Despite turning in their best away return of the season, Buxton Hitmen were no match for Kent Kings in Monday’s National League clash.
The Hitmen lost 57-37 on a damp track at Sittingbourne, however the score tells only half the story. Once more the visitors relied heavily on their top two, with skipper Liam Carr and veteran Tony Atkin scoring 26 points between them.
Carr’s defeat in heat four proved to be his only one of the meeting as the Northumbrian then went through the card in his next three rides, including a six-point haul on a tactical ride in heat six.
He was backed up by a solid performance from Atkin who continues to enjoy the sport that he returned to at the start of the season.
As for the rest of the team, the evening proved somewhat difficult. Ryan Blacklock, returning from injury, found life harder for his 2+1 return, as did Tom Woolley and Adam Extance who both scored three points.
A philosophical Extance said afterwards: “We had a tough night tonight, but Liam and Tony were awesome. I struggled a bit and feel bad for letting the team down because I’ve proven I can score double figures. I will be back at Hi-Edge on Sunday to put it right.”
The teams face each other again in the return fixture at Hi-Edge on Sunday.
Result - Kent 57: Ben Morley 17, Benji Compton 12, David Mason 9+3, Aaron Baseby 8+3, Danny Ayres 7+1, Jason Garrad 6+1, Simon Lambert R/R. Buxton 37: Liam Carr 17, Tony Atkin 9, Adam Extance 3, Tom Woolley 3, Ryan Blacklock 2+1, Stefan Franaby 2, Kelsey Dugard 1+1.