Mildenhall Fen Tigers exact swift revenge on Isle of Wight Warriors in National Trophy
It took a while to hit top form, but the Mildenhall Fen Tigers went through the gears in the second half of Sunday's meeting to claim four maximum heat wins in the last six races to run out 51-39 winners over Isle of Wight side and gain quick revenge for Thursday's National Trophy defeat.
The visitors' top two of Georgie Wood and Ben Morley caused plenty of problems for the Fen Tigers and shared seven race wins between them. However, their undoing was the lack of support they received from their second string, while in contrast all six Fen Tigers claimed at least a paid win with five of their six being paid for ten points or more.
The meeting turned between heats 10 and 12 with Charlie Brooks being involved in two massive 5-1’s, with captain Danny Ayres and the battling but previously unlucky Macauley Leek, while riding through the pain barrier after hurting his shoulder on Thursday.
When top scorer Jason Edwards linked up with the impressive Elliot Kelly in heat 14 for another maximum the points were secured.
Edwards then linked up with Ayres for another 5-1 to put the icing on the cake and claim a t12-point victory.
Speaking after the meeting, Fen Tigers general manager Phil Kirk said: “After Thursday’s defeat this was an important victory for us, this is a new team getting used to their new track and each other and I was impressed with the performance, especially in the second half of the meeting.
"It was particularly good to see David and Elliot scoring well after both experienced difficulties on the Island.
"Jason and Charlie whom I thought were both a little subdued last week showed everything we hoped and expected of them today and things bode well for the coming weeks. This is a side that will improve with meetings and provide plenty of excitement for our loyal support.”
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