Baseby boys pack a punch in fight for championship

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THE Baseby brothers insisted the Mildenhall Fen Tigers are ready to fight for the National League title, after being at the centre of a fracas at Newport on Saturday.

A clash between Aaron and Mark Baseby and the Newport Hornets’ Mark Bates sparked mayhem in the pits between riders and mechanics from both teams, but it was the Welsh outfit who snatched the all-important meeting win in the final heat.

However, the Tigers did just enough to earn a losing bonus point, which kept them second in the National League table, and the Basebys will be back in the ring to battle the Stoke Potters on Sunday (4.30pm).

Aaron said: “We definitely have a strong enough team to win the play-offs. It will be close, but we will make the play-offs and hopefully go on to win.”

Describing his view of the clash, which took place as the riders left the track from heat 14, Aaron said: “It just went off – I’m not really sure what it was over.

“At the end of the day, people get irate at speedway, but we wouldn’t be able to get much better of a comeback than giving them a good stuffing when they come here in September.

“You don’t like to see fighting in speedway, but that’s the way it goes sometimes and it’s happened now, we can’t do anything about it.”

Brother Mark, who has struggled since signing for the Tigers to replace James Brundle earlier this summer, added: “It was a bit pathetic really.”

Although he managed 12 points at the Buxton Hitmen, Baseby – who came into the team on a near-seven-point average – has recorded scores of just 2, 5+2 and 4+1 in his other outings.

“It’s not going too well to be honest,” he said. “I’m struggling and I don’t know what it is.

“Everyone is going really well at the moment, I just don’t seem to be putting my bit in.”

The Tigers can take another step towards the play-offs when they welcome Stoke to West Row on Sunday (4.30pm) and Aaron is confident of adding another three points to their National League tally.

“We are all dialled into the Mildenhall track,” he said. “They may think they are, but it’s completely different this year. I think we will win the match comfortably if I’m honest. I can’t see many teams getting close to us at home for the rest of the season.”

n Sunday’s clash with the Stoke Potters (4.30pm) will be open to under-15s for free, if accompanied by an adult.