ISLE OF WIGHT 'Warriors' vs STOKE 'Potters'

National League : 02/08/2018


Warriors Target Consecutive Wins


The Isle of Wight ‘Wightlink’ Warriors are in National League action on Thursday (2 August) when Stoke Potters provide the opposition at the Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde.  Tapes up at 7 pm.


Last week’s comprehensive defeat of Buxton has buoyed the confidence in the Island camp that made light of the absence of three key riders - Ben Morley, Alfie Bowtell and Chris Widman.  It will be the same again in terms of absence this week; however with new riding averages in force from 1 August, the successful strategy used last Thursday will have to be tweaked by team manager Jackie Vatcher to accommodate returning guest Danny Ayres and Eastbourne’s exciting teenager Tom Brennan.  The rider replacement facility for Chris Widman will be used in the number two position placing more responsibility on Danno Verge and the two reserves to deliver vital points.


The Potters arrive on the first leg of their southern tour with a number of problems to overcome.  Stadium and track difficulties at their Loomer Road circuit have halted their ability to stage home meeting at the moment whilst on the track, veteran captain Tony Atkin has recently stepped away from the club for personal reasons and in his absence Luke Ruddick (Mildenhall) has been called in as a guest rider.  Recent signing David Wallinger also misses out through a fixture clash with his Championship club Ipswich and it seems likely that the Potters will be tracking four 3.00 riders on the night.  Nevertheless in Max Clegg and Rob Shuttleworth the visitors have two competitive riders with proven records around the Smallbrook track so the Warriors must banish any complacency and be up to their work right from the off.


Home co-promoter Barry Bishop, still bubbling from last week’s win, said, “We picked up a league point from our trip to Stoke before being dealt a cruel blow when the match was abandoned due to deteriorating conditions.  At that point the Potters were only just in front of us and I’m sure that if we had carried on, our strong finish would have seen us gain at least a draw if not a win however we move on and I hope that the boys will quickly get into the groove and demonstrate what we are capable of – just like last week.  We are determined to give our fans a win to cap what I’m sure will be another fun packed night of speedway entertainment, the Warrior way”.


The early team news is as follows:


Warriors: Danny Ayres, Rider Replacement for Chris Widman, Scott Campos, Danno Verge, Tom Brennan, Jamie Bursill, Shaun Tedham.


Potters: Luke Ruddick, TBC, Rob Shuttleworth, Tim Colley, Max Clegg, Joe Alcock, Paul Burnett.


Warriors Win With Ease


Isle of Wight 60 Stoke 30


Just a week after notching their biggest win of the season, the Isle of Wight ‘Wightlink’ Warriors speedway team went one better as they put the visiting Stoke Potters to the sword.


Still missing star riders Ben Morley, Alfie Bowtell and Chris Widman, the Warriors had to call on two guests to fill the ranks as Danny Ayres (Mildenhall) and Tom Brennan (Eastbourne) both came up trumps riding unbeaten by opponents all night.


Impending team changes for the Potters will undoubtedly help their situation but for this match the visitors arrived with three very inexperienced riders in the lower order and thirteen last places evidenced their vulnerability on the fast Island circuit.  With their top order also finding wins hard to come by, it turned out to be a very frustrating and uncomfortable evening for the Midlands side.


On a night when all the Warriors contributed to the victory, heat twelve stands out as the race of the night as Scott Campos put in a real captain’s ride against the Potters Rob Shuttleworth.  Headed by the Stoke man out of turn two Campos looked as if the visitor may have the measure of him as the riders stretched away over the first lap or so but Campos wasn’t finished as he took to his favoured outside line to close in and then swoop past his opponent in breathtaking fashion.


Warriors fifth home league win of the season moves them up to sixth place in the table.


Warriors: Danny Ayres 14+1, Rider Replacement for Chris Widman, Scott Campos 12+1, Danno Verge 9+2, Tom Brennan 12, Jamie Bursill 5+1 and Shaun Tedham 8+1.


Potters: Luke Ruddick 7, Paul Burnett 2+1, Rob Shuttleworth 10, Tim Colley 0, Max Clegg 7, Arran Butcher 4+1, Joe Alcock 0.

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