Saturday 20 October, 2012
NATIONAL League title hopefuls Mildenhall brushed aside a lack lustre Easy Rider Potters who has no answer to the Tigers all round strength as the Tigers ran out 54-37 victors in the National Trophy at Loomer Road on Saturday night.

Stoke had to wait until heat seven before they provided a heat winner in skipper Tony Atkin who rolled back the years to spearhead the Potters as they trailed 25-16 at the midway point of the meeting. Liam Carr provided the Potters with their second race win of the night but again the Potters could not find the back up for the race winner as Liam Rumsey who came in to replace Andrew Braithwaite who had been hurt in a first bend fall.

The Potters evening got worse as Gary Irving suffered a nasty looking fall in heat ten while out as a tactical ride as he drove hard up the inside of Daniel Halsey and losing control taking Irving into the safety fence Halsey managing to get off the bike and stay on his feet referee Margaret Vardy having no alternative but to disqualify the Potters guest. In the rerun Jacobs took victory from a hard charging Liam Carr with Halsey finishing third. Potters skipper Tony Atkin came out as a tactical ride in heat eleven but it was Josh Bates who took victory from Atkin with Lewis Kerr third for a drawn 4-4 heat as Stoke trail 27-40. Atkin gained his second win on the night in heat thirteen and Ben Reade took victory in fourteen but it was the Tigers who finished strongly as they gained a maximum 5-1 in the final heat with Joe Jacobs and Stefan Nielsen took victory over Ben Reade and Tony Atkin to complete a comfortable 37-54 victory.

Potter Ben Reade also lost the Bronze Helmet to Mildenhall’s Stefan Nielsen prior to the Trophy meeting the Tigers rider taking a tapes to chequered flag victory.

STOKE 37: Tony Atkin 12, Ben Reade 6, James Cockle 5, Liam Carr 5, Liam Rumsey 4+2, Gary Irving 4, Andy Braithwaite 1+1.
MILDENHALL 54: Joe Jacobs 15, Stefan Nielsen 11+1, Josh Bates 10, Liam Carr 8+1, Daniel Halsey 7+3, Ryan Terry Daley 3+1, Lewis Blackbird r/r.