Today's Meeting Is Off!
(Mildenhall v Rye House - Sunday 26th April)
Raiders Expected On Sunday
This coming Sunday (26th) the Fen Tigers face the Rye House Raiders who make the short trip from their Hoddesdon home for an important National trophy tie. The Fen Tigers lost by eleven points at Rye House at the beginning of the month and will be out for revenge on Sunday.
They will though be without Nick Laurence who broke his collarbone on Sunday and will operate Rider Replacement in his absence. The club are still actively seeking a replacement for the problematic number two position in the team, but in the absence of any immediate options promoter Kevin Jolly felt Rider Replacement was the best way to feel the gap in the side. He said: “We do need to find a long term replacement for Liam Rumsey, and we are making progress, but for the short term R/R will suit us, with Jack (Kingston) back and looking good and the two reserves impressing every time they appear, they will more than cover the gap in the side I am sure. Tom (Bacon) and Luke (Ruddick) will appreciate the additional track time and these two lads have been the highlight of the season so far. Watching them it is difficult to believe they have only a handful of meetings between them at this level”
Winning Start For Tigers
After three defeats the Fen Tigers kick started their season with a 48-41 victory to claim all three points in their opening National League fixture.
With returning Jack Kingston in scintillating form with three heat wins and fine support from his team mates the victory although not clear cut always looked the only likely outcome. After two exclusions for both teams No 1's in heat 1 Kingston beat Danno Verge to give the Fen Tigers a 3-2 lead, which had extended to three points when an unfortunate crash left Mildenhall guest Nick Laurence out of the meeting with a suspected broken collarbone in heat 5. Laurence who is just returning to the sport after some time out had looked on the pace in his second ride until he lost control on the back straight and was catapulted from his bike.
Although a rider down the Fen Tigers continued to slowly increase their lead, both reserves Tom Bacon and Luke Ruddick covering well for Laurence. A 5-1 for Kingston and Ruddick in heat 8 saw the Fen Tigers move five points ahead and a further 5-1 in heat 10 from captain Dan halsey and Kingston again saw the Fen Tigers comfortably in the lead for the first time during the afternoon. Victory was confirmed with another 5-1 in heat 14, this time the ever improving Bacon and Ruddick combined to ensure the points were Mildenhall's.