Speedway Sport


The final National League home speedway meeting of the season for the Isle of Wight’s Wightlink Warriors takes place this Thursday (21st September) when the Cradley Heathens return for the restaging of a fixture that was halted by rain in May.

With the Island sides’ weekend trip to Mildenhall falling victim to the East Anglian weather, the Warriors come into this meeting on the back of a solid win over the Fen Tigers at the Andrew Younie 11 days ago.

Last Sunday’s results have seen Buxton’s 2 somewhat surprising wins move them above the Warriors in the league, the Warriors now sitting in the wooden spoon position at the foot of the table. Cradley come with the knowledge that a play-off spot is still mathematically achievable if they win big on Thursday and beat table topping Eastbourne in their final home league fixture. Consequently this match has huge significance for both sides as they chase league points for completely different reasons.

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Cradley will be led by the exuberant and forceful Danny Ayres and he is sure to receive top line support from guest rider Josh Bailey (deputising for the injured Tom Perry), however recent signing Richard Hall is unavailable and the rider replacement facility will be used to cover his absence. Warriors will be unchanged as they look to round off 2017 in style.

Co-promoter Barry Bishop commented:

“I can hardly believe this week’s meeting against the Heathens will bring down the curtain on 2017 as it only seems like a few days ago that we had our opener. It’s fair to say that on track our results have not met our pre-season expectations and we now find ourselves propping up the table, however off track the club has gone from strength to strength and I believe will continue to do so.

“We certainly have a cracker of a meeting for everyone to enjoy as we close the year and it would be fantastic to end on a win, get off the bottom and send our loyal fans home with a good feeling”.

Usual timings apply with the gates opening at 17:30, open pit access from 17:45 to 18:15, rider parade at 18:45 and first race at 19:00.

Warriors will be holding their end of season party at the Andrew Younie Smallbrook stadium on Saturday 14th October. Tickets priced at £10 can be bought from the track shop on Thursday or alternatively email Colin Whitlock using email address [email protected].

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