Kevin Jolly feels the Leicester side set to face the Mildenhall Fen Tigers on Sunday is one that would not look out of place in the Premier League.
Fen Tigers co-promoter Jolly has expressed his disappointment at the team selected by the Lion Cubs’ promotion ahead of the meeting between the two sides in the National Trophy at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium.
Included in the Lion Cubs’ team will be Steve Worrall, who is currently riding in all three speedway divisions, along with in-form National League riders and Elite League fast-track reserves Tom Perry, Max Clegg and James Sarjeant.
“I thought that we would come up against a tough team but not a Premier League side,” said Jolly. “I am disappointed at how they have been able to cherry pick the most in-form riders.
“They should have been told to pick seven riders at the start of the season.
“Although they have not broken any rules, it is just wrong in principal, but we will just have to get on with it.”
While Jolly has spoken out over the Lion Cubs’ team selection, he is still confident the Fen Tigers — who defeated the Buxton Hitmen 55-39 at the weekend in the National League — can come away with at least a share of the points and move a step closer to a place in the National Trophy final.
“The attitude in the team has been brilliant of late I really don’t know what has changed it,” said Jolly. “Although it will be their biggest test of the year, if the boys ride with the same attitude and aggression they have shown in the last few meetings then we will give them a good run for their money and come away with at least a point from the meeting.”
Sharing Jolly’s enthusiasm ahead of the crunch clash is heat leader Joe Jacobs.
Although absent from the team’s victory in Derbyshire at the weekend, the 20-year-old has been quick to praise his teammates and place his faith in them being able to dig out another positive result.
“The win at Buxton for the boys was awesome,” said Jacobs. “All the boys did well while Lee Payne was a good guest. It was good to get the four points as we really need to try and push for a place in the play-offs.”
“I am sure all the lads are keen to get to the National Trophy final and it is just a case of getting everyone fired up,
“If we all pull together, we can definitely pull a result out of the bag and set it up for when we race them at home.”
The only alteration the Fen Tigers will make on Sunday will be the use of rider replacement to cover for heat leader Josh Bates, who is away on Premier League duty.