Narrow first win for Tigers

MILDENHALL won their first Premier League fixture of the season with a narrow victory over Glasgow at West RowOn Sunday.Led by their Australian star Jason Lyons, who roared to a paid maximum, the Fen Tigers were never behind against their Scottish opponents who were missing star man Danny Bird, who was suffering with headaches.

By Mike Bacon

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MILDENHALL won their first Premier League fixture of the season with a narrow victory over Glasgow at West RowOn Sunday.

Led by their Australian star Jason Lyons, who roared to a paid maximum, the Fen Tigers were never behind against their Scottish opponents who were missing star man Danny Bird, who was suffering with headaches.

However for much of the meeting there was not much in it after a mid-meeting comeback by the visitors, who scored a 7-2 through tactical rider Kauko Nieminem and James Cockle and then a 5-1 maximum through David McCallan and Cockle again in heats seven and eight. That brought the scores to just a point between the sides.

At the time Mildenhall's one-point lead rather flattered the visitors and it wasn't until heat 14 that the home team, through reserve Jon Armstrong and Jason King, managed to give themselves some breathing space with a 4-2 to lead by three points with one heat to go.

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Glasgow, who won at Newport on Friday night in dramatic fashion, needed a 5-1 maximum in the last race to snatch another away win. But it never looked likely and Lyons completed his unbeaten meeting, with Danny King grabbing third place for good measure.

Indeed Danny King came through the meeting unscathed after his awful crash at Ipswich on Thursday night.

The Fen Tigers grabbed a 5-1 maximum in heat one as Lyons and James Brundle gated to the front. Armstrong came from the back to grab second in the next before Danny King and Barry Burchatt stretched the home side's lead to six in heat four.

The home side kept up the pressure and were 10 points ahead after Lyons and Brundle gained a 4-2 in heat six, before Nieminem's tactical ride win began Glasgow's mid-meeting fightback.

Heat 12 was a super heat with Lee Dicken, Danny King and Armstrong all in the thick of the action. But it was the Fen Tigers who had enough and deserved their victory.

Scorers

Mildenhall: J Lyons 14+1, J Brundle 5, rider replacement, J King 5+1, D King 9+1, J Armstrong 13+1, B Burchatt 3+1

Glasgow: Rider replacement, D McAllan 3, L Dicken 6, K Nieminem 12+1, S Parker 11, Ro Kziezak 5+2, J Cockle 7+1

n Mildenhall have been rocked by the news that Andrew Moore had quit speedway due to financial difficulties after making just one appearance for the ASL Freight Fen Tigers.

Moore only made his debut last Sunday against King's Lynn, scoring four points, following his arrival as replacement for Shaun Tacey after struggling with his early-season form at Eastbourne in the Elite League. Mildenhall operated rider replacement for Moore in yesterday's clash against Glasgow after being given special dispensation by the BSPA, but Tigers' promoter Mick Horton has made no firm decision on Moore's long-term replacement.

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