Jolly sees positives despite opening defeat

Banger racing at Mildenhall Stadium ANL-150604-221056009
Banger racing at Mildenhall Stadium ANL-150604-221056009

NATIONAL TROPHY

Rye House Raiders 51

Mildenhall Fen Tigers 40

by Graham Clark at

Rye House Stadium

Kevin Jolly was far from despondent despite the Mildenhall Fen Tigers’ defence of the National Trophy getting off to a losing start on Saturday.

“It was a good meeting to get through in difficult conditions while our lads were not race fit and we got beaten by a decent side,” he said.

“I was very pleased with the two boys at reserve (Luke Ruddick and Tom Bacon) as they both raced with their heads, which was good to see.”

Heat one took four attempts to complete as both Dan Halsey and then Liam Rumsey, who was stood down with concussion, were excluded gifting the Raiders a 5-0.

In the very next heat the Fen Tigers hit back with their sole maximum of the evening with Ruddick leading home Bacon.

That was as close as the visitors were to get, as Rye House built up an 11 point advantage .

Although Fen Tigers’ captain Dan Halsey produced a slick win in heat 11, and Mountain likewise in heat 12 with a fine manoeuvre around Priest, the damage had been done with the Raiders doing enough in the final three races to ensure the Fen Tigers left empty handed.