Hitmen to face stars of Sheffield

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After another weeks break in fixtures for the Buxton Hitmen speedway team are gearing up for a busy week which sees them take on the biggest teams in the National League.

Sunday sees Sheffield head to Buxton and it’s going to be a tough one for the Hitmen as the Sheffield side is made up of Premier League regulars like Ashley Birks and Richie Worrall who can both rack up the points on Buxton’s track on a good day.

Team Manger Jack Lee said: “The boys need to be on the gas on Sunday. Sheffield are a really good team and we saw what Ashley Birks could do round here the other week when he was guesting for King’s Lynn and there’s another three of four riders who can score equally as good as him in the Sheffield side, so we have really got to be on top form on Sunday and pull it out of the bag.”

Tuesday and the Hitmen head to Wolverhampton to take on rivals the Dudley Heathens and Buxton will be wanting revenge after the Heathens defeated the Derbyshire side at home in June.

The two teams are usually close in scores which provides some exciting racing and high emotion on and off the track.

Friday then sees the re-run of the rained-off Stoke fixture at Loomer Road from earlier in the season.

Stoke are also key players in this year’s league so it will be another tough test for the Buxton team.

Team boss Lee believes it has been tough this year on his team who only have a couple of riders who maintain their race fitness level with premier league and guest bookings, with the rest of the team going weeks without racing.

He said: “Having gaps between meetings isn’t good for anyone especially the riders because if you’re not riding speedway at least once a week you can’t keep the same level of fitness and muscle fitness that you need.

“You can go to the gym and do weights but it’s not the same as riding a speedway bike so the lads need the track time and they need to be riding at least once or twice a week and with the fixtures being as up and down as they have been this year I think that’s been part of the problem with the way we have been scoring this year.

“It’s annoying as we have had around five weeks of no fixtures and now we have a load bunched together but that’s the way it is and other teams have had the same problem.

“We are not going to get into the play-offs this year, it’s too late for us now but we want to finish this week on a high so we have got to go out there and perform.”

Sunday’s meeting starts at 3pm.