HITMEN 51 CRADLEY 39

Sunday September 06, 2015
Life’s good at Hi-Edge these days and the one person you don’t have to remind is Buxton Team Boss Jason Pipe. He described his team’s victory against high-flying Cradley Heathens as his greatest moment in the role.

‘That was the best performance this year from my team and how I wish the season was just beginning!’

Pipe was speaking after a most comprehensive victory from the Hitmen in which they were never headed from the moment Liam Carr and Tom Woolley paired up for a 4 2 in heat one. Carr inflicting the only defeat of the meeting on Max Clegg who was head and shoulders the pick of the visitors from the Black Country. Clegg registered the fastest time of the season at Hi-Edge in Heat 5 and looked invincible throughout. Unfortunately for Cradley he received scant back-up from his team mates.

The key stat of the meeting was just four last places for the home team a strength in depth that Pipe has been searching for since April.
‘I told the boys we could do it today and they dug deep and rode with their heads. Packing the minor places in the later races paid dividends. We started well which is something I’ve been banging on about for months. It all came together today and we are going to Coventry this Friday full of confidence and we know what we have to do’

The victory for Buxton was sealed in heats 10 and 11 when they scored consecutive maximum 5 – 1 victories the second of which negated the visitors’ Tactical change when Darryl Ritchings and Ellis Perks were passed on the final bend of the final lap by Tom Woolley. That gave them a 14 point lead with two thirds of the meeting gone and it was one they stoutly defended.

The last meeting at home against a resurgent Rye House may ultimately prove costly in the Hitmen’s quest for qualification for the end of season Gold Cup competition Pipe refused to concede it was beyond the capabilities of his charges to grab the final place by finishing 4th at the cut-off which is 13th September.

‘There are four National League matches next Sunday and there will be feverish activity on Social Media as we all try to keep in touch with results from other meetings. That said we know we need to beat both Coventry and Eastbourne but who would have thought we could beat Birmingham and Cradley so anything is possible. We might need a little help along the way but we know what we have to do and I can assure fans that we will do everything we can to do it! For now I’m going to enjoy this evening. I’m so proud of everyone today and a big ‘well done’ to 15 year old Jack (Parkinson-Blackburn) who had a solid debut with 5 paid 6.’

Following the meeting Max Clegg defended his bronze helmet against Liam Carr.

BUXTON 51: Tony Atkin 12, Liam Carr 11, Ryan Blacklock 9+1, Tom Woolley 6+1, Steven Jones 5+2, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 5+1, David Speight 3+2.

CRADLEY 39: Max Clegg 14, Darryl Ritchings 10+1, Ellis Perks 6+1, Matt Williamson 6, Arron Mogridge 3, Luke Harris 0, Michael Neale R/R.