Pipe revels after Hitmen post ‘best’ showing of year

Photo by Ian Charles:''Liam Carr (Red) leads Ellis Perks (White)
Photo by Ian Charles:''Liam Carr (Red) leads Ellis Perks (White)

Life’s good at Hi-Edge these days and the one person you don’t have to remind is Buxton team boss Jason Pipe.

He described his team’s 51-39 victory against high-flying Cradley Heathens as his greatest moment in the role.

Photo by Ian Charles:''Ryan Blacklock (Red) leading Darryl Ritchings (Yellow), Ellis Perks (White) Steve Jones (Blue)

Photo by Ian Charles:''Ryan Blacklock (Red) leading Darryl Ritchings (Yellow), Ellis Perks (White) Steve Jones (Blue)

“That was the best performance this year from my team and how I wish the season was just beginning!,” said Pipe.

Pipe was speaking after a comprehensive victory from the Hitmen in which they were never headed from the moment Liam Carr and Tom Woolley paired up for a 4-2 in heat one.

Carr inflicted the only defeat of the meeting on Max Clegg, who was head and shoulders the pick of the visitors from the Black Country.

Clegg registered the fastest time of the season at Hi-Edge in Heat five and looked invincible throughout.

Unfortunately for Cradley, he received scant back-up from his team mates.

The key stat of the meeting was just four last places for the home team.

He added: “I told the boys we could do it today and they dug deep and rode with their heads.

“Packing the minor places in the later races paid dividends.

“We started well which is something I’ve been banging on about for months.

“It all came together today and we are going to Coventry this Friday full of confidence and we know what we have to do.”

The victory for Buxton was sealed in heats ten and 11 when they scored consecutive maximum 5-1 victories, the second of which negated the visitors’ tactical change when Darryl Ritchings and Ellis Perks were passed on the final bend of the final lap by Tom Woolley.

That gave them a 14-point lead with two thirds of the meeting gone and it was one they stoutly defended.

Pipe added: “We know we need to beat both Coventry and Eastbourne but who would have thought we could beat Birmingham and Cradley so anything is possible.

“We might need a little help along the way but we know what we have to do and I can assure fans that we will do everything we can to do it.

“For now I’m going to enjoy this evening.

“I’m so proud of everyone today and a big ‘well done’ to 15-year-old Jack Parkinson-Blackburn who had a solid debut.”

BUXTON 51: Tony Atkin 12, Liam Carr 11, Ryan Blacklock 9+1, Tom Woolley 6+1, Steven Jones 5+2, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 5+1, David Speight 3+2.

CRADLEY 39: Max Clegg 14, Darryl Ritchings 10+1, Ellis Perks 6+1, Matt Williamson 6, Arron Mogridge 3, Luke Harris 0, Michael Neale R/R.

Hitmen travel to Coventry on Friday before rounding off the campaign at home to Eastbourne next Sunday.