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Winning run shows no signs of stopping

By Sports Newmarket

The table-topping Mildenhall Fen Tigers made it 11 National League victories in a row on Sunday with a commanding 60-29 home triumph at the expense of Stoke Potters.

ANOTHER WIN: Ryan Kinsley (blue) was in good form for the Fen Tigers. Picture: Derek Leader
ANOTHER WIN: Ryan Kinsley (blue) was in good form for the Fen Tigers. Picture: Derek Leader

Heat one saw a stunning ride from Drew Kemp as the youngster celebrated his 16th birthday in style, missing out on the West Row track record by the smallest of margins 0.02 seconds.

And with Ryan Kinsley tucking in for second place, the Fen Tigers were up and running.

A nasty looking clash between the Stoke reserves in heat two cost the visitors the services of the unlucky Joe Alcock, who damaged his collarbone again after just returning from the same injury, and with his partner excluded the Mildenhall reserves took a straightforward 5-0 in the re-run.

High class team riding from Josh Bailey and Jordan Jenkins in heat three saw another 5-1 as the Fen Tigers moved 15-2 ahead, before Sam Bebee produced a moment that had the crowd on their feet as he swept through inside Max Clegg on bend four to join Danny Ayres for another 5-1.

Heat five saw a nasty crash for Josh Bailey and another knock on the ribs for the unlucky racer.

Heat six saw another 5-1 from Kemp and Kinsley before Ayres had a second flying pillar to post victory in heat seven.

Although battered Bailey bravely kept going and combined with Jenkins again in heat nine for another 5-1 before Kemp unfortunately packed up when well clear in heat 10, his partner Kinsley coming through for victory as the Fen Tigers went into the interval 43-16 ahead.

After the resumption Matt Marson produced a superb ride to sweep around Connor Coles and Adam Extance to join Ayres for another 5-1, before Bailey completed a fine afternoon’s work in heat 12 with another win.

Heat 13 saw Stoke gain their first heat win with Clegg leading home Ayres, with Kemp unluckily suffering more bike problems.

Captain Jenkins produced a great ride in heat 14 as he tried to team ride home Marson for another 5-1 and the pair nearly succeeded before David Wallinger managed to split the two on the final lap.

Another win from Clegg in heat 15 spoilt both Kinsley’s and Jenkins' maximums, but Kevin Jolly was pleased with another good day at the office for his league leaders.

“The lads just keep producing more every meeting and every one of them today had moments to remember," he said.

"Stoke may not have been the hardest opposition we will meet this season but the attitude of the team and their will to win is just spot on.

"If it hadn’t of been for a couple of bits of misfortune today we may have hit 70 points."

Next up for the Fen Tigers is back-to-back lengthy away trips to the Isle of Wight and Plymouth on Thursday and Friday respectively.


Fen Tigers 60

Ryan Kinsley 12+2 (5 rides), Jordan Jenkins 11+1 (5), Danny Ayres 11 (4), Josh Bailey 8+1 (4), Sam Bebee 6+2 (4), Matt Marson 6+1 (4) and Drew Kemp 6 (4)

Stoke 29

Max Clegg 9 (5 rides), Rob Shuttleworth 7+1 (5), David Wallinger 5+1 (4), Adam Extance 4+1 (4), Connor Coles 4 (4), Tim Colley 0 (5) and Joe Alcock 0 (1)

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