Improving Johnson expects Tigers to pile on the misery for Buxton

OUTSTANDING CHANCE: Brendan Johnson feels that the Mildenhall Fen Tigers should pick up more points in the National League against Buxton on Sunday
OUTSTANDING CHANCE: Brendan Johnson feels that the Mildenhall Fen Tigers should pick up more points in the National League against Buxton on Sunday
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Brendan Johnson expects the Mildenhall Fen Tigers to pile more misery on to the Buxton Hitmen when the two sides meet in the National League.

The Suffolk outfit will make the long journey up to Derbyshire on Sunday as they look to complete a league double over the Hitmen, having beaten them 57-36 at home back in May.

Johnson, who scored a paid eight total (7+1) in the fixture at West Row, is confident that a similar outcome can be reached again at Dale Head Lane.

“Sunday’s meeting is a great opportunity to get some points on the board,” said Johnson. “Even though we are missing both Josh (Bates) and Joe (Jacobs) we should be too strong for Buxton.

“Although they are down near the bottom of the league we won’t be setting any 60-point target to reach.

“Any win away in the National League is good and we will be happy just to come away with the points.”

While the Fen Tigers, who currently sit fourth in the league, will be without two of their big hitters, the management have moved quick to secure the services of two more than capable guests in the eyes of Johnson.

Filling in at number one for the absent Jacobs will be Stoke Potters star Ben Wilson, while Wilson’s Stoke teammate Lee Payne replaces Bates.

“Lee is having a great season at Stoke and is also riding well in the Elite League for Belle Vue, while Ben was amazing for us at Kent in the Trophy last time in getting a 15-point maximum,” said Johnson.

As far as his own form goes, the 22-year-old feels everything is now falling into place after enduring a mixed start to his life as a Fen Tiger.

“I feel that things are going well for me now,” said Johnson. “I have improved my average from the start of the year and I am riding with confidence which makes a big difference so I have nothing to complain about.

“The management and fans at Mildenhall are amazing and the team spirit is brilliant.

“I just wish I had come here sooner in my career.”

Johnson’s progress in Fen Tigers colours has not gone unnoticed with his home town club Poole Pirates snapping up his services earlier this month to take up one of their two reserve rider berths.

In his first two meetings for the Dorset side Johnson has featured among the points, having scored two on his debut at home to the Belle Vue Aces and a paid five total (3+2) at the Swindon Robins.