Captaincy switch for Mildenhall Fen Tigers
Kevin Jolly hopes that a decision to relieve Connor Coles from his duty as Mildenhall Fen Tigers captain will have the desired effect in reviving his form.
The 21-year-old is to be replaced in the position by Jon Armstrong for the visit of the Buxton Hitmen in the National League on Sunday (3.30pm) after being released from the role following the West Row outfit’s 46-44 defeat against the Kent Kings on Monday.
“We thought giving the captaincy to Connor was going to make him a different person this year as we thought it would improve him,” said Jolly.
“Hopefully releasing him from the role will take some pressure off him and help him concentrate on his speedway.
“Jon is willing to do it although he did put other people forward.
“It will make no difference to what Jon does on-and-off the track. What you see is what you get.”
Although the Fen Tigers picked up a losing point during the defeat against the Kings it was a meeting Jolly believes should have seen them collect much more.
“We should have won the meeting. It was three points lost in my eyes rather than gaining a losing point,” said Jolly.
“It looked like we had caught them on a day when they were weak as they had no Danny Ayres and James Shanes had bike issues.
“It was disappointing not win but I don’t think there will be many teams go that close there this season.”
After gaining their second successive home league win with a 61-29 victory over Coventry Storm on Sunday, Jolly wants to see those efforts replicated for the remainder of the season at home, starting against the Hitmen.
“It is starting to come to the boil and the future looks bright. What we need to do to every team that comes to our place is what we did to Coventry on Sunday,” said Jolly.
“We should beat Buxton but they have got a couple of useful riders and we must never take any team lightly.
While the Fen Tigers’ wide margin success over Brandon-based outfit came at a cost for the visitors, who lost Martin Knuckey to a broken leg, and reserve Jamie Halder with a broken arm, it saw Connor Mountain excel in his new role as number one with a brace of wins.
His efforts though were bettered by outgoing number one Dan Halsey in his new position at number three, storming to a 15 point maximum.
“The track was good out there and it is a little bit easier at number three, although you still have to beat the same people,” said Halsey.
“It was nice to have a little battle with their number one Dan Greenwood in heat five and come out on top.”
Sunday:Fen Tigers 61: C Mountain 9+1, A Bowtell 8+2, D Halsey 15, C Coles 8+2, J Armstrong 13+1, L Springthorpe 2+1, C Widman 6.
Coventry Storm 29: D Greenwood 12, C Dwyer 1+1, L Carr R/R, M Knuckey 1, R Terry-Daley 4, C Walker 8, J Halder 3+1.
Monday:Kent Kings 46: L Bowen 14, D Ayres R/R, L Clifton 6+3, D Mason 9+2, J Shanes 10, D Verge 5+2, J Thomas 2.
Fen Tigers 44: C Mountain 10+1, A Bowtell 2, D Halsey 11, C Coles 3, J Armstrong 10, L Ruddick 2+1, C Widman 6+1.