Tuesday September 26, 2017
LUKE Harris says he and his Cradley team-mates owe it to the club’s supporters as they target victory in their final league meeting of the season against Eastbourne at Perry Barr on Wednesday (7.30).

It’s turned out to be a disappointing season for the Motor Market Heathens who have suffered a number of injuries to key riders along the way, consequently seeing them miss out on the National League’s top four for the first time since 2011.

It’s been a testing couple of months for everyone connected with the club but Harris is keen to help Cradley finish the campaign on a positive note.

“Of course we wanted to reach the play-offs and win the league because we had high hopes with the team that we’d got,” said Harris.

“But we’ve had some bad luck along the way this season unfortunately and it has been frustrating at times.

“We haven’t had a proper Cradley team for the last couple of meetings but we look a lot stronger again on Wednesday and hopefully we can finish off with a win.

“The majority of supporters have stuck by us and encouraged us along the way and we owe them a win after a tough couple of weeks.”

After missing last week’s defeat at the Isle of Wight, vice-captain Richard Hall, who bagged a stunning maximum on his last outing at Perry Barr, and key reserve Conor Dwyer return to the Heathens’ line-up.

Popular guest Connor Coles is handed another booking at No.1 while youngster William O’Keefe stands in at reserve once more.

Eastbourne are without No.1 Jake Knight and have booked in-form Birmingham man Liam Carr to deputise.

A reminder that Presentation Night tickets will be on sale from the club shop for just £5 each and there will also be news announced regarding the 2017 Golden Hammer Farewell during the interval.

CRADLEY: Connor Coles, Luke Harris, Joe Lawlor, Richard Hall, Tom Perry R/R, Conor Dwyer, William O’Keefe.

EASTBOURNE: Liam Carr, Charley Powell R/R, Josh Bailey, Tom Brennan, Georgie Wood, Stephen Whitehouse, Joe Alcock.

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