The Wightlink Islanders romped to a magnificent 50-40 victory at the home of the Buxton Hitmen in their away National League match in the Derbyshire Dales this afternoon and did so against all odds.

They were placed under pressure before the match had even begun when they learnt that in-form reserve Gary Cottham’s van had broken down en route and that he and his dad hoped though, to limp home in it, change vehicles and then head north again.

Speaking afterwards joint team manager Chris Hunt said: “It seemed that everything was going against us and we were about to slide to another defeat but what a comeback the lads produced to come from those eight points behind with just six races to go to ultimately win by ten points.

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“It was a brilliant effort from them given all the circumstances and both Kevin Shepherd and I are very proud of the fact that they repaid the faith we have showed in them by not making changes after last Tuesday’s home defeat.

“Hopefully this win will give them the confidence they need to believe in themselves and I’m confident that we’ll build on this by defeating Stoke in our next National League match at home on Tuesday.”


Buxton Hitmen 40: Robert Branford 8, Richard Andrews 1, Luke Priest 6+1, Dean Felton 10+1, Adam McKinna 6+1, Michael Neale 1+1, Ryan Blacklock 8.

Wightlink Islanders 50: Kyle Hughes 8+3, Ben Hopwood 9, Danny Warwick 14+1, Aaron Baseby 3+1, Paul Starke 7, Danny Stoneman 5, Gary Cottham 4+1.

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