POTTERS v CRADLEY - PREVIEW

Friday 30 June, 2017
STOKE A.R. Richards Potters entertain Midlands rivals Cradley Heathens in the Travel Plus National League at Loomer Road on Sunday, 6pm.

The Potters lost out to Eastbourne last weekend and will be looking to bounce back from their 50-40 defeat against the Eagles and will need to produce a better performance against the Heathens who will be looking to return to a top four position in the league table with victory on Sunday.

Stoke will return to full strength for the meeting for the first time in nearly a month as skipper Tony Atkin makes a welcome return from injury and David Wallinger returns to the side having missed last Saturday’s defeat. Potters boss Malcolm Vasey commented “I’m delighted that Tony (Atkin) is fit to return as we have missed him while he has been away and it will certainly give everyone a boost. It’s not ideal using rider replacement and it puts added pressure on the other lads and their equipment and we can now turn out a full side. I also understand that both Ryan Terry-Daley and Shaun Tedham have been sorting out their mechanical issues and we are looking for a return to form this weekend from both riders.”

The Heathens have been forced into bringing a couple of guests in to replace Danny Ayres (Redcar) and Dan Greenwood (Newcastle) who are both in SGB Championship action for their respective clubs with Lakeside’s Ben Morley coming into replace Ayes and former Potter James Cockle coming in to replace Greenwood and with skipper Tom Perry they have a potent heat leader trio. Luke Harris and Joe Lawlor in his first full season in league racing complete the top five while Conor Dwyer and new signing Shelby Rutherford complete the Heathens septet.

Vasey said “We have not beaten Cradley for a few years now and it’s time we did so and will be looking to gain the three points on Sunday. Cradley have a very good side that looks strong from top to bottom and we will obviously give them plenty of respect and I’m sure their manager Will Pottinger will be firing his lads up and come looking for four points against us, but we have beaten Birmingham here this season and should have won against Belle Vue here also and I will be looking for a performance like that against the Heathens on Sunday.”

STOKE: Mitchell Davey, Ryan Terry-Daley, Tony Atkin (Captain), David Wallinger, Luke Priest, Paul Burnett, Shaun Tedham
CRADLEY: Ben Morley, Joe Lawlor, James Cockle, Luke Harris, Tom Perry (Captain), Conor Dwyer, Shelby Rutherford