It’s a tall order but Fen Tigers are told to remember 2011 when they almost came back from 29 points down against Scunthorpe – but Cradley’s lead is 41
Although everything points to Sunday being the Fen Tigers final home meeting of a successful 2014 season, the current crop of Fen Tigers are being urged by Club Chairman Kevin Jolly to remember the 2011 Play Off Final 2nd leg against Scunthorpe in which the Fen Tigers were just a whisker away from the biggest turn around in recent Speedway history.
After a 62-33 defeat at Scunthorpe, the Fen Tigers nearly achieved the impossible by winning the 2nd leg 59-31 to go down by just one point overall.
This time though it is even more difficult following a comprehensive 68-27 defeat at Monmore Green on Tuesday evening which leaves the injury hit Fen Tigers attempting to turn around a 41 point deficit. With four of their seven injured for Tuesday’s clash and one more unavailable the Fen Tigers bravely battled against a side full of riders plying their trade in the Premier and Elite Leagues. Thankfully for Sunday’s fixture Joe Jacobs, Jack Kingston and hopefully Connor Mountain will all return to the fold.
Speaking ahead of Sunday Jolly said - “ I have nothing but praise for the lads who rode on Tuesday, they got stuck in, were always in the mix but kept coming off second best to a very good Cradley side. They kept fighting to the end and never let their heads drop. We have proved in the past that we can fight back from the most difficult of positions and although it will be extremely difficult on Sunday the lads need to think positively as absolutely anything can happen in this sport.
We have some good news to report, we have received confirmation that Joe Jacobs will be riding for us on Sunday as will reserve Jack Kingston and hopefully if he passes a fitness test on Saturday following having his cast removed so will Connor Mountain.
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I hope the supporters turn out in force to see the lads race on Sunday, it has been a successful season overall and we are the National Trophy winners, home of the U21 Champion and of course following last Sunday our Captain Danny Halsey is the National League Riders Champion. Danny will have the trophy on show Sunday so there will be plenty to enjoy on top of the meeting. Also there is the MDL final between the MK Knights and Rye House to enjoy so Mildenhall is certainly the palce to be this Sunday afternoon!”
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Mildenhall Fen Tigers - 1. Danny Halsey ©, 2. R/R (Connor Coles), 3. Dan Greenwood (G), 4. Brendan Johnson, 5. Joe Jacobs, 6. Jack Kingston, 7. Connor Mountain (TBC)
Cradley Heathens - 1. R/R, 2. Nathan Greaves, 3. Max Clegg, 4. Tom Perry, 5. Paul Starke (C) 6. Matt Williamson, 7. Danny Phillips