HITMEN 45 MILDENHALL 44

Sunday July 03, 2011
The Buxton Hitmen achieved their first home win of the season on Sunday up at the hi-edge track on a hot sunny afternoon against the Mildenhall Fen Tigers.

The meeting was close from the offset with the Fen Tigers taking the lead with a 5-1 in heat one and then a 3-3 in heat two. Heat three saw the Hitmen pairing of Adam Allott and Luke Priest take a 5-1 for the Buxton side to bring the scores level to nine all.

The Tigers fought back in heat four gaining control again with a 5-1only for Priest and Allott to bring it back level in heat five with another 5-1 for the home side. Heat six saw the score remain level with a 3-3 but a 5-1 from Robert Branford and Ryan Blacklock in heat seven saw the Hitmen take the lead for the first time in the meeting.

However this was short lived as again the Mildenhall side came back with a 5-1 in heat eight to get the scores back on level ground. Heat nine after several re-starts due to fallen riders saw a two man race between Adam Allott for the Hitmen and Jack Hargreaves for the Fen Tigers.

Adam gated in his famously spectacular style and took the win putting the Hitmen back in the lead by a single point. Heat ten backed up Adam’s win with a 4-2 from Hitmen pairing of Ben Taylor and Dean Felton to see the score at 31-28. But the Fen Tigers came back with a 4-2 of their own in heat eleven keeping it a single point lead for the Hitmen.

The remaining four heats saw 3-3 after 3-3 securing the Hitmen with a win but only two league points out of the available three from the meeting with Mildenhall getting away with one.

The final score was 45-44. It was a closely fought meeting which could have gone either way and shows the standard of National League racing this year.

Hitmen team manager Jack Lee spoke after the meeting “a win is a win whatever happens it is a win we have a few league points now so it’s a bit better but we just need all the riders to fire at the same time, we just don’t seem to have the full team scoring on the same day there always seems to be someone struggling, like today it was number one Ben Taylor he should be getting nine or ten points in but today he struggled. Once we are all firing we aren’t a bad team and we don’t deserve to be at the foot of the table.

"As long as our reserves can pick four of five points up we are happy with them but it’s the main body of the team we are now struggling with we have just got to get all five top men scoring at the same meetings as right now it seems to be one or the other struggling we need to get all five going at once to win matches once we get that sorted we should be able to beat anybody, we have run a few close at away meetings and snatched a few points here and there but we need more.

"The national league is very strong right now it might be the third tier of speedway but it’s not an easy league to race in, there are a lot of good riders about with a lot doubling up in the premier league so the standard is high and teams are going to away meetings thinking they can win so it’s going to be hard and teams are going to run us close at home which is why we need to get all our riders to hit form at the same time so we can win.

"Today’s win should fire the lads up a bit so hopefully we can carry it on to next week when we have Hackney up here, the lads really need to get their heads down now and start doing the business”.

The Hitmen are back in home action on Sunday the 10th of July against Hackney, the start time as usual is 3pm.

Results:

Buxton 45: Robert Branford 12, Adam Allott 12, Luke Priest 6+2, Ben Taylor 4+1, Paul Burnett 4+1, Dean Felton 4, Ryan Blacklock 3+2

Mildenhall 44: Cameron Heeps 14+2, Mark Baseby 12, Jack Hargreaves 9+1, Lewis Blackbird 4+2, Joe Jacobs 4+1, Daniel Halsey 1, Aaron Baseby 0