Happiness is 40 – 38!
It may well be a saying from a time gone by in speedway history, but it certainly applied today as Mildenhall speedway turned back the clock for an afternoon of old style speedway entertainment.
Two balanced sides giving there all, produced some exciting racing in front of a good crowd. Heat One will probably go down as the race of the season at Mildenhall as Danny ‘Mr Entertainment’ Ayres and Nathan Stoneman repeatedly exchanged positions whilst chasing hard to catch Danny Halsey, Stoneman finally getting the better of Ayres to finish behind Halsey.
Heat Two followed the pattern of Heat One as young guns Taylor Hampshire and Jordan Jenkins had the crowd entranced as they displayed their prodigious skills. The fast gating Hampshire unable to hold Jenkins at bay as the ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tiger executed a smooth pass to defeat his opponent. The action was coming fast and furious and two heats later Hampshire exacted revenge on Jenkins with another fast start that this time saw him to victory, not before a heart stopping moment coming off bend four when Jenkins nearly collected Hampshire after picking up some unexpected drive. It was only the 15 year old starlet’s composure that allowed him to regain control of his machine in an instant and avoid what could have been a nasty moment! Heat Eight saw another fine ride by Ayres to hold off Stoneman as the two battled again for victory. By this point the NL Select’s guest Team Manager Nigel Flatman had started employing the Tactical Substitute to his advantage to pull his charges back into the meeting.
Fen Tigers Win Local Derby
The ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers completed their home National League schedule with a four point victory over their Norfolk rivals in a closely contested meeting.
The Fen Tigers raced to an opening 5-1 from Danny Halsey and Jon Armstrong before two shared heats and a 4-2 reserve bought the visitors right into the meeting, heat four being a fine victory for the most impressive of the visitors Nathan Greaves. Greaves was again the victor in heat six where he held off the attentions of Connor Coles and Halsey. Heat wins for Armstrong and Halsey in heats seven and eight respectively kept the Fen Tigers ahead but they were finding it hard to shake off their dogged opponents, Greaves epitomised that spirit in heat eight where although falling on the second bend remounted and made up nearly half a lap on Rob Parker to pass him on the final bend!
Although continuing to provide heat winners the home side were also providing too many last places, and when Halsey experienced an expensive sounding retirement whilst leading in heat eleven the visitors closed the gap to only two points. Heat twelve proved an important turning point as a smart reserve change by Team Manager Robert Henry saw Joe Lawlor come in for Parker to join Coles for a 5-1 that gave the home side some valuable breathing space. Although ex Fen Tiger Tom Bacon won heat thirteen another strong ride from Alfie Bowtell and the gutsy Lawlor saw the Fen Tigers needing to avoid a 5-1 in heat fifteen to win the meeting. A shared heat duly saw the final score 47 – 43 in favour of Mildenhall.