CRADLEY secured the National League title for the second year in succession with a 12-point aggregate win over Coventry in the Final.The Heathens led by ten going into the second leg which was switched to the neutral venue of Leicester, and they clinched overall victory with a 5-1 in Heat 12 before completing a 46-44 win on the night.Max Clegg and Danny Phillips took the maximum in the decisive race and Clegg top-scored for the Heathens on 11 points with captain Paul Starke on 10. Coventry skipper James Sarjeant (14) and Dan Greenwood (12+2) both dropped just one point to opposing riders.Cradley boss Will Pottinger said: “Three trophies in a week is a fantastic achievement, and to defend our title from last year is absolutely superb.“It's been a brilliant team effort over the course of the whole season, and we are just so pleased to have got the job done tonight to make it all worthwhile.“To lose only one match over a long campaign is a tremendous achievement and shows what a superb team this has been, so we are absolutely over the moon.”Coventry owner Mick Horton said: “Congratulations to Cradley. Personally I’m very despondent because I feel as though we’ve let our boys down by not racing at Brandon, and I can only apologise for that.“I’m disillusioned at the moment because I feel that had we ridden at Brandon then maybe it could have been a different outcome. But many thanks to the fans who turned out, and once again well done to Cradley.”


LEWIS Bridger has announced his decision to take a break from speedway and not compete in the 2015 season.Eastbourne asset Bridger, who has spent the last two campaigns on loan with Lakeside in the Elite League, has not ruled out the possibility of returning to the sport in future.He said: “This last season has been a struggle for me, I have lost my love for the sport, have no desire to race and am quite simply not enjoying it any more. “To be a successful rider you have to make many sacrifices and a lot of these have a major impact on your life away from speedway. When you get pleasure from your racing, these sacrifices are easier to make but when you are not then it is a very different situation. “Speedway is a dangerous sport and when you're not enjoying it, there are safer ways to make a living. It is time for me to do something else.”

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