Sunday September 09, 2012
A depleted Buxton Hitmen welcomed league favourites The Mildenhall Fen Tigers to High Edge on Sunday for the National Trophy. With Charles Wright away with his Premier League side and Luke Priest and Robert Branford both out with injury, the home team welcomed Stoke captain and a favourite with the fans Tony Atkin as a guest rider for the afternoon.

It was a close meeting with the lead swapping from Mildenhall to Buxton and back to Mildenhall again for the first half, until the usual stumbling block of heats eleven and twelve where an unfortunate 1-5 was followed by a disastrous heat for the home side with team captain Dean Felton suffering bike problems and Ryan Blacklock sliding off, giving the visitors a 0-5 and a ten point lead going into heat thirteen.

The Hitmen failed to catch up the Fen Tigers on points in the remaining heats leaving the finishing score 36-52.

Guest Rider Atkin though spoke of the dedication of the home side: “Buxton had their backs against the wall today Luke Priest is out with injury and number one Charles isn’t here and they’re having to use rider replacement at number five for Robert, so really they were like a four man team going in to today’s meeting and so it was very difficult for Buxton today, but up to about heat 12 we ran them close and I think if Luke had been here we would have ran them even closer. So you can’t knock the Hitmen this afternoon they were depleted and they gave it their best shot. The one thing I will always say about the Buxton Hitmen is they are always a fighting team, no one will ever come here and have it easy Mildenhall may have won but they will know they have been in a match today and I know that they will go to other places and win far easier than they have won here against a very depleted team. So the lads should be proud about that.”

Atkin also spoke of his love of the High Peak track: “I always like riding for the Hitmen I have a lot of time for promoter Jayne Moss and all the people up here at Buxton Speedway so if I can help them out it’s an extra meeting for me and I’m always made to feel very welcome and always enjoy riding here.”

The Hitmen are away in the return leg of the trophy meeting at Mildenhall next Sunday.

BUXTON 36: Tony Atkin 12, Adam McKinna 8, Dean Felton 7+1, Ryan Blacklock 6+1, Chris Widman 2+1, Michael Neale 1+1, Robert Branford r/r.

MILDENHALL 52: Lewis Blackbird 15+2, Joe Jacobs 15, Danny Halsey 10+2, Stefan Nielsen 7, Ryan Terry-Dailey 5+2, Aaron Baseby dnr, Cameron Heeps r/r.