Mildenhall Fen Tigers 55 Lakeside Hammers 34 report - Tigers back in play-off picture
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National League Mildenhall Fen Tigers 55 Lakeside Hammers 34 After a difficult fortnight on and off the track the Mildenhall Fen Tigers clawed their way back into the play-off picture with a performance of speed and aggression that left the Lakeside Hammers wondering what had hit them.
With Connor Mountain now back to his very best well supported by Danny Halsey and the burgeoning talent of 16-year-old Jordan Jenkins the Fen Tigers were never in trouble as the visitors posted only two heat wins all afternoon, one of them in a messy heat two that saw just two finishers.
Mountain raced to an untroubled 15 point maximum with a display of pace and power whilst Halsey was unbeaten in his first three rides before unfortunately just running out of room as he tried his now ‘speciality’ move round the outside of bend two and being relegated to the back in heat 13.
Jenkins enthralled the large crowd with a display of maturity and skill as he passed all three heat leaders from Lakeside as he raced to a superb four races wins, his afternoon finishing unfortunately with an unlucky exclusion after a coming together with Ben Morley as he tried to pass the Lakeside star in heat 15.
The highlight of Jenkins performance being a sublime outside pass round bends three and four of the aforementioned Lakeside skipper.
With good back up from Jon Armstrong, Luke Ruddick and reserve Danno Verge the 21 point margin was a fair reflection of the afternoon’s racing.
Fen Tigers team manager Robert Henry said: “On paper this looked a very difficult meeting for us but I was very pleased with how we went about our business against a decent Lakeside side with a powerful top three.
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“Connor was simply untouchable and his experiences in the Championship have helped him take the next step up and he is now without doubt a true out and out number one at this level.
“Danny too is in superb form and looks fast and stylish. As for Jordan, what can you say, with maturity beyond his years he reads races so well and his passes of Morley and Hurry today were further signs of his undoubted talents.”
Connor Mountain 15 (5 rides), Jordan Jenkins 12 (5), Danny Halsey 9 (4), Danno Verge 8+2 (6), Jon Armstrong 6+1 (4), Luke Ruddick 5 (4) and Lewis Whitmore 0 (2)
Paul Hurry 10+1 (5 rides), Ben Morley 10 (5), Jake Knight 6+1 (4), Luke Priest 4+2 (4), Jamie Couzins 3 (6), Nick Laurence 1 (4) and Connor Locke 0 (2)