Wednesday April 22, 2015
CRADLEY made it two wins out of two in the National League as they battled to a hard-fought 48-41 victory over Eastbourne in an entertaining clash at Perry Barr.

The gutsy Heathens emerged from another tense last heat decider with Max Clegg and Nathan Greaves striking a decisive maximum to leave the Eagles making the trip back to Sussex empty handed.

Despite throwing away several points – particularly early on – Will Pottinger’s side were able to survive a stern test against the National League newcomers.

And team boss Pottinger was pleased to see them edge a closely-contested encounter thanks to another strong all-around team effort.

Said Pottinger: “We are delighted with that result. It could and should have been a lot more to be honest, but we learnt plenty of lessons and got there in the end.

“It was a great team effort to pull us over the line and get through points and deny Eastbourne a consolation points as well, which could prove vital come the end of the season.”

Arron Mogridge top scored for the Heathens with a fine showing as his fast-starting saw him suffer just one defeat from the No.2 race jacket.

Skipper Max Clegg recovered from an up and down start to claim fine victories in heats 13 and 15 whilst he was backed up by the determined Nathan Greaves to see Cradley over the line.

Middle order man Matt Williamson continued his encouraging start to the season with eight points, and although Ellis Perks experienced a tough night he added a useful paid six.

Michael Neale and Luke Harris were also in the thick of the action throughout – Neale claiming a crucial win in the penultimate race as all seven Heathens riders added vital contributions.

Cradley will be back in action on Monday as they travel to Kent for their first away meeting of the campaign (6.30pm).

CRADLEY 48: Arron Mogridge 11, Max Clegg 9+1, Nathan Greaves 8+1, Matt Williamson 8, Ellis Perks 5+1, Michael Neale 5, Luke Harris 2+1

EASTBOURNE 41: Bradley Wilson-Dean 13, Darryl Ritchings 11, David Mason 7, Kelsey Dugard 5+2, Richard Andrews 4+1, Georgie Wood 1+1

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