Jack Kingston believes a positive result against the Stoke Potters on Sunday can help ignite the Mildenhall Fen Tigers’ push for a top four finish.
Although the West Row outfit’s chances of winning the National League are now long gone, the Fen Tigers’ number five is confident that they can still secure a place in the end of season Gold Cup competition.
With Birmingham, Cradley and Eastbourne all virtually assured of their places in the stand-alone event, just six points cover the remaining seven teams in the fight for fourth spot, a position that Kingston feels the sixth-placed Fen Tigers can take a step towards with a victory over the Potters.
Should the Fen Tigers, who look set to welcome back Luke Ruddick from injury, defeat the Staffordshire outfit, it would end a run of three straight defeats in the competition, the most recent of which came with a 55-34 mauling away to the Rye House Raiders at the weekend.
“Fourth is not out of reach, put it that way. It is there for us to take,” said Kingston.
“We have just got to get out there and do it. I know we have had more meetings than most but we can turn it around.
“The team as a whole is on a low performance-wise and what we need to happen is to have a few good meetings in the run-in, starting on Sunday against Stoke.
“Lee Payne can mix it up but he is not unbeatable while I would be happy if I can beat Jon Armstrong. Fingers crossed Luke Ruddick will be ready to go well after his break. We are capable of beating them we just need to make sure that everyone has a good day as at the moment we are not getting the points our efforts reflect.”
Kingston is not the only person at the club that believes a fourth-place finish is not out of question, with club promoter Kevin Jolly echoing similar views.
Although he acknowledges the task facing his team is a difficult one, he hopes that a chance to further extend the season will prove enough of a motivation.
“Quite simply we need to win all five home fixtures and just maybe pick up a couple of points away from home, said Jolly. “We want our season to continue for the fans and I will be looking for a run of top performances from the lads to give us a chance of that happening.
“We have without doubt come up short this season, there is no hiding from that, but there still remains a lot to play for and I know the lads are as keen as I am to continue the season through September and into October.
“That should be the motivation required to really go out and show what we are made of and give our loyal band of followers something to cheer about.”
Tapes go up for Sunday’s meeting at 3.30pm. For a report on the Mildenhall Fen Tigers’ meeting at Rye House Raiders turn to page 101.