Speedway: Stoke earn valuable point at Isle of Wight
STOKE Easy Rider Potters remain in contention for National Trophy success after picking up a point from a 47-43 defeat at Isle of Wight.
The Potters established an early lead against the Islanders, who had already beaten Buxton and Mildenhall on their home track.
However, after opening up a 36-30 lead after 11 heats, the hosts did enough to see off Stoke's late challenge.
A 4-2 from Ashley Birks and Tony Atkin in the final race ensured Stoke returned to the mainland with something to show for their efforts.
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"We are still in contention to win the Trophy providing we win our remaining home meetings," said Potters team manager Malcolm Vasey.
Stoke have beaten Buxton home and away in the competition and have to face Isle of Wight at home and then Mildenhall home and away.
Isle of Wight 47: D Warwick 13, P Starke 11+1, B Hopwood 9+2, D Stoneman 7+2, S Jones 6+2, R Walter 1, M Baseby (r/r).
Stoke 43: A Birks 12, T Atkin 11, J Cockle 7, J Kingston 4+3, B Reade 4+1, L Rumsey 3, R Andrews 2.
STOKE asset Gareth Isherwood has agreed to join Mildenhall on a short-term deal following injuries to Josh Bates and Aaron Baseby.
Isherwood, who has yet to race this season after recovering from a back injury, said: "Getting a few rides this season would be great because I certainly want to be back next year."
LIAM Carr lines up in the British Under-19 Championship at Sheffield tonight.
"It was brilliant to get the call. Unfortunately I am down on machinery because I blew a motor at Scunthorpe the other week," he said.
British Under-19 Championship: D Phillips, C Coles, B Morley, T Stokes, D Greenwood, J Jacobs, O Greenwood, S Nielsen, D Ritchings, J Sarjeant, J Garrity, A Ellis, L Carr, A Morris, T Perry, M Clegg.