Sunday October 15, 2017
CRADLEY welcome back skipper Tom Perry for their final National League fixture of the season against Eastbourne at Monmore Green on Monday (7.30).

After suffering rib and arm injuries while on Premiership guesting duty at the start of September, it was thought Perry's season was over.

But the Motor Market Heathens captain has declared himself fit to race against the Eagles.

Cradley have also booked Kent racer Ben Hopwood to stand-in for Danny Ayres, who remains ruled out on medical grounds, while exciting, talented teen Jason Edwards comes in at reserve.

Meanwhile Richard Hall has been ruled out with a knee injury and rider replacement will operate.

With ever-growing concerns over the club's future, due to stadium availability at their adopted Wolverhampton home, Monday's fixture could potentially be the last league meeting for the Heathens.

And co-promoter Gary Patchett is keen to see his side round-off with a win.

"We know there's nothing riding on the meeting as such but we're desperate to finish off with a win," Patchett said.

"We've had our fair share of injury problems and rider absences in the past month or so but we're able to track a very strong team on Monday and one that is more than capable of picking up a victory.

"Eastbourne are Grand Finalists this year too so it should be a very competitive night of racing.

"Hopefully we'll have a good turnout as we hope to for the F.A.S.T Golden Hammer on October 23 as well.

"We've managed to assemble a really strong line-up for that one and we'll announce that exclusively to the supporters during the course of the Eastbourne meeting on Monday."

CRADLEY: Tom Perry, Luke Harris, Joe Lawlor, Richard Hall R/R, Ben Hopwood, Conor Dwyer, Jason Edwards.

EASTBOURNE: Josh Bailey, Charley Powell R/R, Alfie Bowtell, Tom Brennan, Jake Knight, Joe Alcock, TBC.

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