Lee to back Hargreaves in bid for silverware

MILDENHALL Fen Tigers co-promoter Michael Lee has promised not to leave skipper Jack Hargreaves powerless as the West Row outfit go in search of silverware.

Hargreaves has blown up his two engines in recent weeks, and he was only able to race on Sunday after the loan of one from Lee.

The captain is searching for a sponsor to help secure him a new engine, but former speedway world champion Lee has offered the loan of an engine should funds not be secured.

“We have put out feelers to help with sponsorship for him,” said Lee. “It’s not just for the rest of this year as he wants to stay.

“He’s enjoyed himself this year and although it is his intention to try and progress to the Premier League, he knows that is not going to happen overnight so he wants to double up next year and continue riding for Mildenhall in the National League.”

The Tigers’ emphatic 60-36 demolition of the Newport Hornets secured their path to the play-offs, but only after the start was delayed by an hour as a wet track was worked on to get it ready for the meeting.

“We are very thankful to the supporters,” said Lee. “There weren’t any grumbles.

“We tried to keep everyone posted on what we were doing. It was a case of the rain stopping so we could do something.”

Once the racing started, Mildenhall stormed to victory and are now waiting to hear who they will face in the play-off semi-finals — a fantastic achievement for a club reformed close to the start of this season.

“We all said it was not a short-term project,” added Lee. “It’s gone beyond our expectations.

“Not only have we gone beyond the end of the season, but we have given the fans something to look forward to.

“I really don’t know who the favourites are for the play-offs. If everyone does their best, I can’t ask for anything more, but now we are here we want to get a result.”

The Tigers will be looking to reach the final of the National League Knockout Cup when they take to the track at the Isle of Wight Islanders’ Smallbrook Stadium on Tuesday.

Mildenhall lead by 20 points after the first leg of their semi-final encounter and are overwhelming favourites to progress to the final against the Stoke Potters, but are likely to still be without number one Cameron Heeps (broken wrist).

n Anyone who would like to sponsor Hargreaves to help him put together the funds for a new engine can do so via www.mildenhallfentigers.co or by popping into the stadium office during a meeting.