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Pottinger purrs with delight over Heathens heat leaders
1:15pm Thursday 1st August 2013 in Sport
HEATHENS boss Will Pottinger says he has the strongest spearhead in the league as his side enter the busiest spell of the season.
Paul Starke, Lewis Blackbird and skipper Ashley Morris have all piled up the points with the three competing for top spot in the averages.
And he says they are in great shape to push for the major honours in the National League despite the Max Clegg injury blow.
Pottinger said: “It’s been brilliant. We have a lot of power at the top end of the team and a lot of clubs struggle to handle that.
“Paul and Lewis have come to us with modest averages but they have made a mockery of them with the points they’ve scored.
“And, if they can keep that going we strongly feel we can win anywhere in this league.”
Pottinger believes his side have enough quality to cope with this weekend’s hectic schedule — despite the absence of key reserve Clegg.
Heathens travel to Buxton defending a 16-point lead in the Knockout Cup on Sunday (3pm) before making heading to Stoke for a National League match at 7pm.
And they then set sail for the Isle of Wight next Tuesday with Pottinger looking for guest replacement to cover for Clegg.
Pottinger added: “It’s going to be hard because Max has been such a key rider for us this season but he had a practice on Sunday and found it too difficult to ride the bike.
“I would rather him have a couple of weeks off and then come back rather than making it worse by trying to come back too soon.
“I believe we have enough quality within the team to do well and I’m confident we can hold our own with a 16-point cushion in the cup at Buxton.
“It’s going to be harder at Stoke when we are looking to win on the night and obviously the Isle of Wight is a tough one because they are one of the strongly fancied sides.”
“I have to be happy with the season so far and in many ways it’s a bonus to know Max could be back in a fortnight rather than eight weeks as was suggested last week.
“The problem was he could feel the ankle every time he went into the turn and hopefully a couple of weeks rest will do him the power of good.”
Heathens next home meeting is on Tuesday, August 13 when they face Stoke.
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