Halsey not a certain starter for Fen Tigers in big derby clash

COULD BE MISSING: Mildenhall Fen Tigers captain Dan Halsey, red helmet, who may miss Sunday's clash with the King's Lynn Young Stars
COULD BE MISSING: Mildenhall Fen Tigers captain Dan Halsey, red helmet, who may miss Sunday's clash with the King's Lynn Young Stars
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Mildenhall Fen Tigers captain Dan Halsey is to leave it as late as possible before deciding if he is fit enough to take his place in the team on Sunday.

The Fen Tigers’ skipper could be forced to miss the club’s National League derby clash with the King’s Lynn Young Stars after suffering a heavy fall during Saturday’s short-lived meeting against the Stoke Potters.

Despite suffering no broken bones, the 25-year-old badly bruised his back and the lower part of his body in a first bend tumble with the Potters pair of Luke Chessell and guest Lewis Rose before the meeting was called off in heat five with the Potters 17-13 in front.

“The crash was a pretty big one,” said Halsey. “Basically what happened was that Lewis Rose failed to make the gate, but he carried straight on at the bend collecting both me and Luke.

“It was just first bend bunching. I went to hospital complaining of lower back pains and I thought I may have broken my pelvis, but the scans showed I hadn’t.

“I have also got a lot of pain in my right shoulder and it hurts getting in and out of the car as there is no leverage on it.

“Hopefully I will be at the meeting, but it is only 50/50 at the moment.”

News of Halsey’s setback comes just as the team have welcomed back Stefan Nielsen to the fold having been out of action since the end of June with a broken collarbone sustained while riding for Premier League outfit Somerset Rebels.

Should Halsey decide to sit out Sunday’s clash with the Young Stars, he still believes his teammates can grab a win against the Norfolk outfit and put behind them a shock 46-44 defeat at home to the Buxton Hitmen last time out.

The Young Stars will be weakened compared to when the two teams met at the beginning of last month, a meeting in which the Young Stars triumphed 52-40, with Lewis Kerr on Premier League duty with the Newcastle Diamonds and teenage sensation Robert Lambert in action on the continent.

“I think it will be a really tough meeting even with them missing riders,” said Halsey. “I didn’t have a great meeting up at Lynn as I had bike problems and it would be great to ride in the meeting on Sunday to try and get a maximum and get a good score against Lynn this time around.

“However, should I miss the meeting I still think we are fairly strong as we now have Stefan back in the team and we won’t be weakened that much.

“I am confident the boys can do it without me and reverse the result at King’s Lynn and get back to winning ways.”

One rider who will be in action for the Fen Tigers on Sunday is Aaron Baseby who has missed the last two meetings through family commitments and illness.

“There has been some speculation about his future on various internet sites,” said co-promoter Kevin Jolly. “After speaking with him on Sunday he has assured me he is fully committed to Mildenhall and will definitely be back at the weekend.

“This is great news for the club as Aaron is a vital cog in our team, riding in the important number two berth, and his return will be a big boost.”

Tapes go up for Sunday’s meeting at 4.30pm.