The ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers made it seven out of seven with a comprehensive defeat of the Plymouth ‘Devils’.

The early heats saw a number of falls as some riders struggled with a track with a little devilment in it, and after heat five the referee was called following a dispute involving some of the Plymouth team and management. An early interval was taken and once racing resumed the track had settled and some decent racing was put on especially by the home team. Lewis Whitmore made a strong debut scoring in all four rides for a very respectable paid seven. His reserve partner Danno Verge had his best return in the Fen Tiger colours with a fine paid fourteen from six rides. With Connor Mountain looking back to his best with three race wins and two wins each from Danny Halsey and Luke Ruddick the home side were never in trouble. Even a slightly subdued performance from the usually effervescent Captain Jon Armstrong saw the Fen Tiger legend return paid eleven from his six rides.

Plymouth were pretty much a two man effort with Adam Roynon and Steve Boxall sharing six race wins between them, Boxall’s last being one of the stranger wins you are likely to witness this season. The initial running saw Roynon discluded after slipping off on the fourth bend. The re-run then saw Boxall  discluded  for going the wrong way to the start only to be followed by Connor Mountain being discluded under the two minute ruling. With Verge replacing Mountain and Boxall off 15 metres the race was finally run at the fourth time of asking. Boxall chased down Verge but with Halsey well clear a 4-2 looked the most likely outcome until Halsey fell on the final bend suffering from an arm problem that let Boxall through to claim an unexpected victory.

Team Manager Robert Henry was pleased with another strong home performance, he said “All six lads gave put in bags of effort today and covered Jordan’s absence well, it is never easy covering the extra rides R/R causes and they handled it well especially when taking two on the trot. Young Lewis (Whitmore) had a debut he should take plenty of confidence from, it is clear he has ability and we need to work with him to realise this potential. Danno (Verge) enjoyed being at reserve and today was the sort of performance we will be looking for whilst he is in that position, we know he is capable of this and hopefully this will be a big confidence boost for him.

I think we dealt with the early conditions better than the opposition and as the meeting progressed we really imposed ourselves on Plymouth. Tomorrow is a big meeting for us as a good performance at Kent should see us into the National Trophy final against today’s opponents Plymouth so we will be asking the lads for more of the same as we look to get the result required”

Mildenhall ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers 54
Danno Verge 11+3 (6 rides), Connor Mountain 11 (5), Danny Halsey 10+2 (5), Jon Armstrong 9+2 (6), Luke Ruddick 8 (5), Lewis Whitmore 5+2 (4) and R/R Jordan Jenkins

Plymouth ‘Devils’ 35
Steve Boxall 13 (5 rides), Adam Roynon 9 (4), Benji Compton 7 (5), Henry Atkins 3 (4), Robert Parker 2 (4), Richard Andrews 1 (4) and Saul Bulley 0 (4)