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Mildenhall Fen Tigers open up with a victory as Matt Marson agrees to rejoin the National League club




Mildenhall Fen Tigers got their 2019 campaign off to a winning start thanks to a 53-37 victory over a Poultec select side on Sunday.

A 12-heat win would ordinarily point to a one-sided affair, but there was plenty of exciting racing to entertain a good crowd basking in the heat of the afternoon.

Fen Tigers captain Danny Ayres raced to an impeccable five-ride maximum, but it was down at reserve where Macauley Leek and 15-year-old Elliot Kelly captivated the home support with five race wins between them.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice Day Fen Tigers team 2019 Danny Ayres, Sam Bebee, Charlie Brooks, Jason Edwards, Dave Wallinger, Elliot Kelly, Macauley Leek and Sam Norris Picture by Mark Westley. (8952704)
Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice Day Fen Tigers team 2019 Danny Ayres, Sam Bebee, Charlie Brooks, Jason Edwards, Dave Wallinger, Elliot Kelly, Macauley Leek and Sam Norris Picture by Mark Westley. (8952704)

Kelly showed true northern grit to bounce back from a couple of falls to look super smooth in two heat wins, while Leek – after crashing in his first ride – reeled off three very impressive victories.

With the engine room of David Wallinger, Jason Edwards and Charlie Brooks also scoring good points all afternoon it was just the start that new team manager Malcolm Vasey had hoped for.

Speaking afterwards he said: “I was very pleased with the performance of everyone this afternoon, this was a good exercise that gave all our six riders valuable track time and has set us up for our three opening National Trophy fixtures next weekend.

"We had a good crowd that really backed the lads and they hopefully enjoyed what they saw on the track today. I am sure there is plenty of improvement in this side and that will be apparent over the coming meetings."

Fen Tigers 53

Danny Ayres 5 (5 rides), David Wallinger 10+1 (6), Macauley Leek 9 (4), Charlie Brooks 6+4 (5), Jason Edwards 6 (4), Elliot Kelly 6 (5), Sam Norris 1 (1) and Sam Bebee R/R

Poultec Select 37

Tom Brennan 10+1 (5), Anders Rowe 8 (5), Alex Spooner 7 (4), Sheldon Davies 4+2 (4), Jacob Clouting 3+1 (4), Jamie Bursill 2+1 (3), James Laker 2 (3) and Kean Dicken 1+1 (3)

* It was also announced that Australian rider Matt Marson, who turned out for the club last year, will return to the fold as a replacement for the injured Sam Bebee, pending BSPA approval.



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