Buxton Hitmen captain Tony Atkin labels defeat to King’s Lynn as a disgrace

Photo by Ian Charles:''In the Re Run of Heat 15, Tony Atkin (Red) Shuts down the challenge of Tom Stokes (White) and Rob Shuttleworth (Yellow/Black)
Photo by Ian Charles:''In the Re Run of Heat 15, Tony Atkin (Red) Shuts down the challenge of Tom Stokes (White) and Rob Shuttleworth (Yellow/Black)

Buxton hitmen team captain Tony Atkin described his side’s defeat at home to King’s Lynn as a disgrace.

It was supposed to be an end of season celebration at Hi-Edge. However King’s Lynn hadn’t read the script.

That, coupled with an off-afternoon for too many of the home side, combined to end all hopes of a Hitmen victory.

An angry Atkin said: “That was a disgraceful performance and the supporters deserved better. I’d like to apologize to the supporters.”

Boss Jason Pipe vowed to rebuild after his side’s below-par performance.

He said: “That was King’s Lynn’s first away win of the season and means that we will finish lower than I would have liked.

“Too many of our riders were off form and this is a meeting we should have won.

“I’m sure people will wonder why I gave Lewis (Millar) his National League debut, but I make no apology for that, we must look to 2016.

“I also had an agreement with Jack Parkinson-Blackburn for him only to ride three National League meetings for us.”

“Teambuilding for 2016 will begin shortly and I aim to assemble a team capable of a top half finish.”

It took until heat six for Buxton to register a heat advantage when the evergreen Tony Atkin and Tom Woolley combined to register a 4-2.

By heat eight the visitors were 10 points up allowing team manager Jason Pipe to use Liam Carr as a Tactical ride.

Carr, who at that point had yet to win a race, streaked from the tapes only for the initial running to be stopped when in-form King’s Lynn reserve Ryan Kingsley fell on the first Lap.

In the re-run his partner Josh Bailey fell on the first bend handing Buxton an 8-0 victory bringing the match score to within two points.

From then on the meeting went one way then the other meaning the teams went into heat 15 with all three results still possible.

The tension only lasted until the first bend when Ryan Blacklock appeared to tangle with Youngstars number one Tom Stokes.

However referee Stuart Wilson saw it differently and excluded the Hitman.

The meeting was over and the points were on their way to East Anglia.

The 2015 team will get together one more time on 14th November for the presentation evening at the Winking Man pub Upper Hulme 7.30pm start. Tickets are available from the club.

BUXTON 45: Tony Atkin 11+1, Liam Carr 11, Steven Jones 9+1, Ryan Blacklock 9, David Speight 3+1, Tom Woolley 2, Lewis Millar 0.

KING’S LYNN 47: Tom Stokes 12, Ryan Kinsley 10+2, Rob Shuttleworth 9+2, Josh Bailey 7, Shane Hazelden 6+2, Ben Basford 3+1, Scott Campos r/r.