POTTERS v MILDENHALL & KENT - PREVIEW

Thursday 21 September, 2017
STOKE host 30-heats of Travel Plus National League action at Loomer Road on Saturday night as they host Mildenhall and then Kent in a meeting that follows the Tigers clash.

The A.R. Richards Potters look to move off the foot of the league table after Buxton took two home victories last weekend and the Isle of Wight beat Cradley at the Smallbrook Stadium on Thursday night. The Potters will be at full strength for the two meetings while Mildenhall who still have three matches remaining still have the opportunity to take fourth place in the table getting them into the end of season play-offs for the league title. The Fen Tigers have already visited the Chesterton circuit twice this season losing out to the Potters on both occasions and they will be looking to take something away from this fixture to keep their play-off hopes alive. Connor Mountain leads the Tigers into action along with former riders’ champion Dan Halsey, Jordan Jenkins and former Potters skipper Jon Armstrong with Luke Ruddick completing the Mildenhall top five with Alex Spooner and William O’Keefe completing the Suffolk sides’ septet.

Kent are in a slightly different position since they have already secured a top four place and are racing to see if they can finish above either Eastbourne or the Belle Vue Colts. The Kings have been in good form and will be looking to secure their fourth league away win of the season as they visit Loomer Road. Luke Bowen leads the Kings into action and he is supported by former Potter Ben Hopwood with Taylor Hampshire coming into replace Dan Greenwood while Anders Rowe slots in at number four and the Kings operate rider replacement for Jack Thomas. At reserve, the Kings have James Laker and George Hunter.

Potters boss Malcolm Vasey commented “I’m sure both teams will be looking to come here and take points away from us as they’re both racing for something in the league and we will be doing the same as we aim to move away from the bottom of the table. We know we are capable of taking victories in both meetings if we ride to our full potential and will be looking to take all six points that are available to us and I hope that the supporters will really get behind us. It should be an entertaining couple of meetings with 30-heats on hotly contested heats with three teams all wanting the points so they should be a superb couple of matches.”

All the action starts at 5pm.

STOKE: Mitchell Davey, Paul Burnett, Tony Atkin, Luke Priest, Lee Dicken, Ryan Terry-Daley, Shaun Tedham

MILDENHALL: Connor Mountain, Luke Ruddick, Jon Armstrong, Jordan Jenkins, Daniel Halsey, Alex Spooner, William O’Keefe

KENT: Luke Bowen, Jack Thomas (Rider Replacement), Ben Hopwood, Anders Rowe, Taylor Hampshire, James Laker, George Hunter