HITMEN 29 BIRMINGHAM 61

Sunday July 08, 2018
BUXTON were comprehensively beaten 61-29 by Birmingham in the National Trophy at Hi-Edge Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

The Hitmen lacked sharpness out of the gate having not ridden for a few weeks while the Brummies’ septet were on the top of their game and showed that most of the West Midlands outfit had seen regular racing.

None of the Buxton riders won a heat on their home circuit with Tom Woolley top scoring with 11 points and returnee Corban Pavitt scoring a creditable paid 7 after three months on not being on a bike. The Hitmen could muster only three drawn heats during the fifteen heats while for the visitors Tom Bacon romped to a faultless 15 point maximum with guest Danny Ayres also gaining a paid maximum 14+1 and youngster Leon Flint scoring 15+1 as the visitors won all fifteen heats.

Buxton team manager Josh Moss commented “It was always going to be an extremely difficult meeting for us before we started the meeting and you could see the difference between us and the Birmingham boys especially the top end who are getting regular racing once, twice and in some case three times a week where our lads haven’t been. One plus point to the meeting for us today was Corban (Pavitt) he’s done really well this afternoon he only managed to get out on a track for the first time last night for a practice and he’s scored paid 7 today and you cannot fault that. He had a tough start to the season starting in the main body of the team and if he can keep scoring like he did today he’ll be moving back up the team in no time at all. James (Cockle) struggled early on and got caught out by the track a couple of times, but as the meeting went on a gained in confidence and showed what he can do but after three months off the bike completely it was always going to be a hard afternoon for him and he battled on and showed that there is a lot more to come in future meetings for us. On the afternoon though there can be no excuses we were just beaten by the better side on the day.”

BUXTON 29: Tom Woolley 11, Corban Pavitt 6+1, Ben Wilson 6, James Cockle 4, Kieran Douglas 2+2, Lewis Whitmore 0, Sam Woolley (no.8) 0, Connor Coles r/r.
BIRMINGHAM 61: Leon Flint 15+1, Tom Bacon 15, Danny Ayres 14+1, Callum Walker 7, Sheldon Davies 7+1, William O’Keefe 3+1 Danyon Hume r/r.