Double victory comes at a cost
The Mildenhall Fen Tigers achieved their objective of winning six National League points during Sunday's home double header against Kent and the Isle of Wight, but it came at a cost as of the team's riders suffered injuries.
Josh Bailey suffered concussion and will miss Saturday's clash with Plymouth as a result, while Sam Bebee faces an extended period on the sidelines after it was confirmed he has fractured the humerus bone in his arm.
The afternoon opened with the Kent taking a rare 5-1 off the Fen Tigers at home as Luke Bowen and Anders Rowe were fastest away and as hard as Bailey tried he couldn’t haul them in.
Although Drew Kemp won heat two at a canter the visitors then claimed a 4-2 to lead by four after three heats.
A brilliant ride and pass by Danny Ayres in heat four seemed to ignite the Fen Tigers fire as they posted four 4-2s and two 5-1s in the next six heats to turn a four-point deficit into a 12-point lead, the highlight being a trademark chase and pass of Nathan Stoneman by Bailey in heat six.
After a drawn heat 10, Ayres and Kemp looked to be combining again for another 5-1 until the hard riding Bowen spilt the team riding pair.
The action hotted up on a scorching afternoon in heat 13 as an incredibly tight second bend saw the visitors pairing lead and although Bowen was gone out in front, the Fen Tigers pair of Ayres and Bailey both passed Stoneman in a feisty heat of speedway.
There was still time for another 5-1 as Ryan Kinsley and Kemp combined, with the 15-year-old speedster completing another paid maximum.
The second meeting against the Isle of Wight was a much more straight forward affair as after the opening two races the Fen Tigers reeled off five straight 5-1s to lead 32-10 after only seven heats.
The meeting seemed to moving to its inevitable conclusion when Bebee, Bailey and visiting captain Scott Campos all went down in the first bend in heat 10.
There was considerable concern and supporters and the clubs alike were relieved when both Bailey and Campos rose to their feet after been checked over.
The unlucky Sam Bebee was not so fortunate and left the track in an ambulance after some considerable time on the track.
Heat 10 was re-run whilst Bebee was being checked over but with medical cover now unavailable when the ambulance left for the hospital the meeting was abandoned with the result standing at 42-18.
The re-run of heat 10 featured the ride if the day from young Kemp who came from last to first executing two high class passes on route to another unbeaten performance.
Kevin Jolly said: "After a slow start today the lads clicked into gear and all the side were riding well before the crash, overall the entertainment this afternoon was high class again with some good racing especially in the Kent meeting and we will regroup now and come back next weekend hungry for more league points.”
Fen Tigers 52
Drew Kemp 11+1 (4 rides), Josh Bailey 10+1 (5), Ryan Kinsley 9 (4), Danny Ayres 8+1 (5), Danny Halsey 6 (4), Matt Marson 4+1 (4) and Sam Bebee 4 (4)
Luke Bowen 13 (5 rides), Jack Thomas 10 (5), Nathan Stoneman 6 (4), Anders Rowe 3+1 (4), Taylor Hampshire 3+1 (4), Alex Spooner 3 (5) and James Laker 0 (3).
Fen Tigers 42
Drew Kemp 9 (3 rides), Ryan Kinsley 8+1 (3), Danny Halsey 6+1 (3), Matt Marson 6+1 (4), Danny Ayres 5+1 (2), Josh Bailey 5 (2) and Sam Bebee 3+1 (3)
Isle of Wight 18
Ryan Terry Daley 4 (3 rides), William O’Keefe 3+1 (3), Georgie Wood 3 (2), Scott Campos 3 (3), Danno Verge 3 (3), Chris Widman2+1 (3) and Connor King 0 (3)