HITMEN v STOKE, PREVIEW

Friday August 11, 2017
The Hitmen welcome local rivals Stoke to Hi-Edge this Sunday (3.00pm) and there will be a few of the visitors who don’t need the satnav to get there!

The Potters have no less than 4 Buxton ond boys in their ranks and they are riders that certainly know their way around the tricky Derbyshire circuit and with the home side without a home meeting for nearly two months team boss Jason Pipe know that the guys need to hit the ground running.

‘With 4 ex Buxton riders in the Stoke side on Sunday, we will once again have to try and up our game if we want to beat our rivals and move on to level points with them in the league table also gaining revenge for when they came here in the first meeting of our season, caught us at the right time and gave us a heavy defeat. In football terms, this meeting on Sunday is what they call a 6 pointer! Because if we win that would be great and would put us level on points with Stoke, but if Stoke beat us then we will be 6 points adrift of them. We have our full team together and the first time at home this team will have ridden together. If we can all work together and create that great team spirit we had at the Isle of Wight last week, then I can't see why we can't claim the 3 points. We just need to have those gating boots on.

Let's pray that the weather is kind to us this week as it's now 7 weeks we have gone since our last home meeting. It's not ideal for the lads and I just hope they quickly get dialled in on track, because we can't be giving teams like Stoke with the riders they've got, a head start over the first few races. If we can keep it tight in the early stages or possibly edge our noses in front, I reckon we'll then have a good chance of pulling off a victory. Jamie Halder finally gets the chance to make his home debut and I know he can't wait to get out there on one of his favourite tracks. There's no pressure on Jamie to score big points, but he knows he has a target of 3-4 points a meeting, which he's quite capable of achieving. ‘

Pipe knows his charges are in the running for bottom spot in this year’s National League and is keen to stress they will be going all out to avoid it.

‘If we want to be looking at avoiding the wooden spoon again this season, then we must be beating the teams around us like Stoke and we still have to go back to their place in the league and we still have to race Plymouth at home yet and with that recent win at the Isle of Wight, I can't see no reason why this team can't start getting more points on the board between now and the end of the season. I honestly think we've got a very good chance of winning all of our remaining home meetings.’

Buxton 1 Matt Williamson 9.71 2 Lee Geary 3.27 3 Tom Woolley (C) 6.38 4 Jamie Halder 3.57 5 Max Clegg 8.96 6 Ryan Kinsley 3.25 7 Ben Woodhull 3.00

Stoke 1 Mitchell Davey 2 Paul Burnett 3 Tony Atkin 4 Lee Dicken 5 Luke Priest 6 Ryan Terry Daley 7 Shaun Tedham.