Stoke Potters sealed their first league win of the season with a 51-38 victory over Mildenhall at Loomer Road last night.
The Potters opened up an early 17-7 lead with maximum heats wins from Shelby Rutherford and Corban Pavitt and then Connor Coles and a revitalised Rutherford again in heat four.
The Fen Tigers then clawed their way back into the meeting with a couple of 4-2 heat advantages from Clegg and Marson who had been brought in as a tactical substitute in heat six with Clegg just holding off a late run from home skipper Tom Perry and then Jason Edwards and Henry Atkins over Connor Coles. A further 3-2 deficit in heat eight after Joe Alcock had made the start but fell on the second turn and then Elliott Kelly falling on the following lap with the referee awarding the heat as the Tigers came to within 5 points of the Potters with Stoke leading 26-21.
Picture courtesy Kevin Oliver - Shelby Rutherford (Blue), Corban Pavitt (Red) with Elliott Kelly third.
Joe Lawlor and Luke Priest gained a 4-2 in heat nine to put Stoke’s lead back up to seven points, but the lead was again clawed back as Clegg took his fourth win of the night with Elliott Kelly taking third as Coles split the Tigers pairing reducing the Potters lead to five points.
The Potters then sealed their first win of the season as they gained back to back maximum heat wins first up was Lawlor and Rutherford over Atkins and then Perry and Coles gated over Clegg with the Tigers skipper for the night unable to find away past the home pairing despite his best efforts such to the delight of the Potters supporters who roared the home pairing to victory.
STOKE 51: Joe Lawlor 12+1, Tom Perry 12, Shelby Rutherford 10+3, Connor Coles 9+1, Luke Priest 5+1, Corban Pavitt 2+1, Joe Alcock 1+1
Mildenhall 38: Max Clegg 16, Jason Edwards 9+1, Matt Marson 7, Henry Atkins 4, Arran Butcher 1 Elliott Kelly 1, Charlie Brooks r/r.