NATIONAL TROPHY: Mildenhall Fen Tigers 60 Leicester Lion Cubs 28: Returning reserve Jack Kingston put in a whirlwind display as the Mildenhall Fen Tigers eased into the final of the National Trophy.
Showing the benefits of a small break from the sport, the 18-year-old responded to the pre-meeting questions asked of him by the club’s management team to top the scoring charts with a paid 17 total.
Kingston, who had missed the Fen Tigers’ last four meetings to enable him to get over a series of falls, was not the only one to impress with reserve partner Connor Mountain putting in another stylish shift to end with a paid 13 figure.
“I used my head more today and just took a touch of speed off in the corners, which made life a lot easier and I have the points to prove it,” said Kingston. “It wasn’t just getting me down on the track, but in my personal life at home too.
“I have been longing for some consistency and I found that on a track that suited me today as I performed how I should be.
“Hopefully it will all be up from here.”
While the visitors were missing a host of their regular riders, including Tom Perry and Max Clegg, it did not prevent them racing to an opening-heat 5-1.
Undeterred, the Fen Tigers — who host King’s Lynn Young Stars in the National League on Sunday (3/30pm) — bounced back immediately through Mountain and Kingston to level proceedings up.
The Fen Tigers edged in front for the first time thanks to Mountain’s second heat win of the afternoon in heat four after the first-season racer got the better of a tapes-to-flag battle with Nathan Greaves, with Fen Tigers guest Danny Ayers taking a valuable third.
From there on in the Fen Tigers turned on the style racking up four successive heat advantages including three 5-1s, leaving the Lion Cubs 16 points behind after just eight heats.
Visiting boss Dave Howard sent Greaves out in the double-scoring black-and-white helmet in heat nine, but the move backfired in spectacular fashion with the Cradley Heathens man receiving an exclusion after causing a halt to the race on the opening lap.
Taking full advantage of the mishap, the Fen Tigers — through Connor Coles and Brendan Johnson — took another 5-1, a scoreline repeated by Dan Halsey and Kingston in the next heat.
With the meeting all but lost, Howard sent out Morley in the black-and-white helmet in heat 12, but the Kent Kings man had no answer to Kingston with him having to settle for second.
Despite all the points being in the bag, Tigers carried on in ruthless fashion, notching up two further 5-1s from the next three heats thanks to the pairings of Coles and Mountain, and Kingston and Johnson in the penultimate heat.
In a change to his usual selections, team manager Rob Henry sent out Kingston and Johnson in the finale.
Although unable to match their previous efforts, Kingston’s two points behind winner Morley ensured for the second week in succession the Fen Tigers reached the 60-point-barrier.
Mildenhall: Halsey 12; Coles 9+2; Johnson 9+2; Ayers 4+1; Kingston 15+2; Mountain 11+2.
Leicester: Morley 14; Greenwood 8+1; Strudwick 0; Greaves 6; Neale 3; Tedham 1.