BUXTON Hitmen are gearing up for a busy seven days which sees them take on the biggest teams in the National League.
On Sunday (3pm start), the Hitmen will entertain a Sheffield side made up of Premier League regulars such as Ashley Birks and Richie Worrall, followed on Tuesday by a trip to Wolverhampton to face rivals the Dudley Heathens and then the following Friday by a visit to Loomer Road for a re-run of the rained-off Stoke fixture.
Team Manger Jack Lee said: “The boys need to be on the gas on Sunday. Sheffield are a really good team and we saw what Ashley Birks could do round here the other week when he was guesting for Kings Lynn.
“There’s another three of four riders who can score equally as good as him in the Sheffield side, so we have really got to be on top form on Sunday and pull it out of the bag.”
Lee said this year had been tough on his team, who only have a couple of riders who maintain their race fitness level with Premier League and guest bookings, with the rest of the team going weeks without racing.
He added: “Having gaps between meetings isn’t good for anyone especially the riders because if you’re not riding speedway at least once a week you can’t keep the same level of fitness and muscle fitness that you need for speedway. You can go to the gym and do weights but it’s not the same as riding a speedway bike so the lads need the track time and they need to be riding at least once or twice a week, and with the fixtures being as up and down as they have been this year I think that’s been part of the problem with the way we have been scoring.
“It’s annoying as we have had around five weeks of no fixtures and now we have a load bunched together but that’s the way it is and other teams have had the same problem.
“We are not going to get into the play-offs this year - it’s too late for us now - but we want to finish this week on a high so we have got to go out there and perform.”