HITMEN 49 PLYMOUTH 40

Sunday October 15, 2017
Buxton completed their home programme with a 9-point victory that lifted them off the foot of the Travel Plus National League and gave them hope of avoiding this season’s Wooden Spoon.

The meeting turned on a heat 9 5-1 when Ryan Kingsley and skipper Tom Woolley combined to give the Hitmen the lead. It was a lead they never lost and stretched in the later heats.

The meeting had not begun well for the Hitmen when number 1 and eventual Man of the Match Matt Williamson ‘flipped’ his bike on the start line in the first heat resulting in an ankle injury that he carried throughout the rest of the match. However, the trend of the rest of the season was not replicated as the visitors were not allowed to pull away and the Devils never lead by more than 3 points at any point of the meeting. Max Clegg top scored with 12+1 and wasn’t troubled until the match result was beyond doubt. There were solid performances from both Ryan Kinsley and Tom Woolley too in what was a great team effort.

Following the meeting Team Boss Jason Pipe announced his intention to step down after 3 years at the helm. In an emotional speech he thanked everyone at the club for their support

‘I've enjoyed every bit of my 3 seasons at Buxton Speedway. It's been stressful at times but the enjoyable times have far outweighed those times. I really don't want to leave this great little club, but the time has now come for me to move on and further develop my career within the Sport. At this moment in time I'm weighing up a couple of options recently put to me and I'll be making a decision on that sometime over the coming weeks. Right now I intend to take a break with my family and then sit down after that and discuss what will be the best for myself and my family in moving forward. I'll miss the many good people at Buxton and I'd like to say a big thank you to them all for supporting me over these last 3 years, especially to the Moss family for believing in me and for making it possible for me to enjoy these last 3 seasons in Speedway. I'd like to wish the Moss family all the very best for the future and I will always have a special place in my heart for Buxton Speedway. Whatever I'm doing next season, I will get to some Buxton fixtures when my Speedway and Work commitments allow to show my support’

The Hitmen go to Stoke next week in a re-arranged fixture, without Pipe who has a pre-planned family holiday, where the destination of the wooden spoon will almost certainly be decided as all 3 protagonists Stoke, Buxton and the Isle of Wight will feature in the home side’s double header.

BUXTON 49: Max Clegg 12+1, Matt Williamson 12, Ryan Kinsley 8+1, Tom Woolley 7+3, Shelby Rutherford 5, Ben Hitchen 5, Sam Woolley 0.
PLYMOUTH 40: Ben Morley 10, Ben Wilson 9, Jason Edwards 8+2, Richard Andrews 6+1, Henry Atkins 6+1, James Chattin 1, Benji Compton R/R.