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DETAILED RESULTS FOR THE DUDLEY HEATHENS 2017 - PART 1 MARCH - JULY
Monmore Green Press and Practice
BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES v CRADLEY
HEATHENS - POSTPONED TRACK WATERLOGGED
(RE-ARRANGED FOR APRIL 5TH 2017)
CRADLEY HEATHENS v KINGS LYNN YOUNG STARS NL @ PERRY BARR
Heat 01: Priest, Dwyer, Ayres(15m), Whitmore(fx) 3-3 AW
CRADLEY made a commanding start to their 2017 season with a
comprehensive 61-29 win over King's Lynn Young Stars at Perry Barr.
And after two years away with local rivals Birmingham, it was a dream
return for Motor Market Heathens skipper Tom Perry who romped to a
15-point maximum. Said Perry: "It's great to be back with Cradley
and I obviously couldn't have asked for a better start!
"To get my own season up and running like that is ideal and hopefully I can put in performances similar to that all season. "Tonight wasn't just about me though, everyone rode well and everyone did their job and more. "We know we'll have tougher meetings this year but there were definitely plenty of encouraging signs from all of the team. "We wanted to send a message out to the rest of the league and I think we definitely did that!"
New No.1 Danny Ayres recovered from mechanical problems in his first to go unbeaten by an opposition rider in his last four rides.
2013 title winner Dan Greenwood and exciting reserve Joe Lawlor both picked up two race wins a-piece while Luke Harris will have gained plenty of confidence from his performance in he main body of the team.
Conor Dwyer had a solid night at No.2 while Ryan Burton did his job at reserve as the Heathens dominated their season opener.
The Heathens will return to Perry Barr next Wednesday (April 5) as the away side when they go head-to-head with Birmingham in the rearranged West Midlands Trophy.
BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES v CRADLEY HEATHENS CH @ PERRY BARR
|Team Manager - Graham Drury||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Tom Bacon||1||2||2||ef||5||-||1||Danny Ayres||2*||3||2||3||2||12||1|
|2||Chris Hay||0||0||1*||fx||1||1||2||Conor Dwyer R/R||LH||JL||DG||JL|
|3||Darryl Ritchings||3||1*||1*||3||8||2||3||Dan Greenwood||1||1*||3||3||1||9||1|
|4||Jack Parkinson-Blackburn||2*||2||2||1*||f||7||2||4||Luke Harris||3||0||2||1||3||9||-|
|5||Danyon Hume||3||3||3||2||1||12||-||5||Tom Perry||2||3||3||1||3||12||-|
|6||Macauley Leek||0||0||1||1||-||6||Ryan Burton||1||1||0||fx||0||0||2||-|
|7||Layne Cupitt||2||1||2||2*||2||9||1||7||Joe Lawlor||3||0||0||ef||x2m||3||-|
Heat 01: Harris, Ayres, Bacon, Hay 1-5 63.84
CRADLEY beat Birmingham in a last heat decider to clinch the West
Midlands Trophy 47-43 at Perry Barr. With the scores level going
into Heat 15, Danny Ayres and club captain Tom Perry team rode superbly
to secure a 5-1 maximum over Brummies duo Danyon Hume and Jack
It's the first time the Motor Market Heathens have beaten their local rivals in six attempts - much to the delight of Team Manager Will Pottinger. "It is a bit of a relief to finally get one over the Brummies," Pottinger admitted. "They've had a brilliant run against us in recent times and it's good to finally have the bragging rights back. "It may have only been a bit of a challenge fixture, but you could still see what it meant to everyone with the celebrations after Heat 15. "We should have really won by a few more points had luck been on our side, but we're definitely happy to keep our unbeaten start going. "This win is great to keep the momentum going; it keeps the ball rolling and our confidence is already very high."
Last race heroes Danny Ayres and Tom Perry lead the way for the Heathens with 12 points apiece while Dan Greenwood and rejuvenated Luke Harris both chipped in with 9 each.
Joe Lawlor's tally would have been greater had he not shed a chain whilst leading heat eight while Ryan Burton's contribution proved to be crucial in the end result.
CRADLEY HEATHENS v MILDENHALL FEN TIGERS NL @ MONMORE GREEN
|Team Manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager Robert Henry|
|1||Tom Perry||2||3||2||1*||2||10||1||1||Dan Bewley (G)||3||3||3||3||3||15||M|
|2||Conor Dwyer||fell||0||3||0||3||-||2||Luke Ruddick||1||1||2||fx||4||-|
|3||Dan Greenwood||fx||0||3||1||4||-||3||Jon Armstrong||3||3||3||2*||0||11||1|
|4||Luke Harris||2||2||1||3||8||-||4||Danno Verge||1||fx||0||1||-|
|5||Danny Ayres||3||fx||2||2||1||8||1||5||Daniel Halsey||2||2||0||fell||4||-|
|6||Ryan Burton||3||2||1*||1||7||1||6||Sam Woods||1||1*||2||4||1|
|7||Joe Lawlor||2*||1||0||0||3||1||7||Jordan Jenkins||fx||fx||1*||1||3||2||7||1|
Heat 01: Bewley, Perry, Ruddick, Dwyer(f) 2-4 58.75
|CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger insists there is no reason to hit the panic button despite their 46-43 loss at home to Mildenhall on Monday. The Motor Market Heathens came off second best in an incident-filled encounter in their first Monmore Green outing of the season. Despite forcing a last-heat decider, a masterclass from Fen Tigers guest Dan Bewley ensured the visitors emerged with three National League points. Pottinger conceded it was a disappointing night for his side as they threw away a number of points and suffered their first defeat of the season. But he has urged his team to issue a response ahead of their trip to Eastbourne on Saturday, April 29. Said Pottinger: “We’re very disappointed, but it was just one of those nights where we had a bit of misfortune and it cost us in the end. “A few of the lads were struggling and they beat us out the traps, but we’ve got to look to bounce back against Eastbourne away then Lakeside at home. “We’ve got a few matches at the start of May, so hopefully we can get back on track then. It’s a long, long season ahead of us so we’re not going to press the panic button yet. “At the same time, we never like to lose, especially at home, so it’s a disappointing result and there’s no getting away from that.”|
Luke Harris impressed for the Heathens, pulling off the ride of the
night to win heat 14 after a sensational battle with Jordan Jenkins and
force a last-heat decider.
