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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Mildenhall Fen Tigers face big 48 hours on their way to reaching the play-offs.

PUBLISHED: 09:14 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:14 31 August 2018

Drew Kemp blue helmet and Danny Ayres in red. Both enjoying a fine season.  Picture: CAROL DOWNIE

Drew Kemp blue helmet and Danny Ayres in red. Both enjoying a fine season. Picture: CAROL DOWNIE

With the race for the play-offs reaching its final stages as September begins, the ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers face two of their main rivals Eastbourne, on Sunday at West Row, and Kent the next day at Central Park, knowing victories against both will see them crowned league champions ahead of those play-offs.

It will be no easy task though as both are play-off contenders and one of the teams will be in the KOC Final awaiting the winners of the Mildenhall/Belle Vue semi-final.

Eastbourne are considerably strengthened from their earlier visit to Mildenhall in the National Trophy with the long-awaited arrival of the talented young reserve Ethan Spiller who follows brother Daniel into the ‘Eagles’ ranks.

Kent too have been showing improved form in recent weeks being unbeaten in their last 12 meetings, with Alex Spooner a rider well known to Fen Tigers supporters piling up the points at reserve.

Mildenhall themselves are on a fine 12 meeting unbeaten run and have lost just twice in 24. They will be looking to go 14 unbeaten in the league on Sunday when facing Eastbourne at the later starting time of 4pm due to the Ipswich/Norwich derby clash at Portman Road.

Kevin Jolly is looking forward to a very busy couple of weeks.

“It will be a very busy time over the next fortnight with the KO Cup semi-final, National Trophy final and important League meeting against our main rivals,” he said.

“These meetings are what we’ve all worked so hard to make happen, everybody, the riders and management, have put everything into getting to this level of success.

“It is going to be full on from now on but we’ll be well set up for what is coming though. Danny Ayres is going to relish being at No. 1 and Drew will swap positions with him going to No.5 , they are proving an excellent partnership in the big heats and this seemed the logical move with the change in the averages.”

Teams

Fen Tigers, both meetings: 1 Danny Ayres, 2 Ryan Kinsley, 3 Josh Bailey, 4 Jordan Jenkins (c), 5 Drew Kemp, 6 Matt Marson, 7 Sam Bebee.

Eastbourne: 1 Georgie Wood, 2 Jason Edwards, 3 Mark Baseby, 4 Charley Powell, 5 Tom Brennan, 6 Ethan Spiller, 7 Charlie Brooks.

Kent: 1 Paul Hurry, 2 Anders Rowe, 3 Nathan Stoneman, 4 Taylor Hampshire, 5 Jack Thomas, 6 Jamie Couzins, 7 Alex Spooner.

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

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