BUXTON Hitmen marked their return to action after a break in the fixture programme with a 56-37 win over King’s Lynn Young Stars on Sunday.
A 5-1 start in heat one was followed by a huge crash which saw Buxton’s Chris Widman and Lynn’s guest rider Martin Knuckey demolish the fourth-bend fence after a collision. A delay followed while fence repairs were undertaken and Knuckey was tended to by the track paramedics.
When the racing got back underway the home side secured another 5-1, but the visitors repaid the favour to take the score to 11-7.
A great heat four followed with close racing between Buxton’s Adam McKinna, Ryan Blacklock and Lewis Kerr with a 4-2 result. A 5-1 in heat five was followed with a 3-3 in heat six, keeping the Hitmen ten points ahead.
The visitors’ first shot at a tactical ride in heat seven was met with a 5-1 from McKinna and Widman, however the Young Stars’ second chance in heat nine saw a close race between Kerr and Buxton’s Dean Felton, and a 6-3 closed the gap to 34-23.
From this position, the Hitmen kept the scores in their favour for the remaining heats to secure a fantastic win for the home side.
Team Manager Jack Lee said: “Today proved that the lads still give it 100 per cent even though we haven’t made the playoffs this season.
“It would be great if more local people showed their support for this amazing sport and supported the Hitmen.”
The Hitmen’s final home meeting of the season will be on Sunday October 21 against the Isle of Wight Islanders.
Result: Buxton 56: Tony Atkin 12+2, Adam McKinna 12+2, Dean Felton 11, Chris Widman 10+3, Luke Priest 6+3, Ryan Blacklock 5+3, Robert Branford r/r. King’s Lynn 37: Lewis Kerr 16, Tom Stokes 10, Jake Knight 9+1, Oliver Greenwood 1, Sam Woods 1, Martin Knuckey 0, Adam Lowe r/r.