THE Wightlink Islanders put the smile back on the faces of the club’s management team by recording a comfortable 51-42 home National League win over Hertfordshire club Rye House last Tuesday. 

“That’s just what was needed following our disappointingly heavy defeat by the Cradley Heathens in the first leg of our cup clash at their venue the Tuesday before,” said joint team manager Chris Hunt.

“Our seven riders knew that defeat left both the management and our fans feeling very down indeed and thankfully they produced a much better performance this week around Smallbrook with all seven of them playing their part in what was a comfortable win over the Raiders.

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“The fact that six of our seven recorded at least one heat win and the seventh a paid win shows that it really was a team effort and that is just what we want in all matches.”

After a shared first heat a maximum heat win from our reserves Danny Stoneman and Gary Cottham put us into the lead and from that point on we never looked like losing. The win consolidates our current third position in the league table behind Dudley and Mildenhall.

Tuesday June 19 – Wightlink Islanders 51 Rye House 42

Wightlink Islanders scorers: Danny Warwick 12, Danny Stoneman 8+2, Kyle Hughes 8, Ben Hopwood 7+2, Aaron Baseby 6, Gary Cottham 5+1, Paul Starke 5.


The Wightlink Islanders have been left clicking their heels with the NL Fours competition scheduled to take place at Stoke last Saturday being postponed for a second time because of our glorious summer weather and no home fixture scheduled for this week.

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With copious amounts of rain having fallen all week and more predicted to fall in the area on Saturday, the postponement was decided upon on Friday thus saving riders and fans making unnecessary journeys. Another new date for its staging is still to be confirmed.

Photo courtesy of Mike Thomas

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