Resounding Win At Buxton!
On a sunny and sultry afternoon in the Peak District a Fen Tigers side missing two of their heat leaders roared to a comprehensive victory against the Buxton Hitmen.
The Fen Tigers adapted better than their hosts to some difficult track conditions and never looked in any danger of defeat as their sharper gating saw them increase their lead throughout the afternoon. If it hadn’t been for a handful of unfortunate incidents for Connor Coles, Jack Kingston and Lee Payne when in good scoring positions the Fen Tigers would have sailed past the 60 points mark! Such was the visitors dominance over their hosts that Buxton had to use both TR’s in an attempt to stay within striking distance.
Captain Dan Halsey led the way with an immaculate maximum and received fine support from the other five Fen Tigers who all scored at least paid 9 for their efforts. Acting Team Manager Kevin Jolly even had the luxury of giving reserves Jack Kingston and Connor Mountain a rare outing in Heat 15 as he looked to give all six riders five rides!
Speaking after the meeting Kevin Jolly expressed his pleasure with a job well done: “It is never easy to come here and get the win and today the lads did so in some style with a great team display with everyone scoring well. The track conditions were not the best but we knuckled down from the start and they carried on from where they left off in the two meetings against Kent. I feel we are now seeing the team really coming together and we go into the very important meeting at Leicester next Sunday in good shape.
Tigers Head To The Dales
A somewhat weakened Fen Tigers head to the Derbyshire Dales on Sunday to face the Buxton Hitmen, knowing nothing less than victory will do as they continue to push for one of the National League Play Off places.
With both Joe Jacobs and Josh Bates unavailable due to commitments with their Premier League clubs, the Fen Tigers will operate Rider Replacement for Jacobs, whilst Stokes Lee Payne has been drafted in as a guest for Bates. Buxton too have their own selection problems and are missing number 1 Liam Carr who is riding for his Premier League club and also Ryan Blacklock who has his hand in plaster following a fall last week in the defeat against Cradley. Buxton will operate Rider Replacement in his absence, whilst another Stoke rider, Chris Widman, guests for Carr.
This will be the second meeting of the season between the Mildenhall and the third tiers longest serving team with the Fen Tigers already taking three points from the Hitmen in a comprehensive 57-36 victory and Club Chairman is looking for a similarly convincing performance from his charge at Hi-Edge.