STOKE make the short trip down the M6 when they will face local rivals Cradley in the Travel Plus National League at Monmore Green on Tuesday evening, 7.30pm.
The A.R. Richards Potters will be at full strength for the meeting and Potters boss Malcolm Vasey is looking to take something from the meeting. Vasey commented “Cradley are a very good team, but perhaps not as strong as they have been in previous seasons’ and we are hoping to push them all the way in the meeting. They have probably the best top two riders in the league this season in Ashley (Morris) and Max (Clegg) but have had to compensate a little bit for that by not having the strong back up in the past that they have had and hopefully we can get something from the match.”
The Heathens are currently in fourth place in the league table and will be looking for a win against the Potters in their bid to qualify for the league play-offs and are under immense pressure from the Belle Vue Colts who are also pushing for the final play-off place. Cradley are led by Ashley Morris and Max Clegg who are both in good form this season with Clegg also posting solid scores for his Elite League club Wolverhampton. Luke Chessell who has had a good season this year is the third heat leader and he has recently lost a bit of form and the Potters will be hoping that continues against them on Tuesday night. Richard Andrews completes the top five for the Heathens and he started the season with Eastbourne before injury ruled him out of their side and he was quickly snapped up by the Heathens management and he has progressed steadily. Cradley will use rider replacement for the injured James Purchase after their deadline day deal to bring Tyler Govier was rejected. At reserve the Black Country outfit have Ben Basford and Bradley Andrews who have both had up and down seasons’ while Joe Lawlor has been named number eight.
CRADLEY: Ashley Morris, Richard Andrews, Luke Chessell, James Purchase r/r, Max Clegg (Captain), Ben Basford, Bradley Andrews, Joe Lawlor (No.8)
STOKE: Ben Wilson, Shaun Tedham, Tony Atkin (Captain), Danny Phillips, Ben Hopwood, Chris Hay, Paul Burnett.