Wightlink Islanders skipper Ben Hopwood.
SPEEDWAY WIGHTLINK Islanders defied the odds to book their place in the National League Knock-out Cup final last week — without four of their main riders.
Missing Adam Ellis, Brendan Johnson, Darryl Ritchings and Danny Stoneman, the Islanders took a slender two-point first leg advantage to the second leg at Mildenhall.
But the patched-up side, reinforced with three substitute riders, produced one of their best performances ever to take overall victory.
Mildenhall led by two points going into the final heat, tying the score on aggregate again, but replacement Joe Jacobs, in place of Ellis, and skipper Ben Hopwood, took control to take first and second places, and seal a 92-88 aggregate win.
The win means Islanders are now set to take on the formidable Dudley Heathens in the two-leg final, which starts tomorrow (Tuesday) at Dudley, before returning to Smallbrook Stadium on Wednesday night.
The first race is at 7pm.