Sunday July 20, 2014
There were a couple of positives to take from this defeat by a dominant Mildenhall Fen Tigers team who provided no less than 11 of the heat winners to firm up their Play-off credentials.

A massive 18 points including 6 from a heat 7 Tactical ride from the oldest man in British Speedway, Tony Atkin and a season’s best 8 plus 2 from reserve Adam Extance. The two combined for the Hitman’s first competitive 5 – 1 maximum of the season in the fourth heat.

Atkin, skipper in the absence of Liam Carr, very much lead by example but for many of his team mates it was a ‘bad day at the office’
Extance revealed post-match that he could have scored even more ‘My engine wasn’t right and my last three rides after those great starts in my first two it felt very sluggish – I’ll have it sorted by the next meeting but I have to be pleased with my points score today. Everyone here has been great supporting me in my first year in speedway’

The day however very much belonged to the visitors though with Skipper Dan Halsey registering a paid Maximum and solid scoring right through the team. They even tracked both their reserves in the nominated Heat 15. All 4 league points deservedly going back to West Row.

‘We have made progress though each meeting this season but today we suffered with a few machine problems and missed a solid performance in the middle order but we will learn and come back stronger for this’ – commented team boss Jayne Moss defiantly. ‘The boys are looking forward to Coventry on Friday and giving it another go.’ She added

BUXTON 39: Tony Atkin 18, Chris Widman 9+1, Adam Extance 8+2, Tom Woolley 3, Stefan Farnaby 1+1, Sam Ward 0, Ryan Blacklock r/r.

MILDENHALL 55: Dan Halsey 14+1, Connor Mountain 9+2, Lee Payne 9, Connor Coles 8+1, Brendan Johnson 8+1, Jack Kingston 7+2, Joe Jacobs r/r.