Saturday June 04, 2016
This meeting turned on a Heat 6 incident when Hitmen’s Jade Mudgway was involved in a first bend incident with Eastbourne’s Charley Powell. Whilst the Eastbourne rider walked away Mudgway was not so lucky requiring a trip to the hospital.

There was quite a delay whilst the medics looked after the Buxton Skipper. The Hitmen were then unfortunately left to cover his rides with reserves and what looked like a big ask at the start became almost impossible. With only Danny Ayers winning a race for the visitors, Ayers guesting for number 1 Ollie Greenwood was unbeaten until Heat 15 finishing on 13 points. Ryan Blacklock scored 9 but the heart of the team was lost without Mudgway.

Reserve Ryan Burton rode better than his score suggested and he too was involved in a couple of spills.

All in all the Eagles were the better outfit on the night.

Mudgway was detained in Hospital in Brighton for observation overnight with a bang to the head but was in better spirits on Sunday morning

‘Takes more than that to break me. I’m feeling a bit worse for wear. I’ve had a good bump to the head but will be ok. Thanks everyone for the well wishes it really helps and means a lot having so many people that care. Looking forward to getting home and seeing my boys.’

He was expected to travel back to his Middlesborough base today (Sunday) whilst his team mates head for West Row Mildenhall for the second meeting of their Southern tour. Kings Lynn’s Tom Stokes will provide guest cover for the Hitmen who also welcome back number 1 Ollie Greenwood for a tough looking National League encounter with the Fen Tigers.

Buxton Promoter Jayne Moss thanked Tom Stokes for stepping in at short notice. ‘You have to expect the unexpected in Speedway and we would like to thank Tom for stepping in to help us out. We are obviously worried about Jade but it’s good to see he’s being released from Hospital to travel home today’

TRAVEL PLUS NATIONAL LEAGUE EASTBOURNE 57: Georgie Wood 14+3, Jake Knight 12+1, Mark Baseby 10+1, Dan Greenwood 10, Charley Powell 8+1, Luke Harris 3+2, Gary Cottham r/r BUXTON 32: Danny Ayres 13, Ryan Blacklock 9, Lee Geary 4+1, Ryan Burton 4, Shelby Rutherford 1+1, Jade Mudgway 1, Steve Jones r/r National League points: Eastbourne 3 Buxton 0