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Heathens build-up a healthy advantage
9:47am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
DUDLEY Heathens will carry a healthy 28-point lead into their National League play-off semi-final second-leg after they stormed to a 59-31 victory over Isle of Wight at Monmore Green.
After a shaky start, the former Cradley club launched a sensational surge over the second-half of the meeting — romping to four 5-1s in the final six races to give themselves a hefty advantage ready for their trip to Smallbrook next Tuesday.
It was a classy display from the Heathens as they continued their perfect home record in 2013 — and boss Will Pottinger was delighted with another outstanding performance from his side.
Pottinger said: “It’s in stark contrast to last year when we struggled in our first-leg against Stoke. “This time we started a bit slow and it took us a while to get going, but things soon clicked and it was a great win in the end.
“It gives us a good lead to take to the Isle of Wight next week, and hopefully we can finish the job off.”
Reserve Dan Greenwood led the charge in fine style as he flew to a five-ride paid maximum, while Ashley Morris also suffered just one defeat with a fine showing.
Lewis Blackbird battled bike problems to notch nine while Paul Starke bagged a useful 11 from the number one position.
Teenage sensation Max Clegg celebrated becoming a club asset by scoring 7+2 and Gareth Isherwood ended his night with two wins the hosts had a tremendous top five.
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