Top two Danny Ayres and Tom Perry also put in solid performances, although Fen Tigers’ heat-leaders Bewley and Jon Armstrong played starring roles for their side. Ayres also suffered a costly fall in heat seven, whilst middle order man Dan Greenwood struggled to recover from a spectacular heat three crash which caused extensive damage to his machinery.
Ryan Burton put in a creditable display at reserve whilst Conor Dwyer and Joe Lawor also had their moments, but it was not enough to see the Heathens come out on top in a tense clash.
EASTBOURNE EAGLES v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ ARLINGTON
|Team Manager - Connor Dugard||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Mark Baseby||2*||2||2*||2||1*||9||3||1||Jon Armstrong (G)||ret||3||f/r||1||0||4||-|
|2||Kelsey Dugard||3||0||fx||3||-||2||Conor Dwyer||1||0||1*||1||3||1|
|3||Connor Coles||2||1*||2||2*||7||2||3||Dan Greenwood||3||ef||1||x2m||4||-|
|4||Mathew Bates||1*||2||ret||ef||3||1||4||Luke Harris||0||ret||0||1||1||-|
|5||Georgie Wood||2||3||3||fx||8||-||5||Danny Ayres||3||3||3||3||3||15||M|
|6||Charlie Powell||2*||fx||2*||2||6||2||6||Ryan Burton||1||1||1||tx||3|
|7||Tom Brennon||3||1||3||3||3||2||15||-||7||Joe Lawlor||0||0||2||1||3||6|
Heat 01: Dugard, Baseby, Dwyer, Armstrong (ret) 5-1 60.6
CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger was left wondering what could have been
after their frustrating 51-36 defeat against Eastbourne at Arlington.
The Motor Market Heathens were led by a stunning 15-point maximum from
Danny Ayres but were unable to capitalise and claim any National League
It was a tough evening for Pottinger’s side, who ran 11 last places and were made to pay the price for a nightmare spell between heats 10 and 12. And Pottinger felt they missed an opportunity to get a result after Ayres’ heroic display. Said Pottinger: “Obviously we can’t fault Danny Ayres, who was absolutely superb tonight, but it’s frustrating not to get anything. “On another day we could’ve left Eastbourne with a result, but those three 5-1s towards the end killed us in the end. “We just had too many last places in the end, and there were a lot of bike problems that we’ll need to sort out.
“Overall I don’t think we’re doing badly, but we need to do better and
we’ll definitely be looking to improve and get back to winning ways
against Lakeside on Monday.”
Guesting No.1 Jon Armstrong and Dan Greenwood both recorded race wins but otherwise struggled to make an impact. Greenwood and fellow middle order man Luke Harris were plagued by bike problems, whilst Conor Dwyer and Ryan Burton also experienced tough evenings. Young gun Joe Lawlor improved as the evening went on and ended with a victory in the penultimate race, but it was not enough to help his side earn a consolation point.
CRADLEY HEATHENS v LAKESIDE HAMMERS NL
@ MONMORE GREEN
(Follows Wolves Kings Lynn match)
|Team Manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager Kelvin Tatum|
|1||Tom Perry||3||2||3||1||ef||9||-||1||Ben Morley||2||3||2||3||3||13||-|
|2||Conor Dwyer||1||0||3||1||5||-||2||George Hunter||f/r||0||f/r||0||-|
|3||Dan Greenwood||2||xm||2||3||7||-||3||David Mason||3||2||fx||2||7||-|
|4||Luke Harris||1*||2||1*||3||7||2||4||Alfie Bowtell||0||1*||2||2||5||1|
|5||Danny Ayres||3||3||3||x||2||11||-||5||Nathan Greaves (G)||f/r||3||3||2*||1||9||1|
|6||Ryan Burton||3||2||1*||0||1||1||8||2||6||Jamie Couzins||2||1||2||0||0||1*||0||6||1|
|7||Joe Lawlor||ef||xm||1||0||1||-||7||Nick Laurence||1*||1||2||1|
CRADLEY returned to winning ways with a 48-42 win over Lakeside at
Monmore Green. The Motor Market Heathens bounced back from two
straight defeats to add another three important points to their SGB
National League tally.
Showman Danny Ayres rounded off a confidence boosting day by top scoring
for the Heathens after also bagging the highest individual score for
Leicester in the SGB Premiership at Rye House earlier in the afternoon.
Ryan Burton played a pivotal role from the reserve berths while
heat-leaders Tom Perry and Dan Greenwood provided invaluable back up for
the team. Luke Harris continued his solid form and registered a
crucial race win in Heat 14 to seal the victory for the Heathens.
Connor Dwyer dominated heat eight once again while Joe Lawlor experienced a tough night mechanically.
