Fen Tigers chief warns against complacency
Mildenhall Fen Tigers promoter Kevin Jolly is calling on his team to find an extra gear in order to continue their flying start to the season in the National League, writes Graham Clark.
With the Fen Tigers yet to drop a point in the league this season, Jolly feels that the reigning National Trophy holders must remain fully focused if they are topple fellow title contenders Eastbourne Eagles on Saturday and Birmingham Brummies on Wednesday (both away 7.30pm).
“I am happy with these boys and there is not a problem at all with them as they just want to race,” said Jolly. “I think we just need to get ourselves together ahead of the Eastbourne meeting on Saturday as when we went there last time in the Trophy last month we didn’t do ourselves justice (lost 50-39).
“When we went to Plymouth and the Isle Of Wight at the start of the season we had a big team huddle and got all pumped up.
“Maybe we need to do that against Eastbourne and Birmingham to keep ourselves focused.
“I am very conscious we must not be too cocky as we have hammered teams below us but I feel now is the time we need to kick on again.”
There will be a new name in the coveted number one spot when the Fen Tigers travel to Arlington at the weekend with captain Ryan Kinsley taking over the position from Josh Bailey.
Having joined on a 4.53 average the 19-year-old has seen his figure increase to 9.68 following a string of impressive displays from the number four berth.
“I came into the team as the weak link, in my eyes, but it just shows you what having good support and everyone behind you can do to your confidence,” said Kinsley.
“I didn’t expect to progress this quick and for this to happen this early on, I am over the moon.
“Eastbourne isn’t going to be the easiest meeting to start at number one but I scored alright there last time.
“It is good to get the opportunity to be number one as hopefully it can open up doors for my career.”
It was business as usual for the Fen Tigers in the league on Saturday after they dispatched the Plymouth Devils 58-32.
With just four points separating the two sides after six heats, the Fen Tigers took control of the meeting thanks to a 5-1 in heat seven fronted by Danny Ayers and supported by Drew Kemp before Kinsley and Dan Halsey followed up their heat-three maximum in heat nine.
Teenage sensation Kemp produced the ride of the night when leaving the previously unbeaten Ellis Perks standing as he teamed up with Ayers for a 4-2 in heat 11.
The Fen Tigers finished the meeting strongly after claiming 5-1s in three of the final four heats with Kinsley and Ayers both claiming their third wins on the night to sign off another polished display.
Scores: Mildenhall Fen Tigers 58: J Thomas (g) 6+1, S Bebee R/R, D Halsey 8+3, R Kinsley 15+1, D Ayers 11, D Kemp 13+2, M Marson 4+1, S Woods 1. Plymouth Devils 32: E Perks 10+1, B Andrews R/R, H Atkins 5, R Andrews 2, B Hopwood 8+1, M Leek 2, R Terry-Daley 5.