Heathens secure top spot

Cradley's Matt Williamson leads team-mate Paul Starke and Conor Coles at Monmore Green last night. Photo by John Hipkiss.

Cradley's Matt Williamson leads team-mate Paul Starke and Conor Coles at Monmore Green last night. Photo by John Hipkiss.

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CRADLEY have topped the National League table for the fourth time in five seasons after they raced to two more excellent victories at Monmore Green last night.

The Heathens entered their mouth-watering double header with King's Lynn and Mildenhall knowing maximum points would see them mathematically wrap up the top spot.

They duly delivered two more resounding victories to extend their stunning winning run to 14 meetings.

They kicked-off the evening with a comprehensive win over a depleted King's Lynn side.

Some tricky track conditions early on made for an incident-packed meeting which saw Cradley emerge with 64-24 triumph following another rampant display.

Having put in a superb all-around team performance against the Young Stars, Will Pottinger's side survived a tough test against a strong Mildenhall outfit.

After edging ahead in the first half of the meeting, the Heathens stormed to four 5-1s in the final six races to wrap up another resounding win.

They had opened up a 55-31 lead before the meeting was abandoned after 14 races due to curfew.

It was a case of job well done for the hosts, who arrived knowing six National League points would see them finish top of the table for the fourth time in five seasons.

In-form Steve Worrall went unbeaten in both meetings with a spectacular performance to lead their charge to two more wins, whilst skipper Paul Starke was also in formidable form following a fall in the opening race of the night.

Matt Williamson battled on despite suffering a suspected broken finger in his opening ride, striking a paid maximum against the Young Stars followed by a solid performance in the second meeting.

Middle order duo Max Clegg and Tom Perry provided excellent scoring from the engine room of the side with typically determined showings across both meetings.

With Nathan Greaves also impressing at reserve plus Luke Harris performing admirably as a guest for Danny Phillips, the Heathens continued their tremendous form.

And team boss Will Pottinger was pleased with a good night at the office.

He said: "The track was tricky to start with after all the rain we've had, but we managed to come through the first meeting quite convincingly in the end.

"We had a tough test against Mildenhall, but we came away with another good win to secure our place at the top of the table which is a great achievement for everybody involved with the club.

"It was great to see everyone contributing once again, and it was another good night all-around for us really."

Cradley 64: Steve Worrall 15, Tom Perry 11+2, Matt Williamson 10+2, Paul Starke 8+1, Max Clegg 8+1, Nathan Greaves 8+1, Luke Harris 4+1

King's Lynn 24: Scott Campos 7+1, Luke Chessell 6, James Cockle 5, David Holt 4, Layne Cupitt 2+2, Ben Morley 0, Lewis Rose r/r

National League points: Cradley 3 King’s Lynn 0.

Ceadley 55: Paul Starke 12, Steve Worrall 11+1, Nathan Greaves 11+1, Max Clegg 8+1, Tom Perry 7+3, Matt Williamson 4, Luke Harris 2

Mildenhall 31: Josh Bates 12, Connor Coles 7, Connor Mountain 6, Joe Jacobs 4, Brendan Johnson 1+1, Daniel Halsey 1, Layne Cupitt 0

Abandoned after 14 heats due to curfew – Result Stands.

National League points: Cradley 3 Mildenhall 0.

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