Danny Halsey is desperate to end two years of hurt and get his hands on his first trophy as captain of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers this weekend.
The Tigers have not tasted glory since 2012, when they completed their memorable National League grand slam by winning the National Trophy — the same piece of silverware Halsey hopes to lift on Sunday.
Mildenhall start as overwhelming favourites to down opponents Stoke Potters at Loomer Road tomorrow (7pm) and West Row on Sunday (3.30pm) having beaten the Midlanders on four separate occasions this season — including when they were missing their top three of Joe Jacobs, Josh Bates and Halsey away from home.
“We stand a good chance of getting some silverware,” said the skipper. “Last year didn’t go as well as we hoped and everyone was disappointed we didn’t lift a trophy.
“Hopefully we can put that right this weekend.”
The Tigers have been forced to draft in a late replacement for this weekend’s double-header after Connor Mountain suffered a season-ending broken wrist at the British Under-19s Championships on Monday.
Ellis Perks, 17, will take Mountain’s place at reserve and hope to prove he was worth the gamble.
The Tigers are set to otherwise be at full strength and will have to be on form after the Potters signed up guests James Sarjeant and Simon Lambert for Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Both are well known to Tigers’ fans having rode for Stoke when they were battling Mildenhall for the National League’s top prizes in 2011 and 2012.
Halsey’s side follow this weekend’s two-legged affair with their first leg of their National League play-off semi-final at Cradley Heathens’ on Tuesday (7.30pm).
The Heathens won 15 of 16 encounters during the regular league season — including both against Mildenhall — and finished three places and 19 points ahead of the Tigers, as well as ending their National League Knockout Cup campaign in June.
“We’ve not had everyone firing on all cylinders at the same meeting apart from one so far this season, but when everyone is on form we can beat anyone,”added Halsey.