Defending champions Mildenhall Fen Tigers begin National Trophy campaign with loss to Isle Of Wight Warriors
It proved to be difficult opening National Trophy fixture for the Mildenhall Fen Tigers as another injury marred their start to the 2019 campaign, which got under way with a49-40 defeat at the Isle Of Wight Warriors on Thursday.
Already operating rider replacement for Sam Bebee, a first heat fall from Charlie Brooks saw the young racer injure his shoulder and although he bravely rode in his next two races had to withdraw from the meeting.
With David Wallinger experiencing a very difficult evening it was left to three riders to keep the defending champions in with a shout of a point.
Captain Danny Ayres – an Isle of Wight specialist – lead from the front reeling off five wins in his six rides, his only defeat coming in heat one when his opposite number Georgie Wood beat him.
He received solid support from Jason Edwards with 10 points and reserve Macauley Leek, who continued his fine start to the season with a paid eleven return from his six rides.
Speaking after the meeting a slightly subdued team manager Malcolm Vasey said: “I was a little disappointed by tonight’s result, although we experienced some more bad fortune with Charlie Brooks injury and David Wallinger’s inexplicable evening.
"Danny Ayres was superb and I was particularly impressed by Macauley Leek again tonight who is showing the ability to be a potent weapon at reserve."
Chad Wirtzfeld will take the injured Brooks' place against Plymouth tonight – a meeting that has been previewed by Macauley Leek here.