PLYMOUTH DEVILS v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ ST BONIFACE ARENA
|Team Manager - Laurence Rogers||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Steve Boxall||2||2||3||2||2||11||-||1||Ben Wilson||3||3||3||1||10||-|
|2||Richard Andrews||1*||0||2*||2*||0||5||3||2||Conor Dwyer||0||0||1||1||2||-|
|3||Lee Smart||0||2||2||2||6||-||3||Dan Greenwood||3||3||1||3||1||11||-|
|4||Callum Walker||1||1*||1*||2||5||2||4||Luke Harris||2*||1||0||3||6||1|
|5||Benji Compton||fx||2||2||0||4||-||5||Danny Ayres||3||3||3||3||3||15||MAX|
|6||Robert Parker||1*||0||0||1||1||6||Ryan Burton||fell||1||f/r||1||-|
|7||Henry Atkins||2||1||3||1||fx||7||1||7||Joe Lawlor||3||2*||0||0||1||6||1|
Heat 01: Wilson, Boxall, Andrews, Dwyer 3-3 51.59
|CRADLEY made it back-to-back victories in the Travel Plus National League with a 51-39 win at Plymouth. It was another morale boosting result for the Motor Market Heathens who built on their home triumph over Lakeside from earlier in the week. Fans favourite Danny Ayres romped to a sensational 15 point maximum while fellow heat-leaders Dan Greenwood and Ben Wilson, who was guesting for Tom Perry due to work commitments, also both hit double figures. Team boss Will Pottinger hailed his side and says there were plenty of positives to take out of the performance. "We're over the moon to leave Plymouth with four league points and they were fully deserved too," Pottinger said. "When we did the track walk, you could tell that the lads were really up for it and they were determined to get the win. "Thankfully they did just that as it's a long old journey home from Plymouth but at least we're heading back to the Midlands with maximum points in the bag. "Danny was fantastic once again tonight and we're really happy for him on getting the maximum. He, Dan Greenwood and Ben Wilson all rode magnificently and scored 36 points between them.|
|"Luke (Harris) and Joe (Lawlor) can be more than happy with their contributions too and while Conor (Dwyer) and Ryan (Burton) may be disappointed with their scores, their points helped us claim that extra league point in the end. "This win kind of makes up for our home defeat against Mildenhall from a couple of weeks ago, so everything is looking good again now and it's certainly a good way to get our run of away fixtures up and running."|
LEICESTER LIONS v CRADLEY HEATHENS CH @ Beaumont Sports Complex
|Team Manager - Jim Lynch||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Josh Bates||3||3||3||3||3||15||M||1||Max Clegg||2||2||2||2||8||-|
|2||Chris Widman||0||1||1*||ret||2||1||2||Conor Dwyer R/R||JL||BW||DG||JL||-||-|
|3||Richard Hall||2||3||fx||2||7||-||3||Tom Perry||3||2||2||3||1||11||-|
|4||Tom Woolley||0||1||2||1*||4||1||4||Dan Greenwood||1||1*||3||1*||3||9||2|
|5||Matt Williamson||2||3||3||1||2*||11||1||5||Danny Ayres||3||2||3||0||0||8||-|
|6||Kyle Bickley||3||0||2||fell||2||7||-||6||Ben Woodhull||ret||0||0||1||1||-|
|7||Luke Woodhull||fx||0||0||0||-||7||Joe Lawlor||1*||2||1||0||1*||1||ef||6||2|
Heat 01: Bates, Clegg, Lawlor, Widman 3-3 62.25
Heat 02: Bickley, Lawlor, L.Woohull(fx), B.Woodhull(ret) 3-2 6-5 65.06
Heat 03: Perry, Hall, Greenwood, Woolley 2-4 8-9 63.87
Heat 04: Ayres, Williamson, Lawlor, L.Woodhull 2-4 10-13 65.53
Heat 05: Hall, Clegg, Woolley, B.Woodhull 4-2 14-15 64.94
Heat 06: Bates, Ayres, Widman, B.Woodhull 4-2 18-17 63.43
Heat 07: Williamson, Perry, Greenwood, Bickley 3-3 21-20 63.56
Heat 08: Greenwood, Bickley, Widman, Lawlor 3-3 24-23 65.25
Heat 09: Ayres, Woolley, B.Woodhull, Hall(fx) 2-4 26-27 AW
Heat 10: Bates, Perry, Greenwood, Widman 3-3 29-30 63.31
Heat 11: Williamson, Clegg, Lawlor, L.Woodhull 3-3 32-33 63.93
Heat 12: Perry, Hall, Lawlor, Bickley(f) 2-4 34-37 64.10
Heat 13: Bates, Clegg, Williamson, Ayres 4-2 38-39 63.19
Heat 14: Greenwood, Bickley, Woolley, Lawlor(ef) 3-3 41-42 64.50
Heat 15: Bates, Williamson, Perry, Ayres(15m) 5-1 46-43 64.31
|DANNY Ayres wowed the crowd by winning heat four without a saddle – but his late troubles in the 46-43 defeat at Leicester proved a bigger pain in the backside. The Motor Market Heathens number five, who also represents the Lions in the Premiership, had scored eight from three rides locked up in heat 13 before a mechanical fault caused him to miss the two minutes in a last-heat decider. Ayres went off 15 metres but could not catch up as Josh Bates, the reserve who rode at number one for the much-changed hosts, led Matt Williamson in the only 5-1 of the night to secure the Ivor Brown Memorial Trophy. Looking back on his battle without a saddle, Ayres said: “I have never had anything like that before. I think that was where the motocross came into it but when I looked round, I saw I was still winning. “I am a racer and I don’t give up. It was a good one to win, I just hate going away from a meeting feeling a bit frustrated. “Doing the talking afterwards is the difficult part. In speedway, you have big highs and lows and lately, I have had some massive highs. “I really hate ending meetings like that, it was sad.|
