Saturday 19 May, 2018
MAX Clegg romped to an immaculate 18-point maximum as the Stoke A.R. Richards gained their first victory of the season defeating local rivals Buxton 56-34 in the National Trophy at Loomer road on Saturday night.

The Potters took the lead in heat one as Clegg and Paul Burnett gained a 4-2 over former Potter Ben Wilson but the lead was short lived as William O’Keefe fell while leading heat two resulting in the youngster being excluded. In the rerun Lewis Whitmore took victory for the hitmen from Joe Alcock with Kieran Douglas third to level the scores up. Buxton took the lead in the next race after Potters skipper Tony Atkin took the chequered flag only to be excluded for not having his dirt deflector on result in the race being handed to Hitmen skipper Tom Woolley with former Potter Jon Armstrong second and Adam Extance third for a Hitmen 5-1. There was drama in heat four as Buxton rider Corban Pavitt fell and was excluded from the rerun and William O’Keefe attempting to avoid Pavitt going into the safety fence resulting in both riders going to hospital with Pavitt a scaphoid injury and O’Keefe a dislocated shoulder. Burnett and Alcock combined for a 4-2 over Whitmore as the Potters trailed 11-13 after the opening four heats.

The Potters got to grips with the meeting taking a maximum 5-1 heat victories in two of the next three heats as Clegg and Burnett and then Burnett and Alcock put the Potters 27-21 in front at the halfway point of the meeting. The Potters then clicked into gear with a 5-1 from Atkin and Extance in heat nine and then four successive 4-2 heat advantages to seal the points and the Potters first victory of the season. Clegg and Atkin completed the meeting off with a 5-1 over Woolley.

Potters team manager on the night Adam Isherwood commented “It was a long overdue victory tonight and a convincing one in the end the lads battled hard all night although it was disappointing to lose William (O’Keefe) who has been taken to hospital with a suspected dislocated shoulder. William started well tonight and would have most definitely been amongst the points tonight and after we lost him the five remaining team members did superb for us and adapted to the conditions well. Max (Clegg) was absolutely flying tonight which was really good to see and Joe Alcock got some good points and that tonight was a massive boost for him and all the other riders chipped in with the points as well and Paul Burnett backed the top two with a double figure score. Adam Extance suffered a few engine issues but still got points on the board and everyone has had a good tonight.”

STOKE 56: Max Clegg 18, Tony Atkin 13+1, Paul Burnett 10+1, Joe Alcock 8+2, Adam Extance 7+2, William O’Keefe 0, Rob Shuttleworth r/r.
BUXTON 34: Tom Woolley 12, Ben Wilson 9, Lewis Whitmore 6, Jon Armstrong 5+2, Kieran Douglas 2, Corban Pavitt 0, David Wallinger r/r.