Monday July 03, 2017
The Hitmen were the victims of a very strong reaction from the home side when they visited Monmore Green in this National League encounter.

The Heathens had lost the previous day at the Stoke Potters but were no mood for clemency two days running. They raced to a ten-point lead by heat 7 even though Buxton had two Heathens old boys in their ranks the home side had too much for them.

There were notable performances from reserve Lee Geary and skipper Tom Woolley with 7 each. Manager Jason Pipe was philosophical in his post-match comments

‘We were a little unlucky and I thought we might run them closer, maybe even a last heat decider but losing Ben Woodhull in heat 2 to a wrist injury was a bit of a blow and Lee (Geary) had to take 7 rides and he was tired at times. Max (Clegg) was at his best winning two from behind and we saw double figures from Matt (Williamson). We did come into the meeting with an unattached 3-pointer as Jamie (Halder) wasn’t available. We gave away too many points early on – it sounds like excuses but these things do matter in Speedway. Fair play to the Heathens it wasn’t to be’

The Hitmen had to wait until heat 13 for their first heat advantage, a measure of the home side’s dominance.

CRADLEY 53: Tom Perry 12+1, Danny Ayres 10, Luke Harris 8+2, Dan Greenwood 8, Joe Lawlor 7+2, Conor Dwyer 5, Shelby Rutherford 3+1

BUXTON 37: Max Clegg 14, Matt Williamson 8, Lee Geary 7+2, Tom Woolley 7, Sam Wright 1+1, Ryan Kinsley 0, Ben Woodhull 0

National League points: Cradley 3 Buxton 0