MUCH of the pre-meeting hype centred around the performances of Alan Mogridge and Paul Thorp against their former clubs as Stoke Potters took on Workington at Loomer Road on Sunday.
But while Stoke new-boy Thorp sparkled with a paid 13 return from five impressive rides, it was a miserable return for Mogridge, who fell twice in four outings for his new club the Comets, as Potters won 54-41.
Stoke started sharply and were 12 points up after just five races, by which time Mogridge had fallen twice,
Tomas Piszcz fell once and Aidan Collins had pulled up with a motor problem.
Trent Leverington came from the back to pass Mogridge and win Heat Eight. BUt Workington gained an 8-1 in Heat 10 with Piszcz winning as a tactical rider and Rusty Harrison squeezed by Thorp coming off the last turn to follow his race partner home.
Mark Lemon had started slowly but had a good win in the next and then teamed up for a 5-1 with Thorp in heats 13 and
15. Robbie Kessler then came from the back to win the penultimate race.
The SAS Spitfires had their home and away fixtures against Buxton rained off last week and were heavily beaten at Plymouth on Friday.
Easy Rider Potters travel to Somerset on Friday and then host Rye House at Loomer Road on Saturday.