Halsey in confident mood ahead of Tigers’ title defence opener

CONFIDENT MOOD: Mildenhall Fen Tigers captain Dan Halsey
CONFIDENT MOOD: Mildenhall Fen Tigers captain Dan Halsey

Mildenhall Fen Tigers captain Daniel Halsey fully expects his side to make a winning start to their defence of the National League title.

The reigning National League champions will take on league newcomers Coventry Storm on Sunday (4.45pm) as they look to follow up their 55-37 win over the Stoke Potters in the National Trophy 11 days ago.

While expecting his team-mates to dish out defeat to the Warwickshire outfit, the 24-year-old believes it will not be as easy as many think with Storm adding the services of newly crowned British Under-21s champion Robert Branford, and former Scunthorpe Saints rider Tommy Fenwick to their line-up.

“Coventry have made a few changes and they look stronger for it, but I would like to think we are too strong for them,” said Halsey.

“While I don’t know if we can top the 60 point mark, I am confident that we can win.”

Last time out against Stoke, the Milton Keynes-based rider left his opening meeting total of six points behind, by taking two heat wins on his way to a scoring a paid 10 point total.

“Although I dropped a few points I was not too disappointed.

“I saw Jon get his paid maximum and thought I could have quite easily have got one myself,” added Halsey.

After taking on Coventry, the Fen Tigers will travel to Monmore on Tuesday to face the Dudley Heathens in the second leg of the National Shield, which they currently trail 41-45.

“We have no reason why we can’t go out and beat Dudley, as Jon (Armstrong) used to ride there so has plenty of track experience, while me and Stefan Nielsen are more than capable of getting double figures,” said Halsey.