HITMEN 66 ISLE OF WIGHT 24

Sunday May 28, 2017
From the moment the visitors’ James Cockle had to abandon his journey to Hi-Edge due to traffic problems enroute they were up against it.

Their hosts the previously winless and pointless Hitmen were in no mood for clemency hammering in no less than 9 5-1s in this Travel Plus National League encounter, with every rider playing their part. The visitors led briefly after heat 1 but then it was all one-way traffic. Matt Williamson scored a faultless 15 point maximum and every team member ran up their seasons best. Team boss Jason Pipe was understandably euphoric

‘I'm very proud of every one of my riders today. They all put in top notch performances and we thoroughly deserved that win. It was a real team effort and they all helped each other and it was great to see that and it showed our togetherness and that's why I had the other 5 riders on the centre green for the last race. It was great to be able to also put out a full team again without using r/r or/and using a 3.00 point unattached rider in the top 5. This win today has really lifted the lads and their confidence has grown and we are all set now to give it a good go in our away meetings at Belle Vue on Wednesday and at Stoke on Saturday. I said to the Isle of Wight team manager, Martin Widman, that I knew how he was feeling, as we've had to go in to meetings last year and this year at times with only 1 heat leader. But we can only beat what is put in front of us and today we really needed that win more than anything and it's not only lifted the riders, it's also lifted the whole club and everyone at the club. I was really pleased with how Carl Basford went today. He made some slight adjustments to his set up and it paid off. I have every faith in Carl and I'm certain he will hold his own and do well in this league this season. Shelby also needed a good score like this and he also made some slight adjustments to his set up which helped him too. Watching Shelby today was like turning the clock back to the back end of last season when he was riding well at home. Hopefully this is now the start of him turning things around for this season and it's now onwards and upwards. What can you say about Matt Williamson. What a fantastic score for him. A full 15 point maximum, which I think we knew wasn't far away and I'm so pleased for him because I knew how much Matt wanted that. I can see it being the start of many this season for him in this league! Max Clegg has come in and doing the job I've brought him in to do and I'm sure we'll be season him and Matt fighting it out for that number 1 spot all season! Bringing Max in has been like a breath of fresh air. You can see the smiles on the other riders faces and Max is a great team man to and he's loving his racing and being part of our team. It was also good to see Ben Basford amongst the points. Until last Wednesday, Ben hadn't raced in a competitive meeting since last October and was certainly tiring in his last race today. I'm sure there will have been a lot of banter on the way home last night in the Basford's Van, with the younger brother winding up his older brother, after he scores 1 more point than him, including bonus points! Brotherly love!! But great for team spirit! Tom Woolley also showed a true captaincy role today and proved to me why I was right to name him as Captain this season. Lee Geary came through the meeting and reported that his shoulder was ok, so that is pleasing and also good to see Lee also getting some points.’

The win lifts the Hitmen off the bottom of the National League as they head for two tough away meetings at Belle Vue and Stoke.

BUXTON 66: Matt Williamson 15, Max Clegg 12+2, Tom Woolley 10+1, Shelby Rutherford 9+2, Carl Basford 8+2, Ben Basford 7+2, Lee Geary 5+2.

ISLE OF WIGHT 24: Ben Wilson 10, Chris Widman 6, Ryan Terry-Daley 4+1, Sam Woolley 2, Jamie Sealey 1, Ryan MacDonald 1, James Cockle r/r.