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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!
The same pair combined again two heats later to dispatch Luke Chessell and Richard Andrews with another fine ride. A third fine heat win by Clegg gave the visitors a little respite before Jenkins defied his age with a ride of skill and maturity to pass Chessell and race away for a sparkling win. The meeting was won but the rampaging Fen Tigers were not stepping off the gas and pressed home the advantage in a fantastic heat thirteen. The hitherto unbeaten Clegg again got away quickest but first Halsey and then Armstrong passed Clegg with perfectly timed moves to race away together for their second 5-1 of the day. A great gate from Bowtell and Bebee repeated the dose in heat fourteen, before the Fen Tigers hit sixty in heat fifteen as for the third time in the day Armstrong and Halsey combined for another flying 5-1 that left Clegg trailing behind in third.
Club Chairman Kevin Jolly could barely suppress his massive smile afterwards, he said “This was a little bit special today, all six lads gave their all, riding with passion and no little skill for what was probably just about a perfect afternoon for our fans. It would , I guess, be unfair to single anyone out today, but I must make mention of Jon (Armstrong), his influence in the pits with the youngsters is massive and on the track he took me back to a different era with some wonderful team riding. If our lads don’t listen and learn from Jon they are missing out on a marvellous opportunity.
I am sure our supporters have headed home with big smiles on their faces and today was for them, they have stuck with the lads this season and backed me personally and I would like to thank them for that. We will enjoy the moment, but then prepare for Coventry on Friday where we will be going all out for the win”
Mildenhall’KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers 60
Danny Halsey 14 (6 rides), Jon Armstrong 12+5 (6), Jordan Jenkins 12+1 (5), Alfie Bowtell 9+1 (4), Connor Coles 8+2 (5), Sam Bebee 5+2 (4), R/R (Kyle Hughes)
Cradley ‘Motor Market’ Heathens 29
Max Clegg 11 (5 rides), Ellis Perks 6 (4), Luke Chessell 5 (5), Richard Andrews 4 (5), Bradley Andrews 3 (5), Ben Basford 0 (6), R/R (James Purchase)
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