Jolly’s threatening to ring the changes after home humbling

Tom Bacon and Danyon Hume do battle. Photo: Jeff Higgott.
Tom Bacon and Danyon Hume do battle. Photo: Jeff Higgott.
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NATIONAL TROPHY

Mildenhall Fen Tigers 33

Rye House Raiders 56

Kevin Jolly has warned that changes could be made after the Mildenhall Fen Tigers slumped to one of their heaviest home defeats in recent seasons on Sunday.

With the Fen Tigers’ chances of retaining the National Trophy already dashed following their 44-44 draw at home to Eastbourne earlier this month, club promoter Jolly fired both barrels at his side’s dismal display against the Hoddesdon outfit, labelling it as a ‘disgrace’.

“This is a disgraceful result at home and I am embarrassed by what they are doing to us,” said Jolly.

“Apart from Tom Bacon and the odd little bits from Connor Mountain and Connor Coles it was pretty gutless.

“I’d love to make changes, and if it is possible they will be made as I think we need some new blood.

“However, it may be the case though that we have to stick with what we have got.”

Although stressing he will not make any rash decisions, Jolly has admitted that he may have made a mistake in his team selection for the current campaign after questioning the attitudes of several riders.

“I am starting to learn a lot of lessons and I am big enough to accept that I have made mistakes in my selections for this year. I am disgusted with myself,” added Jolly.

“There are a couple of riders’ attitudes that need questioning.

“I may be seen as being too harsh but cages need to be rattled and we are not giving the supporters what they deserve.

“We could even win a race against ourselves today.”

As has been the case all year the Fen Tigers started slowly and quickly found themselves six points adrift after the opening two heats.

Although the hosts secured a share of the spoils in the next two races, which included a fine win for in form reserve Tom Bacon over Kyle Hughes in heat four, the visitors soon heaped more misery on the misfiring West Row outfit.

A 4-2 in heat seven lead home by Rob Branford was followed up by a 5-1 in heat seven from Luke Priest and Luke Chessell.

Trailing by 12 points, Fen Tigers team boss Rob Henry elected to send out Bacon in the double scoring black-and-white helmet in heat eight in order to reduce the gap between the sides.

Although Bacon missed the gate he soon found himself in front after passing teammate Rob Parker, and the Raiders pair of Sam Woods and Alfie Bowtell.

On an afternoon where nothing went right for the reigning National Trophy holders, Bacon was harshly excluded by referee Barbara Horley after being judged to have forced Bowtell to come to grief, resulting in his exclusion and handing the visitors back-to-back maximums.

Two more shared heats followed before a 4-2 from the Raiders, once again lead home by Branford in heat 12, condemned the Fen Tigers to defeat.

The hosts gained their sole 4-2 in the very next heat through Connor Mountain and Bacon.

However, the meeting ended as it started with the Raiders claiming a 5-1 in the finale, with Branford completing a 15 point maximum.

Scores: Mildenhall Fen Tigers: D. Halsey 6+1; L. Ruddick r/r; C. Mountain 8+1; J. Kingston 5+1; C. Coles 4+1; R. Parker 2.

Rye House Raiders: R. Branford 15; S. Woods 6+2; L. Priest 9+1; L. Chessell 7+1; K. Hughes 10+1; D. Hume 3; A. Bowtell 6+1.