Sunday April 26, 2015
A cursory glance at the result of this National League Result might indicate it was a regulation victory for one of the League title favourites Coventry Storm.

In the event it was a much closer affair. Indeed after heat 11 scores were tied at 33 all, it wasn’t until the final 4 heats that Coventry’s strength in depth finally saw them home with two 4-2 and two 5-1 advantages enabling them to claim the full 4 league points on offer.

Both teams lost impetus following a heat 5 clash which saw Storm’s Martin Knuckey withdraw with a knee injury and Buxton’s Adam Extance sustain a suspected broken finger which curtailed his performance in later heats.

The Hitmen can take plenty of positives from this season’s competition debut with a solid 10 points from skipper Tony Atkin and Ryan Blacklock registering 7 paid 9. There was some great passing moves from Ben Hopwood on his home bow which should ensure that more can be expected from the class of 2015.

Buxton Team Manager Jason Pipe was philosophical over his team’s performance and the final result ‘Coventry were into their second or third fixture and their overall fitness has showed today, that plus 11 points from their reserves against our 3 were the key differences between the teams. Yes we missed Paul (Bowen) and Adam (Extance) may have broken a finger but there were top performances from Tony Atkin and Ryan Blacklock. We have to look forward now to Kings Lynn on Friday and the visit of the Cradley Heathens next weekend’
Pipe’s problems were compounded when Cameron Hoskins was injured in a second half race competing for the junior Hitmen in their Midland Development League clash with Coventry Vikings. Hoskins crash necessitated the abandonment of the rest of the meeting due to the lack of medical cover. He was transferred to the local hospital with back injuries.

‘We will have to review the situation with injuries before Friday’s fixture and hope for better news during the course of the week’ added Pipe.
The Hitmen’s next Home meeting is Sunday 3rd May against Cradley Heathens 3.00pm start.

BUXTON 39: Tony Atkin 10, Adam Extance 8, Ryan Blacklock 7+2, Ben Hopwood 7, Tom Woolley 4+2, David Holt 2, Cameron Hoskins 1+1.

COVENTRY 51: Dan Greenwood 15, Darryl Ritchings 9+1, Luke Crang 8+1, Rob Shuttleworth 7+1, Conor Dwyer 7, Stefan Farnaby 4+1, Martin Knuckey 1.