MILDENHALL Fen Tigers are hoping for big things from one of speedway’s worst kept secrets to give them a big home points haul on Sunday (4.30pm) in the first leg of the National League KO Cup semi-final.
Team manager Robert Henery wants to take around 12-15 points down to the Isle of Wight two days later and is hoping 15-year-old Aussie sensation Cameron Heeps continues to delight the West Row home fans.
Henery said: “We are hoping for big things again from Cameron.
“He was a bit of a secret weapon, but he’s not a secret any more. A lot of teams have been to look at him – but we’ve got him.”
But he’s warned that things could be very different with the Islanders having made a number of changes since they were mauled 61-33 by the Tigers at the end of May, when 18-year-old Joe Jacobs earned a paid maximum, to add to the true one from James Brundle and 13 from new number one Lewis Blackbird.
“It is going to be a whole new ball game. It will be difficult,” said Henery. “I am looking forward to it.” It is likely Mildenhall will have the same line-up which lost by a single point at Buxton Hitmen earlier this month.
He said he wanted points from throughout the team, especially his heat leaders, giving a double figure advantage of some 12-15 points to take to the Isle of Wight on Tuesday.
The team manager is expecting a decent amount of support to travel to the second leg, with some supporters having already booked their own minibus.
In the second leg he expects good performances from brothers Mark and Aaron Baseby who both have experience of riding the Isle of Wight track.
Isle of Wight co-promoter Chris Hunt had warned that he would make changes if his teams result’s did not start to improve and appears to have done just that.
The Tigers earned their place in the semi-final after beating Hackney 110-74 in the previous round, their 50-42 victory away following the comfortable 60-32 home leg.
If they overcome the Islanders in the semi-final they would face Stoke Potters, who beat Dudley in the other semi-final.
n On Sunday, gates open at 3pm, with the parade at 4.30pm and the first race at 4.45pm.
n Last weekend at the stadium in the 11 to 16 year Ministox events Alex Hensby was again a front runner in the Allcomers but could not hold off Liam Aspin (394) from Thetford who muscled his way past with three laps to go and took the win.
Next race meeting at Mildenhall Stadium is the annual One Wild Weekend event on Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31, with start times of 6pm and 1.30pm respectively.