High-flying Mildenhall Fen Tigers reserve Connor Coles is hoping to prove a point on Monday when taking on his old club Kent Kings.
The 19-year-old will return to his former stomping ground for the first time since leaving the Sittingbourne-based club at the end of last season when the two sides meet in a National League encounter at Central Park.
“I am hoping to go there and score well and show the fans that last season was an off season for me,” said Coles. “While the Kent supporters won’t be supporting me, I feel I have a point to prove as I did fall off quite a lot last season, but that has not been the case this year and hopefully that will continue on Monday.”
Although the Kings look to have built up a solid side for this year’s National League — one of which includes the likes of Simon Lambert, Ben Morley and Benji Compton — the Fen Tigers’ number seven is convinced his side can come away with a win.
“It will be a tough meeting for us as Kent look to be quite strong this year, however I think we can just edge it,” said Coles. “Because there is not a lot of grip on the track, there are not too many lines you can take, so it will be all about getting the gating right.”
Since making the switch to West Row over the winter, the teenager — who hails from Exeter — has made a positive start to life in a Fen Tigers race jacket with him impressing in all three of his performances for the club to date.
Having scored seven points in his first start in a National Trophy clash at home to the Stoke Potters, Coles has added to it with a paid 14 total away to Scunthorpe and a paid 13 score during the Fen Tigers’ home defeat to Coventry Storm.
Before making the trip to Kent, the grandson of Fen Tigers legend Bob Coles will be hoping to help the 2012 Grand Slam winners get back to winning ways in their National League fixture at home to the Plymouth Devon Demons on Sunday (3.30pm).
“Plymouth are not the strongest of sides and while I don’t want to predict a score we should be able to get the three points from them,” said Coles.