Fen Tigers can still roar to glory with cup success

RARING TO GO: Stefan Neilsen is confident the Fen Tigers can hold their nerve to reach the Knockout Cup final
RARING TO GO: Stefan Neilsen is confident the Fen Tigers can hold their nerve to reach the Knockout Cup final

Rob Henry is convinced the Mildenhall Fen Tigers can still end the season on a high by reaching the final of the National League Knockout Cup.

After watching his side get knocked out of the National League play-offs at the semi-final stage on Wednesday at the hands of the King’s Lynn Young Stars, the Tigers’ team manager believes his side can go one step further in the Knockout Cup.

The Fen Tigers will bid to book their place in a third successive final showpiece when taking on the Isle of Wight Islanders in the second leg of their semi-final at Smallbrook on Tuesday (7.30pm), but they could be without heat leader Josh Bates.

“If they ride like they did at King’s Lynn on Wednesday then they can hold onto the 10 -point lead they have built up from the first leg,” said Henry.

“A lot will depend though if Josh Bates is fit to ride as he would score a good few points.

“I don’t know what the situation with him is at the moment regarding his injured wrist, it is something we will find out more about over the weekend.”

While watching his side let go of their hold on the National League on Wednesday, Henry hailed the character shown by his team to push the Young Stars as close as they did.

“Stefan Nielsen and Dan Halsey did brilliantly, while Ryan Terry-Daley definitely looked a different rider to the one we saw a few months ago,” he added.

“The will to win races remained all the way through, we were just demolished by a very strong King’s Lynn team.”

Like Henry, current number one Stefan Nielsen is also of the opinion that the Fen Tigers can progress through to the final and set up a two-legged final against arch rivals the Dudley Heathens.

“After tonight we have got to put everything into the Isle of Wight meeting as if not it is season over,” said Nielsen.

“I am feeling pretty confident about the meeting as we have a 10-point lead and the Isle of Wight do not look as strong as they did earlier in the season.”