Tough Task For Warriors
Speedway returns to the Andrew Younie Smallbrook stadium on Thursday (18 May) when the Wightlink Warriors entertain the Cradley Heathens, one of the strongest teams in this season’s National League. Gates open at 17.30; the rider parade is at 18.45 with the first race at 19.00 prompt.
Since reforming in 2010 the Heathens have been racing home meetings at either Wolverhampton or Birmingham. Their management continue to scour the Black Country for a permanent base to put down roots and to give their faithful following, many of whom will be on the Island for this meeting, a stadium they can call home.
The 2017 Heathens side will be led by the flamboyant Danny Ayres, captured from Kent Kings in the winter, and now also riding in the speedway Premiership at Leicester. Tom Perry and Dan Greenwood always offer effective support whilst the middle order and reserves are all improving youngsters quite capable of holding their own.
It will be a tough test for the Warriors, a fact not lost on team manager Jackie Vatcher. ‘Last week was a brilliant team performance and all the riders have taken confidence from the win. We now come up against a well managed Cradley side who are one of the best in this division. We will be missing Tyler (Govier) who is still recovering from his shoulder injury and Nathan who is needed by Ipswich. I am grateful to Lee Payne for accepting a guest booking and to Ben Woodhull for covering at reserve and I know these lads are quite capable of repeating the efforts of Liam and Alex last week. Make no mistake we will be going for another win’.
The teams are expected to be:
Warriors: Ben Wilson, Rider Replacement for Tyler Govier, James Cockle, Chris Widman, Lee Payne, Jamie Sealey, Ben Woodhull, Jamie Bursill (number 8).
Heathens: Danny Ayres, Ryan Burton, Dan Greenwood, Luke Harris, Tom Perry, Conor Dwyer, Joe Lawlor.