The ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers suffered a 59-31 defeat at Perry Bar last night against National League leaders Birmingham, however the result was very much secondary following the loss of rising star Connor Mountain to a serious injury.

Mountain crashed at speed in heat three of last night’s meeting and complained of lower back pain whilst being attended to on the track. A trip to hospital revealed the bad news that he had broken L3 in his back and is waiting to hear if he needs an operation, the injury ending what had been a highly successful season for the Fen Tigers star.

Although the Fen Tigers battled hard with both Danny Halsey and Connor Coles offering strong resistance, they could not match the home side on an evening when their minds were obviously focused elsewhere.

Club Chairman Kevin Jolly was clearly shaken by the injury to his young start heat leader, he said “This has hit everyone at the club hard, Connor is extremely popular around Mildenhall speedway, is an outstanding young man and our thoughts are with him at this time. He was enjoying another highly successful season and in my mind was ready to take a full time Premier League place when he has suddenly been stopped in his tracks. We will be saying to him take as long as you need to get 100% fit and well before he considers returning, he does have time on his side and hopefully he can return next season and carry on where he left off this one before this crash.

This sort of thing knocks you for six when you work so closely with the lads, but as they say the show must go on and after speaking with Connor’s father Andy today, I felt more comfortable about moving quickly to fill the gap in the side by signing a familiar face around Mildenhall speedway, Bury St Edmunds based Kyle Hughes”.

Hughes himself has just recovered from a bad injury, breaking his leg whilst making his debut for Eastbourne at Arlington Stadium back in late March. He has been practising recently and had some track time at Mildenhall after the recent Isle of Wight meeting. He has been seen regularly around the pits at home and away Mildenhall meetings in the last few weeks and has been working on his fitness levels with Fen Tiger Connor Coles. Many Fen Tigers supporters will remember Hughes as a raw exciting 15 year old back in 2004 as he started out on his speedway career.

Speaking of Hughes signing Jolly said “Obviously this was a move made in circumstances I hoped we would never have to make, but Kyle will be a good fit for us. He rides Mildenhall well is a true header at this level, as Connor is, and is popular in the pits and will slot easily into the team ethic at Mildenhall. Other teams were showing an interest in Kyle but he has agreed agreed to come to us and he cannot wait to make his debut for us. He will take his place in the team for the National League fixture against Kent on Sunday 7th August”.

Birmingham Brummies 59
Tom Bacon 14, Jack Smith 10+2, Danyon Hume 8+1, Darryl Ritchings 8, Tom Perry 7+2, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 6+3, Tony Atkin 6+2

Mildenhall ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Tigers 31
Dan Halsey 11, Connor Coles 10+1, Jon Armstrong 4, Alfie Bowtell 3, Luke Ruddick 2, Chris Widman 1, Connor Mountain 0