Tigers aim to keep good home run going by hammering rivals
Kevin Jolly wants to see the Mildenhall Fen Tigers send out a statement of intent to the rest of the National League on Sunday by dishing out a beating to arch rivals Cradley Heathens.
The two sides have become fierce rivals in recent seasons since the Fen Tigers recorded an aggregate victory over the Monmore Green-based outfit in the 2012 National League Play-Off final.
While the Heathens have enjoyed plenty of success since that defeat, including claiming back-to-back National League titles in 2013 and 2014, silverware has been thin on the ground for the Fen Tigers with just the 2014 National Trophy heading their way.
With the Fen Tigers having found their feet at home in recent weeks thanks to victories against Coventry Storm and Buxton Hitmen, Jolly wants to keep that run going with a win over the Heathens, who sit one place above them in the table.
“The way the boys are riding we don’t fear anybody at the moment, home or away,” said Jolly.
“The boys are working as a team which is what we want and they are 100 per cent up for every meeting.
“There is belief within the team and the boys are growing in confidence.
“I want to hammer Cradley on Sunday and send them home with a big thumping and this is a good opportunity to do that.”
The Fen Tigers’ search for a first victory away from home since 2014 continues after they went down 45-44 to the Isle Of Wight Warriors on Tuesday night.
Despite being in front for the majority of the fixture, the West Row outfit were denied victory after Connor Mountain lost out in a meeting-deciding race in heat 15 to Joe Jacobs after both Dan Halsey and James Cockle had been excluded from the initial race.
“Everyone gave their all on Tuesday and I couldn’t have asked for any more,” said Jolly.
“That away win will come. Twice we have gone down there this season and twice we have come up against Joe Jacobs in their team.
“Regardless of what points were scored all the riders put in 100 per cent.
“We must be one of the most entertaining teams on the road to watch in the league.”
Having been without the services of captain Jon Armstrong at Smallbrook earlier in the week due to family reasons, Jolly hopes that he will be back in the team at the weekend for the visit of the Heathens.
“We are hoping to have Jon back but there are complications with his little girl and the family must come first and speedway second,” said Jolly.
“Fingers crossed he is back but are thoughts are with his family at this time.”
n On Saturday, impressive Fen Tiger Cub Jordan Jenkins continued his upward curve with 11 points in the qualifying rounds to take his place in the final of the British Youth Championships.
The 14-year-old’s only defeat came in a re-run race with Kyle Bickley.
Both Alex Spooner and Taylor Hampshire put in solid performances, scoring six points each, but missed out on a place in the final.
The final saw Bickley make the first bend and although Jenkins tried a couple of outside moves to pass, the track was offering no help and he had to settle for second place.