MILDENHALL 51 HITMEN 38

Sunday June 05, 2016
For the second season running Buxton were left wondering what might have been after a spirited performance at Mildenhall’s West Row circuit. Following Saturdays defeat at Eastbourne team boss Jason Pipe demanded a response from his team.

Speaking before the meeting Pipe said’ I got all the boys together at the team hotel and showed them how the season had panned out so far working out each of their averages and letting them know what I expected in no uncertain terms’

The Team responded well and began well losing heat 1 4-2 but responding in the reserves heat with a 4-2 of their own with a fine win for Hitmen man of the match Ryan Burton. The home side then hammered home their first maximum heat win of the day in heat 3. It would have been easy to think the home side would pull away given the recent form of both teams but until heat 12 the most that separated the teams was 5 points. Indeed, when a storming Lee Geary won Heat 8 the gap was just a single point.

Unfortunately for the Hitmen the home side’s greater strength in depth won the day has they pulled away in the later heats.

The meeting was a personal triumph for both Buxton reserves Speaking after the match Burton was understandably delighted but was left wondering if he could have done even better ‘I had a much better day at the office today after last night. I could have had some better results if it wasn’t for bike issues but I feel I rode consistently to come away as top scorer ‘he acknowledged the help of his mechanics and thanked Skipper Jade Mudgway who turned up, despite spending the night in a Sussex hospital following his heavy fall at Eastbourne. to support the team.

Fellow reserve Lee Geary was also pleased with his 5-point return ‘I finished the weekend off well and I’m learning a lot at this level. I got my first National League win of the season and would like to thank everyone for their help over the two days including my dad and Ryan Blacklock who’s team have been brilliant with their help and advice’

Boss Jason Pipe is left with the headache of how to cover for the absence of long term injury victim Steve Jones and the loss of form of Shelby Rutherford in time for another two matches in two days next Sunday at home to Kent Kings followed by the trip to Cradley for the second leg of the KO Cup quarter final.

TRAVEL PLUS NATIONAL LEAGUE
MILDENHALL 51: Connor Coles 15, Connor Mountain 14+1, Chris Widman 9+2, Dan Halsey 5+1, Jon Armstrong 5, Alfie Bowtell 2, Luke Ruddick 1.

BUXTON 38: Ryan Burton 9+2, Ryan Blacklock 8, Tom Stokes 8, Oliver Greenwood 7, Lee Geary 5, Shelby Rutherford 1, Lewis Whitmore (no.8) 0, Steve Jones r/r.

Picture: JEFF HIGGOTT