The 2014 season of the National League, the third tier of British speedway was contested by nine teams. The Cradley Heathens won the title. The Isle of Wight Islanders were missing from 2012, and the Scunthorpe Stags and Devon Demons have joined the league.[1]

Team Lineups

Buxton Hitmen

Coventry Storm

Cradley Heathens

Devon Demons

Kent Kings

King's Lynn Young Stars

Mildenhall Fen Tigers

Scunthorpe Stags

Stoke Potters

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Cradley Heathens 16 15 0 1 51
Coventry Storm 15 11 0 4 35
Kent Kings 16 10 1 5 34
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 15 10 0 5 32
King's Lynn Young Stars 16 8 1 7 30
Stoke Potters 15 8 0 7 25
Devon Demons 12 2 0 10 7
Buxton Hitmen 15 2 0 13 7
Scunthorpe Stags 16 1 0 15 2

[2] PL = Matches; W = Wins; D = Draws; L = Losses; Pts = Total Points

SCORING SYSTEM Home loss by any number of points = 0 Home draw = 1 Home win by between 1 and 6 points = 2 Home win by 7 points or more = 3 Away loss by 7 points or more = 0 Away loss by 6 points or less = 1 Away draw = 2 Away win by between 1 and 6 points = 3 Away win by 7 points or more = 4

Play Offs

Top four teams race off in two-legged semi-finals and final to decide the championship. Cradley Heathens defeated Coventry Storm in the final.[3]

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
05/10 Mildenhall 41-48 Cradley
03/10 Coventry 54-39 Kent
30/09 Cradley 68-27 Mildenhall
22/09 Kent 49-44 Coventry

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
21/10 Cradley 52-42 Coventry
31/10 Coventry 44-46 Cradley Heath

Final Leading averages

[4]

Rider Team Average
Lewis Rose Kings Lynn 10.82
Steve Worrall Cradley 10.46
Paul Starke Cradley 9.75

National League Knockout Cup

The 2014 National League Knockout Cup was the 17th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier three teams. Cradley Heathens were the winners for the second successive year.[5] [6]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
19/05 Kent 56-36 Devon
15/03 Devon 38-51 Kent

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
25/07 Coventry 60-34 Buxton
29/06 Buxton 40-55 Coventry
24/06 Cradley 59-33 Mildenhall
23/06 Kent 50-40 Stoke
18/05 Mildenhall 39-49 Cradley Heath
05/07 Stoke 58-32 Kent
06/04 Scunthorpe 37-56 Kings Lynn
02/04 King's Lynn 67-24 Scunthorpe

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
27/09 Stoke 49-40 Kings Lynn
17/09/ Kings Lynn 54-39 Stoke
26/09 Coventry 27-32 Cradley Heath
09/09 Cradley Heath 63-28 Coventry

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
22/10 King's Lynn 43-47 Cradley Heath
28/10 Cradley Heath 39-22 King's Lynn

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References