HITMEN 47 MILDENHALL 43

Sunday May 24, 2015
There is a good feeling around Hi-Edge these days. Since the appointment of new team manager Jason Pipe the club has been on the up and never was that more apparent was the way in which the Hitmen came from behind to beat high-flying Mildenhall Fen Tigers in this National League encounter.

At heat 5 the home side trailing by 4 points with both Dan Halsey and Connor Coles getting dialled in to the track very quickly for the visitors. However the resurgent Hitmen are a much different proposition to last year’s team that may have capitulated to a heavy defeat.

Heat 6 saw a maximum win from dependable skipper Tony Atkin and a resurgent Tom Woolley and this paved the way for a first home victory of the season. Buxton were never behind again in the match solid scoring once more from Ryan Blacklock, who continues to ride with maturity and a fabulous 12 points from Liam Carr, who had been out injured for 8 months, meant that, despite the visitors keeping the result close, the majority of the race points stayed in the Dales.

Pipe was naturally very proud of his team but also paid tribute to the preparation skills of Trackman and Chairman Richard Moss ‘Fantastic result today. We really needed that after starting with a loss last time out at home. The track rode really well today. It was well prepared, which also helped with the early morning rain we had which is always the best way to water a track!’

He was keen to praise all the riders ‘All the boys mucked in and helped each other. It's was also pleasing to see that all 7 riders scored points. There was also improvement in our gating today and the lads are now starting to get dialled in to their home track.’

He did however sound a note of caution ‘What is still concerning me at the moment is that yet again the opposition are out numbering us when taking the chequered flag. Today we took the chequered flag 6 times compared to Mildenhall's 9. We have to look at this and improve upon this or we are always going to make it difficult for ourselves.’

Whilst most were giving the plaudits to Man of the Match Carr Pipe had a special word for Hitmen favourite Tom Woolley ‘It was a great start for Liam Carr. The more rides he had, the more he was getting back in to the swing of things. He's disappointed he didn't score 15! To be out of action for as long as he was, I thought it was a great performance to return a score of 12 and top score for the team. I've told him he'll have to wait until next week for his 15 max! My own man of the match was Tom Woolley. That performance today of paid 9 from the difficult number 2 spot really gave Tom a huge boost and it was great to see that smile on his face again. I'm chuffed to pieces for Tom. Let's hope now he's ridden through his little bad patch.’

Finally the Buxton Boss was also keen to praise the professionalism and team spirt shown ‘Mildenhall gave us a slight scare early doors, but the boys fought back and by Heat 10, they made sure they were at least 4 points ahead. I'm very proud of all the lads today and it was also great to see the injured Ben Hopwood here too helping the lads in the pits and still being part of the team’

Pipe’s charges will have a great chance to pit themselves against the best as the Hitmen welcome league leaders the Cradley Heathens to Hi-Edge next Sunday 31st May.

BUXTON 47: Liam Carr 12, Tony Atkin 10+1, Ryan Blacklock 9, Tom Woolley 7+2, Adam Extance 4+2, Paul Bowen 3, David Holt 2+1.

MILDENHALL 43: Dan Halsey 13, Connor Mountain 9+1, Connor Coles 9, Jack Kingston 4, Luke Ruddick 3, Stefan Farnaby 3, Tom Bacon 2.

National League Match points Buxton 3 Mildenhall 1