The ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers hit the road this week with two important fixtures as the season really starts to hot up with KOC places and Play-Off places at stake. After two defeats against Kent last week the Fen Tigers will be looking to get back on track quickly firstly at Perry Barr on Wednesday evening with they face current champions Birmingham.

It will be no easy task with Richard Hall of Cradley replacing the absent David Mason but the home side will also be missing ex Fen Tiger Tom Bacon who is currently injured. The Brummies will also feature two other riders with Mildenhall connections in their reserve berths, Alex Spooner and Taylor Hampshire.

Following Wednesday’s league fixture, the Fen Tigers head to Loomer Road, Stoke for the 2nd leg of their KO Cup Quarter Final 2nd leg. The Fen Tigers are in a commanding position, holding a 24 point lead from the first leg, but Kevin Jolly is taking no chances and has booked Danny Ayres as a guest for Connor Mountain who is absent riding for Ipswich.

Co-promoter James Easter is looking for a marked improvement this week, he said “The meeting last Saturday crowned a poor week with two defeats against Kent. There have been times this season when individuals have worked miracles to see us through and indifferent performances. Who can forget the amazing comebacks against Stoke and Eastbourne. Last Saturday to be frank our luck ran into the buffers. Both Danny Halsey and Connor Mountain were in a class of their own. Only an expensive and morale busting engine collapse robbed us of a victory which in all honesty we did not deserve.

We travel to Birmingham and Stoke this week with a realisation that reputations are easily ruined in the cold light of day and I sincerely hope better performances are given. 2017 will mark the retirement of those shrewd, honest and erudite figures of Graham Drury and Tony Mole. Each year they have produced teams of quality and entertainment, and the sport will be the worse for their decision to put their feet up. We at Mildenhall wish them well for the future but hope to put one over them on Wednesday before cementing our place in the KO Cup Semi-Finals on Saturday’

Mildenhall ‘KJM//Manchetts’ FenTigers (Wednesday) -
1. Connor Mountain, 2. Luke Ruddick, 3. Jon Armstrong (C), 4. Jordan Jenkins, 5. Danny Halsey, 6. Sam Woods, 7. Danno Verge

Mildenhall ‘KJM//Manchetts’ FenTigers (Saturday) -
1. Danny Ayres (G), 2. Luke Ruddick, 3. Jon Armstrong (C), 4. Jordan Jenkins, 5. Danny Halsey, 6. Sam Woods, 7. Danno Verge

Birmingham Brummies
1. Jack Parkinson Blackburn, 2. Layne Cupitt, 3. Richard Hall, 4. R/R Bacon, 5. Liam Carr, 6. Alex Spooner, 7. Taylor Hampshire

Stoke Potters
1. Mitchell Davey, 2. Paul Burnett, 3. Tony Atkin, 4. Luke Priest, 5. Lee Dicken, 6. Ryan Terry Daley, 7. Shaun Tedham