Buxton Hitmen suffer further injury problems


For the second season running Buxton were left wondering what might have been after a spirited performance at Mildenhall’s West Row circuit.

Following Saturday’s defeat at Eastbourne team boss Jason Pipe demanded a response from his team.

The team responded well and began well losing heat 1 4-2, but responding in the reserves heat with a 4-2 of their own with a fine win for Hitmen man-of-the-match Ryan Burton.

The home side then hammered home their first maximum heat win of the day in heat 3.

It would have been easy to think the home side would pull away given the recent form of both team’s, but until heat 12 the most that separated the teams was five points. And when a storming Lee Geary won Heat 8 the gap was just a single point.

Unfortunately for the Hitmen the home side’s greater strength in depth won the day has they pulled away in the later heats.

The meeting was a personal triumph for both Buxton reserves.

Speaking after the match Burton was understandably delighted, but was left wondering if he could have done even better.

He said: “I had a much better day at the office today after last night. I could have had some better results if it wasn’t for bike issues but I feel I rode consistently to come away as top scorer.”

Fellow reserve Lee Geary was also pleased with his 5-point return and said: “I finished the weekend off well and I’m learning a lot at this level.

“I got my first National League win of the season and would like to thank everyone for their help over the two days including my dad and Ryan Blacklock who’s team have been brilliant with their help and advice.”

Boss Jason Pipe is now left with the headache of how to cover for the absence of long term injury victim Steve Jones and the loss of form of Shelby Rutherford in time for another two matches in two days next Sunday at home to Kent Kings followed by the trip to Cradley for the second leg of the KO Cup.