Fen Tigers clinch double in thrilling style

SHOWER OF DELIGHT: Joe Jacobs sprays champagne

SHOWER OF DELIGHT: Joe Jacobs sprays champagne

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Twelve months on, the Mildenhall Fen Tigers finally completed the comeback that never was to dramatically clinch the National League title.

Last year at West Row, the Tigers fell half a wheel short of overturning a 29-point deficit to win the league.

Although the deficit was 14 points this time around, the added problems of a home meeting on foreign soil and a very wet track meant this comeback was every bit as brave and brilliant as 2011.

“We are so happy — it’s brilliant that we got there in the end,” said captain Lewis Blackbird, who shocked everyone by returning from a broken collarbone, a decision only made on the morning of the meeting. “I had a couple of painkillers and got on with the job — all the boys are really happy.

“I’m going to be sore in the morning.”

Suffolk youngster Joe Jacobs top-scored for the Tigers with 11+2 points, while Brandon-based Stefan Nielsen got 9+1, Blackbird 9, Josh Bates 8+3, Dan Halsey 8, Jason Garrity 7+2 and Ryan Terry-Daley 2+1.

Twenty-four hours earlier, without Blackbird, the Tigers may have fallen 14 points behind in the first leg of the play-off final, but retained their National League Knockout Cup as part of a double-header.

With the Pairs and the Fours already in the bag, Mildenhall can complete a memorable grand slam by defeating the Stoke Potters in the National Trophy on Wednesday.