Friday 18 August, 2017
STOKE have a mountain to climb in they are to overcome Mildenhall in their quarter final KO Cup replay second leg at Loomer Road on Saturday night, 7pm.

The A.R. Richards Potters trail by 24-points after their first leg clash at West Row earlier this month.

The Potters are coming off the back of a 10-point league victory at local rivals Buxton on Sunday which has given the side a much needed confidence boost and skipper Tony Atkin believes the Potters can pull the points back saying “In speedway if Mildenhall can win by 24-points at home then we can win at home by the same margin. The pressure isn’t on us as nobody expects us to pull back the points but that is when Stoke sometimes respond and lets get a big crowd in and see what happens. Our first target is to win and then we attempt to win by 24.”

Stoke will be at full strength for the clash while Mildenhall have drafted in former Potter Liam Carr as a guest for Connor Mountain who will be racing for his Championship side Ipswich at Workington, with Joe Alcock coming in at reserve for the Tigers replacing Sam Woods.

The Fen Tigers have struggled over the past week losing out to Kent at home and then losing out to Birmingham at Perry Barr on Wednesday night.

Potters co-manager Adam Isherwood commented “It was a much needed confidence boost for the team winning away at Buxton by 10-points last Sunday and I cannot see any reason why we should not be optimistic and say there is no reason why we cannot turn Mildenhall over on Saturday on our own circuit. It all went a bit wrong at West Row in the first leg but it is only half-time and we can comeback we have the riders that can do it if they all ride like they did at Buxton and I really do think we can cause an upset.”

STOKE: Mitchell Davey, Paul Burnett, Tony Atkin, Luke Priest, Lee Dicken, Ryan Terry-Daley, Shaun Tedham
MILDENHALL: Liam Carr, Luke Ruddick, Jon Armstrong, Jordan Jenkins, Dan Halsey, Joe Alcock, Danno Verge