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  • Rob Dyer

Cheetah's Stretch Their Legs - Updated

Wightlink Warriors 26 Cradley 27 Oxford 37

Wightlink Warriors dominance in the first leg of their three team tournament against Cradley Heathens and Oxford Cheetahs couldn’t be repeated in last night’s second leg as the better balanced Cheetahs eased away for a comfortable win on the night and are now well placed to strike when the final leg takes place at Smallbrook on 24 August.

Warriors downfall was, however, entirely understandable as new recruit and solid scorer Alex Spooner was forced out of the event just twelve hours before the off having been summoned to hospital for an urgent medical assessment. It meant that rookie Wightlink Wizard Jamie Evans was called upon to fill Spooner’s position and unsurprisingly he found the pace to be just too hot for a rider of limited experience despite plugging away gamely. Also finding points harder to come by this week was Morgan Williams who was the only rider in the main event to take a fall, fortunately without any serious outcome. That left the speedy Chad Wirtzfeld (pictured) and Danno Verge to score all the home teams points which will now set up an intriguing final leg.

Spooner’s absence left the door open for Oxford, injury ravaged in the first leg, to make g