Hitmen still looking for first win of season after loss to Mildenhall

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Buxton are still looking for their first win of the season after losing to Travel Plus National League leaders Mildenhall 32-58 at Hi-Edge Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

Mildenhall got off to a flying start as fifteen-year old sensation Drew Kemp stormed to victory over team mate Ryan Kinsley for a 5-1 over Ben Wilson. Buxton took the minor placing in the next couple of races and trailed 7-11 after three heats before struck with vengeance as they gained three 4-2 heat advantages and a further two 5-1 maximum heat victories which left the home side reeling leaving them losing 15-33 after eight races.

The Hitmen managed to gain a couple of drawn heats to stem the tied before Kemp and Kinsley managed to gain a 4-2 over home skipper Tom Woolley to extend the Suffolk sides lead.

Connor Coles then put in a forceful first and second turn to push Josh Bailey wide and despite Bailey’s attempts to get past the home rider Coles held on to take the chequered flag and become the Hitmen’s first race winner of the afternoon.

Danny Ayres and Drew Kemp gained a 4-2 in heat thirteen with Wilson managing to split the away pairing and, in the process, stop Kemp scoring a maximum and the meeting finished as it started with a 5-1 for the Tigers as Kemp took the flag ahead of Ayres who scored a paid maximum ahead of Coles.

The result means that the Tigers extend their lead at the top of the table to seven points.

Team manager Joshua Moss commented “Everyone put in a shift today but Mildenhall showed why they are top of the table and were most pundits favourites for the title at the beginning of the season. I couldn’t really have asked anymore from the lads, they rode hard and there was some good racing but you could see the confidence in the Mildenhall team especially after they beat Belle Vue so convincingly on Saturday night. On a positive note for us Connor Coles rode extremely well as did Corban Pavitt on their returns to action at Hi-Edge after being out injured and Ben (Wilson) and Tom (Woolley) did their dependable job as they’ve done all season. Kieran Douglas rode well for little reward as did Lewis (Whitmore) who just had one of those days that we all have but he will bounce back in the next meeting I have no doubt.”

BUXTON 32: Connor Coles 9+2, Ben Wilson 9, Tom Woolley 8, Corban Pavitt 5+2, Kieran Douglas 1+1, Lewis Whitmore 0, James Cockle r/r

MILDENHALL 58: Danny Ayres 14+1, Drew Kemp 13, Jordan Jenkins 8+1, Josh Bailey 8, Ryan Kinsley 7+1, Matt Marson 5+1, Sam Bebee 3+1

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