BIRMINGHAM 58 HITMEN 32

Wednesday August 17, 2016
Often when Top plays bottom at home in whatever sport the result is a foregone conclusion. However, in this National League encounter at Perry Barr with a high-flying Birmingham Brummies the leagues basement club Buxton Hitmen performed better than the headline result indicates.

Despite the fact the home side were without their number one Zach Wajtknecht and top reserve Jack Smith visiting Hitmen can take great credit from scoring 32 points more than many visiting teams have taken in their visit to the second-city! The star for the Hitmen is very much their guest Mildenhall’s Danny Halsey who returned 13 points from this five rides. Indeed, it was only Halsey who manage to take the chequered flag for the visitors.

This meeting saw the managerial debut of 16-year-old Josh Moss speaking after the meeting Josh said ‘I've really enjoyed it. There is been a great team spirit tonight and although the Brummies were not at their strongest I set the team a target and they beat that target so I'm happy with my first performance and who knows where it might lead in the future.’

The meeting began with a maximum victory for the home side and at that point the visiting supporters might have feared the worst however heat two was a shared heat as was heat four and at the halfway stage of this meeting the gap was only 10 points to this year’s national league favourites. Admittedly as the evening drew on the class of the home side showed through and in particular Tom Bacon and reserve Jack Parkinson Blackburn were outstanding.

The match was another step to National League rehabilitation for Buxton's number one Lee Dicken speaking after the match Dicken admitted that when he agreed to come back to National League racing he would have been happy scoring sixes and sevens ‘I now know that I have the bigger scores in there and I'm only fractions away from competing with the top boys at this level. I know I need to lose some weight, I’m giving 5 stone to some of these guys but I am gaining more strength as more meetings pass and who knows I may well have another couple of years left in me yet!’ He paid tribute to son Kean who helped out in the pits this evening ‘He’s been a little star and most of it on his own initiative. As for the rest of the team Ryan (Blacklock) had an off night, Burt (Ryan Burton is better than his 2 points when he has recovered from his injury and David (Wallinger) is looking sharper each meeting. I appreciate Danny scored 13 but with a little more luck amongst us we could have scored closer to 40 points’

The team will be joined by the returning Shelby Rutherford on Sunday for the visit of the Isle of Wight Warriors to D & P Raceway. The Warriors also find themselves at the wrong end of the table and the clash promises to be a close one.

BIRMINGHAM 58: Tom Bacon 16+1, Danyon Hume 13+1, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 12+1, Tom Perry 10+1, Darryl Ritchings 7+3, Stephen Whitehouse 0, Zach Wajtknecht R/R.

BUXTON 32: Dan Halsey 13, Lee Dicken 6, David Wallinger 4+2, Lee Geary 4, Ryan Blacklock 3, Ryan Burton 2+1, David Speight R/R.

Picture: CLAIRE SWATMAN