Sunday August 31, 2014
Although the Hitmen never lead this National League encounter the match was closer than the final score indicates.

The home side was always within touching distance of the East Anglians until heat 13 when once more the strength in depth and superb form of guest Luke Priest who scored a match winning 16+1, shone through. Priest spent two seasons in the Dales and proved that he still knows the fastest way around Hi-Edge.

For Buxton the stand-out performance was from Ryan Blacklock. Blacklock who top scored last week when Kent were the visitors looked sharp from the gate ‘I’ve spent a lot of time in the last fortnight practicing’ said the likeable Cumbrian. ‘And it shows, I’m feeling really good on the bike and am after Tony’s number 1 race jacket!’

Both of Buxton’s heat advantages involved Blacklock who finished on 13+1 and he was well supported by skipper Tony Atkin who scored 13 and Adam Extance on 7+2. The team once more missed long-term absentee Liam Carr as the rest of the team managed only 6 between them.

‘We were one rider short today in real terms’ commented team boss Jayne Moss. ‘It’s a pity because we could have had something from this match with another 7 point return from someone’

King’s Lynn meanwhile turned in a workmanlike performance that netted them all 4 League points on offer and they are now in with an outside chance of National League play-off qualification.

The next meeting at Hi-Edge is next Sunday 7th Sept (3.00) when the Hitmen welcome the Coventry Storm already Play-off certainties in National League action.

BUXTON 39: Ryan Blacklock 13+1, Tony Atkin 13, Adam Extance 7+2, Tom Woolley 3+2, Cameron Hoskins 2+1, Stefan Farnaby 1, Liam Carr R/R.

KING’S LYNN 53: Luke Priest 16+1, James Cockle 12+1, Tom Stokes 8+2, Marc Owen 8+1, Darren Mallett 6, Josh Bailey 3+2, Lewis Rose R/R.

National League points: Buxton 0 King’s Lynn 4