Sunday July 03, 2016
CRADLEY bagged their first away points of the season with an impressive 52-38 win at Rye House.

With Ben Basford and James Purchase missing through injury, the Motor Market Heathens dug deep to pick up all four points to boost their play-off chances.

Boss Will Pottinger praised his side and admits there is a feel good factor throughout the team again.

"A win was always the target here and we're really pleased with the margin of the result," Pottinger said.

"We always felt that with the make up of the Rye House team, this was somewhere we looked stronger on paper and credit to the lads for delivering on track.

"To win 10 of the 15 races with the heat-leader trio they've got is a great stat and for everyone to minimise the last places was a great team effort.

"We're suddenly full of confidence with our new-look line-up and we're really looking forward to the second half of the season."

Top duo Max Clegg and Ashley Morris were in dominant form once again, with the pair also combining for the final heat 5-1 which secured maximum league points for the Heathens.

Bradley Andrews bagged his highest score in British Speedway as he continued to prove a point to the Cradley management who dropped him from the side last month.

Luke Chessell and Richard Andrews provided the Heathens with some solid support in the middle part of the team while Layne Cupitt deserved more points for his efforts at reserve.

The Heathens will look to close the gap on the Travel Plus National League's top two when they host Mildenhall at Monmore Green on Monday, July 11.

RYE HOUSE 38: Robert Branford 12, Ben Morley 8, George Hunter 6+2, Luke Priest 6+1, Matt Saul 2+1, Connor Locke 2, Kenny Bowdery 2.

CRADLEY 52: Max Clegg 13, Ashley Morris 11+2, Bradley Andrews 10+3, Luke Chessell 8, Richard Andrews 8, Layne Cupitt 2+1, James Purchase R/R.

Picture: IAN BUSH

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