Dust and Stoke defeat Jolly’s Fen Tigers

Dan Halsey (red), Tom Bacon (blue), David Mason (white)

Dan Halsey (red), Tom Bacon (blue), David Mason (white) - Credit: Archant

Stoke Potters 50 Mildenhall Fen Tigers 27 Abandoned after 13 heats, visability issues

Mildenhall Fen Tigers promoter Kevin Jolly was left ‘frustrated’ and ‘unimpressed’ as his side lost to Stoke Potters on Sunday afternoon.

In a meeting that was abandoned with two races left because of swirling dust clouds that engulfed the circuit during racing, it was an unsatisfactory conclusion to a meeting, Mildenhall would have been hoping to win against the basement Potters.

Instead they were left to rue their own mistakes on a difficult racing circuit.

“The track was poor, very poor,” Jolly said.

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“I don’t want to run Stoke down, we have had track problems of our own at times at Mildenhall. But when a meeting is called off because it is just too dangerous then that says alot. I’m unimpressed.

“We caused a lot of our own problems in saying that by falling off too many times. But the track was being watered so much and our boys were going into the bends and just sliding across the track.

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“It’s frustrating because my top three did pretty well what I wanted of them, but the others struggled.

“In saying that, it got so ridiculous by the end, I’m just glad all my seven boys are walking home safely.”

Stoke hadn’t won a League meeting before yesterday but they were gifted points by the Fen Tigers, Tom Bacon crashing while leading heat two.

Luke Ruddick was excluded in the next and Bacon hit the tapes in heat four as Stoke pulled ahead.

Jack Kingston was the next Fen Tiger to hit the deck – again when leading, but he won heat eight in style, as Bacon again fell, this time when in second place.

Both Stefan Farnaby and Connor Coles crashed out in heat nine as the resultant 5-0 to Stoke gave them the meeting.

By this time the dusty conditions were horrendous and although Kingston and Dan Halsey netted a Fen Tigers 5-1 in heat 11, it was just two more races before the meeting was called off.

Fen Tigers: D Halsey 9+1, J Kingston 6, C Mountain 6, L Ruddick 0, C Coles, 4, S Farnaby 2, T Bacon 0.

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