Mildenhall Fen Tigers calm the Coventry Storm in National League
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Hosts, Mildenhall Fen Tigers defeated the high-flying Coventry Storm on Sunday, 48-42.
After a drawn first heat, reserves Tom Bacon and Luke Ruddick combined again for a 5-1 in heat two to give the Fen Tigers an early four-point advantage.
With the visitors providing the next two heat winners in Darryl Ritchings and Dan Greenwood, the gap between the teams stayed close.
Things remained tight and a Storm 4-2 in heat eight saw the scores level.
This seemed to awaken the Fen Tigers and Jack Kingston combined with Connor Mountain for only the second 5-1 of the meeting.
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Ahead by four, Mildenhall’s lead was doubled in the very next heat as Ruddick and captain Dan Halsey combined for another 5-1.
A pair of 4-2s in the next two heats for the Storm, however, saw the lead back to four with three heats left.
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A fast start in heat 13 saw Halsey get away from trouble but a fall for Connor Coles on the third bend meant no advantage was gained.
It was left to Kingston to seal the victory with another fine ride in heat 14 which, with Bacon finishing third, saw the Fen Tigers home, six points up with only heat 15 to come.
Another Halsey win in a tied heat saw Mildenhall run out 48-42 victors and take the three points available.
Kingston then claimed the National League Bronze Helmet from holder Dan Greenwood. Coming off gate four fast starting, Kingston made a perfect start to claim the crown.