Mildenhall Fen Tigers' victory not enough to overturn first-leg deficit in the Knockout Cup
The Mildenhall Fen Tigers were unable to overturn a hefty deficit in the quarter-finals of the Knockout Cup yesterday afternoon, despite beating the Leicester Lion Cubs 52-38.
The first leg ended in 55-34 defeat for the West Row-based side, who were ultimately unable to bridge the gap during a spirited showing in front their own supporters.
Two early 4-2 advantages had the Fen Tigers up and running and by the interval they had increased their lead to 14 points with some hard and exciting racing from the home team.
Jason Edwards produced a scintillating pass on Danyon Hume in heat four then Danny Ayres produced a similar pass on Hume two heats later.
Hume again was on the receiving end as the once again highly impressive Charlie Brooks swept past him to win heat nine before Ayres and Matt Marson rolled back the years with some high class team riding to send Mildenhall into the interval with a live chance of victory.
However, after the break as hard as the Fen Tigers tried, they could not increase their advantage and had to accept their cup hopes for 2019 were over even though they ran out convincing winners on the day.
Speaking after the meeting Fen Tigers general manager Phil Kirk said: “We had a team meeting with riders and management prior to today's meeting to air some views about what we wanted from the team and I have to say we were very impressed with the response we received from the lads today.
Each one of them can head home knowing that they contributed to a fine win and that they gave the supporters a performance worthy of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers name.
Everyone had at least a paid win and at the interval I really felt we were in with a good chance of going on to win the tie."
It is a swift return to action for the Fen Tigers, who travel to Kent in the National Trophy this evening.
Fen Tigers 52
Danny Ayres, 14 (5 rides), Charlie Brooks 10+2 (5), Jason Edwards 7 (4), Matt Marson 6+2 (4), Dave Wallinger 6+1 (4), Macauley Leek 5 (4) and Elliot Kelly 4 (4)
Ellis Perksv13 (5), Danny Halsey 10 (5), Danyon Hume 7+1 (5), Dan Thompson 5+1 (7), Joe Thompson 3+1 (5) Ryan MacDonald 0 (3) and Jamie Halder R/R