SPEEDWAY: STOKE Easy Rider Potters picked up their first bonus point of the Premier trophy campaign following a 50-42 defeat at Workington on Monday night.
The only blot on the solid performance was an injury to Paul Clews who fell in the first race and withdrew with shoulder injuries.
Stoke kept the scoreline tight with reserves Rob Grant and Barrie Evans taking the bulk of Clews' rides, though Alan Mogridge went out in Heat 8 as a tactical substitute rider.
Carl Stonehewer and Shaun Tacey grabbed a 4-2 in Heat 13 and Kevin Little and Kauko Nieminen took a 5-1 in the next to put the Comets 48-38 up with one race to go. The race was re-run after Stonehewer fell and Mogridge and Robbie Kessler grabbed a 4-2 to see Stoke home.
Team boss John Adams said: 'It was a very good effort. Our work rate and attitude was first rate and we deserved the bonus point over the two legs.'
Last week, both Stoke Easy Rider Potters and Stoke SAS Spitfires turned in powerhouse displays to re-cord big home wins.
A solid display by the SAS Spitfires resulted in a 57-35 win over Newport with 16-year-old Jack Hargreaves grabbing a 15 point maximum.
The teenager was ably backed by Justin Elkins (full maximum), Barrie Evans (paid maximum) and 8+2 from Luke Priest in what was a solid effort against a Mavericks outfit that used rider replacement for Scott Pegler.
Meanwhile, Workington were the visitors to Loomer Road on Saturday and the reshaped Easy Rider Potters ran out 52-42 winners.
Jan Staechmann grabbed three wins and dropped just one point in his four outings whilst Rob Grant and Paul Clews also put in telling rides in a very strong team performance.
Promotor Dave Tattum said: 'After two tight finishes here at Loomer Road, I think we showed that we aren't a bad side at all. Workington have had some good results on the road so far, but we controlled things very well.'
Stoke start their league programme this weekend by hosting Somerset on Saturday and then travelling to Newport on Sunday. Stoke Spitfires also travel to Newport on Sunday in a double header at the Hayley stadium.