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The ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers took their unbeaten home run to eight meetings in what was very much a meeting of two halves!
The meeting got underway in summer sunshine with some excellent racing on a well prepared track. Visiting number one Rob Branford once again showed his liking for the West Row circuit with a fine opening win followed up by a stunning ride in heat five where he was less than .3 second off the track record. In between this two 5-1’s from reserve pairing Jordan Jenkins and Rob Parker, quickly followed by Connor Coles and Alfie Bowtell had given the Fen Tigers an early advantage. With Danny Halsey continuing his fine form of late with two heat victories the lead was six points after heat seven.
At this point the heavens opened and after a difficult heat eight where Jon Armstrong used all his experience to get home in front, there was a delay to proceedings whilst the rain passed and the track was turned round to allow racing to recommence. The track was difficult to start with after the rain but all riders were commended by the referee for their efforts and there was still plenty of exciting racing for the supporters to enjoy. Heat twelve will be remembered by supporters as Halsey did a 360 spin on bend four but skilfully kept the bike moving forward to finish in second place. Branford continued to be unbeatable and combined with Ben Morley for a 5-1 in heat thirteen that reduced the advantage to only four. Heat fifteen looked a difficult one for the Fen Tigers as the same pair again lined up for the Raiders and another 5-1 would have drawn the meeting. However bike problems for Morley soon ended those hopes and although Branford completed a flawless five ride paid maximum the Fen Tigers had secured another important home win.
Club Chairman Kevin Jolly was full of praise for both sets of riders, he said “I thought the lads on both sides were excellent this afternoon, no fuss from any of them they just wanted to get on with the meeting and put on a show for the supporters. It was a shame the rain came when it did as the track was superb today and was providing some fine racing with quick times. We have to be happy with another win and although it is an outside chance I know we will continue to push on for a play-off place until mathematically impossible”
Mildenhall ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers 47
Dan Halsey 13 (6 rides), Connor Coles 12+2 (6), Alfie Bowtell 9+2 (5), Jordan Jenkins 7+1 (5), Rob Parker 3+2 (5), Jon Armstrong 3 (5) and R/R (Kyle Hughes)
Rye House ‘BMR’ Raiders 43
Rob Branford 14+1 (5), Ben Morley 11 (5), Luke Priest 8 (4), Connor Locke 5 (4), George Hunter 2+1 (4), Macauley Leek 2 (4) and Sam Woods 1 (4)
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