Speedway: Pipe pleased with warm-up despite defeat

Photo by Ian Charles:''Adam Extance - Buxton Hitmen
Photo by Ian Charles:''Adam Extance - Buxton Hitmen

A more experienced Scunthorpe side proved just a little too strong for a Buxton team without Tony Atkin and Ryan Blacklock, winning 51-40.

However, the Hitmen can take several positives from this spirited performance against senior opposition.

The visitors were up against it from as early as the third heat when both Cameron Hoskins and Paul Bowen fell.

Heat two had been a success for MDL trialist Kev Whelan who impressed on debut at this level.

It took the Hitmen until heat eight to register their next race win when Tom Woolley stormed from the gate to record the then fastest time of the meeting beating the impressive home number two Alex Wilson.

A resurgent Adam Extance took heat nine but the Stags led thanks to Martin Knuckey.

The Hitmen had a few spills when in point-scoring positions and towards the end of the meeting were growing in confidence.

New boss Jason Pipe admitted to being a little nervous as he took charge of the team for the first time.

“It wasn’t the result we were looking for but it was a useful exercise in getting to know the boys,” Pipe said.

“Also it was good for them to blow away the cobwebs ahead of our league campaign.

“I was particularly impressed with Kev Whelan.

“It was the first time he had ridden a 15-heat match and looked right at home.”

Buxton start their National League campaign on April 26, at home to Coventry.

BUXTON: Adam Extance 10+1, Kevin Whelan 8+2, Ben Hopwood 8, Tom Woolley 7+2, Paul Bowen 3+1, Cameron Hoskins 3, Sam Darroch 1.