Busy Bank Holiday Weekend Ahead!
The ‘KJM’ Fen Tigers have a busy Bank Holiday weekend in front of them with the visit of the Coventry Storm to Mildenhall Stadium on Sunday (29th May 3.30pm) followed by a trip to Central Park (30th May 3pm) the next day to face the powerful Kent Kings.
Promoter Kevin Jolly has been cheered by the news that not one, but two of his original 2016 septet return over the weekend. Danny Halsey, who missed last Sundays victory against Belle Vue, returns to the team on Sunday but not in his accustomed Number One slot as that has been taken for now by rising start Connor Mountain whose revised average of 8.60 has seen him jump to the top of the team. With Jon Armstrong back last Sunday and also in fine form Jolly hopes the continued competition between his top three will light the fuse that ignites the Fen Tigers season!
At the bottom end of the side equally positive is the return of Luke Ruddick following a wrist injury sustained against Kent in the National Trophy back in early April. Ruddick who has missed seven weeks will make his first steps towards a full return in the MDL following Sundays meeting with the plan, if all goes well, for a full return at Kent on Monday. On Sunday his place in the side will again be taken by Lee Springthorpe.
Upward Curve Continues With Belle Vue Defeat
The strong team spirit and togetherness shown at the Isle of Wight continued into today’s meeting as the ‘KJM’ Fen Tigers overcame the loss of No 1 Danny Halsey to record their opening league win of the season. With the top five all being paid for nine points of more the Fen Tigers had too much overall scoring power for a battling Belle Vue side led superbly by maximum man Matt Williamson.
Williamson opened his account in heat one beating Halsey’s replacement guest Ellis Perks with Alfie Bowtell tucking into third for a shared heat. A potential 4-2 advantage in heat two became a 4-2 for the visitors when Lee Springthorpe slid off on the last two bends. This was followed by some tight racing which saw the scores level at 21 all after seven heats, the highlight of the opening exchanges being a classic cut back and pass from the returning Jon Armstrong in heat four.
The Fen Tigers then drew away as a 4-2 in heat eight with a fine win by Bowtell was followed by successive 5-1’s in heats nine and ten to extend the home sides lead to ten points. Heat eleven saw the first of three titanic battles between Armstrong and Williamson as the respective top scorers battled all the way to the line in each race. Although Williamson came out on top 3-0, the skill from both riders was a joy to watch. With good support from Rob Shuttleworth, Williamson was able to keep Belle Vue in the meeting and a final 4-2 in heat fifteen saw the visitors claim a valuable away point as the meeting finished 48-42 in favour of the Fen Tigers.