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Heathens hit the summit after Isle of Wight success
1:31pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in Sport
DUDLEY went top of the National League in dramatic style as they took a magnificent 52-37 away victory against Isle of Wight.
An incredible late surge saw the injury-hit Heathens take all four points against the heavily fancied Islanders and maintain their perfect league record.
It completes a remarkable few days for the former-Cradley club after they snatched a vital away win at Stoke on Sunday and boss Will Pottinger was delighted with another hard-fought win.
He said: “It was tight to start with, but then the boys pulled away in the last third of the meeting to get a great win.
“With Max still injured, rider replacement for Gareth (Isherwood) and no Ash (Morris) we were very depleted, so to go to one of the toughest tracks in the league and win by such a big margin to get all four points is very pleasing.”
Paul Starke returned to his former club to top score following a superb performance, linking up with the impressive Lewis Blackbird for crucial 5-1s in heats 13 and 15.
Steve Boxall stepped in with a superb guest appearance replacing Ashley Morris at number three, while youngster Nathan Greaves enjoyed the best night of his career so far as he continued to go from strength to strength at reserve.
Dudley will look to preserve their perfect record when they host Stoke at Monmore Green next Tuesday and they could have a full team at their disposal with Morris, Isherwood and Max Clegg all hopeful of shaking off their injuries.
Isle of Wight: Darryl Ritchings 8+2, Ben Hopwood 8+1, Adam Ellis 8, Brendan Johnson 6, Danny Stoneman 3, Tom Perry 2+2, Chris Widman 2+1 Dudley: Paul Starke 16+1, Nathan Greaves 12+2, Steve Boxall 11, Lewis Blackbird 10+2, Danno Verge 2, Dan Greenwood 1+1, Gareth Isherwood R/R.
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