On a barmy summers evening at West Row, Danny Halsey showed a real liking for Saturday evening speedway with an peerless six ride maximum to lead a weakened ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers to victory 51 – 39.

With the home side operating R/R for injured Kyle Hughes and with young reserve Jordan Jenkins on British Youth Championship duty at Belle Vue they took some time to really assert themselves over their visitors. Visiting number one Ben Wilson was impressive in heat one as Stoke took an early lead before young Fen Tiger Sam Bebee had an immediate reward for his weekend practise session with a pillar to post victory in heat two. The heat though was drawn after an alarming crash by Joe Lawlor that thankfully saw the Manchester born youngster straight back onto his feet to the relief of everyone. Two further drawn heats saw Stoke lead 13-11 after four heats before the first 5-1of the evening from Halsey and Connor Coles saw the home side finally get their noses in front. Three more drawn heats followed as Stoke battled manfully to contain the Fen Tigers and after heat eight the score was 25-23 to the Fen Tigers.

Just like last week though, it was in the second half of the meeting that the Fen Tigers took control, and heat nine will be remembered for some time! With Alfie Bowtell suffering problems with his bike Danny Halsey leant his team mate his trusty steed and Bowtell responded with a crackerjack ride as he battled with Ben Hopwood for four laps, whilst team mate Coles was not to be outdone going round the outside of Bowtell and Hopwood to join his partner for a second 5-1 of the meeting.

When the excitement dies down an immediate 5-1 reverse from Tony Atkin and the impressive Danny Phillips saw the lead back to two points. At this point Halsey took control first producing an immaculate cut back off the final bend in heat eleven to pass Wilson on the race to the line and then winning heats 13 and 15 in fine style as the Fen Tigers closed out the meeting with a third 5-1 of the evening.

There were plenty of positives for Team Manager Robert Henry tonight, he said “Although we probably made things a little more difficult than we should have tonight, Stoke kept us honest and in the end a twelve point victory was well earned. Danny Halsey was superb tonight as he has been recently both home and away, when he rides like this there are few that can get near him here. I was pleased for Sam (Bebee) who bounced back from a couple of difficult meetings to show the potential we know he has, and Alfie (Bowtell) put in a couple of excellent rides when we needed them.

Connor Coles after a rather impetuous performance in his first ride was also excellent and produced some fine passes and things look promising for tomorrow at Coventry”.

After the main meeting the ‘Stonefield Farm Shop’ Fen Tiger Cubs dispatched the MK Knights 27-9 with a powerful performance led by the impressive Taylor Hampshire who recorded a three ride maximum clocking a couple of quick times.

Mildenhall ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers 51
Danny Halsey 18 (6 Rides), Connor Coles 11+3 (6), Alfie Bowtell 8+2 (5), Sam Bebee 7+1 (5), Jon Armstrong 6 (5), Joe Lawlor 1(3), R/R Kyle Hughes

Stoke ‘A R Richards’ Potters 39
Danny Phillips 9+2 (5 Rides), Ben Hopwood 9 (6), Ben Wilson 7 (4), Tony Atkin 6 (4), Lee Geary 5+1 (6), Paul Burnett 3+1 (6), R/R Shaun Tedham

‘Stonefield Farm Shop’ Fen Tiger Cubs 27
Taylor Hampshire 9 (3), Sam Bebee 7+2 (3), Alfie Bowtell 6 (3), Alex Spooner 5+2(3)

MK Knights 9
Niall Strudick 6 (4), Connor King 2 (4), William O’Keefe 1+1 (4)