Buxton Hitmen continue wait for elusive win

Photo by Ian Charles, IanCharlesPhotos.net'Stoke v Buxton, National League,'Stoke Speedway, Saturday 14th June 2014''Buxton's Tony Atkin (White) leading Jon Armstrong (red), Adam Extance (Yellow) and Adam Kirby (Blue)
Photo by Ian Charles, IanCharlesPhotos.net'Stoke v Buxton, National League,'Stoke Speedway, Saturday 14th June 2014''Buxton's Tony Atkin (White) leading Jon Armstrong (red), Adam Extance (Yellow) and Adam Kirby (Blue)
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Buxton’s wait for a National League victory continues, after they went down 59-34 at Stoke Potters last Saturday.

Machine problems and falls saw the visitors reduced to five fit riders by the end of the meeting, with both Stefan Farnaby and Sean Phillips sidelined by medics.

The hosts mastered the conditions better and as a result scored solidly throughout the team.
The stellar rider for the Hitmen once more was skipper and newly-installed number one Liam Carr, who turned in an 11+1 point haul.

That included a massive six-point tactical ride in the 11th heat when Carr went around the experienced home skipper Jon Armstrong.

There were also notable contributions from Tony Atkin (nine) and a resurgent Ryan Blacklock, who but for a fall in heat seven would have bettered his six point tally.

Carr reflected on the meeting afterwards, saying: “I struggled a little with set-ups tonight. The track seemed to change throughout the meeting but I have to be happy with it overall.”

Team Boss Jayne Moss saw some optimism for the future. She said: “The team is continuing to improve and there have been some pleasing aspects tonight.

“Liam, Tony, Ryan and Adam (Extance) have turned in good performances once more.”

National League debutant Extance again showed what he might be capable of, with flashes of brilliance.

He said afterwards that he was pleased with his outing in the Potteries: “I had a good night tonight and I learned a lot. I (want to) keep building and moving forward.”

Buxton pair Tony Atkin and Liam Carr put up a sterling performance in the league’ showpiece pairs event at Mildenhall’s West Row stadium on Sunday.

The duo qualified for the final together with the eventual winners, Stoke Potters from Group A, who proved the most consistent outfit on the day.

• The Hitmen return to action with a Cup tie at home to Coventry on Sunday June 29.