Tigers Succumb to Heathens
With only pride to race for following a heavy defeat in the first leg, the Fen Tigers again failed to beat Cradley at the third time of asking this season at West Row. A series of falls when in point scoring positions did not help the home side’s cause with flying reserve Jack Kingston the worst offender.
With Simon Lambert, drafted in to replace Steve Worrall, and Paul Starke in fine form it took to heat seven before the Fen Tigers claimed a race winner when Kingston and partner Joe Jacobs combined for a 5-1 to drag the home side back into the meeting. Kingston then followed up again in Heat eight as the Fen Tigers pulled to within two of the visitors. It was nip and tuck from then on until a heat thirteen 5-1 from Captain Dan Halsey and Jacobs brought the scores level at 39-39. With all to play for the meeting turned into a disaster for the Fen Tigers in the space of a couple of minutes. First Kingston gated ahead of partner Brendan Johnson only to lose control and fall on the fourth bend, the resulting exclusion leaving Mildenhall with only one rider in the re-run. This time as all three riders entered the third bend in a line, Phillips on the outside came down. A difficult call went the way of the visitors with this time Johnson being excluded. This left the two Heathens Perry and Phillips to ride round for a 5-1 to seal the victory. A 4-2 to the visitors in the final race put further daylight between the sides, with Cradley running out winners 48-41.
Although everything points to Sunday being the Fen Tigers final home meeting of a successful 2014 season, the current crop of Fen Tigers are being urged by Club Chairman Kevin Jolly to remember the 2011 Play Off Final 2nd leg against Scunthorpe in which the Fen Tigers were just a whisker away from the biggest turn around in recent Speedway history. After a 62-33 defeat at Scunthorpe, the Fen Tigers nearly achieved the impossible by winning the 2nd leg 59-31 to go down by just one point overall.
This time though it is even more difficult following a comprehensive 68-27 defeat at Monmore Green on Tuesday evening which leaves the injury hit Fen Tigers attempting to turn around a 41 point deficit. With four of their seven injured for Tuesday’s clash and one more unavailable the Fen Tigers bravely battled against a side full of riders plying their trade in the Premier and Elite Leagues. Thankfully for Sunday’s fixture Joe Jacobs, Jack Kingston and hopefully Connor Mountain will all return to the fold.