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Storm remain on track for National title

By Steve Carpenter Tuesday 06 August 2013 Updated: 12/08 10:59

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STORM remain in the hunt for the National League title thanks to a narrow victory over Buxton although a late comeback by the hitmen restricted the home side to two points rather than three.

The Storm always looked likely to have enough to take victory in a competitive encounter on Friday evening with a solid top-five display, but the visitors were always in contention to snatch a point, and did so in Heat 15.

That came courtesy of a 5-1 from captain Charles Wright and impressive youngster Liam Carr, whilst the scoring of Ryan Blacklock at reserve was also important for the visitors.

Storm were thankful for a stunning 5-1 from Joe Jacobs and James Sarjeant in Heat 13 as they kept Wright in third place, and that proved crucial in the final analysis.

Co-boss Blayne Scroggins said: “We wanted all three points so we’ve dropped one, but let’s concentrate on the two.

“We still have to be pleased with a win, bouncing back from losing to the Isle of Wight and there’s a great spirit, which we saw with Rob (Branford) lending his bike to Martin (Knuckey), and also from James (Sarjeant) when he found he wasn’t in Heat 15 but went straight to the other two boys and did a captain’s job.

“Buxton have certainly found form in the last few weeks and when you’ve got Charles Wright there you know you’ve got points in the bag. The 5-1 in Heat 13 was certainly the match-winner for us.”

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