Following a further SCB tribunal hearing on Tuesday 19 July, the Board have considered the appeal lodged by Mildenhall, and have imposed a new fine of £1250 (£1000 suspended until November 2017), an immediate deduction of 3pts, with an agreement to re-stage the aborted Mildenhall v Cradley fixture. Entrance for that event will be reduced to £10.00 per adult, and a free programme. It is hoped that a new re-staging date can be swiftly agreed.
The appeal was lodged by James Easter of Mildenhall, who in his advisory role took on the responsibility of finalising an suitable agreement with the Control Board. Originally Cradley were awarded the points but this caused understandable annoyance with other clubs who considered that the West Midlands club would obtain an unfair advantage.
Easter in his role as National League Sponsor said “Once the original edict was issued I could see that this would cause considerable aggravation, and really wasn’t in the interests of the League. The only way this could be changed was if Mildenhall lodged an appeal...this I considered was in the best general interests of speedway, as we have to consider the bigger picture rather than the interests of any single club”
Elusive Away Victory Arrives At Last!!
‘After nearly a season and a half of near misses and disappointments the KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers ended their away day blues in the most emphatic manner with a scintillating sixteen point win at Buxton.
Although Buxton managed to keep hold of a rampant Fen Tigers septet in the early heats it was the visitors who were providing the heat winners following a victory in Heat One for the returning home number one Lee Dicken. Connor Mountain twice, Danny Halsey, Jon Armstrong and Alfie Bowtell all saw the chequered flag as the visitors took a four point lead after six heats.
Heats seven and eight effectively took the meeting away from Buxton as first Halsey and Connor Coles combined for a 5-1 before Chris Widman and Bowtell repeated the dose in heat eight to extend the Fen Tigers lead to twelve points. Another impressive victory for the ultra fast Mountain in heat nine with Luke Ruddick picking up a third place saw the lead further extended, before the Armstrong, Widman pairing secured victory with another 5-1 in heat eleven as the Fen Tigers stretched their lead to twenty points!