HITMEN 52 EASTBOURNE 38

Sunday September 25, 2016
Sometimes Speedway turns the form book right upside down! Rock-Bottom Buxton Hitmen without a home win all season and high flying Eastbourne Eagles Play-off Qualifiers should have had away win stamped all over it.

However, the home side ably lead by their flying Aussie Shelby Rutherford had other ideas. From the off there was only one team in it with the Dales men determined to break their home duck from the moment the first tapes went up. Team Manager Jason Pipe was understandably over the moon.

‘At last! We've finally managed it! We've waited patiently all season and we've finally got that first home win of the season and against Eastbourne! I'm so chuffed for the lads to fi-nally get that win and to see their faces when we won was amazing. I'm one very proud team manager this evening. I couldn't have asked for anything more from them. Joe Lawlor came in to help us out and he rode the track like he'd being riding it for years. He certainly showed one or two Eastbourne riders how to ride the track today! Big shout out must go to our captain Ryan Blacklock, who went over and above his captaincy duties today, by loaning Joe an engine, that quickly had to be fitted prior to heat 2, as Joe's engine blew on the stand during the warm up. It was also good to see Shelby top scoring and banging in some good points that I always knew he was capable of, which is what I fetched him half way around the world to do! It was also a big help to him today be having ex Halifax rider Ian Westwell in the pits helping him and Ian will be doing the same for the remainder of our home meet-ings this season. It's made a big big difference to Shelby as it leaves him to focus more on his racing than doing everything himself. His grit and determination has certainly paid off! Lee Dicken is getting more and more dialled in to the Buxton track now, which showed today with him being 2nd top scorer, but was hindered by a bent frame, which he realised half way through the meeting. Again it was good to see Lee Geary picking up the points that he should be in every meeting in this league. It's great again to see Gears riding again with posi-tivity and a smile on his face. All in all, it was an excellent all round TEAM performance to-day. Every one of them was helping each other and they thoroughly deserved their win to-day. Now we have a week off before the Brummies arrive next Sunday and I'm sure after that result today, they'll be looking over their shoulders a little bit next week! Maybe they might also have their eyes on the Play Off's and KOC and it may be a good time to race against them’

Buxton - Rutherford 10+3, Lee Dicken 9+1, Lawlor 8+2, Atkin 8, Blacklock 7, Geary 5+3, Wall-inger 5+1

Eastbourne - Knight 12+1, Adam Ellis 12 (max) from 4 rides. Perks 7+1, Wood 6, Hitchen 1, Whitehouse 0.

Sunday also saw the first leg of the Midland Development League Final. The Hitmen finished top of the Northern Section and faced Southern section winners Coventry, but circum-stances conspired to leave them trailing as they go into a ‘yet to be arranged’ second leg.

Pipe takes up the story ‘Beckett only had 1 ride because his bike caught fire! He was offered the loan of a spare carb and filter but declined the offer, which then effectively strength-ened Coventry by them scoring 5 points from Beckett's 2 other rides! The Meeting was abandoned after the first bend pile up in heat 6. Carl Basford was left with a shoulder injury, Jamie Halder possible broken hand or broken wrist and George Rothery with tissue damage to his back. At this current time, we are still waiting to find out the date and venue for the 2nd leg, but we should have some news over the next day or two.’

MDL Final 1st Leg scores

Buxton 11 Rothery 4, Isherwood 4, Wright 2, Dicken 1+1

Coventry 19 Carl Basford 7+1, Halder 6, Roberts 3+1, Beckett 0