The Isle of Wight ‘Wightlink’ Warriors speedway team came crashing out of the Knock-Out Cup at the hands of the Cradley Heathens last night (Monday).

The meeting, in Wolverhampton, was on a knife edge from the off and at one stage it looked as if the visitors may spring a surprise.

However, the home team eventually cut out a number of errors that had hampered their scoring and survived a last heat decider.

The result ended Cradley 46, Wightlink Warriors 44 with an overall aggregate scoreline of 95-85 to the Heathens.

Team line-ups:

Cradley: Max Clegg 16, Lewis Whitmore 1, Danny Halsey 4+1, Luke Harris 11, Rider Replacement for Tom Brennan, Tom Spencer 9+2, Harry McGurk 5+1 and James Chattin DNR.

Warriors: Georgie Wood 11, Chris Widman 3, Ryan Terry-Daley 8, Danno Verge 6, Ben Morley 10+1, Chad Wirtzfeld 6+3 and Connor King 0.

The Warriors must now switch their attention to their first National League meeting of the season.

Stoke Potters visit Smallbrook Stadium on Thursday (23).

With only one win in official team competitions so far, the home side will be out to meet the expectations of both management and fans alike.

However, the Potters cannot be taken lightly with two former Island riders, Tom Perry and Connor Coles, bound to provide stiff opposition.

Warrior’s co-promoter Barry Bishop said:

“After our superb effort here at Cradley tonight all the boys should take a great deal of confidence in to the Stoke meeting and we will be determined to bank three points against them.

“These are two evenly matched teams and I fully expect a ding dong battle with close racing throughout. We also have the Wightlink Wizards in action against Carmarthen and so we must go for two wins on the night.”

This week, for ANYONE aged 32, it is free admission as part of the weekly age initiative being run by the club. Proof of age is required at the turnstile to benefit from this promotion. Otherwise, the usual pricing and admission arrangements apply with gates opening at 5.30 pm ahead of the first race at 7.00 pm.

Expected line-ups:

Warriors: Wood, Widman, Terry-Daley, Verge, Morley, King, Wirtzfeld.

Potters: Perry, Rutherford, Lawlor, Priest, Coles, Butcher and Alcock.

Wizards: Sealey, Williams, Watts, Ilsley.

Dragons: Alcock, Colley, Woodward, Barnes.