|My brain is everywhere at the moment, trying to analyse things but I have to try to take the positives. “Even Batesy (Damien Bates, Leicester promoter) said I have come along well and was on the pace but I don’t want to let anyone down. “The bike let me down in heat 15, I snapped the cable going to the spark plug and I couldn’t jump on the spare bike because I had broken the seat. “These meetings help to build your confidence and make you feel like a proper team player. I love having the pressure of the boys relying on you to go out there and do a job but we will go home, analyse everything and come back stronger.”|
ISLE OF WIGHT WARRIORS v CRADLEY HEATHENS @ SMALLBROOK STADIUM, ISLE OF WIGHT (ABANDONED)
|Team Manager - Jacky Vatcher||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Ben Wilson||fx||1||Danny Ayres||3||3|
|2||Tyler Govier R/R||JS||2||Ryan Burton||2*||0|
|3||James Cockle||3||1*||3||Dan Greenwood||2|
|4||Chris Widman||ret||2||4||Luke Harris||1|
|5||Lee Payne (G)||2||5||Tom Perry||3|
|6||Jamie Sealey||fx||1*||6||Conor Dwyer||0|
|7||Ben Woodhull||2||1*||7||Joe Lawlor||3||ef|
Heat 01: Ayres, Burton, Wilson(fx), Sealey(fx) 0-5 72.9
BUXTON HITMEN v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ HI-EDGE
|Team Manager - Jason Pipe||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Luke Priest (G)||3||1||f/r||2||6||-||1||Danny Ayres||fell||3||fell||3||3||9||-|
|2||Ben Woodhull||fx||fx||1||2||3||-||2||Ryan Burton||2||1||2*||2||7||1|
|3||Lee Dicken R/R||TW||LG||CB||SR||-||-||3||Dan Greenwood||1||3||1||3||8||-|
|4||Shelby Rutherford||0||2||1||2||1||1*||7||1||4||Luke Harris||3||2*||3||2*||10||PM|
|5||Tom Wooley||2||1||1||3||0||2||9||-||5||Tom Perry||2*||3||2||1||ef||8||1|
|6||Lee Geary||1||0||0||1||0||2||-||6||Conor Dwyer||3||2*||3||1||9||1|
|7||Carl Basford||0||0||0||ef||0||0||-||7||Joe Lawlor||2*||3||3||3||11||PM|
Heat 01: Priest, Burton, Woodhull(f), Ayres(f) 3-2 59.2
Lawlor revealed how some fatherly advice had helped to inspire his first
career paid maximum as Cradley overwhelmed under-strength Buxton 62-27.
Number seven Lawlor backed up fellow reserve Conor Dwyer in heat two
before taking a trio of chequered flags, stretching his lead once in
front in each. “Words cannot describe the feeling, I am over the
moon,” said Lawlor, who is embarking on his first full season in senior
speedway. “I have been waiting a long time to do this after a
rusty start at Cradley. Things have not been going my way with bike
troubles and the like but I told the club I would come good and finally,
I have. “It is always a tricky track. Everyone else seems to hate
it but I don’t, the harder you ride it the easier it is. My dad has been
telling me that for years and when I took his advice, it made my life a
lot easier. “I have stayed unbeaten and feel so confident now.
Hopefully, I can do the same again next time, that’s the plan.”
It was an eventful day all round with Luke Harris also remaining unbeaten by an opponent, while Danny Ayres set the three fastest times around Buxton in 2017 as well as suffering a retirement and a fall.
|Cradley quickly seized control at the Hi-Edge Raceway and then racked up four straight maximums between heats six and nine. The pass of the day came from Harris, who roared between Hitmen Luke Priest and Ben Woodhull to go from third to first and win heat 10. Ayres, who had already clocked 55.5 seconds on two occasions, finished heat 15 in a time of 55.7 to outshine Dan Bewley’s 56.1 for Belle Vue earlier this month. The meeting was won by heat 10 and the margin might have been greater had it not been for Ayres’s double trouble and a retirement in the last race for skipper Tom Perry.|
LAKESIDE HAMMERS v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ ARENA ESSEX
|Team Manager - Kelvin Tatum||Team Manager- Will Pottinger|
|1||Zach Wajtknecht||3||3||3||3||3||15||Max||1||Danny Ayres||2||2||2||f/r||0||6||-|
|2||Alex Spooner||0||0||//||ef||0||-||2||Ryan Burton||1*||0||//||//||1||1|
|3||Paul Hurry||2*||3||3||3||11||PM||3||Dan Greenwood||1||2||2||2||7||-|
|4||Alfie Bowtell||3||1||1||3||8||-||4||Luke Harris||0||1*||1*||2||4||2|
|5||Ben Morley||3||3||3||1||1||11||-||5||Tom Perry||2||2||2||2||2||10||-|
|6||Jamie Couzins||1||0||fx||1||2||-||6||Conor Dwyer||3||1*||3||0||fell||1*||8||2|
|7||Nick Lawrence||0||0||2||0||0||2||-||7||Joe Lawlor||2*||1*||1||1*||5||3|
Heat 01: Wajtknecht, Ayres, Burton, Spooner 3-3 61.2
CRADLEY narrowly missed out on a consolation point as they slipped to a
49-41 defeat at Lakeside on Sunday afternoon. The Motor Market Heathens
headed to the Arena-Essex Raceway with high hopes of adding to their
Travel Plus National League tally. They put in a gutsy display around
the notoriously tricky circuit – but it was not quite enough as a
faultless maximum from Zach Wajtknecht led the hosts to victory. It was
a strong all-around team display from Will Pottinger’s side as they ran
just six last places over the course of the afternoon. But they also
accounted for just two race wins – both from impressive reserve Conor
Dwyer – as the Hammers’ powerhouse top three of Wajtknecht, Ben Morley
and Paul Hurry made all the difference.
Team boss Pottinger admitted they were frustrated to leave with no points to show for their efforts, although he was keen to take the positives. “We’re slightly disappointed because we were hanging in there, but we went eight points down at the wrong time and couldn’t get it back. “It’s a shame we couldn’t get anything, but Lakeside is a tough place to go and the lads tried their hearts out.
