Mildenhall Fen Tigers lose unbeaten home record to Kent Kings
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National League Mildenhall Fen Tigers 43 Kent Kings 46 The Mildenhall Fen Tigers unbeaten home record ended, just as another remarkable comeback looked on the cards.
With the track proving somewhat difficult in the early heats the Kent Kings adapted better and raced into a five point lead after the first five heats.
Heats win in the next three races for Connor Mountain, Danny Halsey and Jordan Jenkins saw the gap reduced to just one point after eight heats, before the Kings pulled away again.
A 5-1 from Ben Hopwood and Bradley Andrews saw their lead extend to seven points with just three races left and the fans on the terraces were looking for another comeback performance.
When Mountain and Halsey flew from the gate in heat 13, leaving guest Adam Roynon trailing in their wake the impossible once again looked very much a possible.
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Luke Ruddock made a lightning start in heat 14 but with Danno Verge unable to make any impression the heat was drawn and it all came down to the final race with the Fen Tigers needing a 5-1 to win the meeting.
Team Manager Robert Henry didn’t hesitate to send Mountain and Halsey into the fray against Jack Thomas and Hopwood.
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Once again the Fen Tigers pairing made the start and with the crowd celebrating another fine fightback, disaster struck when Halsey suffered the heartache of an engine failure entering lap three.
Mountain came home unchallenged but the drawn heat gave the Kings victory.
After the meeting a sanguine Kevin Jolly said: “The home record has gone and there is no point mulling over tonight, we need to move forward, regroup and put in a strong performance on Wednesday at Birmingham.
“This week has been one to forget and we seem to have hit a bit of a brick wall but we can comeback from this and continue our push for the playoffs.
“A number of riders were not at the races tonight with five of our side mustering just 18 points between them.
“Connor and Danny were both excellent again and with a little luck for Danny in 15 we would have again claimed an unexpected victory.”
Mildenhall – Connor Mountain 13+1 (5 rides), Danny Halsey 12 (5), Jordan Jenkins 6+1 (4), Danno Verge 5 (5), Luke Ruddick 4 (4), Jon Armstrong 3 (4) and Sam Woods 0 (3)
Kent – Ben Hopwood 15+1 (6 rides), Jack Thomas 10 (6), Bradley Andrew 9+1 (5), Anders Rowe 6+3 (5), Adam Roynon 4+1 (4), George Hunter 2+1 (4) and R/R Nathan Stoneman