POTTERS v ISLE OF WIGHT + BUXTON - PREVIEWS

Friday 06 October, 2017
STOKE will give supporters a feast of speedway action on Sunday afternoon, 3pm as they stage their second double header on the bounce as they entertain the Isle of Wight Warriors and then they host local rivals Buxton immediately after in the Travel Plus National League. The racing does not stop there either as Carmarthen Dragons then race the Peterborough Thundercats in the Midland Development League meaning 36 heats of racing at Loomer Road.

All three sides have something to race for on the day as they all attempt to avoid the wooden spoon with only one point separating all three clubs.

Stoke have made one change to the line-up with David Wallinger returning to the side after recovering from injury as he replaces Luke Priest for both meetings.

In the opening fixture the Warriors have had to make several changes with former Potters riders James Cockle and Ben Wilson both missing the meeting. Belle Vue Colts youngster Kyle Bickley leads the Warriors into action with support from Connor Coles and Scott Campos who had originally started the season as team manager of the King’s Lynn Young Stars. Former Potter Chris Widman captain’s the Warriors for the meeting while the island club use rider replacement for Wilson. At reserve Jamie Sealey is capable of scoring points and former Stoke rider Ryan MacDonald returns to the Chesterton circuit and will be looking for a big afternoon against his former club.

The second meeting sees’ a very much changed Buxton Hitmen side from the one that raced against the Potters at Loomer Road earlier in the season and they will be looking to avenge the Potters victory up at Hi-Edge a few months back in the league. The Hitmen have riders who are more than capable of scoring big points around the Loomer Road circuit in Matt Williamson and Max Clegg who was unbeaten on his last visit to Stoke with the Hitmen in the KO Cup back in June. The top two will receive good support from Tom Woolley and Ryan Kinsley who have both scored well in the past against the Potters with Shelby Rutherford returning to the Hitmen ranks after a mid-season spell at Cradley. Lee Geary and Sam Woolley are the reserve for the Hitmen.

Stoke assistant team manager Adam Isherwood commented “These are two very important matches for us and we will be looking to take all 6 points on offer as we look to make sure we do not finish bottom of the table. Both the Isle of Wight and Buxton will be looking to avoid the wooden spoon also and we will have to give both teams the respect they deserve and will not take them for granted but we should not be losing meetings around our home circuit and we want to end the season on a high and send supporters home and into the close season with a smile on their faces. We know we are capable of getting the results it both matches and it’s now really up to the riders to go out there and prove it.”

STOKE: Mitchell Davey, Ryan Terry-Daley, Tony Atkin, David Wallinger, Lee Dicken, Paul Burnett, Shaun Tedham
ISLE OF WIGHT: Kyle Bickley, Ben Wilson r/r, Scott Campos, Chris Widman, Connor Coles, Jamie Sealey, Ryan MacDonald
BUXTON: Matt Williamson, Shelby Rutherford, Tom Woolley, Ryan Kinsley, Max Clegg, Sam Woolley, Lee Geary