JOE Jacobs will have to wait another week before making his return to the Mildenhall Fen Tigers side after failing to recover from a broken wrist, writes Graham Clark.
It had been hoped by the promotion team behind the West Row based club that the 18 year old would be fit and ready to take his place in the side’s National League clash against the Scunthorpe Scorpions at the Eddie Wright Raceway tonight.
But the meeting has come five days too soon for Jacobs, who picked up the injury during the Tigers’ second leg clash of the National Shield against the Dudley Heathens last month, with the cast not being removed from his left wrist taking place until Tuesday.
“I did think about coming back for tonight’s night meeting with Scunthorpe but having spoken to several people they thought it would be better if I waited a week to give it a bit more time to heal,” said Jacobs.
“I will be fit and ready to go when the cast comes off. I just can’t wait to get back on the bike. Hopefully I can pick up where I left off before I picked up the injury.”
Since breaking his wrist the teenager has missed just one meeting, the Tigers’ 50-40 National League win on the road at Rye House, with the rest of the club’s scheduled fixture list falling victim to the weather.
“Hopefully tonight will be rained off too,” said Jacobs. “If I was riding I would be very annoyed about all the cancelled meetings, but it is one of those things you just can’t change.”
Should tonight’s meeting beat the weather, it would see the Tigers race at the North Lincolnshire circuit for the first time since suffering a 62-33 defeat in the opening leg of last year’s National League Play-Off final.
But having already brushed aside a much changed Scorpions side 62-39 at West Row in a National League clash earlier in the season, Jacobs is backing his team-mates to complete the double and hand the Suffolk side more vital away points.
“I think last year we just got a caught out when we raced at Scunthorpe,” said Jacobs.
“The lads have got to forget about last year’s visit and just make sure it does not happen again.
“I think they can win quite comfortably there and grab all the points.”