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Heathens hold commanding advantage over Kings Lynn
10:26am Thursday 12th September 2013 in Football
HEATHENS will take a 22-point lead to their KO Cup semi-final second-leg on Wednesday after a hard-fought 56-34 victory over King’s Lynn at Monmore Green.
A scintillating clash between the National League’s two form sides saw Heathens eventually coming out on top.
A late surge, including sensational 5-1s from Paul Starke and Lewis Blackbird in Heats 13 and 15, gave Dudley a healthy advantage. Team manager Will Pottinger said: “It was a great performance for the boys and it’s one which bodes well for the future.
“We started a little slowly but it worked out perfectly in the end.
“We were absolutely fantastic after the interval and it gives us a great chance ahead of the second leg.
“We know it’s going to be tough with them having home track advantage.
“But we have two tactical rides up our sleeve so we are confident of getting the result to make it to the final.”
Lewis Blackbird scored another faultless paid maximum to lead the former Cradley club, once again forming a formidable top-three with Paul Starke and Ashley Morris which accounted for nine race wins.
They received good support from number two Gareth Isherwood as he bagged 7+1 with a strong showing, while Dan Greenwood also continued his good form at reserve to bolster the lower order.
Teenage duo Max Clegg and Nathan Greaves did suffer frustrating evenings — with the former earning little reward following several close battles and being controversially excluded after Jake Knight fell in heat 14.
Yet the Heathens still had enough firepower to take a comfortable victory having notched 12 race wins and ran only five last places.
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