Jolly: Fen Tigers have perfect opportunity to get off to a flier

EARLY RETURN: Jon Armstrong, in front, who will return with the Stoke Potters on April 6 to face the Mildenhall Fen Tigers in the National Trophy
EARLY RETURN: Jon Armstrong, in front, who will return with the Stoke Potters on April 6 to face the Mildenhall Fen Tigers in the National Trophy
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Kevin Jolly feels that the Mildenhall Fen Tigers have been given the perfect opportunity to make a winning start in this year’s National League.

Following the release of this year’s National League fixture list last week, the 2012 champions will begin their quest to win back their title with an away trip to league newcomers Scunthorpe Stags on April 13.

With many in speedway expecting the Eddie Wright Raceway outfit to be leading contenders for this year’s wooden spoon, Fen Tigers co-promter Jolly is confident his new-look side can hit the ground running.

“Scunthorpe away is an ideal start as we stand a good chance of getting big points there,” said Jolly.

“It is far better than going to somewhere like Cradley where our aim, as with every meeting, would be to try and get the win but where the chances are greater of coming away with a loss.”

While confident of picking up some points on the road early on, Jolly has warned his side can ill-afford to take the Stags for granted despite their inexperience.

“Although I am confident that we can win at Scunthorpe the boys will still have to be on their toes,” said Jolly. “Last year we got caught out a few times like when Buxton came down and beat us at home which they should never have done, so we do need to treat Scunthorpe as if we are riding against one of the big teams.”

Seven days before getting their National League campaign under way, the Fen Tigers will take to the track at West Row for their opening National Trophy encounter of the year when welcoming the Stoke Potters.

The visit of the Staffordshire side will see an early return to West Row for former fans’ favourite Jon Armstrong, who left the club at the end of last season after being deemed surplus to requirements.

“The Stoke fixture has the potential to be an exciting clash as they have put together a decent side,” said Jolly.

“It will see the return of Jon Armstrong and I am sure he will be wanting to make a point, while in Ben Wilson at number one they have a rider who will be expecting to be the top dog in the National League this season.”

Before action on the track begins in April the club will hold its popular Meet the Riders evening next month at the stadium’s Fenman bar.

The event which will feature appearances from all seven riders set to race for the Fen Tigers this year will take place on Saturday, March 15.