STOKE 55 HITMEN 35

Saturday October 15, 2016
A lack- lustre performance from the Hitmen saw them go down by 20 points to local rivals Stoke Potters in this end of Season National Trophy encounter.

With the threat of rain hanging over the fixture referee Jim McGregor wasted no time in rushing through the 15 heats in double-quick time the whole match taking less than 100 minutes to complete. That brought its own problems to man and machine as there was no time between races to recover or adjust.

Both teams were tracking guests and using Rider Replacement and the home side adapted better than their Midlands neighbours and looked sharper out of the gate racing to a 15 point lead by the half way mark. Only heat 11 gave the visiting fans something to cheer about when a revitalised Lee Dicken teamed up with Jack Parkinson-Blackburn for a maximum race win. Dicken looked back to his old-self after the meeting he was pleased with his 11 point haul ‘I must admit I was a little tired by the time we rode heat 15 but I’ve enjoyed it again tonight and it might have been better but for my new bike having clutch problems. I’m enjoying my racing and am planning on riding again next year’

Team Boss Jason Pipe was left wondering at the margin of defeat ‘I don’t quite know how that happened, losing by 20 points? Sure you have to admit Stoke were the better team but I didn’t think they were that much better! They were sharper than us from the tapes and if I have any criticism then that’s it. Lee Dicken rode his heart out as did Joe Lawlor and Jack (Parkinson-Blackburn) has some big meetings yet to ride this season. Ryan looked like he was still suffering from his injury, Conor has come in cold as a guest and Lee Geary was worth more than his two points. We now have one more fixture next week to get another victory to round off the season’

For the home side Coventry’s Mitchell Davey looked the class act with a faultless 15 point maximum. The Hitmen complete their 2016 programme with a home meeting at the D & P Raceway next Sunday 23rd October.

NATIONAL TROPHY
STOKE 55: Mitchell Davey 15, Tony Atkin 12, Danny Phillips 11+2, Chris Hay 8, Paul Burnett 7+2, Shaun Tedham 2, Ben Hopwood r/r.

BUXTON 35: Lee Dicken 11, Joe Lawlor 9+1, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 7+2, Conor Dwyer 3, Ryan Burton 3, Lee Geary 2, Shelby Rutherford r/r.