BUXTON Hitmen manager Jack Lee says his team hasn’t lost any of their fighting spirit – despite the fact they could end the season without a trophy.
The battling Hitmen - missing Robert Branford and Luke Priest through injury - pushed Stoke all the way in their National Trophy meeting on Saturday before eventually going down 49-41.
Lee said: “Just because we may not go home with any of the trophies this year doesn’t mean the lads aren’t putting in 100 per cent effort on the track, and we ran Stoke pretty close.”
The result comes a week after the Hitmen secured second place in the National League Fours.
“To be between Mildenhall and Dudley, who are championship contenders, was amazing considering we went into it as the underdogs,” said Lee.
“It shows that the lads will keep fighting for every point they can and it pays off.”
Next up for the Hitmen is the visit of league favourites Mildenhall Fen Tigers in the National Trophy on Sunday (3pm start).
Added Lee: “We have run the Fen Tigers close several times this season and there is no saying we can’t do it again. Hopefully Luke will be back with us after having an operation due to a broken finger on his clutch hand.”
Stoke 49: Ashley Birks 15, Liam Carr 10+2, Tony Atkin 9+1, Ben Reade 8+2, James Cockle 5, Liam Rumsey 2, Richard Andrews 0. Buxton 41: Charles Wright 15, Adam McKinna 8+3, Dean Felton 8+1, Ryan Blacklock 5+1, Chris Widman 3, Michael Neale 2, Robert Branford r/r.