Monday July 25, 2016
Another below par performance from the Hitmen resulted in a routine victory for the play-off chasing Heathens.

The visitors were only able to provide two heat winners all meeting as the home side dominated on a track that was make tricky by a downpour an hour before the scheduled start which resulted in a 20-minute delay whilst track staff mopped-up.

The Heathens adapted well to the conditions and were already 6 points up after the first of four maximum heat wins in heat 3. Both Ashley Morris and Max Clegg remained unbeaten throughout the meeting and Luke Chessell scored double figures as the hosts dominated.

For Buxton only guest Ellis Perks and reserve Shelby Rutherford took the chequered flag and it was those two that topped the score charts.

Buxton new signing Lee Dicken experienced a mixed night where he was dogged by machine problems after a promising start.

‘I really started to enjoy it out there and it was frustrating that I couldn’t fix the problem which looks like fuel starvation. I really wanted heat 15 and was convinced I could beat Max or Ashley in that final heat. We now have a two week break to get things right’ commented Dicken.

For team boss Jason Pipe it was a second disappointing performance in two days ‘You might have predicted that we would lose tonight but to lose in that manner is not acceptable. I could have expected double figures from some riders and others were being beaten by first year riders when they should be doing better. I promise the Buxton public that we will have at least one new face by the time we face Coventry in our next meeting, that is a match we should be looking to win and break our home duck for the season’

Buxton are next in action on 7th August when they take on Coventry Storm at the D & P Raceway.

CRADLEY 58: Ashley Morris 15, Max Clegg 13+2, Luke Chessell 10+1, Ben Basford 9, Richard Andrews 7+2, Bradley Andrews 2+1, Layne Cupitt (no.8) 2, James Purchase R/R.

BUXTON 32: Ellis Perks 8, Shelby Rutherford 7+2, Lee Dicken 6, Ryan Blacklock 5+1, Lee Geary 4, William O’Keefe2+1, Kean Dicken (no.8) 0, David Speight R/R.