HITMEN v KENT, PREVIEW

Saturday September 09, 2017
One of the National League Form teams are the visitors to Hi-Edge this weekend when the Kent Kings Roll into town.

A backlog of fixtures has left them playing catch-up but it’s a role they are relishing and could well have secured their end of season Play off place when the tapes go up on Sunday (3.00pm) if not it promises to be a great tussle with the Hitmen battling to avoid the basement slot in this year’s table. Team Boss Jason Pipe knows his team are in for a battle ;

‘Another tough meeting for us on Sunday, against one of the leagues inform sides. After their impressive win at Birmingham last Wednesday evening, our boys will all have to be up for this. It will be drilled in to them that we must avoid last places. Kent having won in mid-week and hopefully at Stoke on Saturday evening, then that may just cement their place in the Play Offs! By the time it comes round to them arriving at Hi Edge on Sunday a little tired, they may well have their thoughts more then on the Play offs and not take some unnecessary risks on track against us! Our lads are still on a high from our great away draw at Mildenhall last Sunday, but this week at home we are again without Matt & Max, who are both on Championship duty. It's no secret we've struggled to cover for these 2 riders when both or even just one of them is missing. But hopefully this week by bringing in track specialists Liam Carr and Tony Atkin to cover on Sunday, I'm still very confident that we can get a result against them. A lot will depend on how both reserves will fare on each side, as I believe this meeting will be won and lost at reserve. We again have Jamie Halder covering for Ben Woodhull and for me their rider to look out for will be George Hunter. Stop him from scoring too many points and I do believe we'll be looking at a positive outcome. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us on Sunday and kind to Kent at Stoke on Saturday!’

Results elsewhere have not helped the Hitmen

‘With the Isle of Wight winning on Thursday evening, we must now win at least 2 of our remaining 4 meetings to avoid that Wooden Spoon. It's in our hands now, because I can't see the Isle of Wight getting another point from their last 3 meetings, of which 2 are away and a home meeting against Cradley. With the 4 meetings, we have left (3 at home and an away at Stoke), there is no reason why we can't win all of them This team is good enough to do that and we all need to carry on and work as a team and the results will come, just like they did at the Isle of Wight and at Mildenhall.’

Buxton 1 Liam Carr (G) 2 Shelby Rutherford 3 Tom Woolley 4 Ryan Kinsley 5 Tony Atkin (G) 6 Lee Geary 7 Jamie Halder

Kent 1 Luke Bowen 2 Anders Rowe 3 Ben Hopwood 4 Dan Greenwood 5 Jack Thomas 6 TBC 7. George Hunter