GALLERY: Mildenhall Fen Tigers 52 King’s Lynn Young Stars 36
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If ever a fixture could be classed as a meeting of two halves, it was surely this one.
The Fen Tigers turning a five-point deficit after eight heats into a comprehensive 16-point victory after the completion of heat 15.
After the meeting opened with an alarming-looking crash – involving all four riders that thankfully saw everyone walk away unharmed – the Fen Tigers experienced a number of mechanical problems that saw King’s Lynn initially stay close before taking a 26-21 lead after a 5-1 from Lewis Rose and Shane Hazelden in heat eight.
The worst affected rider during these opening heats was the unlucky Nathan Stoneman who failed to complete any of his rides.
The Fen Tigers quickly cancelled out the advantage from heat eight in the very next race when Jon Armstrong and Josh Bates combined for their second 5-1 of the meeting, the first of five Fen Tigers maximums in the remaining seven races.
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With revitalised reserve Aaron Baseby featuring in three of them, the Fen Tigers took a firm grip on events and the Young Stars had no answer to this power-packed finale.
Heat 13 saw the race of the day when Tigers’ team captain Danny Halsey chased Ben Morley for the whole race before executing a perfect pass around bend four of the final lap to take Morley on the line.
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This was nearly matched in heat 15 when Rose and Morley gated the Mildenhall pair only for Josh Bates to make the sweetest of double passes on the Young Stars pairing and race to victory and a 15-point maximum, much to the delight of the home supporters.
Mildenhall Fen Tigers: 52 - 1. Nielsen 11 (5), 2. Stoneman 0 (3), 3.Bates 15 (5), 4. Armstrong 7+2 (4), 5. Halsey 7+1 (4), Mountain 1+1 (3), Baseby 11+3 (6).
King’s Lynn Young Stars: 36 – 1. Ritchings (G) 4+2 (5), 2. Rose 7 (6), 3. R/R, 4. Mallett 5 (5), 5. Morley (G) 11 (6), 6. Waldron 1 (3), 7. Hazelden 8+1 (5).
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