Charlie Brooks and former rider Jordan Jenkins look ahead to Mildenhall Fen Tigers' two National Trophy fixtures this weekend
Charlie Brooks is confident that the Mildenhall Fen Tigers can transfer their psychological upper hand against the Plymouth Gladiators into one on the track when the two sides clash in the National Trophy tomorrow night, writes Graham Clark.
Having crushed the Devon side 61-29 at Mildenhall Stadium earlier this month in the same competition, the reigning Trophy holders will be looking for more of the same at the St Boniface Arena.
Despite being without Danny Ayres, who is on Championship duty with the Scunthorpe Scorpions, Jason Edwards (exam) and David Wallinger (injured wrist), Brooks feels the Fen Tigers still have plenty of firepower to get the job done.
“They are a good team but if we do what we did at home and make some starts then we have every chance of winning,” said Brooks.
“If they had come to our place and it had been very close with the scores then I’m sure we would be going there much more worried.
“We know we have beaten them by quite a big margin at home and that prepares well for going down there.
“We might not have Danny Ayres at number one but in Max Clegg we have a rider who knows how to make a machine work round there which is a big help.”
The Fen Tigers are struggling in the National League Knockout Cup after going down 55-34 to the Leicester Lion Cubs in the opening leg of their quarter-final on Sunday.
Although sharing the spoils in the opening heat with Ayres and Matt Marson filling in the minor honours behind maximum man Ellis Perks it was one way traffic from there on in.
After opening up an 11-point lead the Lion Cubs momentum was only briefly halted thanks to a 4-2 lead home by Ayres in heat five before the hosts hit back by taking three of the next four heats by the same scoreline.
There was little for the Fen Tigers to celebrate except a second race win for Ayres in heat 11 and one from Brooks in 14 before the hosts wrapped up the meeting.
“We knew it was going to be hard coming here. To finish up only beaten by 10 points would have been nice but I thought we would be within no more than 15 points of them,” added Brooks.
Former Fen Tigers team captain Jordan Jenkins hopes he can be the ultimate gatecrasher for the Kent Kings when the two sides face off in the National Trophy on Sunday (3pm).
The West Row-based outfit have not lost a home meeting in 31 fixtures since going down 46-44 to the Kings on August 12, 2017.
“I’m looking forward to Sunday and I think the rest of the team are as well and they have all been speaking to me a lot about how to ride the track,,” said Jenkins
“Anders Rowe is solid everywhere and Nathan Ablitt has been going really well and I know what what I can do there. If everything goes right there is no reason why we can’t win as we have quite a bit of confidence from the last few meetings.”