Fen Tigers march on with Plymouth win
After a late enforced change due to an interpretation of the rules, the Fen Tigers powered to their ninth successive home victory of the season by beating Plymouth Devils 58-32 on Saturday.
With Mildenhall being told they needed to use a guest at number one, Jack Thomas stepped in at the 11th hour for the absent Josh Bailey.
This left the returning Sam Woods having to drop down to number eight as rider replacement was employed for the also absent Sam Bebee.
The meeting started with a power-packed heat as visiting number one Ellis Perks showed his liking for the West Row circuit when he produced passes on both Thomas and Fen Tigers captain Ryan Kinsley.
A 5-1 from Kinsley and Danny Halsey in heat three, followed by another in heat six from Danny Ayres and Drew Kemp, saw the Fen Tigers ease into an eight-point lead after seven races.
Heat eight saw a fine race between Kemp and Richard Andrews, with the teenage star showing incredible bike skills out wide to pass Andrews for the win.
The Fen Tigers then stepped up a gear as Halsey and Kinsley combined again for a second 5-1 before Thomas passed Atkins to claim his first win of the evening as the home side extended their lead to 18 points.
Heat 11 looked to be a showdown between the unbeaten Ayers and Perks, but as the two battled it out around the first two bends a sublime ride from Kemp saw him sweep past both and disappear into the distance
This was quickly followed by another 5-1 from Halsey and Marson, with the Aussie youngster riding a great race to keep Atkins at bay.
There was a brief respite for the visitors in heat 13 as Perks and Hopwood gated ahead of Thomas and Ayres and held on from the charging Fen Tigers for a surprise 5-1.
However, things quickly returned to type with another 5-1 in heat fourteen from Kemp and Kinsley – Kemp completing his seventh maximum of the season and extended his unbeaten run of rides to 14.
Heat 15 was the race of the day after Ayres and Kinsley left Perks nowhere to go, meaning the Fen Tigers raced to sixth maximum of the evening completing the win.
Co-promoter Kevin Jolly said: “With the issues before the meeting this could have turned out to be a difficult evening for us, but the lads stepped up yet again and put on a fine show.
"Ryan put in another captain's performance and now deservedly moves to number one, Drew keeps pulling out wonder rides and both the Dannys scored excellent points.
Matt really showed his mettle in heat 12 with a fine ride and I was also pleased that we were able to give Sam a couple of rides as he will now join Matt in the reserve berths.
"Sam has missed a lot of the season and will need a little time but I feel he will score valuable points for us once back up to speed."
Fen Tigers 58: Ryan Kinsley 15+1 (6 rides), Drew Kemp 13+2 (5), Danny Ayres 11 (5), Danny Halsey 8+3 (4), Jack Thomas 6+1 (4), Matt Marson 4+1 (4) and Sam Woods 1 (2) - R/R Sam Bebee
Plymouth 32: Ellis Perks 10+1 (5 rides), Ben Hopwood 8+1 (5), Henry Atkins 5 (4), Ryan Terry Daley 5 (6), Richard Andrews 2 (5), Macaulay Leek 2 (5) and R/R Bradley Andrews