MILDENHALL 47 HITMEN 46

Sunday September 27, 2015
For the third time this season away from home the Hitmen let a double figure lead slip to lose. This time losing in the final heat to Mildenhall in their final meeting at West Row this year.

The Hitmen were never headed in this meeting until that final race. They began really well with the home side only providing one of heat winner in the first six. The reserves proving particularly strong with Steve Jones registering his highest return in a Buxton Race jacket.

The turning point in the meeting was in heat 9 where with the visitors, having amassed a 12 point lead, faced a tactical ride from the outstanding Connor Mountain who combined with his namesake Coles to score an 8-1 maximum.

The visitors only provided one heat winner in the second half of the meeting once more when the skipper Tony Atkin triumphed in heat 14. He was most apologetic post-meeting despite once more top scoring.

‘I’d like to say sorry. I made the gate in heat 15 but got stuck in no-man’s land on bend two and they went either side of me. The track was so slick it was impossible to catch up. I’m disappointed.’

Team Boss Jason Pipe was surprisingly philosophical as he spoke following the meeting ‘its déjà vu after our performances at both Kent and Eastbourne once again it was that tactical ride. I still say at this level of racing tactical rides should not be allowed, its fine at Elite League level but I guess when it works for your team then it’s great. I was pleased overall with the performance and if you take away that tactical ride we won 46-44! The reserves were excellent Steve scoring paid 12 and young Jack paid 8 but when you have to cover Rider Replacement you need your top four riders to be on form and we didn’t quite achieve that. I said before the meeting I would be happy with a point and that’s what we eventually got’

Buxton’s Ryan Blacklock was nominated to challenge for the Bronze-Helmet Challenger against the holder Danny Halsey but was beaten out of the gate and on a slickening track was unable to make ground on the home number one.

The defeat leaves the Hitmen with just one meeting left to fulfil their league programme. The final meeting at Hi-Edge this season is Sunday 18th October where King’s Lynn Young Stars are the Visitors.

MILDENHALL 47: Connor Mountain 19+1, Connor Coles 9+2, Dan Halsey 9, Tom Bacon 5, Luke Ruddick 4, Rob Watts 1+1, Jack Kingston r/r.

BUXTON 46: Tony Atkin 11, Steven Jones 9+3, Ryan Blacklock 9+1, Liam Carr 9, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 7+1, Tom Woolley 1+1, David Speight r/r.

Match Points Mildenhall 3 Buxton 1