Warrior Ben Morely. Photo: Ian Groves/Sportography


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The Wightlink Warriors’ hopes of a place at the end of season play-offs were dashed as rival side Cradley Heathens won a tense last race battle against Kent Kings.

The 3 league points gained by the Heathens in their final fixture catapulted them to 4th place in the league and out of the Warriors’ reach.

Whilst there will be sadness that the play-off dream has ended, the club will be hoping that captain Ben Morley can deliver a boost at the end of the season as he defends his National League Riders Championship title at Leicester on Sunday afternoon.

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The line up is expected to be Ryan Kinsley (Mildenhall); Kyle Bickley (Belle Vue Colts); Jordan Palin (Belle Vue Colts); Ben Morley (IOW); Ellis Perks (Leicester); Danyon Hume (Leicester); Tom Perry (Stoke); Joe Lawlor (Stoke); Jason Edwards (Mildenhall); Nathan Stoneman (Plymouth); Drew Kemp (Kent); Leon Flint (Belle Vue Colts); Max Clegg (Cradley); Anders Rowe (Kent); Connor Coles (Stoke) and Ben Wilson (Plymouth).

Warriors’ co-promoter Barry Bishop said:

“That result from Cradley was not what we were expecting and clearly not what we wanted. It brings to an end our 2019 team activity. We will look back and no doubt reflect on a lost point here or a lost point there that would have made all the difference, but that is the nature of most sports.

“We do, of course, have Ben on duty for us at Leicester on Sunday and we wish him the very best of luck in a meeting packed with all the available stars from the National League.

“We also have our Start Marshal, Chris Cass, in action at the British Grand Prix at the Principality Stadium on Saturday night in front of 40,000 fervent fans. What a night that will be.

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“Right now I do feel for everyone and I mean everyone who has worked so hard to get us to the edge of the play-offs, but when you look at our season as a whole, both on and off track, I am pleased and proud that we can report on another year of progress, innovation and improvement in all that we do.

“We will celebrate our achievements the Warriors Way and I urge all our supporters to join us on 9 November at our End Of Season Party as we re-live our memories and reward those who make this club so special”.

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