Testing times ahead warns Lee

MICHAEL Lee believes the Mildenhall Fen Tigers will have their silverware credentials closely examined over the next four days.

The West Row-based outfit begin their National League Knockout Cup defence by hosting King’s Lynn Young Stars on Sunday (4.30pm) before travelling for the return leg of their National League Shield final with the Dudley Heathens on Tuesday (7.30pm).

Mildenhall will hold a one-point advantage going into that meeting after defeating the Heathens 47-46 on Sunday, and Tigers co-promoter Lee believes his side will undergo a thorough examination in Wolverhampton.

“It’s going to be tough – we know that,” said the 1980 speedway world champion. “Dudley had already had three meetings before Sunday and you could see they were a bit sharper than us on the day.

“We’ll only get better as it was only our first meeting – there were a couple of points we threw away and probably should have won by five instead of one.

“We want success in everything we are in this year.”

Before their quest for some early silverware at Dudley’s Ladbroke Stadium, the Tigers host King’s Lynn at West Row on Sunday aiming to defend the Knockout Cup they earned with an aggregate defeat of the Stoke Potters last year.

“We are defending the cup, so the meeting is very important to us,” said Lee. “King’s Lynn are a lot stronger than they have been over the last couple of years, so again it’s going to be tough.

“Our two reserves were very nervous on Sunday, but over a few meetings they will start to improve.”

Speaking about the sort of lead he feels the Tigers need to take to the Norfolk Arena for the second leg on May 2, Lee added: “I’d like to go there with an eight-point advantage if possible, even 10.”

James Cockle leads the Young Stars’ averages this year.

Tigers (starting averages): Cameron Heeps (9.18), Joe Jacobs (6.27), Stefan Nielsen (5.28), Dan Halsey (4.76), Lewis Blackbird (7.01), Nathan Stoneman (3.00), Josh Bates (3.00).

Young Stars (starting averages): James Cockle (7.47), Jake Knight (6.59), Adam Lowe (5.62), Lewis Kerr (5.55), Brendan Johnson (5.52), Scott Campos (5.27), Tom Stokes (3.71).