Sunday September 13, 2015
Eastbourne put together a solid performance to see off their hosts in this City Gearboxes National League encounter at Hi-Edge.

The meeting began well for the visitors with Bradley Wilson-Dean and Georgie Wood combining for what was the first of 6 maximum heat advantages. The Home side had 4 maximums of their own sandwiched between 4 shared heats and just one 4-2.

The match hinged on a heat 10 crash when both sides lost a rider. Daniel Spiller chasing Tom Woolley collided with the back-straight safety fence and his bike careered across the track and Hitmen number 1 Liam Carr could not avoid the stray machine. Severe damage occurred to both bikes but after treatment both riders walked away unfortunately not to take any further part in the meeting.

Two 5-1s in Heats 12 and 13 effectively handed the league points to Eastbourne with the impressive Bradley Wilson-Dean going through the card unbeaten by an opponent.

Buxton Team Manager Jason Pipe was impressed by what he saw ‘I think we have seen the Gold-Cup winners here today. To me they were the best of the qualifiers and we have ridden against all of them recently. I thought the meeting swung in heat 8 up until then we were holding our own, the loss of Liam was a blow and they finished well with 3 maximums in the last 4 heats. It was almost identical to the way it went in the fixture at their place.’

The result puts in doubt the Hitmen’s ability to finish 5th in this year’s National League table but Pipe refused to be down-hearted ‘I still think we owe it to the fans to finish as high as we can this season and if that’s not 5th then 6th ! We will still be going for it and there is no reason why we can’t win our two remaining fixtures to do that.’

There is no fixture at Hi-Edge next week but the Hitmen are the visitors at Mildenhall on Sunday 27th September.

BUXTON 40: Tony Atkin 10, Ryan Blacklock 9, Tom Woolley 6+1, Steven Jones 5+3, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 5+1, Liam Carr 4+1, David Speight 1.

EASTBOURNE 50: Bradley Wilson-Dean 12+3, Ben Hopwood 12, George Wood 7+2, Richard Andrews 7, Marc Owen 6+2, Daniel Spiller 4, Kelsey Dugard 2.

Match Points Buxton 0 Eastbourne 4