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!
Old Rivals Meet On Sunday
This Sunday (21st August at 3.30pm) sees possibly the most anticipated meeting of the National League season for reasons that have been well documented. The old rivalries between Mildenhall and Cradley ‘Motor Market’ Heathens will be relit as the ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers management welcome in their opponents for what will hopefully be a closely contested meeting played out in a good spirit in front of a good crowd.
Recent seasons have seen some highly charged meetings between the two sides with plenty of exciting racing and Sunday looks set to carry on in that vein. Cradley have possibly the strongest top two in the National League with Max Clegg and Ashley Morris, but this partnership will be split-up on Sunday as Morris is required in the Premier League with Peterborough. In his place Cradley have turned to an ex-rider enjoying an excellent season with the Kings Lynn Young Stars, Nathan Greaves! For most of the season it has been the two heat leaders plus Luke Chessell who have provided the fireworks for Cradley as the lower end have struggled somewhat, not helped by the injury to ex-Fen Tiger James Purchase (whom the Heathens will operate rider replacement for). They will be hoping for stronger support from the Richard & Bradley Andrews plus Ben Basford to bank some all important lower end points on Sunday.