Saturday 13 July, 2013
STOKE Easy Rider Potters team manager Malcolm Vasey slammed his team as a disgrace after the Potters lost out to the Buxton Hitmen 46-47 in the National League at Loomer Road on Saturday night.

The Potters team boss was left fuming after they surrendered a thirteen point lead after ten heats saying “That performance was nothing more than a shambles and was an absolute disgrace. How you can lose the last four heats 22-8 on your home track I don’t know but we managed it tonight and I’m not going to make any excuses as there are absolutely none it was a disgraceful performance and nothing can hide that fact.”

Charles Wright led the visitors from the front with his second successive 21 point maximum around the Chesterton circuit and he set the Hitmen off to a flying start with a 4-2 in the opening heat with partner Matt Williamson over Lee Smart. Stoke immediately hit back though with a couple of maximum 5-1 heat advantages and a 4-2 from Kyle Hughes and Lee Payne over Adam McKinna to give the Potters a healthy 16-8 lead after four heats. The Potters added a further 5-1 in heat six from Luke Chessell and Smart to give the Potters a twelve point lead.

The Hitmen then struck with a 4-2 in heat seven as Liam Carr took a superb victory over Hughes with Ryan Blacklock third and then Hitmen team manager Jack Lee nominated Charles Wright as a tactical ride in heat eight and he duly delivered with Williamson taking third for a 7-2 heat win leaving the Potters in front by five points with the scores 28-23 in favour of the home side.

The Potters gained two maximum 5-1 heat advantages in the next two heats to lead 38-25 after ten races and the Potters looked to be coasting to victory and all three league points.

The Hitmen had other ideas though and gained a 4-2 in heat eleven from Wright and Carr over Hughes to reduce the Potters lead to eleven points before the Hitmen then gained three 5-1 heat advantages in the final four heats to take a sensational 46-47 victory with Wright punching the air as he took the chequered flag ahead of partner and former Potter Liam Carr.

STOKE 46: Kyle Hughes 13, Lee Smart 11+2, Luke Chessell 8+2, Luke Priest 7+2, Shaun Tedham 4, Lee Payne 3+1, Ben Reade r/r.
BUXTON 47: Charles Wright 21, Liam Carr 10+2, Matt Williamson 7+1, Ryan Blacklock 4, Adam McKinna 4, Tom Woolley 1, Tony Atkin r/r.