Mildenhall Fen Tigers eyeing a quick National League double over Kent Kings
Mildenhall Fen Tigers captain Matt Marson is confident they can dish out another beating to the Kent Kings and complete a National League double over their play-off chasing rivals, writes Graham Clark.
Having suffered defeats home and away to the Kings in the National Trophy earlier in the season the Fen Tigers will be looking to back up their 51-38 victory over the Sittingbourne outfit on Sunday when the two go head-to-head again at Central Park on Monday (4pm).
“It has been an up and down track for me as I’ve had a few spills there but weirdly I’ve done well there as well,” said Marson.
“They are quite a top heavy team and we are quite a top heavy team so we will just have to see what will happen.
“I think beating them at home does give us confidence because it shows the boys can do it and I know we can all put a shift in round there and the team is starting to gel.
“If we put a shift in we will come away with at least a losing bonus point but we go into every meeting like we did last year thinking we are going to win.”
Ryan Kinsley wasted no time in settling back into life with the Fen Tigers after stealing the show on his return when topping the scoring charts by storming to a 15-point maximum.
Brought into replace injured number one Danny Ayres the Norwich-based rider got off to the perfect start when spearheading a 4-2 with Marson in heat one.
Elliot Kelly and Arran Butcher helped themselves to a 5-0 in the next heat following the exclusion of Jacob Clouting and the withdrawal of Luke Barnes who suffered an injury following a coming together with his team-mate.
Both sides saw their numbers reduced during the initial staging of heat eight, which was won by Charlie Brooks, deputising for Marson, who together with Clouting was withdrawn after being involved in a three-rider collision.
Brooks raced to his second win of the afternoon a race later when fronting a 5-1 with guest Connor Coles, before Henry Atkins, nursing an injured wrist, put in the ride of the afternoon in heat 11 with a last gasp effort to split Kings tactical sub Joe Lawlor and Anders Rowe.
The meeting was secured with Kinsley claiming victory number four when giving the Fen Tigers their third and final 5-1 in heat 13.
With Brooks completing a hat-trick of wins when leading home a 4-2 in the penultimate heat it was left to Kinsley to complete his perfect return with another wide margin victory in the finale.
“No one can replace Mr Entertainer but Ryan Kinsley was pretty much the perfect match scoring 15 points,” added Marson.
“Ryan did the job well and I’m sure there would have been enough pressure on him but he proved he still knows how to do it around here.”
Reflecting on his perfect return Kinsley added: “It felt good out there. There was a bit of pressure to be fair but once I got heat one out the way I was fine.
“I was aiming for double figures which you should do when number one in the National League but to get a maximum is always brilliant.”