Following a diabolical April where the weather put pay to four home meetings the ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers are on the road this week as they face the Isle of Wight ‘Warriors’ and Plymouth ‘Devils’ this Thursday and Friday.

These two fixtures now become the opening meetings in the Fen Tigers defence of the National Trophy they won last season beating Plymouth in a pulsating two legged final. They then return home ready for Sunday’s now season opener against the Kent ‘Kings’ (3pm start).

The Fen Tigers Young Guns should not be short of practise though with five of their riders appearing in the British U21 Semi Final and both Josh Bailey and Drew Kemp in the Final at Berwick on Tuesday. There have been guest bookings and plenty of practising for riders when the weather allowed as well and promoter Kevin Jolly is not offering the weather problems as any possible excuse for his team, he said ‘Whilst it would have been good to have started our season with a handful of home meetings I have no doubts that the lads can hit the ground running and collect some important away points from this mini tour. They have been riding whenever possible and are so focused on the season ahead. If we are to achieve our ambitions this season we must be stronger on the road and what better way to start than this week. That said we are not taking anyone lightly home or away and we will be having a good chat on the ferry over to the Island to ensure everyone knows what is required of them.

Sundays opponents Kent are always difficult opponents and we need to be at our sharpest to see them off too, it certainly will be a big four days for the club and we will know a lot more about ourselves come the end of Sundays meeting’.

Team lineups...

Thursday

Isle of Wight ‘Warriors’ 
1.Mark Baseby (G) 9.49 , 2.Chris Widman 4.26, 3. Scott Campos 5.80, 4.Danno Verge 4.49, 5. Ben Hopwood 7.44, 6. Shaun Tedham 3.08, Adam Portwood 3.83.
‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers
1.Josh Bailey 8.87, Sam Bebee 3.00, Jordan Jenkins 7.19 (c), Ryan Kinsley 4.53, Danny Ayres 8.38, Drew Kemp 3.00, Matt Marson 3.00.

Friday
Plymouth ‘Devils’
 1. Adam Roynon 9.67 (c) 2. Ryan Terry-Daley 4.53 3. Henry Atkins 4.69 4. Bradley Andrews 4.68, 5. James Cockle 7.83 6. Richard Andrews 4.45, 7. Macauley Leek 3.00
‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers
1.Josh Bailey 8.87, Sam Bebee 3.00, Jordan Jenkins 7.19 (c), Ryan Kinsley 4.53, Danny Ayres 8.38, Matt Marson 3.00, Drew Kemp 3.00.

Sunday
‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers
1.Josh Bailey 8.87, Sam Bebee 3.00, Jordan Jenkins 7.19 (c), Ryan Kinsley 4.53, Danny Ayres 8.38, Drew Kemp 3.00, Matt Marson 3.00.
Kent ‘Kings’
1. Luke Bowen 9.07 (c), 2. Anders Rowe 5.07, 3. Nathan Stoneman 7.08, 4. Taylor Hampshire 4.18, 5. Jack Thomas 7.43, 6. Alex Spooner 3.00, 7. Jacob Clouting 3.00.