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Heathens taste rare defeat at Mildenhall
12:23pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Local Sport
DUDLEY Heathens tasted defeat in the league for only the second time this season as they slipped to a 48-42 defeat against arch rivals Mildenhall at West Row.
A battling effort from the Heathens helped create a thrilling National League encounter between two sides heading for the play-offs — with Dudley taking a point for their troubles.
The result may have been different had reserve changes been utilised, but team boss Will Pottinger has defended his decision to give all riders four outings to ensure they earn as much track time as possible ahead of some big fixtures.
He said: “Obviously we are disappointed to lose, but like the defeat at Kent it’s not going to make or break our season.
“We could have made changes a few times but we chose not to as we felt it was important to give all the lads four races as they try to build some confidence ahead of the play-offs. I won’t hesitate to make changes in more important meetings such as the play-offs and the KO Cup.
“But I felt it wasn’t worth knocking the riders’ confidence by taking them out of rides.
“In a way it may be a bit of a wake up call for the lads to let them know we can’t just turn up and win.”
Lewis Blackbird stormed to another big score, dropping just one point as he returned to his former club, while skipper Ashley Morris also recorded three race wins with a strong showing.
Down at reserve, Dan Greenwood continued his upturn in form with a determined performance to end with paid double figures.
Yet Paul Starke endured a frustrating evening at number one, and with Max Clegg, Gareth Isherwood and Nathan Greaves all suffering meetings to forget the former Cradley club were unable to snatch victory.
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