LEWIS Blackbird has put maximum faith in his team-mates to go all the way and lift this year’s rearranged National League Fours title at Stoke on Saturday.
Mildenhall Fen Tigers skipper Blackbird is confident his side can overcome an 18-day break from the track, forced upon them by bad weather, to hit the ground running and claim the coveted crown at Loomer Road.
Representing the club alongside Blackbird in the fixture, which was originally scheduled for June 10, will be Cameron Heeps, Stefan Nielsen and Daniel Halsey.
“The rained off meetings have been really frustrating for us all,” said Blackbird. “We might be a bit rusty in our first race, but I am sure we will soon pick up the pace and just get on with the job in hand.”
Helping to fill Blackbird’s confidence is the draw the Tigers have been given in the group stage which has seen them avoid fellow National League title rivals Dudley, and hosts Stoke, after being pitted against Scunthorpe, King’s Lynn and Buxton.
“In terms of the groups we definitely have the easier one,” said Blackbird. “When you look at the team we have out we have got one of the best chances out there.
“It is a bit of a starters’ paradise at Stoke, but if we can make the gates I don’t see any problem in us winning it.”
While Blackbird, Nielsen and Heeps will enter the meeting in a rich vein of form, the same can not be said for Halsey who has struggled with bike problems since the club’s National League home fixture against Rye House at the end of last month.
But Blackbird is backing his close friend and team-mate to bounce back to form and show his true colours during Saturday’s showdown.
“Danny started the year in great form but for some reason he swapped his bikes around and made changes to his engine, which messed him up a bit,” said Blackbird.
“He spoke to me the other night on the phone saying how he has a new exhaust and that he has sorted his engine out.
“He likes the track at Stoke and I am confident he can go well.”
Twenty four hours after taking to the track at Stoke, the Fen Tigers will be back in action in front of their home fans at Mildenhall Stadium when taking on the Buxton Hitmen in a National League encounter on Sunday (4.30pm).
The Tigers will be hoping to continue where they left off in the league after registering a 50-40 win on the road at Rye House, which saw Nielsen bag his first ever 15-point maximum.