Weekend round-up: Trophy for Tigers, Blues beaten again

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Mildenhall Fen Tigers lifted the National Trophy, but it came at the loss of Connor Coles to a horrific leg injury.

A Fen Tigers line-up missing both Josh Bates and Connor Mountain through injury were never behind in a first leg which saw the Suffolk side put in their most impressive away performance of the season.

Led by a peerless five-ride maximum from number one Joe Jacobs, the remaining Fen Tigers and guest reserve Ellis Perks all contributed well to an efficient and professional performance at Stoke Potters’ Loomer Road.

Sunday’s second leg was heading in a similar direction until Coles’ fall on the opening lap of heat six.

A 40-minute delay ensued while Coles was made comfortable and ready to be transported to hospital, all the time being supported and comforted by Mildenhall legend and current Stoke rider Jon Armstrong.

Once racing resumed it was in a naturally muted atmosphere, but the Tigers still went on to clinch the trophy.

Bury Town scored on their travels for the first time this season, but could not build on Connor Hall’s seventh-minute opener at Met Police.

The result leaves the Blues one place outside the Ryman League Premier Division drop zone on goal difference ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Grays Athletic.

Another side struggling on their travels are Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, who failed to overcome a poor first half as they were beaten 28-15 at Amersham and Chiltern in National Three London and South East.

They have lost both away games so far this campaign and sit eighth in the table.

Stowmarket were handsomely defeated 50-17 in their London Three North East Suffolk derby at Sudbury, while Thurston went down 31-12 at newmarket in Eastern Counties One, but there was a 19-10 triumph for Thetford over Swaffham in the same division.

Back in football, Sam Newson scored a hat-trick as Needham Market remained four points clear at the top of Ryman One North.

In the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, there were defeats for Mildenhall Town and Thetford Town, but Walsham-le-Willows saw off Fakenham Town 3-1.

Stowmarket Town drew 2-2 at Woodbridge Town in the First Division, a result matched by Team Bury against Braintree Town Reserves, but Needham Market Reserves lost 4-0 at Downham Town.

In the Sky Bet Championship, Norwich City missed the chance to go top after drawing 2-2 with Birmingham City, while Ipswich Town travel to Wigan Athletic on Monday night knowing victory would take them up to seventh.