STOKE 51 HITMEN 39

Saturday June 18, 2016
Stoke are a different proposition these days to the side that started the season and Buxton knew they were in for a battle at Loomer Road.

For the third meeting running the Hitmen had to track two guests due to injuries. Jason Pipe this time having to call upon Kent’s Danny Ayers and King’s Lynn’s Josh Bailey – two quality guests at this level. Once again the Buxton injury jinx was to play its part in this local Derby.

‘We thought we could get something out of this meeting and the way we started the evening I was fairly confident that we would’ commented a disappointed Pipe post-match.

Indeed, the visitors did begin well with a 4-2 in heat 1 and a 5-1 in heat 2, reserve Shelby Rutherford taking the chequered flag in a meeting that marked his best return of the season. Heat 4 saw guest Ayers’ only defeat of the meeting when he fell gifting the Potters their second straight maximum return and a platform for eventual victory. Heat 7 was the real turning point when the returning Ryan Blacklock fell whilst leading and aggravated the knee injury that kept him out of the cup quarter-final at Cradley. The popular Cumbrian was forced to withdraw from the rest of the match. With his departure went any chance of even one league point.

Pipe continued with his assessment of the evening ‘in the end I felt we did as well as could be expected Danny (Ayers) rode well and did a great job, Josh (Bailey) did a solid job but losing Raj (Ryan Blacklock) meant we were unlikely to come away with anything in the end.’
With Buxton sitting rock bottom of the National League Pipe knows supporters will be looking to him to turn things around.

‘Tonight was the cut-off for averages effective in July and I’m working on things in the background, Ollie (Greenwood) will be back next week against Rye House a meeting we should be looking to win. Stevie Jones and Jade Mudgway are looking like long term absentees. I am talking to a couple of riders about joining us but nothing concrete as yet. I can assure supporters I’m not frightened to make unpopular decisions for the good of this club’

The next meeting for Pipe and his team is Sunday 26th June at D & P Raceway Buxton where Rye House are the visitors in League action.

STOKE 51: Danny Phillips 11, Ben Wilson 11, Tony Atkin 9+2, Shaun Tedham 8+2, Paul Burnett 6+2, Ben Hopwood 5, David Morgan 1.

BUXTON 39: Danny Ayres 12, Shelby Rutherford 9, Josh Bailey 7, Ryan Burton 5+2, Lee Geary 3+1, Ryan Blacklock 3, Steve Jones r/r.
Mark Northall – Press Officer Buxton Speedway

Picture: KEVIN OLIVER