Fen Tigers roar to big victory
The Mildenhall Fen Tigers have one foot placed firmly in the KO Cup Final after a stunning display saw them defeat the Belle Vue Colts 64-25 in Sunday's semi-final first leg at West Row.
With number one Drew Kemp back in the line-up, the Fen Tigers raced to eight maximum heat advantages during the afternoon with both Kemp and Danny Ayres recording paid five ride maximums.
Although the result may suggest a pretty routine afternoon of speedway, that wasn’t the case with some great heats of speedway through the afternoon.
Ayres produced a trademark pass in heat four to sweep past Tom Perry before Ryan Kinsley did the same to Perry in heat six.
Heat seven was a classic as the improving Matt Marson produced a stunning gate from the outside to lead Ayres and the charging Kyle Bickley, Ayres protecting his partner perfectly for over two laps before Bickley briefing split them off the second bend on lap three.
Ayres quickly re-passed Bickley round the outside to go clear leaving Marson to block all attempts from Bickley to pass as the duo recorded another 5-1.
Marson’s reserve partner Sam Bebee was not to be left out producing another impressive performance at reserve scoring paid nine.
Heat 13 was another classic as Ayres gated with Jack Smith in second, Kemp stalked Smith before squeezing through the inside for the most classy of passes.
With the Josh Bailey/Jordan Jenkins partnership producing as well there was nowhere for the Colts to go as they failed to gain a heat advantage all meeting. All that was left was for Ayres and Kemp to seal the deal in heat fifteen with another 5-1.
Kevin Jolly was full of praise for his team, saying: “It is feeling like we have created a monster, this was a stunning display of power and skill from the team, it has to be the best yet.
"The lads are incredibly still improving and I do not think we have reached our peak yet. Sam and Matt are providing superb support to our top five who are looking so solid.
"Next week we have a big league fixture against Birmingham and I cannot imagine anyone who was here today will want to miss that meeting, the lads are providing so much entertainment.”
Fen Tigers 64
Danny Ayres 14+1 (5 rides), Drew Kemp 14+1 (5), Josh Bailey 9+1 (4), Ryan Kinsley 8+2 (4), Sam Bebee 8+1 (4), Jordan Jenkins 6+1 (4) and Matt Marson 5+2 (4)
Belle Vue 25
Jack Smith 9 (5 rides), Tom Perry 7 (5), Kyle Bickley 5 (5), Ben Woodhull 3+1 (5), Paul Bowen 1 (5) and Kean Dicken 0 (5) R/R Joe Lawlor
* The triumph over Belle Vue followed back-to-back away wins over the Isle of Wight and Plymouth on Thursday and Friday respectively, which stretched the Fen Tigers' lead at the top of the National League table.
The West Row side are now 18 points clear of second-placed Kent.