Tuesday 04 June, 2013
STOKE Easy Rider Potters suffered a heavy 59-34 defeat at the hands of group leaders the Isle of Wight in the National Trophy at the Smallbrook Stadium of Tuesday night.

The Potters got off to the worst possible start as they suffered three successive 5-1 reverses in the opening three heats before former Islander Kyle Hughes gained victory in heat four ahead of Tom Young with Lee Payne taking third, the Potters had been on a 5-1 before Payne fell allowing Young into second before Brandon Freemantle then fell giving Payne third, to leave the Potters trailing 17-7 after four heats.

Stoke gained a further 4-2 in heat five after Lee Smart took the chequered flag ahead of Darryl Ritchings with Luke Chessell taking third to reduce the deficit to eight points.

The Islanders then dominated proceedings in the next five heats hitting the Potters for three 5-1 heat advantages one of which had Hughes on a tactical ride in heat nine where he finished third and a 4-2 with the Potters only managing a 3-3 in heat seven from Luke Priest and Ben Reade who were headed home by Adam Ellis as the Potters trailed 41-19 after ten heats.

Potters team manager Malcolm Vasey nominated Lee Smart as a tactical ride in heat eleven and the Potters number one duly delivered taking a big six points from his race win as he headed home Ellis with Stoke’s Luke Chessell taking third place for a Potters 7-2 heat advantage.

The revival was short lived as the Isle of Wight struck back with three successive 5-1 heat advantages to secure all three points on offer with the Islanders leading 58-29 with one heat remaining.

Potters duo Luke Priest and Lee Smart gained a little respectability to the score line with a 5-1 in the final heat over Ben Hopwood and Tom Perry.

Easy Rider Potters team manager Malcolm Vasey commented “We started poorly but recovered a little mid meeting with a couple of 4-2 heat wins and then gained a 7-2 in heat eleven and a 5-1 in the final heat. The lads kept battling throughout the meeting but there is no hiding the fact that this was a disappointing performance and we must do better than this. One good thing that came out of tonight’s meeting was seeing Lee Smart back to the form we know he is capable of but other than that I am disappointed with tonight’s performance.”

Isle of Wight 59: Adam Ellis 15+2, Darryl Ritchings 12+2, Tom Perry 11+1, Ben Hopwood 10, Brandon Freemantle 7+3, Tom Young 4+1, Danny Stoneman R/R
Stoke 34: Lee Smart 13+1, Luke Priest 8, Kyle Hughes 5, Luke Chessell 4, Ben Reade 2+1, Lee Payne 2, Shaun Tedham 0
National Trophy points: Isle of Wight 3 Stoke 0

Tom Perry (IOW) Holder defeated Lee Smart (Stoke) for the Bronze Helmet.