An excellent crowd were highly entertained as the ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers recorded their tenth successive home win of the season to move to the top of the National League standings.

The action was fast and furious from the start with Bees number one Connor Mountain picking up Ryan Kinsley on the third and fourth bend & suffering an exclusion in heat one. The re-run saw Drew Kemp clip the tapes and start off 15m; despite fighting his way through to second place  vi Luke Harris took a surprise victory for the visitors. Heat two saw the return from injury of Sam Bebee, and it could not have been a more impressive return as the youngster roared from the gate leaving the opposition trailing in his wake. A 5-1 from Josh Bailey and Danny Halsey in heat three followed by a 4-2 from Danny Ayres and Bebee in heat four took the Fen Tigers into a six point lead. Mountain halted the progress briefly in heat six with a fine pillar to post victory before Ryan Kinsley and Kemp beat Jon Armstrong to record a second 5-1 of the evening. The flying Kemp was at it again in heat eight with his teenage partner Bebee as they recorded another 5-1 before a classic Halsey move saw him join Bailey for a fourth 5-1 of the evening as the Fen Tigers extended their lead to fourteen points.

Heat ten saw the Bees pairing of Danny Phillips and Luke Ruddick make the start but Kemp was soon on their tail before sweeping past both for another fine victory. Further wins from Ayres and Bailey saw the Fen Tigers home by heat twelve with an eighteen point lead but the Bees were not going to lie down. Heat thirteen saw a brilliant battle develop between Ayres and Mountain before the Mildenhall man clipped Mountains front wheel and was excluded. Mildenhall bounced back in heat fourteen with a fine ride from Halsey and the battling Matt Marson before the ex-Fen Tigers Mountain and Armstrong produced a master class in heat fifteen to make the score more respectable than it had looked three races earlier.

Kevin Jolly was pleased with the all round team performance tonight, he said “Everyone contributed important points tonight and it was a real team effort from the lads. We felt Coventry would be our sternest home test yet but we dealt with them convincingly and with a little luck would have won by a bigger margin. Seeing Ryan and Danny (Ayres) beating themselves up tonight shows me just how much it matters to the boys and how much they want to win and succeed this year.

With both having quiet nights for them, it was fantastic to see the exuberance of Sam Bebee on his return and the effort Matt put in after a difficult first ride, these lads will only improve with racing and can provide the support our top five need”

KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers 51
Josh Bailey 12 (5), Drew Kemp 11 (5), Danny Halsey 7+2 (4), Sam Bebee 7+1 (4), Danny Ayres 6 (4), Ryan Kinsley 4+2 (4) and Matt Marson 4 (4)

Coventry Bees 39
Connor Mountain 11 (5), Jon Armstrong 8+2 (5), Danny Phillips 7+1 (4), Luke Harris 5 (4), Luke Ruddick 5 (4), Jamie Halder 2 (4) and Ryan MacDonald 1+1 (4)

Today’s meeting against Coventry has been called off due to a waterlogged track.