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CRADLEY sealed Knockout Cup glory for the second consecutive season with 39-22 triumph over King’s Lynn on an emotional night at Monmore Green.The Heathens bid farewell to their adopted home in perfect fashion as they wrapped up a comfortable 86-65 aggregate triumph over the Young Stars in their last meeting at the venue, with the match abandoned after Heat 10 due to heavy rain.Paul Starke won his three races for the home side with Max Clegg scoring 11, whilst guest Ben Morley picked up eight for the Young Stars.Cradley boss Will Pottinger said: “Towards the end it was just crucial that everyone came through unscathed in tricky conditions, and we managed to do that and come out with the win on aggregate.“We worked really hard to win the Cup last year, and so we are delighted to have retained the trophy after a great year.“It was a great way to bow out at Monmore Green, and to win a trophy on home soil for the first time was brilliant.”(SPEEDWAY 2)

COVENTRY host Cradley on Wednesday in the second leg of the National League Grand Final with ten points between the sides at the halfway stage.The Heathens, who are the defending champions, won 52-42 at Monmore Green last week and the Storm are the only team to beat them in any match this season.Both teams bring in guests for injured No.1 riders, with Simon Lambert stepping in for Coventry, whilst Ben Morley lines up for Cradley.Coventry boss Laurence Rogers said: “This is the big one for our boys, up against our arch-rivals, and ten points is a margin we can pull back.“It’s the last chance to see some speedway this year and we want plenty of noise from the supporters. The lads have been a joy to work with this year, along with Adam Roynon as team coach, and they really want to do it on Wednesday.”Cradley manager Will Pottinger said: “We were satisfied with the 10 point lead that was achieved against Coventry last Tuesday, and although we would have liked more we have something to defend. “I’m sure Coventry will look to eat into our lead right from the start, but we need to be positive and look to try and increase our lead. Our lads have proved they can win races at Brandon in the past, so hopefully we can put in a good performance and come away with the title.”

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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 29:NATIONAL LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 2nd leg: Coventry v Cradley 7.30

FRIDAY OCTOBER 31:NATIONAL LEAGUE: Devon v Coventry 7.15


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