BUXTON Hitmen’s run of bad luck continued on Sunday with a final-heat defeat to the Scunthorpe Saints.
Without their top two riders Charles Wright and Robert Branford, the Hitmen gained early control of the meeting with a 5-1 in heat three from Adam McKinna and Luke Priest.
They remained unchallenged until heat 13 when, trailing 40-31, Scunthorpe hit back with a 5-1 from powerful duo Gary Irving and Ashley Morris and then another in heat 14 from Oliver Greenwood and Tommy Fenwick to close the gap to 42-41 heading into the final heat.
McKinna and Bekker again had little impact on the Saints duo of Irving and Morris, who took another 5-1 to win the meeting 46-43.
Disappointed Buxton Hitmen manager Jack Lee said: “It’s been the same for the last few meetings - we can be leading by ten, then just mess up in the last few heats and throw it all away. It’s so frustrating.
“We would be very lucky to make the playoffs now but all we can do is just keep trying to take a few points here and there.
“All the lads are really disappointed with today’s outcome and hopefully this will fire them up to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
The Hitmen take a break from action until Sunday August 19, when they welcome Stoke to High Edge in the National Trophy.
Results - Buxton Hitmen 43: Byron Bekker (G) 8+2, Dean Felton 8+1, Luke Priest 7+1, Adam McKinna 10+1, Chris Widman 2, Ryan Blacklock 7. Scunthorpe Saints 46: Ashley Morris (G) 10+2, Max Clegg 4, Tom Young 3, Tommy Fenwick 3+1, Gary Irving 15, Dan Phillips 1, Oliver Greenwood 10.