Danny Halsey feels the Mildenhall Fen Tigers have been dealt a reasonable hand in their opening fixtures for the 2015 campaign.
The Tigers’ skipper, pictured above left, is confident they can show off their trophy credentials early doors after being given what on paper looks to be an easy start.
First up for the West Row-based outfit will be a trip down to Hoddesdon to take on the returning Rye House Raiders in the National Trophy on Saturday, April 4.
This will be followed by the first leg of a National League Knockout Cup clash against King’s Lynn Young Stars at West Row on April 12 — with the return at the Norfolk Arena scheduled for April 15 — before taking on the Kent Kings in their first National League meeting on April 19.
“The start of the fixture list is better than we normally have and it could have been much worse,” said Halsey. “Although the Kent Kings look to have some good riders in their team with the likes of Ben Morley and James Shanes, if we get plenty of practice in before the season we should do all right in all of our opening fixtures in each competition.
“We have had some group conversation on Facebook — the team spirit is already growing and now I can’t wait to get going again.”
Echoing Halsey’s thoughts regarding the club’s opening fixtures is promoter Kevin Jolly.
“It looks a perfect start with a few nice local meetings so I think things have worked in our favour, while an early season visit down to Rye House is never a bad thing,” said Jolly. “We have packed a lot of meetings into April and May on purpose to ensure that the boys get a constant run of meetings.”
On Monday it was announced the team will ride in official team race suits after striking up a sponsorship deal with Hadleigh-based Complete Car Services to fund the remaining costs needed to purchase them.
“This is another massively positive piece of news for the club ahead of the start of the season,” said Jolly. “I am very grateful to Glen Chambers, who is a good mate of mine, to step forward with this sponsorship deal.
“The boys will look the part in the race suits and it will make them feel good about themselves.
Jolly is hoping that not only will the new race suits help propel the Fen Tigers to glory on the track, but also have an effect on teams off it as well.
“It may upset a few teams that we look a bit flashy in them, but when we turn up to meetings in them it may unsettle other teams,” said Jolly. “Hopefully that will give us a psychological advantage before we even hit the track.”