Mildenhall boss can’t see his side losing at home this season after Brummies beaten
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A power-packed performance from the ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers saw them claim their first home victory against the Birmingham ‘Brummies’ since 1986!
With their top four in superb form, amassing 46 points between them, the victory was never in any real doubt, although the current champions made life difficult in the early heats.
The Fen Tigers made a perfect start as Connor Mountain stormed to victory. Team-mate Jordan Jenkins swept by Jack Parkinson Blackburn for a 5-1 opener.
The impressive Taylor Hampshire won heat two for the first of four victories ahead of Matt Marson as the visitors gained a 4-2 to cut the deficit quickly back to two.
Heat four saw a pillar to post victory by Danny Halsey, while Hampshire took heat five to leave the meeting tied at 15 each.
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A tape exclusion for Liam Carr in heat six saw a second home 5-1 from the Mountain/Jenkins partnership and a four point lead. And although Hampshire managed to hold off all Jenkins’ efforts in heat eight, the Fen Tigers were starting to get a true foothold in the meeting.
A stunning ride from captain Jon Armstrong in heat nine (just 0.32 outside the track record), supported by the impressive Marson, saw the home side extend their lead, before they went 10 points ahead with a third 5-1 from the impressive Mountain/Jenkins partnership.
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The visitors managed to draw heat 11 when Lewis Whitmore caught young Kean Dicken off the final bend, but two 5-1s in the next two heats from the Armstrong/Marson and Mountain/Halsey pairings saw the Fen Tigers safely home.
Although a 5-1 from Coles and Hampshire added some respectability to the scoreline, team manager Phil Kirk sent out the unbeaten Mountain and Halsey in heat 15 to seal the day in superb style. Halsey recorded an immaculate 15 point maximum, while his team-mate was unbeaten in his five rides.
The club held its annual Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund collection during the meeting, which amassed a very impressive £715
After the meeting Kevin Jolly was pleased to continue the unbeaten home record. He said: “That’s a straight 10 at home now and I really don’t envisage us being beaten at home this year.
“When out top four are on this kind of form we are very hard to beat, they scored 46 between them and, apart from Taylor Hampshire at reserve, they didn’t cause us many problems.
“I was very impressed with the way young Matt Marson handled himself after this week’s issues, he has an old head on young shoulders and showed great maturity to concentrate purely on his racing.
“We have a short break now and hopefully will welcome back Luke and Sam against Poultec at the end of the month as we prepare for a very busy August and September.”
‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers 54
Danny Halsey 15 (5 rides), Connor Mountain 12+3 (5), Jon Armstrong 10 (4), Jordan Jenkins 9+2 (4), Matt Marson 7+2 (6), Danno Verge 1 (3) and Kean Dicken 0 (3)
Birmingham ‘Brummies’ 36
Taylor Hampshire 13 (7 rides), Connor Coles 7+1 (5), Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 5 (5), Luke Priest 4+1 (5), Liam Carr 4 (4), Lewis Whitmore 3+1 (4) and Layne Cupitt R/R