Strength in depth cost Mildenhall states their manager

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Mildenhall Fen Tigers team manager Rob Henry is of the opinion that his side’s lack of strength in depth is what cost them a place in the National League Knockout Cup final.

The Fen Tigers missed out on setting up a meeting in the final with arch rivals Dudley Heathens after suffering a 46-44 home defeat in the second leg of their semi-final replay to the Isle of Wight Islanders, to leave them on the end of an aggregate 92-88 defeat.

“I knew it was going to be tough, but we thought we had done the hard work and we shouldn’t be losing at home like that,” said Henry. “Dan Halsey, Stefan Nielsen, Ben Morley rode well while Connor Mountain rode his heart out, but they had riders scoring points for them that would not have been scoring had we had a full side out.

“At the end of the day they wanted it more, but we have not got the strength in depth we had in previous seasons.”

While the exit from the National League Knockout Cup means the Fen Tigers have not won any pieces of silverware this season, Henry feels it is not all doom and gloom.

“It is heartbreaking getting knocked out the cup as I thought we had a good chance in it,” said Henry.

“However, we have not had too bad of a season league-wise as we managed to finish third, which is about where we expected to finish.

“Changes will be made over the winter and hopefully it will be onwards and upwards next season.”