|Stoke Easy Rider 'Potters' v Sheffield PIRTEK 'Tigers'||Premier League||6th August|
|Alan Mogridge ©||
|Glenn Cunningham (g)||9.05||3||1||ef||1'||5+1|
|Sean Wilson ©||9.13||2||1||*6||0||9|
Moggo took heat 1 comfortably from Sean who came under pressure from Adam Allott in the closing stages with Ben Wilson tailed off yards adrift of the field. Barrie Evans led heat 2 from Paul Cooper with Kyle at the back. Kyle made a big lunge up the inside into turn 3 and Paul had to take avoiding action which gifted Jack Hargreaves third place. Kyle plugged away at Barrie but couldn't get the drive around the outside and found the inside line well covered. Paul Clews and Robbie Kessler trapped in heat 3 and were never troubled by Ricky, and after the customary early interval while the sun set guest Glenn Cunningham easily outpaced André to claim heat 3. Robbie trapped to win heat 4 with Sean never looking like getting into contention, but Paul Clews rounded Ben on the third turn on the first lap, then closed in on Sean passing him on the pits turn at the end of lap 3.
Moggo and Adam took another big win well ahead of André in heat 6, and in heat 7 while Ricky couldn't catch fast starting Barrie Evans, equally Glenn Cunningham couldn't get on terms with Ricky. Adam gated well to win heat 8 from Ben with hard working Kyle finding his way past Jack Hargreaves with the inside line at the end of the second lap. André led heat 9 from Paul Cooper but Paul Clews went thundering past his namesake on the third turn making such a meal of it that Robbie was able to follow him through. Adam led down the back straight of heat 10 from Ricky until Moggo made a blood curdling lunge on the third turn which saw evasive action left right and centre and resulted in Moggo leading down the home straight. Moggo team rode his partner home (without falling as he did at Owlerton!) with Ricky scraping the fence but not making up lost ground.
The terrace team-managers were by now calling for blood. Twenty two points adrift and no tacticals had been employed. Sean was nominated for one in heat 11, but from gate 4 we feared the worse. Glenn led for two laps until he suffered a mechanical failure allowing Sean a six point win. Ricky had been struggling to find an effective line but was given his chance to score double in heat 12, again from the outside gate, but once again the terrace team-managers were forced to eat humble pie as Ricky scorched to a win from Paul Clews with Paul Cooper picking up his solitary point. Barrie Evans fell at the back, he seems to do that a lot when things aren't going his way doesn't he! André and Sean led heat 13 but Moggo made a clean pass on Sean at the end of the first lap. He caught André but failed to bully his way into the lead, while Glenn Cunningham relegated Sean to last place on the third lap. Moggo was displeased with André's victory and was having a very animated discussion with him on their way back to the pits with André trying to leave the track but Moggo wanting to get his two penny worth. Four points ahead on aggregate the Tigers needed a result from heat 14, but Robbie and Barrie took an easy 5-1 from Kyle and the disappointing Richard Hall leaving the bonus point tied with just the nominated heat to go.
Herr Flick was no surprise, but given his tantrums of minutes earlier the choice of Moggo was frowned upon by many visiting supporters. André and Ricky were the choice of just about everyone. A shared heat would mean a run-off to decide the bonus. It was Robbie who led down the back straight, and even with Moggo languishing at the back the Potters looked to be sitting pretty. Then came the worst case of a 'professional foul' I've ever witnessed at a speedway meeting. Moggo entered the third turn with just one intention and he never intended making it as far as turn four. He took aim and launched his bike deliberately at André and the race was stopped with the two of them lying on the track. André climbed to his feet and looked at Moggo with his arms outstretched as if to say 'what was all that about?'. Moggo, who had optimistically remounted, went over to him and an extremely heated discussion ensued. André to his credit made no attempt to move, just standing there while Moggo ranted on, but when track staff attempted to intervene then the fists stared flying, and continued to do so even when the referee asked for everyone to return to the pits. A delay ensued while Craig Ackroyd left his box and the home fans, who thought all this very entertaining, were less pleased when they realized that Moggo had been excluded from the restart for dangerous riding. André sealed his award as 'most popular visiting rider' by dragging past Robbie out of turn two and riding a perfect line to snatch the bonus point for the Tigers.
An excellent display by Adam, and a powerhouse performance from Barrie Evans who looked a different rider to the one seen at Owlerton two days previously. A poor display by the Tigers second-strings with many questions asked, such as why didn't Kyle get two extra rides as both Paul Cooper and Richard Hall were both struggling? Moggo lost his cool in a big way and single-handedly lost them the bonus point. His public behaviour was disgusting and should not be tolerated, although it appears to be mirrored off track as well with reports of a Tigers supporter being assaulted in the crowd. At least Adam Allott wasn't kicked by the track staff as he was a few years back...
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