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Jolly blasts official after top four hopes take a hit

FUMING: Promoter Kevin Jolly
FUMING: Promoter Kevin Jolly

After carrying out an on-track protest on Sunday, Kevin Jolly has launched a scathing attack on referee Barbara Horley following her controversial exclusion of Mildenhall Fen Tigers’ captain Dan Halsey.

Fen Tigers’ promoter Jolly believes Horley’s decision to exclude Halsey in heat 10 of their 46-44 National League home defeat to the Stoke Potters cost the hosts the meeting.

Halsey was ordered back to the pits after careering into the second bend fence on the opening lap of the race after being left short of room following bunching on the first bend.

In protest at Horley’s decision, Jolly placed himself in front of the starting tapes for the re-run of the race, a move which landed him with a £50 fine, before eventually being escorted off the track.

“She has spoilt the meeting for us and it has cost us the win,” said Jolly.

“It is like everyone in speedway has got it in for me. They wonder why speedway racing is going down the pan when those in authority screw everything up.

“The last two meetings she has been in charge of here she has made controversial decisions.”

Reflecting on the decision, Halsey was as surprised as the majority of the crowd in the stadium at not being allowed to take his place in the re-run of the heat.

“Nine times out of 10 it would have been all four back in, even one of their riders couldn’t believe it,” said Halsey.

“My leg was on his bike and I could not put it anywhere. By the time I had broke free and got straight I was going into the fence. I had no other option.

“When the red light never came on to stop the race I knew I was going to get excluded.”

The West Row outfit will look to move on from their latest setback when taking on the Kent Kings in the National Trophy at West Row on Sunday (3.30pm).

Although the meeting is effectively a dead rubber, Jolly wants to see the current National Trophy champions complete their home fixtures in the competition with a win, having watched them slip up to the Rye House Raiders and held to a draw with the Eastbourne Eagles.

“This is an important meeting regardless of it being a dead rubber as we need to build the lads’ confidence back up and a win here will do this,” said Jolly.

“We know that we are not the best team in the league but hopefully we can have a good finish, starting with a win on Sunday.”


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