Mildenhall Fen Tigers win at Buxton Hitmen, but Luke Ruddick suffers nasty burns injury

Danno Verge, in great form for Mildenhall at Buxton

Danno Verge, in great form for Mildenhall at Buxton - Credit: Gregg Brown

Buxton Hitmen 40 Mildenhall Fen Tigers 50

Mildenhall Fen Tigers picked up an impressive victory at Buxton Hitmen this afternoon – but at a cost.

The Suffolk side won 50-40 to fire themselves up to third place in the National League table.

However they lost Luke Ruddick, who suffered burns to his arm but no break, after a heat 10 crash with team-mate Jon Armstrong.

It clouded a fine day for the Fen Tigers, as co-promoter James Easter admitted.

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“It was a shame about Luke because he has been riding so well of late and was riding well again,” Easter said.

“It was a hard-fought victory and every rider came to the party, which was nice.

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“Buxton may be bottom but they don’t make live easy and we had to work hard, which we did.”

The Fen Tigers got off to a rocket start at the Buxton circuit, high in the Peak District, and were 18-6 up after just four races, firing in three 5-1 maximums. It was a big lead early on and one Easter’s side never looked like losing.

Connor Mountain won his second race of the afternoon in heat five, before the homesters gained their first heat advantage in heat seven.

If the Hitmen thought it was the start of a comeback, they were mistaken with Dan Halsey racing to two consecutive heat victories, including a heat eight 5-1 with the impressive Danno Verge.

That was as good as meeting over as the rain came down, making life tricky for all the riders.

Ruddick crashed into Armstrong in heat 10, leaving the track in a sling.

The two teams traded 4-2s as Mildenhall ran out comfortable winners.

“We’ve put together a good side here, a great bunch of boys, no bad eggs and the team spirit is good,” Easter added.

“We deliberately set out to do that and it is paying dividends. We have a lot of top young riders coming through as well, so it is exciting times for us at Mildenhall.”

The Fen Tigers are in action at Stoke next Saturday night, before entertaining the Isle of Wight Warriors at West Row next Sunday.

Mildenhall scorers at Buxton: C Mountain 10, R/R, J Armstrong 9+1, L Ruddick 5+1, D Halsey 11, L Whitmore 4+2, D Verge 11+2.

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