KENT 47 HITMEN 45

Monday August 10, 2015
It was a case of déjà vu for the Hitmen as for the second time in as many days they let a commanding lead slip away.

This time they headed their opponents by a massive 11 points requiring the home side to use a tactical ride to eventually gain a two point victory.

The meeting began with a maximum heat reversal seeing number 1 Liam Car excluded but in the following heats it was the Hitmen who hammered home maximum points in heats 2 and then 3 when for the second match running they grabbed a 5 – 0 with neither Kent rider finishing. A further 4 2 and 5 1 in heat 5 prompted the home side to deploy Ben Morley in the Black and White and he ably took a maximum 6 points in Heat 6.

As the Kings chipped away at the Hitmen’s lead it was a critical heat 13 reversal that might have seen the visitors go away empty handed and it looked that way after 3 and a half laps of heat 14 before first Steven Jones pipped Adam Shepherd on the line then David Holt did the same to Ben Basford.

It was a good meeting for Holt who had picked himself up off after being dumped in the wooden safety fence in heat 2. Post meeting the popular Mancunian commented ‘Having seen the track for the first time I enjoyed it but I’m paying for it now I picked up a sore hip – I thought I might have bounced off that board but it gave way!’

Heat 15 saw Liam Carr inflict the only defeat on home number 1 Morley and cement the league point for the men from Hi-Edge.
A disappointed and unusually downbeat team boss Jason Pipe commented afterwards ‘I don’t know where to start with this one. It was setups again – I’ve said to the guys that they shouldn’t complain about tracks becoming slick at the end of the meeting they should have enough experience to vary the bike setup to compensate. I gathered the whole team together at the interval when the Kings had just pulled level and asked for a response and we just fell short.’

Pipe was however complimentary on a number of fronts ‘Liam has ridden like a number 1 tonight Steve (Jones) a solid 7 and 9 points from the reserves so there are some positives. Unfortunately we lose Liam for the next 3 meetings due to a holiday booked before he re-signed for us but we do have some good guests booked beginning with Ellis Perks – thanks to the Cradley management for allowing this – who will line-up against the table topping Brummies on Sunday. I will be making a few changes to the riding order and will announce that shortly’
Tapes up at Hi-Edge this Sunday against the Birmingham Brummies 3.00pm.

KENT 47: Ben Morley 17, James Shanes 10+1, Aaron Baseby 7+1, Danny Ayres 6, Ben Basford 4+1, Adam Sheppard 2, Jamie Couzins 1.

BUXTON 45: Liam Carr 10, Ryan Blacklock 8+1, Steve Jones 7+1, Tony Atkin 7, David Holt 5+1, Tom Woolley 4+1, David Speight 4+1.

League points Kent 3 Buxton 1

Picture: ELIZABETH LESLIE