Mildenhall Fen Tigers 58 Stoke Potters 34
The Mildenhall Fen Tigers rounded off their Grand Slam-winning season with victory over Stoke Potters in the National Trophy on Wednesday.
Under no pressure and with all the silverware that was possible to win gathered in, there was a party atmosphere at West Row as the team got the chance to celebrate in their own stadium.
With Cameron Heeps and Joe Jacobs already heading to Australia, the Fen Tigers drafted in fans’ favourite Jason Garrity for his final appearance at National League level and gave number eight Niall Strudwick his chance with three rider-replacement outings.
Any realistic chance the Potters had of making a match of it ended after heat one with their guest Ben Morley withdrawing from the meeting following a heavy fall.
Former Mildenhall man James Cockle provided the main opposition, but in truth the visitors had no answer to the Fen Tigers’ now fabled strength in depth.
Skipper Lewis Blackbird claimed a full maximum, Garrity a paid maximum and Stefan Nielsen, along with Josh Bates, securing paid 11 each, as Mildenhall romped to victory.
Tigers’ co-promoter Michael Lee said: “We worked really hard to get the meeting on and it was nice to finish the season off with a decent win in front of our own fans.
“Now we can relax a bit and enjoy the fantastic success that we have achieved this year.”
Fen Tigers 58: Garrity 13+2, Jacobs R/R, Nielsen 10+1, Halsey 8+1, Blackbird 15, Terry-Daley 3+1, Bates 9+2, Strudwick 0. Potters 34: Morley 0 (withdrawn), Carr 6+1, Cockle 10, Reade 6+2, Atkin 5, Rumsey 6+1, Geary 1+1.