Perfect return for maximum man Joe Jacobs in Tigers’ opening-day victory

MAXIMUM MAN: Mildenhall Fen Tigers star Joe Jacobs leads Jon Armstrong before going on to score one of five heat wins
MAXIMUM MAN: Mildenhall Fen Tigers star Joe Jacobs leads Jon Armstrong before going on to score one of five heat wins
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NATIONAL TROPHY: Mildenhall Fen Tigers 54 Stoke Potters 40: Joe Jacobs marked his return to the Mildenhall Fen Tigers in perfect fashion on Sunday by slamming home a 15-point maximum.

The 20-year-old shone from start to finish to take five consecutive heat wins as the Fen Tigers brushed aside their Staffordshire rivals.

The Fen Tigers sent out a statement of intent from the outset as Jacobs and new number two Jack Kingston claimed an opening heat 5-1.

Their efforts were replicated minutes later by the new reserve pairing of Connor Coles and Connor Mountain with the duo, led home by Coles, too strong for James McBain and Rob Shuttleworth.

With two shared heats, sandwiched by a 4-2 to the Potters, led home by Ben Hopwood in heat four, the Fen Tigers were forced to wait until heat six before further extending their lead.

A flying start from Jacobs saw him outgate former Fen Tigers favourite Jon Armstrong to take a 4-2 with Kingston, before Dan Halsey and Connor Mountain stretched the Fen Tigers’ lead to 10 points with a 4-2 of their own a race later.

With the Potters heading into heat nine 10 points behind, the double-scoring black-and-white helmet was slipped on by Armstrong.

The move though was some what curtailed as Josh Bates had too much speed for the veteran racer with the Potters only able to claim a 5-3.

With the Fen Tigers ramming home another 5-1 in the next courtesy of Jacobs and Kingston, the black-and-white helmet was to make its second appearance of the afternoon in heat 11, with Ben Wilson this time sent out in it.

Once again the move was largely ineffective as Halsey kept Wilson at bay to limit the Potters to a 5-3.

Bates and Coles combined to good effect to take a 4-2 in heat 12 and put the Fen Tigers within touching distance of the win, something which was sealed just a race later by the ultra-impressive Jacobs and Halsey, who raced to a 5-1.

With the meeting won, there was still time for Jacobs to make his return an unbeaten one, which he successfully did by taking the finale with a fine ride from the front.

“That was a great way to start,” said Jacobs. “I didn’t feel great after my second ride so I had a play around with my set-up and something seemed to work. I don’t want anything less in the National League as I should be getting these scores every week.”

Mildenhall Fen Tigers: J Jacobs 15; J Kingston 5+2; J Bates 10; B Johnson 4+2; D Halsey 10+1; C Mountain 3+1: C Coles 7.

Stoke Potters: B Wilson 11: C Widman 3+1; B Hopwood 9+1; L Payne 3; J Armstrong 7; R Shuttleworth 1 J McBain 6+1.