Brooks: 'Mildenhall Fen Tigers can still reach the National League Play-Offs'
Charlie Brooks believes the Mildenhall Fen Tigers can take inspiration from their crushing 63-27 challenge victory over the Thurrock Hammers on Sunday and ignite their push for the National League Play-Offs, writes Graham Clark.
In a meeting dedicated to raising funds for club number eight Sam Norris, who is currently battling a severe head injury at Addenbroke’s Hospital, the Fen Tigers did their bit to ensure the afternoon finished with a feel-good factor.
Danny Ayres led the way with a 15-point maximum with Brooks one of three other riders to hit double figures, scoring a paid 10 total.
“I think as a team we have not bonded together as well as we should have done so far and we should have won a few of those meetings we have lost,” said Brooks.
“We were up against a team on Sunday where riding any number was going to be a challenge but everyone in the team made some starts and did their bit which was pleasing to see on my comeback.
“All we have to do is go into the rest of the meetings and give it our all and at the end of the day we could scrape into the play-offs.”
After sharing the spoils in the first race it was pretty much one-way traffic from there on in with Fen Tigers opening up a 16-point lead by the end of heat seven which included two wins apiece from Ayres and Ryan Kinsley on his one-off return.
Rob Ledwith gave the visitors their only advantage of the meeting in heat eight with his second win of the meeting when spearheading a 4-2 with Connor King but it was soon business as usual with the Fen Tigers hitting back with a brace of 5-1s.
Kinsley was to save his best until last when getting the better of Ledwith with a sweeping move round the outside of the Hammers number two on the final bend of the last lap of heat 11 before the hosts rounded out the meeting with three 5-1s from the final four heats.
“My aim was to score over 10 points so I’m not too disheartened by not winning my last two rides as it was a great performance by the boys to get the job done,” said Kinsley.
“I felt I had more speed in heat 11 and it was just finding the right time to make the move.
“It was nice to be back ‘home’ as you could not ask for a better club or team spirit.”
Following a collection during the interval, the sale of specially designed t-shirts and an auction of signed t-shirts a total of £3,400 was raised for stricken rider Norris, who ahead of the meeting had received a visit from promoter Kevin Jolly.
“When me and Gill (wife) went to see him we had a discussion of what we might see but there was not a mark on him just the bang to his head has affected his brain,” said Jolly.
“He has no sight or voice at the moment but when we spoke to him there was a response. This kid will beat this and we all have to stay positive.
“His family are over the moon with what has been raised and they have been so strong. We just all have to keep our fingers crossed."