This weekend Buxton Hitmen hit the road to take on the two southernmost clubs in the National League in Eastbourne and Kent.
The visit to Eastbourne in particular will evoke many memories of years gone by particularly for Hitmen team boss Jason Pipe who knows just how difficult the task in hand is.
He said: “Sunday will see us travel to Eastbourne for our biggest test of our season so far.
“It will be very hard to get something at Eastbourne because they are so good on their own track.
“That’s helped by the fact that they are allowed to practice on it whenever they want.
“They are so dialled in with their set ups and this is a huge advantage. But Speedway is always full of surprises and anything can happen on the day if Luck is on your side and decisions go your way. Eastbourne have injuries at the moment and this may just be a time to catch them out.
“It’s all about being in the right place at the right time. It’s a meeting I’m really looking forward to because the last time I was at Eastbourne was back in 1990 when I was there as a spectator with Middlesbrough. On that day Middlesbrough won 54-42, so a repeat of a 12 point win would do nicely.”
Pipe also promised fans his team would give it 100 per cent.
“One thing is for certain, we won’t be heading down to Eastbourne just to make up the numbers,”
“We will be going for it, because as a team we believe we can get something out of this meeting. This is the strongest we have been all season and if they all ride to their capabilities then I’m sure we’ll put up a great fight and it should be a great meeting.”
The team are staying on the south coast and Pipe promised to use the time wisely.
He said: “After the meeting on Sunday we will head as a team, straight up to Maidstone, were we will book in to the same hotel and have something to eat and drink as a team. Monday morning will be spent cleaning off bikes and then I have a team bonding session arranged for early afternoon, when we will go ten pin bowling before we set off on the short drive to Sittingbourne.”
Given the home performance against the Kings last week at Hi-Edge he said there was cause for optimism in Sittingbourne, adding: “I’m looking at our meeting against Kent as one where we can take some points.
“As far as I’m concerned, if we are to be serious contenders for that fourth spot in the league table, so that we qualify for the Gold Cup, then we have to be looking at taking all four points here, though I’d settle for three.
“I’ve every faith in my riders, that they will be increasing our current points tally of 12!’
The Hitmen return to Hi-Edge on 16th August when the league leaders the Birmingham Brummies are the visitors.