CRADLEY 71 HITMEN 19

Tuesday April 29, 2014
Buxton Hitmen began their 2014 campaign at reigning league champions the Cradley Heathens and the match proved every bit as difficult on the track as it looked on paper.

The home side notching no less than 12 maximum heat wins on their way to a club record victory.

The meeting had begun brightly for the young Hitmen side when they shared the opening heat with veteran number one Tony Atkin and new comer Sean Phillips filling the minor placings behind Heathens Skipper Paul Starke, sadly it proved to be the only time all evening the visitors achieved parity. 5 1 after 5 1 followed with only flashes of resistance shown by Liam Carr in heat 4 and Ryan Blacklock in heat 12.

"Cradley are a class act," remarked skipper Carr after the meeting, "It was always going to be a tough opener as we hadn’t ridden and it was their (cradley) 4th or 5th meeting. It was good for the team to get some track time and Im very much looking forward to the Stoke meeting on Sunday at least the team escaped without injury or damage to equipment."

It will be a steep learning curve for Carr and his team this season and the team need to adjust quickly with their second meeting just days away when they welcome the Stoke Potters to Hi-edge this Sunday (4th May) 3.00pm start

Cradley 71: Paul Starke 14+1, Steve Worrall 14+1, Max Clegg 11+1, Tom Perry 10+2, Matt Williamson 9+3, Nathan Greaves 7+2, Danny Philips 6+2
Buxton 19: Liam Carr 6, Tony Atkin 4, Tom Woolley 4, Sean Phillips 2+1, Ryan Blacklock 2, Adam Extance 1, Stefan Farnaby 0
National League points: Cradley 3 Buxton 0

Picture: JOHN HIPKISS