Sunday June 17, 2012
After a mornings team building on Sunday at Swains Go-Karting the Buxton Hitmen were fired up and in high spirits for their clash against National League title favourites the Dudley Heathens in the afternoon.

However the Heathens were fast off the starts and apart from a few heat wins from Robert Branford and Adam McKinna the Hitmen just couldn’t put up much of a fight against their Premier League standard visitors.

Team Manager Jack Lee spoke of his disappointment “We admit we were beaten by a much better team today. Dudley are going round beating everybody at the moment so we knew it was going to be a tough meeting but we were hoping to have scored better than we did, but they were quicker off the starts and they were very fast, our riders just couldn’t match them.” Mr Lee believes that the fixtures calendar this season has affected the teams progress “We have had a stop start season like we did last year and it has been two weeks since we rode, Dudley were riding last night and several times last week so they were much sharper, so that goes against you as well. We just need more track time to get ourselves race fit. We have a busy period coming up starting next weekend so that will give us a bit more track time which the lads are lacking.”

There was a nasty crash in heat eleven when Hitmen reserve Michael Neale didn’t realise the race had been stopped and crashed into team mate McKinna who was under power and sent them both flying across the track Mikey was then withdrawn from the meeting with a broken wrist and Adam had to borrow a bike for his remaining two rides due to the damage.

The team are next in action in the National League Fours on Saturday at Stoke and then away at Mildenhall on Sunday before the return leg at Dudley on Tuesday Lee says by then the team should be more warmed up and hopes they can put this meeting behind them and get back to business “I just hope when we go to Dudley a week on Tuesday we put on a better show than we did today. It’s been a bad day for us but we just need to just put this score behind us and come back next week and start afresh. Michael is going to be out for several weeks now and Adam will have to get his bike rebuilt which is going to be an expensive job, But hopefully the lads can put this down to a bad day at the office and get their heads back in the game for this weekend.”

BUXTON: 27: Robert Branford 9, Adam McKinna 6, Luke Priest 5+1, Dean Felton 4, Ryan Blacklock 2+1, Richard Andrews 1, Michael Neale 0.

DUDLEY: 65: Tom Perry 13+1, Ashley Birks 12, Ashley Morris 11+3, Dan Greenwood 10+1, Byron Bekker 8+3, Darryl Ritchings 7+1, James White-Williams 4+2.