Speedway: Hitmen crash out of Cup at Coventry

Hitmen's veteran Tony Atkin impressed again, despite the cup defeat.
Hitmen's veteran Tony Atkin impressed again, despite the cup defeat.
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Buxton crashed out of the National League Cup after a convincing 115-74 aggregate loss away at Coventry in last week’s second leg.

Trailing 55-40 from the first leg, a difficult task soon became impossible when Buxton effectively lost two of their six riders in a heat one pile-up involving their guests Chris Widman and Layne Cupitt.

Cupitt had begun promisingly and for three laps was holding second place when the tricky third bend at Brandon proved too much and he was collected by Widman.

Both riders did severe damage to the machines which curtailed their evening’s work – Cupitt also suffered bruising.

The result was never in doubt following that incident as Coventry’s overall strength in depth proved pivotal.

The continued form of Veteran Tony Atkin and reserve Adam Extance were again bright sparks in another difficult night for the Hitmen.

Atkin said afterwards: “I’m enjoying my speedway this year and the bikes are going well.

“I particularly enjoyed the victory in heat 15.”

Hitmen now have a league meeting with Devon this Sunday (August 3) at Hi-Edge, as they look to bounce back.

COVENTRY: Stefan Nielsen 12, Oliver Greenwood 11+1, James Sarjeant 11, Luke Priest 9+1, Martin Knuckey 7+2, Dan Greenwood 6+3, Ryan Terry-Daley 4

BUXTON: Tony Atkin 15, Adam Extance 12+1, Tom Woolley 3+1, Chris Widman 3, Stefan Farnaby 1+1, Layne Cupitt 0, Ryan Blacklock r/r.