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Pottinger: It's do or die for Heathens
12:52pm Wednesday 10th October 2012 in Sport
DUDLEY Heathens head to Stoke tonight looking to keep their National League title hopes alive.
Will Pottinger’s men have a one-point lead from last night’s dramatic home leg of the play-off semi final after a catalogue of bike failures and crashes.
And Pottinger says it’s ‘do or die’ for their season at Loomer Road tonight.
He said: “We need to at least try our very best and give it a good go because we don't want to be ending the season on a low note.
“Injuries, mechanical problems and not having enough meeting in the last few weeks have been some of the problems we have been facing, but we are just going to have to try our very best tomorrow because it's do or die.
“We have done well at Stoke in the past, and as long as everyone performs then we can get a result, I am pretty confident we can.
“We haven't ridden at home for five weeks I think, so it's a home meeting out the way and it's another meeting for the lads.
“The likes of Darryl, James and Dan have been struggling for meetings recently so hopefully getting some track time will be good and we will see the benefits at Stoke.
“We finished top of the league but it will mean nothing if we don't get to the final. It's do or die like I say.”
Heathens are without reserve James White Williams who has suffered suspected ankle ligament damage after a crash last night and Byron Bekker has knee and back injuries but is out of hospital.
The rider replacement facility will operate for Bekker and youngster Tom Fenwick replaces White Williams.
HEATHENS: Joe Haines, Byron Bekker R/R, Tom Perry, Dan Greenwood, Ashley Morris, Darryl Ritchings, Tom Fenwick.