Hitmen prove a point

Belle Vue Colts v Buxton Hitmen, National League, 20.6.2011''Chris Widman (r) leads Ryan Blacklock (y), Scott Richardson (b) and Paul Burnett (w) at Belle Vue on Monday night
Belle Vue Colts v Buxton Hitmen, National League, 20.6.2011''Chris Widman (r) leads Ryan Blacklock (y), Scott Richardson (b) and Paul Burnett (w) at Belle Vue on Monday night

BUXTON Hitmen secured their first National League point of the season on Monday night against Manchester’s Belle Vue Colts.

In the first of a league double header between the teams, Buxton entertained the Colts on Sunday at Hi-Edge and finished on the wrong end of a 50-40 scoreline.

The Manchester side were in control of the meeting until heat ten. Buxton’s number one Ben Taylor, back in the side after a six-week absence through injury, had returned to form with two second places in his first two rides, but in heat ten a crash took all four riders down and forced Taylor to withdraw from the meeting.

The rerun saw a 4-2 for Buxton to draw the scores level at 30-30, but ex-Hitmen rider Charles Wright, who ended the race meeting unbeaten, got the Cots back in control.

Buxton Hitmen headed to Manchester on Monday night for their second meeting with the Colts in as many days and raced hard to try and claw back some points, despite the absence of Taylor and with Adam Allott and Robert Branford suffering engine problems.

The team did well to keep the scores close all night, but torrential rain saw the meeting abandoned after heat 12 with the result standing. Had the meeting continued, the Hitmen looked strong enough to take a win. The final score of 38-33 to the Colts, however, meant the Hitmen still collected their first league point of the season.

Speaking after the Monday night meeting, Buxton Hitmen team manager Jack Lee said: “The lads were a different bunch today.

“They picked themselves up after Sunday’s home defeat and, apart from a few mishaps with bikes, we could have won.

“Unfortunately the meeting had to be called off. The track was going to get worse and more dangerous and while everyone was still in one piece it was the safest thing to do in the circumstances, but we are happy to have got a point out of it.”

l Buxton Hitmen are next in National League action away at Mildenhall on Sunday.