Ryan Kinsley 'over the moon' to be back in action for the Mildenhall Fen Tigers
Ryan Kinsley hopes to turn on the style when slipping back into Mildenhall Fen Tigers colours for a one off appearance against the Thurrock Hammers on Sunday (3pm), writes Graham Clark.
Having been part of the club’s 2018 septet the 20-year-old, who races for Scunthorpe Scorpions in the Championship, will return to his old stomping ground along with fellow ex Fen Tiger Connor Coles when taking on the Hammers in a challenge contest.
The pair will come into the main body of the team for Henry Atkins who is on Championship duty with Somerset Rebels and Charlie Brooks who will drop down to reserve on his return from injury in place of Elliot Kelly who is sitting the meeting out.
“As I’ve not got a National League spot I can’t guest in the National League but as this is a challenge match I’ve been given permission and I’m definitely looking forward to it,” said Kinsley.
“I had some great times down at Mildenhall last year and it was a bit of a shame not to go back this year. They kept me in the loop with team building but with the averages I was not able to get in. I’m over the moon to go back on Sunday and show everyone some good racing.”
Although without a National League club to support his Championship commitments, Kinsley feels he is getting to grips with adapting to life racing in speedway’s second tier, something which has been helped by teaming up again with Fen Tigers skipper Danny Ayres.
“It is a big step up and I didn’t know just how big the difference of riding was going to be it is a lot quicker and sharper,” said Kinsley.
“I have put a bit on my average and my focus is on hitting my average and anything else is a bonus. Sometimes the results don’t match the effort I’ve put in.
“It’s been a big boost having Danny with me having spent last year with him. I get on well with him and it is nice having someone you are close to in the team.”
A 16-point haul from guest number one Max Clegg was unable to prevent the Fen Tigers from suffering back-to-back defeats in the National League on Saturday after they went down 51-38 to the Stoke Potters.
Trailing by 10 points after the first four heats the Fen Tigers worked their way back into the meeting after three successive advantages between heats six and heat eight with wins for Clegg, Jason Edwards and Matt Marson.
Two 5-1s for the Potters fronted by Joe Lawlor in heat 12 and Tom Perry a race later effectively ended any hopes the West Row based outfit had of picking up any points.
“We struggled a bit at reserve and it was hard having rider replacement for Charlie Brooks,” said Phil Kirk, general manager.
“Max Clegg performed well as a guest like he always does while Jason Edwards rode well.
“Matt Marson showed a lot of spirit and probably put in his best performance since returning.”
Stoke Potters 51: T Perry 12, J Alcock 1+1, J Lawlor 12+1, L Priest 5+1, C Coles 9+1,C Pavitt 2+1, S Rutherford 10+3.
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 38: M Clegg (g) 16, C Brooks r/r, H Atkins 4, J Edwards 9+1, M Marson 7, A Butcher 1, E Kelly 1.
* More than £14,000 has been collected through various bucket collections at tracks and a Just Giving collection set up for Sam Norris who suffered a serious head injury in the British Youth Championships at Glasgow earlier this month.
The 15-year-old, who had been on a ventilator, has been given the all clear to be flown back from hospital in Glasgow to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge to continue his recovery from the accident.
A bucket collection for Norris will be held by the Fen Tigers during Sunday’s meeting.