STOKE Easy Rider Potters experienced the highs and lows of speedway in one weekend after two last-heat deciders.

They recovered from nine points down to beat Newport 46-43 in at Loomer Road on Saturday. They acquitted themselves well at Mildenhall on Sunday, but lost 49-44 at the last.

Team manager John Adams said: 'We were glad to get to a last-heat decider on Saturday and it turned out to be a terrific performance from the lads.

'But the boot was on the other foot at Mildenhall. We were never behind until Heat 14 when they finished off with two 5-1s to win the meeting.

'When you think that Claus Vissing and, almost certainly, Lee Complin were seeing the place for the first time, we've done really well and we are starting to develop as a team and showing a lot of char acter.'

On Saturday, Jack Hargreaves and Barry Burchatt were involved in a nasty Heat Two crash which saw both riders withdrawn from the meeting on medical advice.

Newport took advantage to go into a 31-22 lead after nine races. But Stoke found an extra gear and a 5-1 from Glenn Cunningham and Ben Barker got the ball rolling.

Skipper Rusty Harrison then put in a good ride to squeeze by Tom Hedley through the tiniest of gaps in Heat 11, and a 5-1 from Cunningham and Harrison two races later put them in front for the first time since the second race.

Newport hit back as Michal Rajkowski held off a determined Complin charge, before Tony Atkin rounded Barrie Evans to make the score to 42-41 in their favour.

Cunningham and Barker faced Hedley and Chris Schramm in the final outing. While Cunningham made a decent start, Barker came from the back to seal the 5-1 heat win which gave Stoke victory.