The ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers face two meetings in two days as they seek to secure a place in the National Trophy final and gain more valuable league points!

First up this Sunday (3pm start) is an important National League home meeting against the Plymouth Devils who have returned to the third tier for the 2017 season. Plymouth will feature West Row track record holder Steve Boxall at number one and include two ex-Fen Tigers in 2016 reserve Robert Parker and Benji Compton. The Fen Tigers will be without Sam Woods and Jordan Jenkins, Woods with a wrist injury while Jemkins continues with his exams. With the new team averages coming into force ahead of this meeting Jenkins will be covered by rider replacement whist ex Mildenhall mascot and Kings Lynn Young Star Lewis Whitmore is drafted in to replace Woods.

Monday evening (6.30pm start) sees the Fen Tigers heading to Central Park Sittingbourne knowing victory over the Kent Kings will see them secure their place in the National Trophy against Sundays opponents the Plymouth Devils. The Fen Tigers will look to improve on a sketchy performance when they visited Kent in the opening challenge meeting of the season, the missing Jenkins top scoring in a 10 point defeat.

Kevin Jolly sees this as a very important period for his team, he said “Although losing Sam and Jordan for the coming meetings is a blow this is the time for the remaining lads to really pull together and keep us on target in all three competitions. Rider replacement is never any side’s choice as it comes with its own dangers, but with Jordan moving up to third in the averages at least we have a number of options to cover his rides.

When we heard that Sam’s injury could keep him out for a while I moved quickly to secure Lewis Whitmore, Lewis was very keen to come to us and this situation gives us the chance to have a good look at each other over the coming weeks and hopefully we can help Lewis realise his potential. He showed when he rode at Mildenhall for the Young Lions U21 side that he knows the way around our track and we will be working with him to get his season on track after a difficult start that saw his current average based on four hard away meetings with the Young Stars. Many of our supporters will remember Lewis from when he was our club mascot and I am sure they will give him a warm welcome on Sunday.”

Mildenhall ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers (Sunday and Monday)
Connor Mountain 8.73, R/R Jordan Jenkins 6.36, Jon Armstrong 7.20, Luke Ruddick 4.75, Danny Halsey 5.41, Lewis Whitmore (G) 3.00 and Danno Verge 3.73

Plymouth Devils (Sunday)
Steve Boxall 10.31, Richard Andrews 3.00, Benji Compton 5.88, Henry Atkins 3.50, TBC, Saul Bulley 3.00 and Robert Parker 3.00

Kent ‘SLYDE’ Kings (Monday)
Luke Bowen 9.42, R/R Luke Clifton 4.22, Nathan Stoneman 6.98, Jack Thomas 5.83, Ben Hopwood 5.83, Bradley Andrews 3.07 and Anders Rowe 3.00