Buxton Hitmen celebrate first league win of the season

Action from the Buxton Hitmen's 50-38 win over Stoke on Sunday. Photo: �2012 IanCharlesPhotos.net
Action from the Buxton Hitmen's 50-38 win over Stoke on Sunday. Photo: �2012 IanCharlesPhotos.net

BUXTON Hitmen tasted National League success for the first time this season in the second of a double header against Stoke Potters at the weekend.

After a disappointing 56-39 result at Stoke on the Saturday night, the Hitmen hit back to win 50-38 at High Edge on Sunday.

A delighted Hitmen team manager Jack Lee said: “I was really worried after our previous defeat against the Isle of Wight, and after a tough night at Loomer Road last night (Saturday) I thought we were in real trouble, but the lads had a chance to re-group and finally got down to business today (Sunday) and we got this fantastic win.

“It was an exciting meeting and hopefully the first of many successful wins for the Hitmen this season. Ryan Blacklock proved what a fantastic reserve he has turned into with a paid 11, and Robert Branford again was back on the gas.”

He added: “The lads still have some way to go, not all of our riders are getting in the points they should but hopefully this win will help spur them on.

“The team spirit is back, and now they have tasted success they won’t want it to end here.”

The Hitmen are next in action away at Scunthorpe in the National League on Monday June 4.

National League results

Saturday May 26: Stoke 56: Ashley Birks 15, Ben Reade 14+1, Tony Atkin 12+1, Jaimie Pickard 9+2, Ross Walter 4+1, Liam Carr 2+2, Richie Worrall r/r. Buxton 39: Robert Branford 11, Adam McKinna 11, Luke Priest 6, Ryan Blacklock 5+1, Dean Felton 4+1, Michael Neale 2+1, Richard Andrews r/r.

Sunday May 27: Buxton Hitmen 50: Robert Branford 13, Richard Andrews 0, Luke Priest 10+2, Dean Felton 8+2, Adam McKinna 7+2, Michael Neale 1, Ryan Blacklock 11. Stoke 38: Ashley Birks 10+1, Jaimie Pickard 4, Tony Atkin 10, Liam Carr 2+1, Richie Worrall r/r, Ross Walter 1, Ben Reade 11+1.