Jolly back as Fen Tigers look to re-ignite play-off bid

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Mildenhall Fen Tigers will be looking to get their play-off hopes back on track when they race on home shale for the first time in six weeks with the visit of the Isle of Wight Islanders today (3.30pm).

Promoter Kevin Jolly will be back for the first time since controversially calling off their last scheduled meeting, with the Cradley Heavens last month, which saw him handed a £250 suspended fine, with the meeting awarded to Cradley.

And Jolly has revealed his enthusiasm for the sport and Mildenhall, who have announced a sponsorship deal with Manchetts Ltd which will see the team rebranded the Mildenhall ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers at all future events and race meetings up to 2019, has not diminished.

“It will be great to see lads back on track again after the recent break. Sunday is the start of a busy few weeks both home and away as we look to secure as many points as possible to maintain our hopes of a play off place,” he said.

“Hopefully Dan (Halsey) will be fit and we can line up with our full seven as we face the ‘Islanders’ as they will be no pushovers.”

He added: “Supporters will be able to get their first sight of our new air fence thanks to our new club partners Manchetts Ltd. This is a very exciting time for the club with both our teams chasing honours and this wonderful tie up with Sean and Mandy Manchett. My enthusiasm has never been greater and I cannot wait for the weekend.”

The Fen Tigers’ winless run away from Mildenhall Stadium, which extends back to September 2014, continued as they were beaten 52-38 by Cradley Heathens on Monday night.

Connor Coles weighed in with a respectable score of 13 for the visitors, but without the services of the injured Danny Halsey, the Fen Tigers fell short.

Sunday’s meeting will also see the return of the Fen Tiger Cubs to MDL action against MK Knights.