Hitmen fall to third straight defeat

Tony Atkin. Picture by Ian Charles.
Tony Atkin. Picture by Ian Charles.

Buxton’s difficult start to the National League season continued in East Anglia, as they went down 62-31 at King’s Lynn Young Stars on Wednesday night.

Veteran number 1 rider Tony Atkin and skipper Liam Carr were the only two Hitmen who could offer any real resistance to the rampant Young Stars in East Anglia.

There were however signs of improvement in the ranks, as the Hitmen registered their first heat advantage of the season when Atkin on a tactical ride got the better of the home pairing of Hughes and Bailey in heat 11.

Skipper Carr was fast gating all night and the pair of them scored 22 of the visitors’ 31 points.

Ryan Blacklock, but for a couple of mistakes, could have returned better than his four points and Tom Woolley worked hard for his three-point haul including a fighting second in heat 14.

Adam Extance looks to be improving with every meeting, however the first trip to Saddlebow Road for newcomers Stefan Farnaby and Sean Phillips proved a difficult one.

Buxton team manager Jayne Moss said afterwards: “There is cause for optimism here. You can see that the guys are improving with every ride.

“We have something to build on.”

The Hitmen will have to be on top form as they welcome Coventry to Hi-Edge in Knockout Cup action this Sunday (3pm).

Buxton Scorers Tony Atkin 11+1, Liam Carr 11, Ryan Blacklock 4, Tom Woolley 3, Adam Extance 2, Sean Phillips 0, Stefan Farnaby 0.