Mildenhall Fen Tigers 37
Birmingham Brummies 52
The search for a first win in the National League continues for the Mildenhall Fen Tigers after they stretched their losing sequence to three on Sunday with defeat against the Birmingham Brummies.
Not even a paid 16 total from Connor Mountain could muster a real threat from the hosts, who now find just the Stoke Potters beneath them at the foot of the National League table.
Despite being without the services of both Jon Armstrong and Rob Parker — the latter having been struck down with pneumonia — the Fen Tigers kept the scores relatively close for the first 10 heats before the reigning champions moved into an unassailable lead.
An opening heat 5-1 to the visitors threatened to set the tone for the meeting, but a 5-0 in the next contest, followed by a 4-2 led home by Mountain and backed up by Connor Coles put the Fen Tigers into a three point lead come the conclusion of heat three to suggest an upset may be on the cards.
Any hopes home fans had of clinging on to that lead though were soon extinguished as despite both Mountain and Halsey registering wins, the Brummies rattled off a brace of 4-2s, together with a 5-1 in heat eight to take control of the meeting once again.
The gap remained at five points with the sides sharing the points in heats nine and 10. But a 5-1 fronted by the impressive Zach Wajtknecht and Danyon Hume extended the Perry Barr’s outfit to nine to leave the Fen Tigers with a mountain to climb.
Although Mountain halted the Brummies’ progress when roaring to his third win in heat 12, it was a result that merely put on hold the inevitable from happening as a 5-1 and a 4-2 in the following two heats wrapped up maximum points for the defending champions.
While the points may have been secured the meeting did end in a positive manner for the Fen Tigers as Mountain lowered the colours of Wajtknecht to prevent the Brummies number one from enjoying a 15 point maximum.
Rob Henry, team manager, said: “They are a very good side and that is why they were champions last year. We still had riders not performing today and without Jon Armstrong being here we were always going to suffer.
“Bringing new riders in at six and seven today against a team like that you can try fill them with as much confidence as you like but their riders don’t give up.
“Connor Mountain never let us down and he has been mister consistent around here the last couple of years, but Connor Coles is still getting problems with his bikes and we need to have words with him, while Chris Widman needs that bit of time to settle in.
“All I ask of them is to win their home meetings and we have had problems this year already but they (Birmingham) should not be winning by that kind of score.”
SCORES: Mildenhall Fen Tigers 37: D Halsey 8, Aa Bowtell 3, C Mountain 15+1, C Coles 6, J Armstrong R/R, L Springthorpe 3, C Widman 2+1.
Birmingham Brummies 52: Z Wajtknecht 13+1, D Hume 8+2, T Bacon 5+1, D Ritchings 7+2, T Perry 11+2, J Smith 4, J Parkinson-Blackburn 4+1