Sunday May 13, 2018
BUXTON put in battling display against title favourites Mildenhall at the West Row Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the Travel Plus National League losing out 55-35.

Mildenhall were hit by the non-appearance of Danny Ayres while the Hitmen used Sam Woolley to replace Corban Pavitt who was also missing.

Ben Wilson was on fine form for the Hitmen scoring 15 points and it was a welcome return to action for David Wallinger as he chipped in with 10 points on his return but it was the all-round strength of the Fen Tigers that came through in the end with reserve Drew Kemp, Ryan Kinsley and Josh Bailey all scoring double figures for the Suffolk side.

Mildenhall took the lead in the second heat with a 5-1 from Kemp and Matt Marson and were held to that four-point lead until heat five at the Tigers secured a 4-2 from Anders Rowe and Kinsley over Wilson to lead 18-12. Heat six saw Hitmen skipper Tom Woolley gate and take the lead before Kemp dived inside Woolley and Tigers Josh Bailey before Kemp locked up with the Tiger then taking both wheels off the track and then returning slowing Woolley down and allowing Bailey to go past the Woolley for the victory despite the Buxton skipper being impeded, resulting in Kemp being excluded for a drawn heat.
Buxton continued to battle away with a couple of drawn heats before they were again hit for a 5-1 by Kemp and Marson over Kieran Douglas and then a further 5-1 a couple of races later by Tigers pairing of Kinsley and Bailey over Wallinger leaving the hitmen trailing 37-23 after 10 heats.

Wilson (twice) and Wallinger (once) then took race victories in the next three heats for drawn heats but Mildenhall completed the victory with a couple of 5-1 race victories in the final two heats to make it look a more comprehensive victory than it actually was.

Team manager Josh Moss said “We were up against a really good side especially around their home track but we gave them a run for their money and the two 5-1’s in the final couple of races made the score look a little flattering to them. Ben (Wilson) rode extremely well and David Wallinger hit the ground running on his return. I was pleased to see Lewis Whitmore get his first win for us and Kieran Douglas who rode hard for his paid five points (4+1) and I can see the progression of the youngsters with every meeting but of course we miss Connor (Coles) and we will continue our search to attempt to get cover for him while he’s out injured.”

MILDENHALL 55: Drew Kemp 13+2, Ryan Kinsley 13+1, Josh Bailey 11+2, Anders Rowe 8+1, Matt Marson 7+3, Sam Woods 3+3, Sam Bebee r/r
BUXTON 35: Ben Wilson 15, David Wallinger 10, Kieran Douglas 4+1, Tom Woolley 3, Lewis Whitmore 3, Sam Woolley 0, Connor Coles r/r