Tigers Edge To Victory In Summer Showers
The ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers took their unbeaten home run to eight meetings in what was very much a meeting of two halves!
The meeting got underway in summer sunshine with some excellent racing on a well prepared track. Visiting number one Rob Branford once again showed his liking for the West Row circuit with a fine opening win followed up by a stunning ride in heat five where he was less than .3 second off the track record. In between this two 5-1’s from reserve pairing Jordan Jenkins and Rob Parker, quickly followed by Connor Coles and Alfie Bowtell had given the Fen Tigers an early advantage. With Danny Halsey continuing his fine form of late with two heat victories the lead was six points after heat seven.
At this point the heavens opened and after a difficult heat eight where Jon Armstrong used all his experience to get home in front, there was a delay to proceedings whilst the rain passed and the track was turned round to allow racing to recommence. The track was difficult to start with after the rain but all riders were commended by the referee for their efforts and there was still plenty of exciting racing for the supporters to enjoy. Heat twelve will be remembered by supporters as Halsey did a 360 spin on bend four but skilfully kept the bike moving forward to finish in second place. Branford continued to be unbeatable and combined with Ben Morley for a 5-1 in heat thirteen that reduced the advantage to only four. Heat fifteen looked a difficult one for the Fen Tigers as the same pair again lined up for the Raiders and another 5-1 would have drawn the meeting. However bike problems for Morley soon ended those hopes and although Branford completed a flawless five ride paid maximum the Fen Tigers had secured another important home win.
Heathens ‘Ommered’ By Rampant Tigers!
This will be an afternoon that lives long in Mildenhall supporters memories as a rampant ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers side totally dismantled their biggest rivals to record a stunning thirty one point victory!
But when Cradleys Max Clegg shot from the gate to win heat one in a fast time, a thirty one point victory was the furthest thing on the home side’s minds. Teenage starlets Jordan Jenkins and Sam Bebee lead the re-run of heat two, after a nasty fall for Ben Basford, before Bebee made an error on the third bend and slid off to allow Bradley Andrews through for a fortuitous second place.
Heat three saw the first of seven Fen Tigers 5-1’s as a rejuvenated Alfie Bowtell and partner Connor Coles raced clear of the Cradley pairing. Another fine ride from Clegg in heat five kept the Fen Tigers lead down to seven points, before the team riding duo of Jon Armstrong and Danny Halsey combined to block out the threat of Ellis Perks for the Fen Tigers second 5-1 of the afternoon. When Danny Halsey slid off on the second bend in heat seven the Heathens recorded their only heat advantage of the day, but things were soon back on track in heat eight as the young and the experienced combined for the sweetest of 5-1’s as Armstrong team rode with Jenkins for four laps of perfect speedway!