Hitmen go close to taming Tigers

Charles Wright. Photo: �2012 Ian Charles.
Charles Wright. Photo: �2012 Ian Charles.
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THE WEATHER intervened to deny Buxton Hitmen the chance of a home victory over National League title favourites Mildenhall Fen Tigers on Sunday.

The fixture at High Edge was tied at 43-43 heading into the final heat, before a thunderstorm left the track flooded and forced the meeting to be abandoned.

The Hitmen had been out for revenge following the previous week’s defeat to the Tigers, but were without key rider Charles Wright who has joined Premier League club Glasgow Tigers.

Buxton promoter Jayne Moss said: “Charles will not be able to race at our home meetings now as he has been signed to Glasgow, who also race on a Sunday, so the lads had to dig deep today to prove they can still win.

“It’s a real shame the weather couldn’t hold off for one more heat to see who would come out victorious from this battle, but you can definitely see we have a much stronger team now and we are pretty confident going into this week’s fixtures.”

The Hitmen started Sunday’s meeting against Mildenhall with scores of 3-3, 4-2 and 5-1, and by heat six the Tigers were down by ten points. The visitors sent Nielsen out on a tactical ride, however Robert Branford stopped the visitors from taking the top points by winning the race as the Hitmen led 26-18.

Mildenhall came back strongly with two 5-1s in heats ten and eleven to reduce the Hitmen’s advantage to four points.

The next two heats were shared, before an engine failure in heat 14 for Adam McKinna, and a third place for team-mate Chris Widman, saw the scores levelled at 43-43 before the rain intervened and the meeting declared a draw.

Buxton Hitmen travel to face the Isle of Wight Islanders this evening (Tuesday, 7.30pm), before returning to High Edge to face Scunthorpe Saints on Sunday (3pm start).

Result: Buxton Hitmen 43 - Tony Atkin (G) 6+1, Dean Felton 8+1, Luke Priest 10+1, Adam McKinna 5+1, Robert Branford 7+1, Chris Widman 2, Ryan Blacklock 5+2. Mildenhall Fen Tigers 43 - Cameron Heeps 10+1, Joe Jacobs 6+1, Stefan Nielsen 10+1, Daniel Halsey 7+1, Lewis Blackbird 4, Ryan Terry-Daley 6+2, Josh Bates 0 (withdrawn).