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The ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers completed their home National League schedule with a four point victory over their Norfolk rivals in a closely contested meeting.
The Fen Tigers raced to an opening 5-1 from Danny Halsey and Jon Armstrong before two shared heats and a 4-2 reserve bought the visitors right into the meeting, heat four being a fine victory for the most impressive of the visitors Nathan Greaves. Greaves was again the victor in heat six where he held off the attentions of Connor Coles and Halsey. Heat wins for Armstrong and Halsey in heats seven and eight respectively kept the Fen Tigers ahead but they were finding it hard to shake off their dogged opponents, Greaves epitomised that spirit in heat eight where although falling on the second bend remounted and made up nearly half a lap on Rob Parker to pass him on the final bend!
Although continuing to provide heat winners the home side were also providing too many last places, and when Halsey experienced an expensive sounding retirement whilst leading in heat eleven the visitors closed the gap to only two points. Heat twelve proved an important turning point as a smart reserve change by Team Manager Robert Henry saw Joe Lawlor come in for Parker to join Coles for a 5-1 that gave the home side some valuable breathing space. Although ex Fen Tiger Tom Bacon won heat thirteen another strong ride from Alfie Bowtell and the gutsy Lawlor saw the Fen Tigers needing to avoid a 5-1 in heat fifteen to win the meeting. A shared heat duly saw the final score 47 – 43 in favour of Mildenhall.
Kevin Jolly was pleased to finish with another home victory, albeit a closer one than expected, he said: “It is good to finish the home league season with another victory, it was a lot closer than expected but we did throw away too many points today and Kings Lynn rode with plenty of spirit. We could never build a lead but it was another three points and with the cut off next weekend it looks like we will finish sixth at worst which I feel is a very creditable effort when you consider we have lost Connor Mountain, Kyle Hughes and Sam Bebee in the later part of the season.
It was great to see Sam back today at the club, his big smile was back and it was a pleasure to see him up and about after his horrific crash at Coventry. Hopefully he will be able to come and see us again next Sunday when we round off our season at West Row with a challenge against a National League select that will feature some faces well known at Mildenhall and with an accent on the future”
Mildenhall ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers 47
Connor Coles 12+1 (6 rides), Dan Halsey 11+1 (5), Jon Armstrong 10+1 (5), Alfie Bowtell 8 (5), Joe Lawlor 5+2 (5) and Rob Parker 1+1 (3)
King's Lynn ‘Stebbings Car Superstore’ Young Stars 43
Nathan Greaves 13+1 (6 rides), Scott Campos 11+1 (5), Lee Geary 8 (6), Tom Bacon 7 (5), Ryan Kinsley 3+2 (5) and Lewis Whitmore 1+1 (3)
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