Sunday August 14, 2011
It was another round of bad luck for the Buxton Hitmen on Sunday in the first home meeting since the 10th of July.

The team were desperate to get back on the track and after a successful trip to the Isle of Wight on Tuesday they were fired up to do the business on Sunday against the Kings Lynn Young Stars.

After a few small showers of rain before the meeting the weather cleared up in time for the racing and with six times world champion Ivan Mauger in attendance selling and signing copies of his book `The Will To Win’ the atmosphere was set for a good close meeting.

Heat one started with a 3-3 but heat two saw the Buxton side take control with a 4-2. The following heats saw the Hitmen rack up the points making up for the lack of meetings and wanting to come out of this one with a win. By heat ten the Hitmen were ten points ahead of the game and it was looking like it was going to be a positive day for the team who have been struggling this season. However heat eleven saw Kings Lynn use a tactical with guest rider Ashley Birks riding with the black and white helmet cover which worked to their favour with a 7-2. Heat twelve followed with a newly fired up Lynn side taking a 5-1 putting the score at 38-37, another 4-2 for the visitors followed in heat thirteen putting the Lynn side in front by a point. Hitmen Ben Taylor and Paul Burnett desperate to not lose this close to the end hit back in heat fourteen with a 5-1 taking the score back into the Hitmen’s control with 45-42. It all came down to heat fifteen and a last heat decider. Unfortunately the Hitmen were left at the gate by a fired up Ashley Birks and James Cockle, Hitmen pairing Ben Taylor and Robert Branford chased hard but Branford had a bike problem and had to retire leaving Lynn with a clear run to the chequered flag and a one point win. The final score of 46-47 left Buxton disappointed.

Team Manager Jack Lee says it just doesn’t seem to be going the right way for the Hitmen this season. “Well we’ve got no excuses really we had a good meeting on Tuesday at the Isle of Wight and so I thought the lads would be on the gas today but it wasn’t to be. It was going good at the beginning we were cruising along ten points in front then they hit us with that tactical ride and it all went downhill from there. The reserves came up trumps today but unfortunately as it happens with every Buxton meeting for some reason or other not all the top five are on the gas all the time. We always have one or two not scoring what they should be and I don’t know what the problem is as this seems to have been happening all season, today it was Ben and Robert scoring and on Tuesday it was Adam and Luke but if they could all do that on the same day then we would be laughing, but we just can’t seem to do it. We are really disappointed with today but we have got to come back fighting at the next meeting. We have got to get some motivation from somewhere and just win a match, today we thought we were going to do that but unfortunately it went against us towards the end and all the lads are down in the dumps about it they all know we have got to do better but you can’t pick anyone out really. If we could just win a meeting at home I think that would be a bonus. After last year it’s such a big disappointment to come down with a bump but once you get to the top the only way up is down so we have just got to keep sticking at it and hopefully one day we will get all seven riders scoring points at the same meeting and we should be away. We won’t be getting anywhere near the playoffs this season but it would be nice to finish the year on a high.”

The Hitmen are next in home action on the 28th of August against Sheffield. Start time as usual is 3pm.


BUXTON 46: Ben Taylor 12, Robert Branford 10, Dean Felton 7+3, Paul Burnett 5+1, Adam Allott 5, Ryan Blacklock 4, Luke Priest 3+1

KING’S LYNN 47: Ashley Birks 14, James Cockle 12+2, Lewis Kerr 9+1, Scott Campos 7, Tom Stokes 5+2, Jake Knight 0, Oliver Rayson R/R