Mildenhall Fen Tigers v Plymouth Devils.... big meeting preview

Dan Halsey, returns to the Mildenhall team on Sunday. Photo: GREGG BROWN

Dan Halsey, returns to the Mildenhall team on Sunday. Photo: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

Mildenhall Fen Tigers will be looking to take a step nearer to the National Trophy final when they host the Plymouth ‘Devils’ tomorrow at West Row, 3pm, writes Phil Kirk.

Defending the trophy they won against Plymouth last season, the Fen Tigers have already defeated the ‘Devils’ at the St Boniface Arena in early May, recording a stunning 61-29 victory.

There will be no slackening off though as the Fen Tigers welcome back Josh Bailey and Drew Kemp to their line-up, after their win at Kent on Monday, plus they bring in Danny Halsey as a replacement for the injured Jordan Jenkins.

Crowd favourite Halsey has been without a team this season after departing from the Fen Tigers set-up at the end of last season.

He has ridden once at Mildenhall already this season in Jon Armstrong’s Testimonial meeting and will slot into the vacant number three position in the side.

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Plymouth will be without heat leader James Cockle who is currently serving a 28-day ban, but are led by the experienced Adam Roynon and the exciting youngster Henry Atkins.

Promoter Kevin Jolly is confident his team can continue in the current rich vein of form.

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“We go into this meeting with some confidence but certainly will not be taking Plymouth lightly,” he said.

“The lads are all pulling their weight and we are a match for anyone in our league, that said, we must not get over confident and keep doing the same things that have seen us at the head of our group.

“There is a brilliant team spirit among them right now and this is vitally important as the season unfolds.

“They are all looking for big points and all have now settled into riding our track. Sunday should be a cracking good afternoon and with the weather set fair we are hopeful of a big crowd.”

Teams –

Fen Tigers: 1 Josh Bailey 8.87, 2. R/R 3.00, 3 Danny Halsey 7.60, 4 Ryan Kinsley 4.53, 5 Danny Ayres 8.38, 6 Drew Kemp 3.00, 7 Matt Marson 3.00

Plymouth Devils: 1 Adam Roynon 9.67, 2 Ryan Terry Daley 4.53, 3. Henry Atkins 4.69, 4 Bradley Andrews 4.68, 5. R/R 7.83, 6 Richard Andrews 4.45, 7 Macauley Leek 3.00

Tomorrow night (doors at 6.45pm) Mildenhall Speedway are hosting a ‘Legends Evening’ at Mildenhall Social Club, Recreation Way, Mildenhall IP28 7HG.

Fen Tiger legends Robert Henry and Bob Coles with be in conversation with Stephen Foster looking back at the early days of the club, and will be joined by Kevin Jolly to look at the club from 2011 to present.

Tickets are £10, including a buffet and can be purchased on the door.

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