HITMEN 49 STOKE 41

Sunday June 21, 2015
A solid team performance gave Buxton their second victory over near neighbours Stoke in little over a month but following on from the one point victory at Loomer road this was by a much more comfortable margin.

From the first heat when top scorer Tony Atkin and the impressive Tom Woolley gained a maximum win the home side were never headed however the visitors did pull level briefly after 12 heats following their only maximum victory of the afternoon.

The turning point was heat 13 where Carr and Atkin fought their way past the visitors top pairing of Payne and Carr to gain a 4 point advantage for the Hitmen. This was followed by an impressive ride in the 3 times rerun Heat 14 by reserve David Holt and Ryan Blacklock who did well to hold off ex-Hitman Paul Burnett and grab a share of the race. The Carr/Atkin partnership repeated their heroics of heat 13 in the final heat to send the Potters home without even the consolation of a match bonus point.

The result was even more impressive given the Home side were reduced to 6 men following a heat 4 hand injury to reserve Paul Bowen.
Team Manager Jason Pipe reflected on the victory ‘Losing Paul early on might have been a bit of a blow but it was great the way David stepped-up and took the rest of his rides – his scoring was vital particularly heat 14. But it wasn’t just David it’s great to see Tony and Liam getting the back-up they deserve. Tom Woolley was great again today looking fresh and he genuinely seems to have turned a corner even Adam Extance’s 2 points contributed again.’

The win was the Hitmen’s third of the season and takes them safely into mid-table with 9 points from 6 matches. Pipe quipped ‘After today maybe the fans will have accepted me – particularly after two wins over our local rivals. It was a pity to spoil Malcolm Vesey’s birthday but an 8 point victory has certainly gone down well here at Hi-Edge!’

As for man of the match Tom Woolley he was jubilant after the meeting ‘I think that was my best ever performance in a Buxton Race Jacket. Sure I’ve scored paid 11 before but not from 4 rides. Im gating well and it’s all coming together it’s a pity we have to wait so long until our next meeting but I still feel I’ve turned a corner’

Next up for the Hitmen is a trip to Rye House on Saturday 11th July.

BUXTON 49: Tony Atkin 13+1, Liam Carr 13+1, Tom Woolley 8+3, Ryan Blacklock 6+1, David Holt 6, Adam Extance 2, Paul Bowen 1+1.

STOKE 41: Lee Payne 9+1, Paul Burnett 8+2, Ryan Terry-Daley 7+1, Jon Armstrong 7, Danny Phillips 5, Chris Widman 4, Ryan MacDonald 1.

Match Points Hitmen 3 Stoke 0