Halsey fit to ride for Fen Tigers in crucial cup clash

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Dan Halsey has given the Mildenhall Fen Tigers a massive boost ahead of the second leg of their National League Knockout Cup semi-final replay on Sunday after declaring himself fit to ride.

The 25 year old confirmed today that he will be taking his place in the Fen Tigers 1-7 for their clash with Isle of Wight, despite discovering he had broken a metacarpal in his right hand.

Halsey, who sustained the injury while riding in one-off meeting in the USA earlier this month, learnt of the break after going for a hospital scan following the opening leg of the semi-final, which the Fen Tigers lost 46-44 at Smallbrook on Tuesday.

“The injury happened when I picked up too much speed going around a corner and I ended up going into a fence a bit like Josh Bates did in our play-off semi-final at King’s Lynn,” said Halsey.

“I rode at the Isle of Wight, which is probably the bumpiest track in the country, on Tuesday and as the laps went on it just started aching more. After going for hospital scans it showed that I had broken my far right metacarpal near my little finger.

“It is bruised, swollen and strapped up but it will be alright for the meeting on Sunday.”

With just a two-point deficit to overturn at the weekend Halsey is convinced he and his team mates can successfully accomplish the job in hand and set up a second successive cup final against arch rivals Dudley Heathens.

“I am definitely confident we can get the job done, but it is not going to be easy especially without Jon (Armstrong) and Josh (Bates) both missing, as it puts a lot of pressure on me, Stefan (Nielsen), and whoever our guest is,” said Halsey.

With both James Sarjeant and Ben Morley both riding elsewhere on Sunday Buxton Hitmen rider, Liam Carr, is the man most likely to take the guest booking in place of Bates, with the rider replacement option being used for Armstrong.

In recent weeks the Hitmen rider, who is currently on a 6.87 average in the National League, has been turning out in the Premier League for the Edinburgh Monarchs.

“As it stands we just awaiting confirmation but it looks like Liam Carr will be our guest on Sunday,” said Kevin Jolly, co-promoter.

“Every time we have seen him he has put on a good show and he has been doing ok in the Premier League to.

“I he is a good trapper and I am sure he will a do a good job for us,” added Jolly.

Changes will also be made down the lower order with Danny Phillips, who scored a paid 14 total in the first leg, replaced by Connor Mountain at reserve.

Fans are reminded that tapes go up on Sunday at 3.30pm.