Dakota gives Tigers fans some hope

National LeagueMildenhall Fen Tigers 42 Bournemouth Buccaneers 48MILDENHALL Funky Catering Fen Tigers produced a much improved display on Sunday against highflying Bournemouth but still slid to a six point reverse at West Row.

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Mildenhall Fen Tigers 42 Bournemouth Buccaneers 48

MILDENHALL Funky Catering Fen Tigers produced a much improved display on Sunday against highflying Bournemouth but still slid to a six point reverse at West Row.

The Suffolk side introduced their new signing, teenage Australian Dakota North, who had impressed in the second half at West Row at their previous meeting and he certainly wowed the crowd with a big 10 + 2 score from six rides.


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North will certainly give the Fen Tigers some extra fire power, looked stylish and fast in his opening meeting and was certainly the talk of the terraces during and after the meeting.

However, the Australian was not the only rider to impress with captain David Mason again notching double at home after a mistake in his first ride that let both Bournemouth riders through for a maximum heat advantage.

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He said: “I was annoyed with myself for that race but think I am finally getting the hang of the track and today I was gating and holding my position which I have not been doing recently which I was pleased about. Bournemouth are a very good team and we pushed them hard which was encouraging.”

Another encouraging display by young Oliver Rayson in the difficult No.2 berth, where he rode to two maximum heat wins shepherded home by Barrie Evans, were other highlights of a very entertaining fixture in very muggy conditions at the Suffolk circuit.

The entertaining meeting was slightly marred by confusion as to the start time, with some fans turning up late believing it was at 4.30pm.

Communications manager Steve Dolby said: “It is very frustrating and in no way did we publicise that start time. It was always a 4pm start, as all our home meetings have been this season, the only time it changes is when the stadium have stock cars on a Saturday then it reverts to a 6pm tapes up which is the case this Sunday (12th) when we race against Buxton.”

Mildenhall: Barrie Evans 6+2, Oliver Rayson 7, David Mason 11, Dean Felton 1+1, Luke Priest 6+1, Dakota North 10+2, Joe Jacobs 1+1.

Bournemouth: Danny Warwick 4+2, Andrew Aldridge 4+1, Jay Herne 12, Mark Baseby 8+2, Kyle Newman 2, Aaron Baseby 2, Jerran Hart 16.

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