Tigers to get better after superb start

NATIONAL LEAGUE

King’s Lynn Young Stars 45

Mildenhall Fen Tigers 45

KEVIN Jolly has fired a stark message to the rest of the National League following Mildenhall Fen Tigers’ unbeaten start to the campaign – “We are only going to get better.”

The Fenmen followed up Sunday’s dramatic victory against Dudley Heathens with a deserved draw at King’s Lynn Young Stars at the Norfolk Arena on Wednesday evening.

A last heat victory from James Brundle ensured the Tigers fought back to record a thrilling 45-45 draw and maintain their unbeaten start to the club’s latest new era.

“The riders are just working so well together,” said co-promoter Kevin Jolly after Wednesday’s meeting. “I can’t praise them enough because they have been brilliant and will only get better.

“It’s not just the results we have gained but the performances have also been superb. I have seen a lot of National League speedway but none better than what we have displayed in the last two meetings.

“Not many teams will go to King’s Lynn this year and get points, so we can be proud of that draw,” he added.

Trailing by eight points after the first two heats on Wednesday, the Tigers fought back to take the meeting to a final heat decider.

Only second best out of the gates behind Darren Mallett, Brundle called upon all of his knowledge of the track to make the vital move on the Young Stars’ number one mid-way through the finale to lead home a crucial 4-2 with race partner Jack Hargreaves, handing Mildenhall the draw.

Team manager Robert Henry said: “It was a great team performance. I must admit after Jack’s bike blew up when he was in front it wasn’t going to be our night.

“But the boys dug deep, kept going and James came up trumps again. I think we are proving we can be a match for anyone in the league. Now we just need to keep building on the start we’ve had. I’m sure we can and I’m sure we will.”

Mildenhall Fen Tigers: James Brundle (c) 14; Aaron Baseby 6+1; Joe Jacobs 3; Daniel Halsey 7; Jack Hargreaves 7+1; Danny Stoneman 1; Lewis Blackbird 7+1.

King’s Lynn Young Stars: Darren Mallett 11+1; Adam Lowe R/R; Lewis Kerr 8; Oliver Rayson 7+2; James Cockle (c) 4; Tom Stokes 3; Jake Knight 12+1.