Dan Halsey has expressed his disappointment at not being able to represent the Mildenhall Fen Tigers in this year’s National League Fours at Coventry, writes Graham Clark.
The Mildenhall Fen Tigers captain was forced to pull out of the meeting just hours before it got under way on Sunday due to an urgent family matter.
“My bikes were already to go and it was gutting to miss the meeting, but it was one of those things that was not really my fault and was out of my hands and could not be avoided,” said Halsey.
Despite the Fen Tigers missing their skipper, and number one, the quartet of Josh Bates, Brendan Johnson, Jack Kingston and meeting reserve Sean Phillips still managed to finish a more than respectable third behind winners Cradley Heathens.
“I kept check of the meeting on the speedway update board and considering the team we had out I was surprised that they got that far,” said Halsey. “The boys really did do well.”
Although the Heathens proved, just like 12 months ago when taking the title at Stoke, to be the team to beat there is no doubt in the mind of Halsey that the result may have had a different outlook had both he and Joe Jacobs, who missed the meeting through illness, raced.
“Without doubt had me and Joe been there we would have been close to being favourites with Cradley and we would have challenged them all the way,” said Halsey.
For a full meeting report, turn to Page 91