Heathens ended 30 years of hurt to taste league title glory again on an unforgettable night at King’s Lynn.
A battling Dudley display saw them win 47-46 on the night to seal a 100-86 aggregate victory over the Young Stars, completing a remarkable journey for the famous club to cap off an historic season.
Since returning to the track following a 14 year absence in 2010, the men in Green, Red and White have fought hammer and tongs for the National League title.
Yet the top prize had always painfully eluded them. Until last night.
A huge following of vocal fans made the long trip to Saddlebow Road to witness a slice of modern day Heathens history.
Returning to the scene of a heartbreaking one-point defeat in the Grand Final last year, Dudley carried a 13-point lead following a hard-fought win at Monmore Green 24 hours earlier.
But with many anticipating a nervy clash going to the wire, the visitors made a lightning start and effectively wrapped up the title as early as heat 11, avenging the painful memories of a season ago.
Poignantly, the two riders remaining from last year played vital roles.
Determined Dan Greenwood joined forces with No.1 Lewis Blackbird to strike the decisive 5-1 in heat 11 to claim the crown.
It was the 20-year-old’s second race win and he earned a 15 appearance where he was partnered by inspirational skipper Ashley Morris.
Just 24 hours after striking an unbelievable maximum in the first leg, the Penkridge youngster led from the front with another fine showing
He was again involved in some exhilarating action before eventually notching 13 to end with 28 points out of 30 over the two matches.
While Morris was undoubtedly the star, he received excellent back-up.
Lewis Blackbird and Paul Starke scored solidly while youngster Max Clegg added three vital points early on to help the visitors maintain control of the tie. Yet it was perhaps at reserve that the battle was won, with Gareth Isherwood and Nathan Greaves recording a priceless 5-1 in just the second race of the night before going on to comfortably outscore their King’s Lynn counterparts.
It was a night to go down in Heathens folklore.