Friday 20 October, 2017
STOKE attempt to stage their double header meeting against Buxton and the Isle of Wight in the Travel Plus National League at Loomer Road on Saturday, 4.30pm.

The A.R. Richards Potters fixture was washed out two weeks ago and promoter Dave Tattum is hoping to avoid the same this weekend with thirty heats of National League racing to stage with six heats added with Carmarthen taking on Peterborough in their final Midland Development League meeting of the season.

The Potters will be looking to win both fixtures and move off the foot of the table and avoid the wooden spoon as the Potters trail the Hitmen by 3 points and the Warriors of the Isle of Wight by a single point. Stoke welcome back David Wallinger to the side after injury and he comes in to replace Luke Priest who ended his season with injury in the Potters last home meeting.

Buxton have drafted in former Potter Ben Hopwood as a guest for the injured Matt Williamson and he will be well supported by Loomer Road track specialist Max Clegg who romped to an unbeaten 15-point maximum on his last visit. Ryan Kinsley and Shelby Rutherford fill the second-string positions while the Hitmen use rider replacement for Tom Woolley who is getting married on Saturday. The Potters have beaten the Hitmen three times this season twice at Hi-Edge raceway and once at Loomer Road.

The Isle of Wight have also drafted in Ben Hopwood as a guest for the injured James Cockle and he will be well supported by former Potters number one Ben Wilson along with a third former Stoke rider Chris Widman who will all be fired up to put in a solid performance against their former club. Connor Coles who has been in good form of late and Scott Campos complete the Warriors top five with Adam Portwood who has been scoring well recently and Jamie Sealey completing the septet. The Potters lost heavily at the Smallbrook Stadium earlier in the season and will be looking to avenge the loss against the Warriors.

Potters team manager Malcolm Vasey commented “These are two very big meetings for us and we will be taking them seriously as we want to avoid the wooden spoon and leave one of our opponents this weekend at the foot of the table. As a team we are up for this weekend and want to win both matches and end the season on a high.”

STOKE: Mitchell Davey, Ryan Terry-Daley, Tony Atkin, David Wallinger, Lee Dicken, Paul Burnett, Shaun Tedham

BUXTON: Ben Hopwood, Shelby Rutherford, Tom Woolley r/r, Ryan Kinsley, Max Clegg, Alex Spooner, Lee Geary

ISLE OF WIGHT: Ben Hopwood, Chris Widman, Connor Coles, Scott Campos, Ben Wilson, Jamie Sealey, Adam Portwood