MILDENHALL Fen Tigers captain Jack Hargreaves will be gunning to lift some silverware for his side in just his fourth meeting as skipper.
The 23-year-old took over the role from the departed James Brundle last month, and will lead Lewis Blackbird, Dan Halsey and Cameron Heeps into the National League Fours at Stoke’s Loomer Road on Saturday (7pm).
Mildenhall have been placed in a group with the Dudley Heathens, Isle of Wight Islanders and Hackney Hawks for the competition that features the four best riders from each National League team.
“I have never been in the Fours before so it will be a new experience for me,” said Hargreaves. “With the Fours you just can’t afford to come last or take a fall. It’s crucial we all stay on our bikes, pick up the points on offer and not try anything too daft.
“It’s going to be very hard because it’s the top riders from each team. Stoke are the favourites, but anything can happen on the day.
“Lewis is getting better and better, Cameron has been very good for us and hopefully Dan and I can go round well.
“We are certainly capable of winning it.”
On Tuesday (7.30pm), the Tigers face a trip to second-placed Dudley in search of their first win on the road this season, against an outfit who are yet to be defeated at home in 2011.
But Hargreaves has backed his side to cement a play-off spot and believes the Tigers could win their remaining eight league meetings this campaign.
He said: “Dudley are strong at home, but everyone has clicked up into another gear.”
n Joe Jacobs just missed out on a semi-final slot in Saturday’s British Under-19 Championship.
n Six-times world champion Ivan Mauger will visit West Row on Sunday, August 21, to sign copies of his autobiography, The Will To Win.
n The home leg of the Tigers’ National League Knockout Cup semi-final against the Isle of Wight Islanders will take place at Mildenhall Stadium on Sunday, August 28 (4.30pm).