Captain aiming for bigger lead as cup holders set up a replay

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Danny Halsey wants Mildenhall Fen Tigers to open a lead of more than 10 points as they prepare to battle Isle of Wight Islanders in the National League Knockout Cup semi-final all over again.

The Tigers’ skipper secured a replay for the cup holders with a tremendous final-heat ride ‘against the odds’ and was so close to taking victory outright as he held off Steve Worrall for three-and-a-half laps before succumbing to the Islanders’ maximum man.

Mildenhall host Isle of Wight on Sunday (3.30pm) before the return leg at Smallbrook Stadium on Tuesday (7pm).

“We should have got a bigger lead at home than we did, but at least we have the chance to go back and do that again,” said Halsey, “Hopefully we can come back here with more than 10 points because that is clearly a bit close.”

Reflecting on his final-heat heroics, Halsey said: “It was against the odds, especially as everyone knows I don’t like this place,” “I’m just gutted how close I was to winning, I just could not hold on for just one more bend.”

nThe winners will face Dudley Heathens in the final.