Mildenhall Fen Tigers crush Plymouth Devils
- Credit: Picture: Steve Waller
National League Mildenhall Fen Tigers 54 Plymouth Devils 35 The Mildenhall Fen Tigers made it seven out of seven with a comprehensive defeat of the Plymouth Devils.
The early heats saw a number of falls as some riders struggled with a track with a little devilment in it, and after heat five the referee was called following a dispute involving some of the Plymouth team and management.
An early interval was taken and once racing resumed the track had settled and some decent racing was put on especially by the home team. Lewis Whitmore made a strong debut scoring in all four rides for a very respectable paid seven.
His reserve partner Danno Verge had his best return in the Fen Tiger colours with a fine paid fourteen from six rides.
With Connor Mountain looking back to his best with three race wins and two wins each from Danny Halsey and Luke Ruddick the home side were never in trouble.
You may also want to watch:
Even a slightly subdued performance from the usually effervescent captain Jon Armstrong saw the Fen Tiger legend return paid eleven from his six rides.
Plymouth were pretty much a two man effort with Adam Roynon and Steve Boxall sharing six race wins between them, Boxall’s last being one of the stranger wins you are likely to witness this season.
- 1 Pictures show flooding along Suffolk coast
- 2 11 Suffolk hotels named among best in the country
- 3 Road closed as one person trapped in car on its roof
- 4 No need to wait for booster invitation - clarification after Covid jab confusion
- 5 Major A14 roundabout may not reopen until next week as water main repaired
- 6 New shop for farm that focuses on mental health
- 7 From obscurity to a nailed-on starter - Donacien's remarkable Town journey
- 8 Large cannabis farm discovered in property near Suffolk-Essex border
- 9 Nsiala on his injury return, a rollercoaster Town career and 'hugging it out' with boss Cook
- 10 'It was always going to be' - Cook confirms Morsy as Town's club captain
The initial running saw Roynon excluded after slipping off on the fourth bend. The re-run then saw Boxall excluded for going the wrong way to the start only to be followed by Connor Mountain being excluded under the two minute ruling.
With Verge replacing Mountain and Boxall off 15 metres the race was finally run at the fourth time of asking.
Boxall chased down Verge but with Halsey well clear a 4-2 looked the most likely outcome until Halsey fell on the final bend, suffering from an arm problem that let Boxall through to claim an unexpected victory.
Mildenhall team manager Robert Henry said: “I think we dealt with the early conditions better than the opposition and as the meeting progressed we really imposed ourselves on Plymouth.”
Mildenhall Fen Tigers
Danno Verge 11+3 (6 rides), Connor Mountain 11 (5), Danny Halsey 10+2 (5), Jon Armstrong 9+2 (6), Luke Ruddick 8 (5), Lewis Whitmore 5+2 (4) and R/R Jordan Jenkins
Steve Boxall 13 (5 rides), Adam Roynon 9 (4), Benji Compton 7 (5), Henry Atkins 3 (4), Robert Parker 2 (4), Richard Andrews 1 (4) and Saul Bulley 0 (4)