There’s a concern about Ryan Burton after his crash in heat eight, it
looks like he’s got an ankle injury so we’ll have to wait and see how he
Skipper Tom Perry top scored with a solid performance whilst Dwyer also bagged paid double figures. But Danny Ayres experienced a tough afternoon at No.1 as he battled through the pain barrier after a crash for Redcar on Saturday night whilst Ryan Burton withdrew after crashing in heat eight.
CRADLEY HEATHENS v BELLE VUE COLTS NL
@ MONMORE GREEN
(Follows Wolves v Poole match)
CRADLEY HEATHENS v KENT KINGS NL @ MONMORE GREEN
|Team Manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager|
|1||Danny Ayres||3||3||3||1||10||-||1||Luke Bowen||2||3||3||2||10||-|
|2||Joe Lawlor||ef||0||0||0||0||-||2||Bradley Andrews||1*||f/r||3||fell||4||1|
|3||Dan Greenwood||0||2||3||2*||7||1||3||Ben Hopwood||2*||2||2||ef||6||1|
|4||Luke Harris||1||1*||2*||1*||5||3||4||Jack Thomas||3||1*||1*||3||8||2|
|5||Tom Perry||3||3||2||3||11||-||5||Nathan Stoneman||2||2||1||0||5||-|
|6||Conor Dwyer||3||0||1*||1*||2||7||2||6||Luke Clifton||fx||WITHDREW INJURED||-||-|
|7||Ryan Burton||1||1||2||3||7||-||7||Anders Rowe||2||0||1*||0||1||0||4||1|
Heat 01: Ayres, Bowen, Andrews, Lawlor(ef) 3-3
CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger praised his side for securing a 47-37 win over Kent in what he described as 'difficult circumstances.'
An injury to Kent reserve Luke Clifton in the second race of the night saw the meeting delayed by over an hour. The 35-year-old, who was making his return to racing following a recent rib injury, suffered a suspected broken femur, tibia and fibula and was eventually transferred to a local hospital. When the action did resume, the Motor Market Heathens were forced to battle hard and the visitors held the hosts with the scores tied after eight races. But Pottinger's side dug deep in the second half to seal three more Travel Plus National League points with a race to spare - a heat which saw the meeting cut short with the result standing after reaching the curfew following a shoulder injury to Kent skipper Luke Bowen.
Said Pottinger: "First and foremost we would like to send our very best
wishes to Luke Clifton. We certainly hope it's not as bad as first
feared and we hope he makes a full recovery. "We also send our best to
Luke Bowen who made our lads work very hard for their points tonight in
what was a good meeting barring the injuries to their riders. "We knew
we'd got to get the job done though and considering the difficult
circumstances with the delay, I was pleased with the way our riders
applied themselves. "To race at Monmore for the first time in six weeks,
get a win and deny Kent a consolation point is a brilliant effort from
the team and we've got to be happy. "The league is going to be very
tight when all fixtures have been completed and you'd imagine Kent will
be there-or-thereabouts along with ourselves and in the mix for the
play-offs. "So who knows how important tonight's result could be and
there were plenty of positives to take from this one."
Heat-leader duo Tom Perry and Danny Ayres, who was up against his former club, provided plenty of entertainment for the supporters and their double point hauls deservedly reflected their efforts.
Dan Greenwood and Luke Harris provided solid support in the engine room of the team while reserve duo Ryan Burton and Conor Dwyer chipped in with encouraging, impressive performances too.
ISLE OF WIGHT WARRIORS v CRADLEY
HEATHENS NL @ SMALLBROOK STADIUM, ISLE OF
STOKE POTTERS v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ LOOMER ROAD
|Team Manager - Malcolm Vasey||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Mitchell Davey||3||3||3||0||1||10||-||1||Ben Morley (G)||2||3||3||3||2*||13||1|
|2||Ryan Terry-Daley||1||2*||2*||1||6||2||2||Joe Lawlor||fell||x2m||0||2*||2||1|
|3||Tony Atkin||2||2||2||3||9||-||3||James Cockle (G)||3||2||fell||fell||5||-|
|4||David Wallinger||fx||1*||0||3||4||1||4||Luke Harris||1||fx||2||1||4||-|
|5||Luke Priest||3||1||0||1||0||5||-||5||Tom Perry||1*||ef||3||2*||3||9||2|
|6||Paul Burnett||3||3||3||1||2*||12||1||6||Conor Dwyer||2||0||1||1||2||fx||6||-|
|7||Joe Alcock (G)||f/r||0||1||1||-||7||Shelby Rutherford||1*||2||1||4||1|
Heat 01: Davey, Morley, Terry-Daley, Lawlor(f) 4-2 65.0
|CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger struggled to hide his frustration following his side's 47-43 defeat at Stoke. While the Motor Market Heathens never actually found themselves in front at Loomer Road, there was a strong feeling amongst the visitors' camp that they should have left with a win to their name. But a total of five falls and three sets of mechanical gremlins proved costly in the end - forcing the Heathens to settle for a consolation league point. Said Pottinger: "In my mind we should have won that meeting and I'm extremely disappointed that we didn't. "We threw far too many silly points away and you can't afford to do that in any meeting. "The track was tricky and far from ideal, but it's the same for both sides so we can't use that as an excuse. "Stoke simply adapted to conditions quicker and better than we did - thankfully all the lads are walking away in one piece though after a couple of the incidents. "Mid-meeting we were on the wrong end of some disappointing heat results and unfortunately three 5-1s in the last five races weren't enough for us to get the win.|
"We're definitely not heading back home with as many league points as we
should be and hopefully they aren't the difference between us making or missing
out on the play-offs come the end of the season. "Fortunately there's still
plenty of meetings to make up those points and without a doubt we need to get
back to winning ways at home to Buxton on Monday."Guest No.1 Ben Morley rode brilliantly once again in Heathens colours as
he dropped just one point to the opposition. After Tom Perry suffered
from electrical problems in his opening two rides, he recovered well to
go unbeaten by a Stoke rider in his final three.
