Battling Fen Tigers Just Fall Short in KOC Classic
A superb KO Cup tie between two well matched teams went down to the wire over this weekend’s two meetings.
Saturday evenings 1st leg at Arlington saw a spirited performance from the ‘KJM’ Fen Tigers at a track that is renowned as being a difficult place for visitors! Last season the Fen Tigers capitulated twice in deepest Sussex but this is a very different outfit and with everyone pulling together the team spirit shone through and kept the tie within their grasp.
A heat two win from 15 year old debutant Sam Bebee, after a nasty collision in the second running of the heat had left him and his bike decidedly second hand, was a sign of things to come and although the Fen Tigers managed just three heat winners they only conceded one 5-1 reversal and regularly tucked in for the minor places to hold a very strong Eastbourne line up, led by Elite League rider Adam Ellis, to a manageable twelve points. Everyone contributed valuable points with top scorer Connor Mountain (10+1) leading the way and the unlucky Alfie Bowtell (6+1) suffering bike problems when well placed in heat eleven.
Saturday though was just the precursor for a high quality second leg on an excellently prepared track at Mildenhall stadium on Sunday afternoon. Danny Halsey set the tone for an afternoon that would ebb and flow as he flew from the gate to inflict a rare defeat on Eastbourne’s No 1 Adam Ellis in heat one, recording the fastest time at West Row this season in the process. With the crowd still rocking heat two sent the decibels up a few levels as 15 year old Sam Bebee making his home debut linked up with reserve partner Rob Parker for a storming 5-1 and the deficit was cut in half within two races. With shared heats and an exchange of 4-2’s the Fen Tigers remained six points behind overall going into heat eight.
Tiger Cub Promoted For KOC Tie
Mildenhall ‘KJM’ Fen Tigers boss Kevin Jolly has issued an early season statement of intent giving local 15 year old Sam Bebee the call up for this weekend’s KO Cup ties against the Eastbourne ‘ITFirst’ Eagles.
After hearing on Tuesday morning that Adam Sheppard, who rode for the Fen Tigers on Sunday against the Isle of Wight, had suffered ligament damage plus significant bike damage in a fall during Monday evenings amateur meeting at Kent Jolly resisted the temptation to bring in an ‘old hand’ choosing instead to give the opportunity to one of his promising Fen Tiger Cubs. Bebee , who is from Feltwell, is one of five youngsters on the Fen Tigers Cub roster taking part in this year’s British Youth Championship. He has only been riding speedway for 11 months but has already made a good impression with his skill, willingness to learn and determination.