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Cradley Heathens 61 Warriors 29

After all the rain that had fallen, a surprisingly warm sunny evening welcomed the Warriors to the Perry Barr track in Birmingham where they put up a spirited fight against a dominant Cradley Heathens side.

An optimistic start with two 3-3 heats, heat 1 being won by Ben Wilson, gave some hope that it might be a close meeting but the Heathens were possibly made stronger by the withdrawal of Tyler Govier after a bend 2 fall in his opening ride, allowing Connor Dwyer to take all the reserve rides scoring 11 points in the process. Things went wrong in the next heat when first bend bunching led to a rerun and Scott Campos came off on bend 2 when running wide.

The Heathens had their newly formed big guns in action together for the first time and Perry, Ayres and newly signed Hall proved to be too hard a nut to crack. It was a frustrating night for the Warriors as all the team seemed to struggle getting the right set up on a track they had only recently visited. When they gated, they were quickly muscled out, usually by the exit of the first two bends, by the flying Heathens. There was no lack of effort  put in by the Warriors but perhaps a turning point was when Adam Portwood crashed exiting bend 4 in heat 4 and hurt his right leg. At no time did he complain or want to withdraw but he was clearly troubled by it all through the meeting and was unable to recapture his recent good form.

The Warriors continued to battle away but with little reward for their efforts and there was plenty of discussion in the team on how to try and get the bikes set up for the track. The final 32 point deficit would indicate a poor performance but it didn't reflect the effort put in by all the riders to get into scoring positions.

Warrior’s next team action is on THURSDAY 17th August when they host Plymouth Devils in a National League fixture.

This weekend the Andrew Younie Smallbrook stadium hosts the Jack Up The Eighties festival and Warriors fans have the chance of free admission to the Friday evening welcome party. Simply bring a 2017 Warriors programme which will permit the holder plus one guest free access on the night.

RESULT and scorers from Wednesday evening's SGB National League meeting at Perry Barr;

Cradley 'Heathens' 61
1. Tom Perry 2, 3, 3, 2', 2', = 12+2
2. Luke Harris 1', 1, 2', 1, = 5+2
3. Joe Lawlor 2', 1, 1, 2, = 6+1
4. Richard Hall 3, 3, 3, 3, = 12
5. Danny Ayres 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, = 15
6. Conor Dwyer 3, 1, 0, 3, 1, 1', 2', = 11+2
7. Tyler Govier FX, = 0 Withdrawn

Isle of Wight 'Warriors' 29
1. Ben Wilson 3, 2, 2, 1, 1, = 9
2. Chris Widman 0, 0, 1, 0, = 1
3. James Cockle 1, 2, 2, 3, = 8
4. Scott Campos 0, 1', 0, 1, = 2+1
5. Connor Coles 2, 2, 2, 0, 0, = 6
6. Jamie Sealey 1', 0, 0, = 1+1
7. Adam Portwood 2, F, 0, 0, 0, = 2

REFEREE:

GATE POSITIONS:

HEAT DETAILS:
Heat 1: Wilson, Perry, Harris, Widman, (3-3) 3-3
Heat 2: (Re-Run): Dwyer, Portwood, Sealey, Govier (FX), (3-3) 6-6
Heat 3: Hall, Lawlor, Cockle, Campos, (5-1) 11-7
Heat 4: (Awarded): Ayres, Coles, Dwyer (RC), Portwood (F), (4-2) 15-9
Heat 5: Hall, Wilson, Lawlor, Widman, (4-2) 19-11
Heat 6: Perry, Coles, Harris, Sealey, (4-2) 23-13
Heat 7: Ayres, Cockle, Campos, Dwyer, (3-3) 26-16
Heat 8: Dwyer (RC), Harris, Widman, Portwood, (5-1) 31-17
Heat 9: Hall, Coles, Lawlor, Sealey, (4-2) 35-19
Heat 10: (Re-Run): Perry, Cockle, Harris, Campos, (4-2) 39-21
Heat 11: Ayres, Wilson, Dwyer, Widman, (4-2) 43-23
Heat 12: Cockle, Lawlor, Dwyer (RC), Portwood (RC), (3-3) 46-26
Heat 13: Ayres, Perry, Wilson, Coles, (5-1) 51-27
Heat 14: Hall, Dwyer, Campos, Portwood, (5-1) 56-28
Heat 15: Ayres, Perry, Wilson, Coles, (5-1) 61-29