A battling display from the ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers, led by teenage sensations 16 year old Jordan Jenkins and 15 year old Drew Kemp, was not enough to pull back the 28 point deficit against Eastbourne.

The two flying youngsters scored 30 points between them, but the Fen Tigers missing all three heat leaders could never do better than half the deficit following heat ten. Jenkins put a marker down in heat one with a brilliant pass before Kemp teamed up with reserve partner Alex Spooner for a 5-1 in heat two. The Fen Tigers were seeking another advantage in heat three with Georgie Wood off 15 metres and Tom Brennan excluded, but Wood quickly made up the ground before executing two fine passes on Alfie Bowtell and Luke Ruddick to draw the heat.

Another fine ride from Jenkins secured heat four with Kemp in third, before Kemp teamed up with Ben Hopwood for a 5-1 in heat six. The same partnership struck again in heat eight and the Fen Tigers were twelve ahead on the afternoon with seven heats remaining. A 4-2 reverse in heat nine was followed by a third 5-1 from the Kemp/Hopwood partnership and with the Fen Tigers having halved the deficit with still five heats remaining the home supporters were dreaming of another extraordinary comeback. Although Jenkins won his fourth race in heat eleven all hopes were extinguished as the visitors hit a quick fire pair of 5-1’s in heats twelve and thirteen to finish the contest. All that was left for the supporters to enjoy was another stunning ride from Jenkins who chased Bailey before sweeping past the Eastbourne number one.

Following a short interval and a firework display that lit up the Suffolk sky, the Fen Tigers were again out on track for their final National League meeting against the Isle of Wight Warriors. The ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers quickly regrouped and overpowered the Warriors 53-37.
Speaking after the meeting Kevin Jolly said “It was always going to be a difficult task after the first leg, but I felt our lads put on a first class show in the circumstances. No disrespect to our guests who did us proud but I feel sure if we had Connor (Mountain), Jon (Armstrong) and Danny (Halsey) fit this could have been another of those special afternoons at Mildenhall Speedway.

Looking back on the season I think we have provided great entertainment for the supporters with many memorable meetings and some incredible comebacks. The performances of Jordan (Jenkins) and Drew (Kemp) today excited me, this is what the National League is about for me, talented youngsters coming into the sport and putting in afternoons like they did. We will have a well deserved rest now but will be back next season ready to challenge for silverware again”.

KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers 47
Drew Kemp 15+1 (7 rides), Jordan Jenkins 15 (6), Ben Hopwood 8+2 (6), Alfie Bowtell 6 (4), Alex Spooner 2+1 (3), Luke Ruddick 1+1 (4) and Danny Halsey rider replacement.

Eastbourne 43
Josh Bailey 11+1 (5 rides), Jake Knight 10+1 (5), Georgie Wood 8 (4), Tom Brennan 5+1 (4), Jason Edwards 5+1 (5), Charley Powell 4+2 (4) and Matt Bates 0 (3)

‘KJM/Manchetts’ fen Tigers 53
Jordan Jenkins 14 (6 rides), Luke Ruddick 11+1 (6), Alfie Bowtell 9+3 (5), Ben Hopwood 9+2 (5), Sam Woods 5+2 (5), Alex Spooner 5+1 (4) and Danny Halsey rider replacement

Isle of Wight 37
Ben Wilson 13+1 (5 rides), Georgie Wood 11+1 (5), Connor Coles 6 (4), Scott Campos 4+1 (4), Adam Portwood 2 (4), Chris Widman 1+1 (4) and Jamie Sealey 0 (4)