Mildenhall Fen Tigers 57
Isle of Wight 33
Alfie Bowtell enhanced his growing reputation with another polished performance to help the Mildenhall Fen Tigers revive their chances of glory in the National Trophy.
After going down to Kent Kings in the same competition a week earlier, the West Row outfit erased memories of that defeat with a crushing win over the Warriors.
An opening heat 5-1 from Dan Halsey and Bowtell signalled a sign of things to come, with further heat maximums from Jon Armstrong and Rob Parker, and Connor Coles and Connor Mountain helping the hosts establish a 22-8 lead by the end of heat five.
While a succession of four shared heats, which included wins for Armstrong and Bowtell, ensured the gap remained at 14 points, chances of a fightback from the Warriors looked slim.
Having successfully teamed up for a 5-1 in the meeting opener, Halsey and Bowtell repeated the trick in heat 10 before the visitors, with the result virtually assured, suffered more anguish after losing number one Benji Compton to a suspected wrist injury with a spill in heat 11.
One glimpse of joy was savoured by the travelling contingent in heat 12 as former Fen Tiger Mark Baseby secured a 4-2 with Tyler Govier to gift the Smallbrook outfit their sole heat advantage of the meeting.
On an afternoon in which six of the home septet enjoyed victories, team manager Rob Henry elected to put out Bowtell and Halsey in the finale after their earlier exploits together.
With the help of a fall from Baseby, who was holding second at the time, the result was the same as their previous outings together with Bowtell finishing second behind Halsey to ensure the Fen Tigers would end the meeting as they started it to secure maximum points.
“It was really good and I had a blinding day. Heat 15 was definitely the highlight for me as I’ve never been in it before and that is another accomplishment I can tick off,” said Bowtell, who contested the British Under-21 Final at Sheffield on Thursday.
“I went to Sheffield and learned a lot. I was overdue a good meeting. I enjoyed the track today and deserved that.
“I get on with everyone in the team and everyone gets on with me - the team spirit is so good. I didn’t think I would fit in as fast as this. It’s all gone smoothly and it is a great club to part of.”
Scores. Mildenhall Fen Tigers: D Halsey 13+1, A Bowtell 11+3, C Mountain 9+1; C Coles 7+1; J Armstrong 9+2, R Parker 7+1; A Sheppard 1+1.
Isle of Wight Warriors: B Compton 1; K Dugard 7+1, L Smart R/R, M Baseby 11, J Cockle 8, G Piper 1+1, T Govier 5+2.