Buxton Hitmen 36-57 Mildenhall - report

Liam Carr top-scored for Hitmen.
Liam Carr top-scored for Hitmen.

Buxton Hitmen remain winless in 2014, despite turning in their best performance of the season so far away at play-off hopefuls Mildenhall last Sunday.

The home side, who had twice recorded 60-plus scores at home this season, found themselves pegged back for seven heats before their overall strength in depth saw off the spirited Hitmen.

Home number one Joe Jacobs even scored a 15-point maximum during the contest, whilst the visitors’ star performer was skipper Liam Carr who tuned in a 14-point haul, including a massive six-point tactical ride in heat nine.

There were also important contributions from Tony Atkin (nine) and a resurgent Ryan Blacklock, who had it not been for a puncture in heat 12 would have bettered his five-point score.

After the meeting, Blacklock reflected on an improved showing from the Hitmen.

He said: “I felt good out there today and the track was the best I’ve known it here.

“The team is also gelling and you can see improvement in the new guys.

“Some of them haven’t been riding long but each meeting they are continuing to improve.

“I see my role to encourage them as the likes of Adam Allott and Dean Felton have done for me in the past.

“We are definitely going the right way.”

It was a difficult afternoon for Hitmen reserve rider Adam Extance, who had to ride Tom Woolley’s bike as his own failed the late machine inspection.

Despite the setback, Extance posted a three-point return and looked good on the tricky West Row circuit.

Buxton Boss Jayne Moss says she was pleased with the overall team performance.

She said: “The boys did well today. It’s a tough place to come and we gave it a real go.”

Buxton: Liam Carr 14+1, Tony Atkin 9, Ryan Blacklock 5, Tom Woolley 3+1, Adam Extance 3, Stefan Farnaby 2+2, Sean Phillips 0.