Mildenhall enjoy National Trophy success, but Coles injury mars their victory

Connor Coles, in red, a badly broken leg

Connor Coles, in red, a badly broken leg - Credit: Archant

Two convincing performances against the Stoke Potters saw the Fen Tigers lift the trophy they last won during their Grand Slam season of 2012 by an aggregate score of 102-78 although the victory has been tainted by a horrific leg injury to Connor Coles.

Briefly returning to Saturday evening, a Fen Tigers line up missing both Josh Bates and Connor Mountain through injury, were never behind in a first leg which saw the Suffolk side put in their most impressive away performance of the season. Led by a peerless five ride maximum from Number one Joe Jacobs the remaining Fen Tigers and guest reserve Ellis Perks all contributed well to an efficient and professional performance at Loomer Road.

Today’s second leg was heading in a similar direction until Coles fall on the opening lap of Heat six. A forty minute delay ensued whilst Coles was made comfortable and ready to be transported to hospital, all the time being supported and comforted by Mildenhall legend and current Stoke rider Jon Armstrong. One of the sports true gentleman, Armstrong again showed why he is held in such affection by Mildenhall supporters

Once racing resumed it was in a naturally muted atmosphere, but there was still some fine racing to enjoy including one of the races of the season between visiting Number One, guest Simon Lambert and Mildenhall captain Danny Halsey. Interchanging places on each bend during the opening exchanges Halsey held the line and his nerve to take a fantastic victory over the charging Lambert.

After the meeting club chairman was still reeling from the Coles crash -


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“It is great to win a trophy again, but of course Connor’s injury has taken the shine off of the last couple of days. He has a special place in the club what with his family connections and the way he has ridden for us this season, and these moments in the sport hit you really hard. We are like the supporters and become attached to riders and seeing bad injuries is always the hardest part of this sport.

The lads to their credit responded well and got on with the job of winning the trophy on what was a difficult day for everyone, we obviously wish Connor the vert best and will keep supporters appraised of his progress. I must just mention Jon Armstrong who is a special man in this sport we love, he is real old school, a real speedway man and what he did today was not for show but because he cares about his fellow riders”

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Saturdays Scorers -

Stoke 37 Mildenhall 52 - Jacobs 15 (5 rides), Halsey 10+2 (6), Johnson 10+1 (5), Perks 7+3 (4), Kingston 6+1 (5) and Coles 4+2 (5)

Sundays Scorers -

Mildenhall 50 Stoke 41 - Jacobs 13 (5 rides), Kingston 13 (7), Halsey 9+2 (5), Johnson 7+2 (5), Coles 4+1 (3) and Perks 4+1 (5).

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