Mildenhall Fen Tigers 62 Isle of Wight Warriors 28
It may have been six weeks since the Mildenhall Fen Tigers had ridden at home, but they certainly remembered the fastest way round the West Row circuit as all seven riders scored solid points that sent the Warriors back across the Solent with a heavy and comprehensive defeat.
Although guest number one for the visitors, Zach Wajtknecht, won heat one, they had to wait until heat fifteen to take another chequered flag.
Revitalised reserve Luke Ruddick, clearly showing the benefit of a Saturday afternoon training session with Robert Henry and Kevin Jolly, and Alfie Bowtell raced to an impressive heat two 5-1 before the Fen Tigers recorded their only last place of the day when the bright sunlight confused Danny Halsey into believing the red light on the first bend was on as he eased right off before continuing to the end of the race.
Heat four saw the impressive Connor Mountain execute a highly skilled pass on visiting captain James Cockle, before Halsey atoned for his heat three blip with a classy piece of team riding as he blocked off Wajtknechts move on the last two bends, allowing Connor Coles around the outside for the second 5-1 of the afternoon.
Three successive 4-2 advantages to the now rampant Fen Tigers saw the lead increase to sixteen points after heat eight, before first Halsey then Coles passed Cockle for a superb 5-1 in heat nine.
Jon Armstrong and Chris Widman repeated the feat in heat ten as the Fen Tigers extended their lead to 24 points.
Heat thirteen saw a masterclass from Armstrong and Mountain, as first Mountain passed the fast-gating Wajtknecht with the sweetest of moves before Armstrong set off in pursuit of the Warrior guest.
Drawing closer each lap, the Fen Tigers number one and captain eased up behind Wajtknecht as they approached the final two bends before sweeping round and passing him on the way to the line.
Heat fifteen saw another excellent race between Wajtknecht, Mountain and Coles, with it possible to throw a blanket over all three riders at times during the race, before Wajtknecht pulled away towards the finishing line.
After the win, promoted Kevin Jolly said: “It was great to be back on track at home today and the lads responded in style.
“If they can ride like this regularly we can surely beat anyone anywhere, from one to seven they were excellent.
“The track produced some superb racing I felt and although the victory was 34 points there was some close racing for the fans to enjoy with some excellent moves from our lads.
The Fen Tigers return to action next Sunday with a trip to Buxton.
Mildenhall ‘KJM / Manchetts’ Fen Tigers 62
Connor Mountain 14 (5 rides), Connor Coles 12+2 (5), Jon Armstrong 10+1 (4), Danny Halsey 8+1 (4), Luke Ruddick 8 (4), Chris Widman 5+2 (4) and Alfie Bowtell 5+1 (4)
Isle of Wight ‘Wightlik’ Warriors 28
Zach Wajtknecht 12 (6 rides), James Cockle 7 (5), Mark Baseby 6+1 (6), Kelsey Dugard 2 (4), Tyler Govier 1 (4) and Sam Bebee 0 (5) R/R Lee Smart