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Heathens 41 Mildenhall 32 (Mildenhall win 93-74 on aggregate)
12:21am Wednesday 24th October 2012 in Sport
MILDENHALL claimed the National League Knockout Cup despite a spirited second leg performance from Dudley Heathens.
With the hosts needing to overhaul a 28 point deficit in the second leg at Monmore Green last night, a comeback was always going to take something special.
Their task was made harder by the loss of Tom Perry in the earlier Grand Final first leg, with junior rider Sean Phillips taking his place.
That said, the visitors were given some cause to worry as errors allowed the hosts to claw back 10 points by the end of heat five.
Jason Garrity, who seems to enjoy his role as pantomime villain for the Heathens crowd, crashed out while leading heat one and then suffered humiliation in heat five as his bike flew from under him at the start.
Josh Bates fell in heat two while both Stefan Nielsen and Ryan Terry Daley took tumbles in heat four, with the Heathens keeping their nerve to pick up the points.
But Mildenhall stopped the rot with a share of the points in heats six and seven before Joe Jacobs and Daley secured a heat advantage in race eight.
From then on the hosts never looked like mounting a serious challenge and the meeting was curtailed after heat 12, by which time the visitors’ lead was unassailable.
Dudley 41: Adam Roynon 12, Ashley Morris 11, James White Williams 9+1, Darryl Ritchings 7+2, Dan Greenwood 1+1, Sean Phillips 1, Tom Perry R/R
Mildenhall 32: Joe Jacobs 13, Josh Bates 6+1, Stefan Nielsen 4+1, Jason Garrity 4+1, Daniel Halsey 3+1, Ryan Terry Daley 2, Lewis Blackbird R/R
Abandoned after 12 heats due to curfew - Result STANDS Mildenhall win 93-74 on aggregate