Rider believes Mildenhall Fen Tigers will kickstart trophy bid

Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice day.
Connor Mountain
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160315-075605009
Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice day. Connor Mountain Picture Mark Westley ANL-160315-075605009

Connor Mountain expects the Mildenhall Fen Tigers to kickstart their hunt for glory in the National Trophy by dishing out a beating to the Isle Of Wight Warriors on Sunday.

After being stood down for the majority of his rides during the club’s opening 48-42 defeat in the Trophy to the Kent Kings following an incident in his first race, the 18-year-old, who was forced to miss last night’s British Under-21 final through injury, feels that the Fen Tigers can hit back immediately.

“If we had a bit of luck on Sunday against Kent then the result could have gone our way. It was still a pretty close result considering we were effectively a five man team,” said Mountain. “It won’t be an easy meeting as they do have a few old Fen Tigers riders in there but I definitely think we can beat them and it is a meeting that we need to be winning.

“We want all the points we can get against the Isle Of Wight and go for a big win to make amends for the defeat against Kent.”

Having impressed when finishing second behind James Shanes in the British Under-21 semi-final at Kent earlier in the month he said a decision to miss making an appearance at Owlerton last night was not taken lightly, with fellow Fen Tiger Alfie Bowtell replacing him.

“We made the decision Thursday as I wanted to be 100 per cent going into a meeting of that calibre so I can ride at my best,” he said.

“I am really gutted as the qualifying round was awesome but I would be more likely to cause further injury which will be worse in the long run. I have every intention of being fit for Sunday though.”

Mountain was not the only Fen Tigers rider to be in the wars during the clash with the Kings with reserve rider Luke Ruddick suffering a broken radius in his arm.

With news that the club will be without Ruddick for the next month Fen Tigers promoter Kevin Jolly has moved quickly to fill the gap by bringing in Adam Sheppard.

“I remembered Adam Sheppard from last season when we visited Kent, and he looked to have potential, “ said Jolly.

“When I contacted him he was keen to come and ride for us and had been looking to put himself in the shop window by riding MDL.

“Now he has a chance again on the bigger stage in the NL and hopefully with our support and backing he will take it.”