Fen Tigers are bidding to clip Eagles’ wings in cup clash

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Rob Henry believes that the Mildenhall Fen Tigers have the necessary firepower capable of troubling the Eastbourne Eagles in the opening leg of their first round National League Knockout Cup clash on Saturday, writes Graham Clark.

While the Arlington circuit was a no-win zone for away teams last season, the Fen Tigers’ manager, despite acknowledging the sizeable task facing his team, feels he can pick up a win ahead of the return leg at West Row 24 hours later (3.30pm).

He said: “It is a nice home track advantage they have, though, if we could nick a win that would be lovely, but if we can contain them and keep within 10 or 12 points that would be fine.

“On Sunday’s performance we are capable of going down there and winning but I think we really need a couple more meetings like that to be able to do that.

“They’ve got injuries and the win against the Isle of Wight on Sunday could work in our favour. They have brought in Adam Ellis, rightly or wrongly, but we have got riders capable of going well there.

“Dan Halsey used to ride there when they were in the Elite League while Jon Armstrong is good for a few points anywhere.

n The Fen Tigers have been forced to change their reserve rider ahead of this meeting.

Adam Shepherd is out, with youngster Sam Bebee taking his place.