HITMEN 41 STOKE 48 - MATCH REPORT

Sunday May 20, 2018
BUXTON lost out to local rivals Stoke for the second time within the space of 24-hours losing 41-48 in the National Trophy at Hi-Edge Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

Ben Wilson top scored for the Hitmen with 14-points and said “We are getting closer to getting our first points of the season but I have to say I’m disappointed today that we have lost. I’m happy with my own performance I changed bikes for this weekend and it went well and maybe was a little bit to strong for around here but no excuses it worked well and we will just tone it down for the next meeting here. It’s disappointing that we are missing a couple of riders as we really thought we could have beaten Stoke today but it wasn’t to be and we move on to the next meeting. We missed Corban Pavitt as he was on the pace last night and rode strongly for little reward but may well have scored a few points and covering for Connor (Coles) is always going to put pressure on us but we are heading in the right direction with Lewis (Whitmore) getting amongst the points and if we can get just a little bit more out of the youngsters then we will get over the line.”

The Hitmen went behind in the opening couple of heats as the visitors recorded 4-2’s before guest Anders Rose and Lewis Whitmore combined for a 4-2 over Paul Burnett to leave the Hitmen trailing 13-11 after four heats. Stoke immediately struck back with a 4-2 of their own but the Hitmen struck reduced the Potters lead again as Wilson got the better of former Hitman Tony Atkin with James Chattin taking third place.

Stoke gained a couple of 4-2 advantages in the next couple of heats to open a six point lead up but the Hitmen kept battling away with a 4-2 from Wilson and Whitmore over Atkin with the Potters leading 32-28 after ten heats.

Former Hitmen Max Clegg who again scored an 18-point maximum for the second successive meeting chalked up victory in heat eleven and he was followed home by Burnett for a big 5-1 for the visitors as they opened up an eight point lead as the Hitmen tried to keep things tight taking the minor placings in the next few races before home skipper Woolley took the chequered flag ahead of Adam Extance for a 3-2 advantage after Whitmore and Joe Alcock had been excluded for falling in separate incidents.

Skipper Tom Woolley commented “We are closer to a win but it isn’t and we would all have liked to win today and I felt there may have been a chance of getting a win over them on our own track, but Max Clegg was fantastic around here and at Stoke last night and I think he was the difference again scoring a full maximum again and that’s two days without beating him which tells a tale. Anders (Rowe) came in and did a good job for us today and it’s always difficult to ask a guest to come in and do the business and he did and Ben (Wilson) was riding well as he did last night. We also had young James Chattin in at number 2 and that was always going to be daunting for him especially as it puts him in the main body of the team and he did a job for us, but to lose by just seven points in such a close meeting is a little bit heart-breaking really.”

BUXTON 41: Ben Wilson 14, Tom Woolley 10+3, Anders Rowe 9+1, Lewis Whitmore 5+1, Kieran Douglas 2, James Chattin 1, Connor Coles r/r.
STOKE 48: Max Clegg 18, Tony Atkin 13, Paul Burnett 9+1, Adam Extance 3, Joe Alcock 3, Luke Whitehead 2, Rob Shuttleworth r/r.