MICHAEL Lee has warned the Mildenhall Fen Tigers cannot afford to drop silly points if they are to progress to the final of this year’s National League Knockout Cup.
On Saturday, the Fen Tigers will travel to Loomer Road to face the Stoke Potters in the second leg of this year’s National League Knockout Cup.
Despite taking a 16-point lead to Staffordshire, thanks to a 55-39 victory in the first leg at West Row last month, Fen Tigers co-promoter Lee is well aware the tie is far from over.
“It will be tough up at Stoke but I would be very disappointed if the lads threw away a 16-point lead,” said Lee.
“In the first leg the boys did throw away a few points but they have got to make sure this does not happen again on Saturday if they want to get to the final.”
Temporary changes are set to be made at the bottom end of the team to cover for injured reserve Aaron Baseby ahead of both the Stoke meeting and the club’s home National Trophy fixture against the Buxton Hitmen 24 hours later.
The 22-year-old was ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a broken ankle during the club’s 45-45 draw with the Potters in the National League last Saturday.
Coming in to replace Baseby for this weekend’s two meetings, and for the club’s rescheduled National Trophy trophy home calsh with the Isle of Wight on Sunday, September 23 is 23-year-old Gareth Isherwood.
“The main thing is Gareth is keen to race and be part of a team,” said Lee. “His average fits, so to start with he’ll ride in next three meetings.
“By then we’ll know if Josh Bates is fit to ride again.
“Gareth knows that and has told me that he is determined to prove his worth. I can’t ask for anymore than that.”
Tonight, Jacobs and Stefan Nielsen will be going for individual silverware at this year’s British Under-19 Championship at Sheffield.