Sunday May 21, 2017
This National League Encounter at Hi-Edge went entirely with the form book with the solid scoring Cradley Heathens hammering home no less than 7 maximum 5-1 heat wins including a run of four consecutively mid-meeting that effectively put the match beyond the home side.

Already hampered by the absence of number 1 Matt Williamson, the injured Lee Dicken and no resolution to the Ellis Perks situation it was a tall order from the start. Only twice did Buxton riders take the chequered flag first – in heat one when guest Luke Priest capitalised on Danny Ayers’ machine problems to snatch the win and in head 11 when skipper and Buxton man-of -the-match Tom Woolley again took advantage of and Ayers slip up when he fell.

Woolley said post-match ‘We got the track all wrong today, we thought it was going to be grippier but the weather this week has made it slick. Fair play to Cradley they adapted better and deserved their victory. The matches don’t get any easier and I hope we can sort the team situation this week. All the riders are keen to start turning things around’

Cradley were in no mood to go easy on their Derbyshire opponents both Luke Harris and former Hitman Joe Lawlor were unbeaten by a home rider and even their lowest scoring rider Ryan Burton returned a respectable 7 paid 8 against his former employers.

Buxton boss Jason Pipe was philosophical ‘I can’t be too disheartened Cradley are a good team and we did the best we could under the circumstances. Hopefully the redeclaration will be accepted by the BSPA this week and we will have our new 1-7 including the heat leader we have agreed terms with to replace Ellis Perks early next week. This will make us more competitive home and away and give the fans something to support’

Club Chairman Jayne Moss said she hoped the club would be able to issue a press release shortly regarding the team situation.

BUXTON 27: Tom Woolley 9, Shelby Rutherford 7+1, Luke Priest 6, Ben Woodhull 3, Lee Geary 2, Carl Basford 0, Lee Dicken R/R.

CRADLEY 62: Joe Lawlor 11+1, Luke Harris 10+2, Conor Dwyer 9+1, Danny Ayres 9, Tom Perry 8+2, Dan Greenwood 8, Ryan Burton 7+1.