Guest James Cockle took the chequered flag in his opening outing - but he should have had an extra six points to his name. The Isle of Wight man led both Heats 10 and 12, but was caught out by conditions on bends three and four of the final lap on both occasions.
Conor Dwyer and Luke Harris both had a fall apiece on an up and down evening for the duo, while Shelby Rutherford produced a steady display on his debut. After a disappointing start to his meeting, Joe Lawlor showed good character to strike back with a paid win in his final ride to link up for a 5-1 with Ben Morley in Heat 11.
CRADLEY HEATHENS v BUXTON HITMEN NL @ MONMORE GREEN
|Team Manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager Jason Pipe|
|1||Danny Ayres||3||2||3||fx||2||10||-||1||Matt Williamson||2||3||2||1||0||8||-|
|2||Joe Lawlor||1||1*||3||2*||7||2||2||Sam Wright||0||0||1*||1||1|
|3||Dan Greenwood||1||2||2||3||8||-||3||Ryan Kinsley||0||0||0||0||0||-|
|4||Luke Harris||3||1*||1*||3||8||2||4||Tom Wooley||2||2||1||2||7||-|
|5||Tom Perry||3||3||3||2||1*||12||1||5||Max Clegg||2||3||3||3||3||14||-|
|6||Conor Dwyer||3||1||1||ef||5||-||6||Lee Geary||1||1*||ef||2||0||2||1*||7||2|
|7||Shelby Rutherford||2*||0||0||1||3||1||7||Ben Woodhull||fx||ef||WITHDREW||0||-|
Heat 01: Ayres, Williamson, Lawlor, Wright 4-2 56.75
|CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger hailed a professional display from his side to see off Buxton 53-37 at Monmore Green. The Motor Market Heathens were faced with a tough task against a Hitmen side containing powerhouse top two Max Clegg and Matt Williamson. But the hosts avoided any potential slip-ups to claim a comfortable victory and bounce back from Sunday’s away defeat at Stoke. It was a strong all-around team display from Pottinger’s side, with all seven riders recording at least a paid win. “We always knew not to take Buxton lightly, because they have some good riders and plenty of track knowledge with Max and Matt,” Pottinger said. “We were always wary of that, but we weren’t complacent and we took the match by the scruff of the neck from the start. “We got some heat advantages in the first few heats which set the tone for the rest of the meeting, and we’ve got over Sunday’s defeat quickly so everyone is feeling good.”|
Skipper Tom Perry led from the front and was involved in some
spectacular racing, brilliantly rounding Clegg to win heat four before
his opposite number got revenge by snatching first place in heat 13.
No.1 Danny Ayres notched double figures but was left frustrated at the end of the night after crashing out of heat 13 whilst leading and then losing first place to Clegg on the final lap of heat 15.
Middle order duo Luke Harris and Dan Greenwood both impressed and ended their evenings with victories, plus Joe Lawlor notched an excellent paid nine in the No.2 spot.
Reserves Conor Dwyer and Shelby Rutherford also chipped in with solid points at reserve, with Dwyer patiently picking off Ben Woodhull to win heat two.
The race was stopped as Woodhull clipped his back wheel on the final lap and caused a spectacular crash from which both thankfully walked away, although the Buxton man was forced to pull out with a wrist injury.
BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ PERRY BARR
|Team Manager - Graham Drury||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Jack Parkinson-Blackburn||2*||2||3||2*||3||12||2||1||Danny Ayres||f/r||3||2||ret||fx||5||-|
|2||Layne Cupitt||3||1*||2*||0||6||2||2||Joe Lawlor||1||0||0||1||-|
|3||David Mason||2*||1*||fx||1*||4||3||3||Dan Greenwood||1||2||1*||3||7||1|
|4||Tom Bacon||3||2||2||2*||9||1||4||Luke Harris||0||1*||2||1||4||1|
|5||Liam Carr||2||3||3||3||2||13||1||5||Tom Perry||3||3||3||fx||1||10||-|
|6||Kyle Roberts||1||f||WITHDREW||1||-||6||Conor Dwyer||2||fx||1||1*||0||4||1|
|7||Taylor Hampshire||3||1*||3||0||2||3||12||1||7||Shelby Rutherford||ef||0||X2m||fx||X2m||0||-|
Heat 01: Cupitt, Parkinson-Blackburn, Lawlor,Ayres(f/r) 5-1 63.81
CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger conceded his side were simply not good
enough as they went down 57-31 to local rivals Birmingham at Perry Barr.
The Motor Market Heathens never recovered from a nightmare start and
were unable to add to their Travel Plus National League points tally on
a frustrating night. Skipper Tom Perry struck a hard-fought 10
point haul against his former club but received little support.
They were second best all evening against a strong all-around Brummies’ side – and a furious Pottinger admitted they need to rapidly improve if they are to get their play-off bid back on track. “I’m very disappointed, and even embarrassed with the final scoreline,” Pottinger said. “We didn’t start the meeting well and we were playing catch-up from then onwards. “It’s very disappointing and we’ve got to take stock of things, because the way things are going we’re going to fall short of the play-offs. “We need to pick our game up.
The riders we’ve got in the team are much more capable than what they’ve
shown tonight, but that performance just wasn’t good enough. “In a local
derby you want to put in a good performance and we certainly didn’t, so
we’re bitterly disappointed.” Danny Ayres endured a night to forget,
falling in heat one and shedding chains in heats 13 and 15 before
thankfully walking away from an awkward tumble in the final race.
