SHEFFIELD 50 HITMEN 43

Thursday May 26, 2011
The Hitmen provided some of the most exciting racing the national league has seen this season at Thursday night’s league clash against Sheffield at Owlerton Stadium.

After a break in fixtures the lads were desperate to get back out on the race track and were ready to fight for some points. The injured Ben Taylor was watching on as Ex Hitmen rider Jason Garrity stood in as number one. Garrity who is famous for his no fear racing style rode with team partner Robert Branford to a fantastic 8-1 tactical against a very strong Sheffield side in heat eleven. The race was thrilling from start to finish with a tight first bend where Jason was sandwiched between the two home riders. Branford rode like a perfect team partner slowing down just before the line so Jason could take the double points for the team before he followed him over to take the other two. Heat 13 saw captain Adam Allott and Garrity take a superb 5-1 and Heat 15 the same from Allott and Branford.

The Team had a change at reserve with John McPhail being replaced by Paul Burnett team manager Jack Lee said a change had to happen “We have had to make a change at reserve as we couldn’t afford to carry two reserves that aren’t scoring points. We want to give Ryan a bit longer to develop so we had to do something about it so we have dropped John out and brought Paul Burnett in and I was quite pleased with Paul’s performance tonight as he wasn’t too far off the pace considering he hasn’t been on a speedway bike since a practice at Buxton in March and I think when he gets going again he will be a good reserve for us, especially at home.”

The final score of 50-43 a win for Sheffield was a shame as one point more would have secured a league point for Buxton. However Mr Lee says he is happy with the score “Well I’m over the moon with the performance the lads put up against Sheffield who are supposed to be one of the main contenders for the league this year. I can’t fault any of the lads for effort tonight it’s just unfortunate we couldn’t get that extra match point to snatch a league point off them but to run them so close at their home track is great. Having had all these weeks off with no fixtures has been hard on us as other teams have been riding and our lads haven’t apart from Robert with Redcar and Luke picking up a few guest appearances, but the rest of the team have had a break so tonight for them to ride like they did and nearly snatch a point is great and shows we have picked ourselves up from the lows at Stoke a few weeks ago we have just got to take this positivity now to Stoke next Saturday as we can’t afford to let that situation develop again where we were twenty points to four down after four heats as that was just ridiculous but I think it was just a bad night and a one off. We have luckily got a second chance at it and we need to take it now and get gating and get the points in.”

The Hitmen go to the second leg of the Knockout Cup at Stoke on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th sees the first home action since the 1st of May with a league clash against rivals Dudley. Start time as usual for home meetings is 3pm.

Results:

Sheffield Prowlers 50: Paul Cooper 2, Ashley Birks 13, Gary Irving 9+3, Steven Worrall 9, Greg Blair 4+1, Adam Wrathall 4, Richie Worrall 9+2.

Buxton Hitmen 43: Jason Garrity 12+1, Robert Branford 8+3, Luke Priest 6, Dean Felton 4+1, Adam Allott 11+1, Paul Burnett 2, Ryan Blacklock 0.