Monday August 29, 2016
The BMR Raiders maintained their recent tremendous run of form as they romped to their biggest win of the season with a 56-34 victory over bottom club Buxton in the second half of Bank Holiday Monday’s double header at Rye House.

The last fortnight has already seen the Raiders lift the National League Fours Championship, produce a stunning come-from-behind victory over Coventry and take home a match point from Mildenhall - and the Hitmen became their latest victims here as they were outpaced to the tune of thirteen heat wins to two.

Rob Branford and Ben Morley bagged eight of those successes between them, with both going through the card, in Branford’s case for the third match in a row. Both Sam Woods and Luke Priest were close to joining them in the unbeaten stakes, with Woods posting three paid wins before a hiccough in his last ride, and Priest blasting 12 out of 12 before lifting from the gate in the nominated heat. Although the Rye House captain was able to get his machine under control and quickly rounded Lee Dicken for second spot, he left himself too much to do in his chase-down of remaining adversary Tom Bacon.

It was only a minor blip in the scheme of things, however as the skipper said afterwards: “There was a real feel-good factor out there today. We’ve been getting stronger and stronger these last few meetings. It’s been great for the confidence of the lads, and everyone chipped in and had a good meeting.”

From a personal viewpoint, “I’ve just done four meetings in four days, and I had a big crash (guesting) at Plymouth on Saturday. I’ve still been feeling the effects today, so to go through the card in my first four I was really happy. I didn’t want to turn Heat 15 down; I felt I was good enough, and I should really have got a max but I made a small mistake and it cost me. But I’m still happy with my points.”

Priest was also quick to praise Sam Woods’ stand-out contribution behind the Raiders’ “Big Three”. “Sam has had a tough time this season; he’s been in and out of the team and struggled with engines, so for him to go unbeaten in his first three rides was really good for him and for the team.

“Everyone’s doing well now, and we’re on a bit of a roll – and we like it!”

BMR Raiders:

Robert Branford 15 (5 rides, max), Luke Priest 13 (5), Ben Morley 11+1 (4 rides, max), Sam Woods 6+3 (4), George Hunter 4+1 (4), Connor Locke 4 (4), Matt Saul 3 (4)

Tom Bacon (guest) 11 (5 rides), David Wallinger 8+2 (7), Shelby Rutherford 7+2 (7), Ryan Burton 3+1 (4), Lee Dicken 3 (5), Ryan Blacklock 2 (2), David Speight R/R

Match Points: Rye House 3 Buxton 0

Footnote: Visiting captain Ryan Blacklock was ruled out of the match following a right clavicle injury sustained in his second ride.