WIGHTLINK Islanders had a bank holiday weekend to forget after suffering two heavy away defeats.
The team are left hoping the defeats at Stoke and Dudley do not affect their chances of finishing in the top four and the play-offs. Wightlink Islanders were beaten 53-37 at Stoke in a match where the Islanders’ riders never got to grips with the Loomer Road circuit.
Guest Steve Boxall sustained a leg injury in a heat 13 crash, after Adam Ellis withdrew, having fallen twice. Chris Widman was another faller in what was an eventful meeting.
Things did not improve for the Islanders as they went down 60-31 at the home of league leaders Dudley Heathens on Tuesday, despite Tom Perry returning from injury.
Co-manager Chris Hunt said: "We suffered the backlash of the Heathens, who had just suffered their first defeat of the season.
"With Adam Ellis being our only heat winner, something he achieved twice, we were always on a hiding to nothing."
After the weekend, with National League matches up and down the country, the Wightlink Islanders still occupy fifth place in the table, one point behind Coventry and tantalisingly close to that all-important place in the top four and a place in the play-offs.
They will look to pick up vital points from two clashes in 24 hours with speedway’s newest club, the Kent Kings, at the beginning of next week.
Chris added: "We beat Kent Kings twice in the National Trophy earlier in the season, but they’ve won their last four home league matches, including that win over Dudley. We won’t be taking their challenge lightly."
The Islanders travel to Central Park in Sittingbourne on Monday before hosting the Kings at Smallbrook on Tuesday at 7pm.