Dan Greenwood ended his night with one of just four Cradley race wins in heat 12, but he struggled to make a major impact alongside Luke Harris in the engine room of the side.
Reserve Conor Dwyer also experienced a tough night, whilst Joe Lawlor failed to defeat an opposing rider and Shelby Rutherford endured a torrid evening plagued by bike problems.
CRADLEY HEATHENS v PLYMOUTH DEVILS NL @ PERRY BARR
|Team Manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager - Laurence Rogers|
|1||Ben Morley (G)||2||2||3||1*||8||1||1||Steve Boxall||3||3||2||ret||8||-|
|2||Joe Lawlor||1*||1*||0||0||2||2||2||Callum Walker||0||1||2*||1*||4||2|
|3||Dan Greenwood||2||2||2*||3||1*||10||2||3||Benji Compton||3||2||2||2||ret||9||-|
|4||Luke Harris||1*||0||3||1||5||1||4||Henry Atkins||fx||1*||1*||2||4||2|
|5||Tom Perry||3||3||3||2||2||13||-||5||Adam Roynon||2||3||ef||3||3||11||-|
|6||Conor Dwyer||3||0||0||3||6||-||6||William O' Keefe||0||xt||fx||0||0||-|
|7||Shelby Rutherford||1||1||1||1||4||-||7||Richard Andrews||2||fell||f/r||3||0||5||-|
Heat 01: Boxall, Morley, Lawlor, Walker 3-3 60.00
|CRADLEY advanced to third place in the National League with a hard-fought 48-41 win over Plymouth at Perry Barr. Will Pottingers’s side had to display plenty of character on their return to the circuit where they had been heavily beaten by Birmingham one week earlier – and where the Devils themselves had notched an away win last month. The Heathens also needed to extract themselves from a tricky situation as they trailed 25-23 at the halfway stage after a shock Plymouth 5-1 in Heat 8, and the signs looked ominous. But a dramatic 5-0 in the next race was followed shortly after by an inspirational ride by skipper Tom Perry, and the Devils in the end were denied even a consolation point. Heathens led by four points after Heat 4 with Perry having defeated Adam Roynon in their first clash – and the margin would have been greater but for Plymouth’s Henry Atkins crashing out of Heat 3 when Dan Greenwood and Luke Harris held a 5-1 for the Heathens, only for Benji Compton to gate in the re-run and share the race.|
The visitors remained in contention and trailed by two going into Heat
8, whereupon Richard Andrews produced a clear win ahead of a frantic
scrap for second place which ended with Callum Walker rounding Shelby
Rutherford off the final bend to put the Devils ahead. But if the
visitors had a major reprieve in the first running of Heat 9 when
reserve William O’Keefe fell triggering a race stoppage just as Roynon
hit mechanical trouble, the re-run saw the ex-Cradley favourite
remarkably grind to a halt once more, allowing Harris and Greenwood to
take an unchallenged 5-0.
With Joe Lawlor squeezed out of Heat 10, Heathens led by three points and the Devils looked strong in several later races – but Perry produced a sensational effort to go past Steve Boxall off turn four to win Heat 11, with Greenwood and Rutherford notching a key 4-2 in the next. Roynon and Boxall looked set to respond for Plymouth in Heat 13 but Perry and guest Ben Morley both battled their way past Boxall for a 3-3 – and Conor Dwyer then flew from gate 2 in Heat 14 to secure the victory, with Harris holding Andrews at bay for third.
That left the visitors requiring an advantage in the last race for a league point, but those hopes went up in a shower of sparks from Compton’s bike as he chased Perry and Greenwood on the second lap behind race leader Roynon. Perry said: “All of us really wanted it tonight. It was a tough meeting last week, to come here and lose by so many against Birmingham wasn’t good, but we’re definitely on our way now.“We went for a chat after we went behind, we got our heads together and we said ‘if we want to make the play-offs, we have to sort it out’ and we did. “The team scored well tonight and Conor got two good wins which was important, and it also made sure they didn’t get a point. “It’s a good result for us. We know what we need to do, we just need more meetings now and we’ll be alright.”
BELLE VUE COLTS v CRADLEY HEATHENS @ NSS BELLE VUE MANCHESTER
|Team Manager -Graham Goodwin/Steve Williams||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Dan Bewley||3||3||3||3||3||15||Max||1||Danny Ayres||2||3||3||2||2||12||-|
|2||Kyle Bickley||1||0||1||3||2*||7||1||2||Luke Harris R/R||CD||JL||DG||SR||-||-|
|3||Rob Shuttleworth||3||2||1||3||3||0||12||-||3||Dan Greenwood||2||2||1||0||2||7||-|
|4||Lee Payne R/R||KB||AM||JS||RS||-||-||4||Joe Lawlor||1*||0||0||1||2||4||1|
|5||Jack Smith||3||3||3||2||0||11||-||5||Tom Perry||2||2||2||1*||1*||8||2|
|6||Andy Mellish||3||1*||1||fx||1||6||1||6||Conor Dwyer||0||1||0||0||0||1||-|
|7||Luke Woodhull||2*||0||2*||1||5||2||7||Shelby Rutherford||0||1*||0||1||0||2||1|
Heat 01: Bewley, Ayres, Bickley, Dwyer 4-2 60.75
CRADLEY suffered a 56-34 defeat against high-flying Belle Vue at the
National Speedway Stadium. The Motor Market Heathens could only
manage two race wins as they were undone by a stunning Dan Bewley
maximum for the powerful Colts. Danny Ayres fought to an excellent
12-point haul whilst Tom Perry battled to paid double figures – but it
was largely a tough night for Will Pottinger’s side. Pottinger
admitted they were simply beaten by a better side and has urged them to
move on ahead of Monday’s crucial clash with Stoke at Monmore Green
“It was just as tough as we expected,” Pottinger said. “Belle Vue are a very strong side who are excellent at home as we saw tonight. “There was some good racing at times, and the races between Danny Ayres and Dan Bewley in heats 13 and 15 in particular were top draw. “It wasn’t through lack of effort, we were just beaten by the better team on the night unfortunately and we’ll have to refocus to try and get back to winnings ways on Monday.”
