Kevin Jolly feels that the Fen Tigers’ chances of making it into the National Trophy final rest on the performance of Jack Kingston.
Mildenhall co-promoter Jolly believes that the outcome of Sunday’s shoot-out with the Leicester Lion Cubs at West Row, as to who meets the Stoke Potters in the play-off final, largely depends on how the talented, but at times frustrating, reserve performs on his return to the team.
Kingston has missed the Fen Tigers’ last two National League meetings to recover from a spate of on-track falls.
“We had Josh Bates return to the team on Sunday and score 10 points against Stoke and if we can get Jack to stay on his bike then I know he is capable of scoring big points,” said Jolly.
“Josh walked away happyon Sunday as it finally sunk in that finishing second is better than a fall.
“Hopefully that will be similar thing with Jack on Sunday.
“We will win or lose depending on what the reserves do, especially Jack.”
With both Elite League and Premier League meetings taking place on the same day, it will mean that the Fen Tigers are without both Bates, who is on Elite League duty with Leicester, and Joe Jacobs, who is riding in the Premier League with the Workington Comets.
To cover for the missing duo the Fen Tigers will be utilising the rider replacement (R/R) facility, and the use of a guest, who at the time of going to print looks likely to be James Shanes.
“Although we are missing both Josh and Joe on Sunday, I am confident that if we get the right people in the right frame of mind turn up we can win,” said Jolly.
“We all know that Dan Halsey is capable of beating everybody around Mildenhall, while both Connor Mountain and Connor Coles are riding out of their skin at present.”
Twenty four hours beforehand a patched up Fen Tigers side will travel to Staffordshire to take on the Stoke Potters in a National League encounter.
Missing for the Fen Tigers at Loomer Road will be Bates (Sheffield- Premier League), Halsey (Eastbourne -Elite League), Jacobs (Workington -Premier League) and Kingston, who is being given an additional 24 hours off.
Covering Halsey and Bates will be the Cradley Heathens pair of Tom Perry and Nathan Greaves.
Michael Neale will come in at reserve and R/R used in the absence of Jacobs.
“The guests we have brought in are as good as those riders we are covering, so I can’t see any reason why we won’t do the business,” said Jolly.