Dan Halsey Is NLRC Champion!
Mildenhall Fen Tigers Captain Danny Halsey took victory in the National League Riders Championship at Rye House this afternoon. After finishing second in his first ride Halsey claimed three straight wins including an all important heat nine victory against fellow leaders Joe Jacobs and Cradley’s Steve Worrall. With Jacobs unfortunately stopped in his tracks when leading heat sixteen, the result of Scunthorpe’s Aaron Mogridge crashing into him on the fourth bend, it was Worrall who stood between Halsey and victory. Worrall completed his rides in heat eighteen with an impressive thirteen point total, two points ahead of the Fen Tiger who was still to take his final ride in the last heat of the afternoon.
With the tension mounting the first attempt to run heat twenty saw Cradley rider Paul Starke fall on the first bend, his exclusion leaving just three riders in the re-run. With Halsey again leading Max Clegg (Cradley) closed in and tried to squeeze through the inside on the fourth turn but Halsey blocked the Cradley rider’s path, who then spent the remainder of the race gesticulating to the referee, and then pulled away to be the first Fen Tiger to lift the title for 15 years.
After the meeting a jubilant Halsey spoke to Cambridge News reporter David Crane about the controversial heat twenty; he said: “I was trying to cover the inside but he (Clegg) somehow nearly got past. We hit twice and I leaned against him a bit. I wasn’t sure what was happening so I didn’t want to celebrate. I’ve been favourite before but this time I was far from it and it took the pressure off. The track suited me as it was slick and I knew if I made the gates I would have a chance.”
National Trophy Returns To West Row!
The Mildenhall Fen Tigers are the 2014 National Trophy winners!
Two convincing performances against the Stoke Potters saw the Fen Tigers lift the trophy they last won during their Grand Slam season of 2012 by an aggregate score of 102-78 although sadly the victory has been tainted by a horrific leg injury to Connor Coles sustained after he fell in Heat 6 of the second leg.
Briefly returning to Saturday evening, a Fen Tigers line up missing both Josh Bates and Connor Mountain through injury, were never behind in a first leg which saw the Suffolk side put in their most impressive away performance of the season. Led by a peerless five ride maximum from number one Joe Jacobs the remaining Fen Tigers and guest reserve Ellis Perks all contributed well to an efficient and professional performance at Loomer Road.