CRADLEY HEATHENS v STOKE POTTERS NL @ MONMORE GREEN
|Team Manager - Will Pottinger||Team Manager - Malcolm Vasey|
|1||Danny Ayres||3||3||3||3||3||15||M||1||Mitchell Davey||1*||3||1*||1||0||6||2|
|2||Luke Harris||0||fx||3||1||4||-||2||Ryan Terry Daley||2||f/r||2||2||6||-|
|3||Dan Greenwood||0||2||3||f/inj||5||-||3||Tony Atkin||3||2||2||3||1||11||-|
|4||Joe Lawlor||2||1*||2*||3||8||2||4||David Wallinger||1||0||fx||1||-|
|5||Tom Perry||3||3||3||2*||2*||13||PM||5||Luke Priest||2||2||0||0||4||-|
|6||Conor Dwyer||3||1||fx||f||2||2*||8||1||6||Paul Burnett||1*||x||1||fx||1||3||1|
|7||Tyler Govier||f||ret||1*||1||1||7||Shaun Tedham||2||1*||1*||0||4||2|
Heat 01: Ayres, Terry-Daley, Davey, Harris 3-3 55.91
|TEAM boss Will Pottinger revealed Dan Greenwood would undergo further medical assessment after his fall in Cradley’s 54-35 victory over Stoke Potters. The Motor Market Heathens number three was left suffering pain in the same left shoulder that contains metal work from an old collarbone break. The awkward fall happened on turn four of heat 12 with the red lights already on for a previous incident. “It is a possible shoulder or collarbone injury,” said Pottinger. “We hope Dan is not too badly injured and just have to wait to see what the damage is. “All we can hope at this stage is that it will not be bad news. He broke that collarbone last year and has a plate in there which could be bent. “He will have to get checked out properly and then we’ll know more, fingers crossed there are no breaks or serious problems. It was a sad way to finish the night after what was a good win in the end.|
The match itself was incident packed with falls and exclusions aplenty
and it took until heat 12 for the Heathens to truly stretch their legs.
Leading lights Danny Ayres and Tom Perry carried the fight throughout,
claiming full and paid maximums respectively from five rides apiece.
Despite taking chequered flags in four out of six races, Cradley were a
point down until skipper Perry led a 4-2 in the seventh before Greenwood
and Joe Lawlor teamed up for a first 5-1 to grab a five-point cushion
Stoke’s David Wallinger was fortunate to miss a member of track staff having lost control and swerved on to the centre green in heat 10 but a fall for Conor Dwyer and Greenwood’s incident briefly stemmed the Heathens tide.
In the end, Ayres and Perry cruised around in heats 13 and 15 to cap their fine performances with Lawlor and Dwyer living up to the same standard in 14. “We took a while to get the cogs moving, I don’t know why but once we did it was like a steam train,” Pottinger added. “The three 5-1s at the end made it look like a quite emphatic victory but to start with, it was nothing like that. We got three league points, though, that was all that mattered.”
KENT KINGS v CRADLEY HEATHENS NL @ CENTRAL PARK SITTINGBOURNE 6.30pm
|Team Manager - Chris Hunt||Team Manager - Will Pottinger|
|1||Ben Morley||3||2||3||3||11||-||1||Danny Ayres||2||3||2||2||3||12||-|
|2||Nathan Stoneman R/R||BH||JT||GH||AR||-||-||2||Luke Harris||0||0||fell||0||0||0||-|
|3||Ben Hopwood||1||2||2||2||3||1||11||-||3||Dan Greenwood R/R||TP||AS||LH||JL||-||-|
|4||Bradley Andrews||1*||1*||1*||2*||5||4||4||Joe Lawlor||0||1||1||ret||2||-|
|5||Jack Thomas||ret||ret||3||3||1||7||-||5||Tom Perry||3||3||3||3||0||2*||14||1|
|6||George Hunter||3||2*||2*||1||3||11||2||6||Conor Dwyer||0||1||0||1||1||3||-|
|7||Anders Rowe||2*||2||3||2*||2*||0||11||3||7||Alex Spooner||1||1||0||1||0||3||-|
Heat 01: Morley, Ayres, Hopwood, Harris 4-2 57.9
CRADLEY team manager Will Pottinger branded their 56-34 defeat at Kent
"unacceptable" - and is delaying his journey home to assess all possible
options. Already having to use rider replacement for outgoing
injured star Dan Greenwood, the Motor Market Heathens then had to find a
last minute guest reserve for Tyler Govier who was unable to get out of
last minute work commitments.
An incredible, yet shocking, stat saw the Heathens concede a 5-1 in every heat where they were without spearhead duo Danny Ayres and Tom Perry. And Pottinger apologised to the travelling supporters on behalf of the lower order, who managed just eight points between the four of them.
Said Pottinger: "To say we were too long in the tail is an understatement.
|"In the races without Tom and Danny we didn't look very competitive at all and it's simply not good enough. "We're a team aiming for the play-offs and to get rolled over so easily is unacceptable really. "Tom and Danny got us back into the meeting after heat six, but we collapsed after that really. "Our supporters deserve so much better and while options may be limited at this stage, we certainly need to look at what else is out there.|
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