After the excitement of last Sundays last gasp league victory over Eastbourne, this Sunday (9th July at 3pm) the ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers turn their attention to Cup action as they look to claim a semi final place at the expense of the Stoke ‘Potters’.

In the 1st leg at Loomer Road the Fen Tigers let slip a strong position to slump to a ten point defeat and will need to be fully on their game in the 2nd leg if they are to go further in the competition. Once again Fen Tigers number one Connor Mountain is riding for his Championship team Ipswich, so Kevin Jolly has moved quickly to secure the services of Lakeside’s Ben Morley. Also still absent due to injury are reserves Luke Ruddick and Sam Woods. The news on Ruddick’s recovery is more positive of the two riders but it was felt this weekend has come just too quickly for the flying Berwick based racer to make his return.

With Woods still not expected back until late July at the earliest Kevin Jolly hopes he has, in the short term, unearthed a diamond in Perth W.A based 17 year old Matt Marson. A British passport holder Marson is on his second trip to the UK. He first came to the attention of the Mildenhall management back in 2015 when riding his 250cc bike in a Dragons meeting at the stadium and with Nigel Flatman keeping tabs on his progress for the club he now gets his chance during a short visit to the UK. Lewis Whitmore will also be given another chance to impress this weekend as he looks to stake his claim for a regular team place in the National League.

Kevin Jolly was clear in what is required this weekend, he said “We should have all but ended the tie in the first leg but let the meeting slip from our grasp and certainly can afford no such blips today if we are to make the KO Cup semi finals. Stoke are a decent outfit make no mistake and have riders who go well at our track, we need to get away to a fast start and then keep the pressure on all the way to the end.  A couple of our riders weren’t quite up to the mark on Sunday and we will be making that point before Sunday’s meeting. The Cup is very important to us, we have had success in it in recent times and are hungry for more.

We will have a look at young Matt Marson over this weekend, he only arrived in the UK late on Tuesday evening and he had a spin at Ipswich on Thursday evening where he showed promise and backed up on track the reports we have received about him. I am are sure our supporters will give him a warm welcome on Sunday and make him feel right at home”.

Sunday’s teams –
Mildenhall ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers
1. Ben Morley (G), 2. Danno Verge, 3. Jon Armstrong, 4. Jordan Jenkins, 5. Danny Halsey, 6. Lewis Whitmore, 7. Matt Marson

Stoke ‘A.R Richards’ Potters
1. Mitchell Davey, 2. Ryan Terry Daley, 3. Tony Atkin, 4. David Wallinger, 5. Luke Priest, 6. Paul Burnett, 7. Shaun Tedham