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Fen Tigers open up 14-point lead


By Sports Newmarket


The Mildenhall Fen Tigers will head down to the Eastbourne Eagles tonight for the second leg of the National League Knockout Cup final armed with a 14-point advantage.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers
Mildenhall Fen Tigers

The two sides met in the opening leg at West Row last night, when it looked at one point that the hosting Fen Tigers were going to run away with the contest.

After heat 10 – one in which the home side's Drew Kemp and captain Jordan Jenkins combined for a 4-2 – they held a 40-20 lead.

However, visiting Eastbourne recovered late on, winning three of the remaining five heats 4-2 to leave the Fen Tigers 52-38 in front ahead of today's meeting at the Arlington Stadium (7.30pm).

Team manager Phil Kirk said: "When we went 20 points up I felt like we were marching towards the cup.

"They pulled it back but they are a good side and we knew that they would come back at us.

"I am fairly confident 14 points will be enough as we are more than capable of putting on a good performance as we have their number one from last year in Josh Bailey and Drew Kemp goes well there as well."

Eastbourne have won the last three Knockout Cups in a row, the most recent of which saw them get the better of the Fen Tigers.

Scorers

Fen Tigers: Drew Kemp 15+1, Danny Ayres RR, Josh Bailey 12+1, Jordan Jenkins 7+1, Ryan Kinsley 8, Matt Marson 3, Sam Bebee 6+1

Eastbourne: Georgie Wood 9, Jason Edwards 3, Mark Baseby 9, Ethan Spiller 2+2, Tom Brennan 11, Charley Powell 0, Charley Brooks 4

* Ahead of the first leg, read what the Fen Tigers' team manager Phil Kirk had to say here, while rider Josh Bailey gives his thoughts here.



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