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  • Rob Dyer

Meeting Result - Warriors 48 v Stoke 42 (NL)

It was a night of mixed fortunes for the Warriors and Wizards with the Warriors delivering a tense and exciting win in their National League fixture whilst the Wizards suffered a reverse at the hands of Carmarthen.

The Warriors left it late to secure the win over a plucky Potters outfit and had big guns Georgie Wood and Ben Morley to thank for securing all three league points. The visitors took the lead in heat three and were able to maintain a slender two point lead until heat thirteen when the unbeaten pair of Wood and Morley turned in the first of two match winning 5-1 heat advantages.

With a two point lead for the home side and just two races remaining it fell to Warriors Danno Verge to sweep to the front in a shared heat fourteen and set up a last race showdown. As expected, Wood and Morley were deployed for the home side whilst the Potters tracked former Islander Tom Perry and the impressive Joe Lawlor. The tension around the stadium was soon dispelled as the Warriors made the best starts and blasted away to their second 5-1 despite the earnest efforts of Perry who kept Morley up to his work throughout.

Whilst the victory was founded on Wood and Morley’s maximum contributions, there were some telling scores from the other Warriors with Connor King’s first winning race at Smallbrook being well received on the terraces. In fact, with the track in great condition, four of the home side were able to record their fastest times of the season in an exciting night’s racing.