Marson gunning for top marks
Matt Marson hopes he can gain more top marks on the track as well as off it by helping the Mildenhall Fen Tigers claim maximum points in their National League double header on Sunday.
The 18-year-old, who combines riding with studying a sports science degree online at Edith Cowan University in Australia, will look to continue his progression in the number seven berth by pocketing more big points during the visit of the Kent Kings and Isle Of Wight Warriors.
“The away meetings, I’m still struggling going to them for the first time, but my home meetings I’m starting to get my head around them,” said Marson.
“I’m trying some new stuff out on Sunday which will hopefully make it more comfortable on the bike for me, but if it doesn’t go my way I can change it back quick.
“It was great to hear from Kevin (Jolly, promoter) that I won the meeting for them at Kent but it was a team effort and we couldn’t have done it without every point gained.
“It is possible we could beat the Isle Of Wight like we did last time (66-24).
“We have just got to get out there and try and wrap both meetings up before heat 15. It would be great if we can do the same as what we’ve been doing at home all season.”
Although the Fen Tigers boast a 100 per cent unbeaten record in all competitions at home this season, they will enter the double header on the back of just their second defeat of 2018 after going down 50-39 in their final National Trophy fixture against the Eastbourne Eagles on Saturday.
“Eastbourne is a tough track and it turned out to ride different than we thought it would, plus we had a bit of bad luck with a few falls,” said Marson.
“I was happy coming away with a paid six figure but we were always going to have a few tough ones and Eastbourne are a strong team.
“Next time we meet them in a couple of weeks in the league, hopefully we can get the jump on them.”
While moving over to a foreign country at a young age can be a daunting prospect, Marson feels he has settled well into life in Britain.
“The first couple of weeks being away from the family were a bit tough but I’ve got over that now,” said Marson.
“It is a long way to come but I wanted to commit to the sport and want to make something out of it – you have got to come here to make a name for yourself.”