathan Greaves 2+1
Berwick 51 Dudley 41 (Paul Starke 12 , Adam Roynon (G) 11+1, Steve Worrall (G) 11, Max Clegg 4+1,
Nathan Greaves 3, Tom Fenwick 0, Dan Greenwood R/R

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