Sunday April 28, 2013
After a great start to the season for the Buxton Hitmen last week, this weekend was a mixed bag for the team.

Saturday night they headed to the return leg of the challenge match at Stoke, where an eventful meeting ended with a draw 46-46 and the Hitmen winning on aggregate 87-94.

Sunday and the Isle of Wight were in town to take on the Hitmen and it was a disappointing afternoon for the home side. The Islanders who have a very strong team took a 37-57 win in the National Trophy match. Key reserve rider Adam Ellis was untouchable for the visiting side scoring a massive eighteen points and recorded the fastest time of the season so far at Buxton, he was backed up by Tom Perry and Darryl Rithchings who both scored eleven points for their team. For the Hitmen man of the match and number one rider Charles Wright was the only team member to score double figures, however he said the new Buxton side will soon catch up after a tough meeting in wet conditions. “They were a hard team today, there are quite a few premier league riders in their team, so I knew it would be a hard meeting from the start, the boys will get there in the end, we’ve not had much track time on the Buxton track due to the weather during the winter, so I’m sure we’ll be fine after a few more weeks.”

Team manager Jack Lee said it was a disappointing meeting but there’s still everything to play for; “We’ve been brought down with a bump today, we were all on a high after last night where we drew at Stoke, which was a really good effort from the boys, but today we’ve come up against a really good team and they taught us a lesson really on our own circuit. But we’ll bounce back again; we’re not a team to give up that easily, so hopefully at the next meeting we’ll be back to our winning ways. It’s a trophy meeting today not a league match so we’re still in there to get league points on the table, we’ll spend this week thinking about it, then regroup and next weekend get back to winning.”

Next week the Hitmen face the USA Touring Team, which is always a great match, as usual the meeting starts at 3pm.

In Other News: Ex Hitmen Rider Robert Branford surprised many by winning the British Under 21’s Championship at Wolverhampton on Tuesday night, earning himself the opportunity to race against the best British riders in Speedway at the British Semi Final, which was held on Thursday at Sheffield where he scored three points. He was joined by another ex Hitmen rider Jason Garrity, who also impressed coming 3rd in the Under 21’s and scoring a fantastic eight points at Sheffield getting into the run off for the final space in the British Final, only to suffer a bike problem on the line and losing out to Joe Haines.


Saturday @ Stoke:

STOKE 46: Lee Smart 11+1, Luke Priest 9, Kyle Hughes 8, Ben Reade 7, Shaun Tedham 6+2, Chris Widman 4+3, Emerson Jones 1.
BUXTON 46: Charles Wright 16+1, Tony Atkin 11, Matt Williamson 7+3, Tom Woolley 5+2, Adam McKinna 5, Ryan Blacklock 2, Tyler Govier 0.
Buxton win 94-87 on aggregate.

Sunday @ Buxton:

Buxton Hitmen 37: Charles Wright 14, Tony Atkin 7+1, Ryan Blacklock 6, Adam McKinna 5+1, Matt Williamson 3+1, Tom Woolley 2+1,Tyler Govier 0.
Isle of Wight 57: Adam Ellis 18, Tom Perry 11, Darryl Ritchings 11, Brandon Freemantle 8+1, Ben Hopwood 4+1,Danny Stoneman 3+1, Michael Neale 2+1.