Buxton Hitmen 47-43 Mildenhall - Hitmen secure maiden Hi-Edge win as Carr steals the show

Photo by Ian Charles:''Liam Carr in action for Buxton
Photo by Ian Charles:''Liam Carr in action for Buxton
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There is a good feeling around Hi-Edge these days.

Since the appointment of new team manager Jason Pipe the Hitmen have been on the up and never was that more apparent than the way in which Buxton came from behind to beat high-flying Mildenhall in this National League encounter.

At heat five the home side were trailing by four points with both Dan Halsey and Connor Coles getting dialled into the track very quickly for the visitors.

However, the resurgent Hitmen are a much different proposition to last year’s team that may have capitulated to a heavy defeat.

Heat six saw a maximum win from dependable skipper Tony Atkin and a resurgent Tom Woolley and this paved the way for a first home victory of the season.

Buxton were never behind again in the match, with solid scoring once more from Ryan Blacklock who continues to ride with maturity and a fabulous 12 points from Liam Carr, who had been out injured for eight months.

Pipe was naturally proud of his team but also paid tribute to the preparation skills of trackman and chairman Richard Moss.

He said afterwards: “(It was a) Fantastic result for us today.

“We really needed that after starting with a loss last time out at home.

“The track rode really well, it was well prepared, which also helped with the early morning rain we had.

“That is always the best way to water a track!”

Pipe did however sound a note of caution for his revitalised riders.

He said: “What is still concerning me at the moment is that yet again the opposition are outnumbering us when taking the chequered flag.

“Today we took the chequered flag six times compared to Mildenhall’s nine.

“We have to look at this and improve upon this or we are always going to make it difficult for ourselves.”

While most were giving the plaudits to man-of-the-match Carr, Pipe had a special word for Hitmen favourite Tom Woolley.

He added: “It was a great start for Liam Carr.

“The more rides he had, the more he was getting back in to the swing of things.

“To be out of action for as long as he was, I thought it was a great performance to return a score of 12 and top score for the team.

“My own man of the match was Tom Woolley.

“That performance today of paid nine from the difficult number two spot really gave Tom a huge boost and it was great to see that smile on his face again.”

• Pipe’s charges will have a great chance to pit themselves against the best as the Hitmen welcome league leaders Cradley Heathens to Hi-Edge on Sunday (May 31).