Saturday September 09, 2017
CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger admits he's frustrated to be heading to Mildenhall with a depleted team - but insists his guests will be giving it their all to try and help the club add to their tally.

The Motor Market Heathens make the trip to West Row with just two of their usual riders - Joe Lawlor and Conor Dwyer who is hopeful of recovering from illness in time for the fixture.

Captain Tom Perry and reserve Tyler Govier remain on the sidelines through injury whilst fans' favourite Danny Ayres is once again forced to miss a Cradley meeting due to Championship commitments with Redcar.

Meanwhile Richard Hall and Luke Harris are absent due to obligations in the ACU British Masters Grass Track Racing Championships.

Belle Vue Colts man Rob Shuttleworth has been drafted in alongside the Isle of Wight's Connor Coles who impressed in Heathens' colours in a booking at Monmore Green on August Bank Holiday.

Youngsters William O'Keefe and Lewis Whitmore will also represent the Heathens.

Said Pottinger: "It's very disappointing to have to go into such an important fixture with hardly any of our own team but there's very little we could do about it as a club unfortunately.

"Because of there being so many fixtures on Sunday, as well as a lot of riders being involved in the British Masters, guests were hard to come by.

"But in Connor and Rob we've got two riders who always give it their all and who are very capable at this level and Lewis and William are two up-and-coming riders who have benefitted from several guest bookings already this season.

"Mildenhall may have had a few slip-ups of late but West Row is always a difficult place to go.

"It's certainly going to need a special effort from our makeshift side but our riders on Sunday will be giving it their best shot I'm sure.

"We know it won't be easy, but we'd love to come away with something on Sunday to take us into another important home meeting on Monday against Eastbourne."

Mildenhall have called upon Lakeside's Ben Morley to stand in for Connor Mountain at No.1 and also use Drew Kemp at reserve who was recently crowned the new British 500cc Youth Champion.

MILDENHALL: Ben Morley, Luke Ruddick, Jon Armstrong, Jordan Jenkins, Dan Halsey, TBC, Drew Kemp

CRADLEY: Rob Shuttleworth, Richard Hall R/R, Joe Lawlor, William O'Keefe, Connor Coles, Conor Dwyer, Lewis Whitmore.

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