Skipper eager to get going again in front of home crowd
Mildenhall Fen Tigers captain Jordan Jenkins hopes he can make up for lost time when making his first home appearance in almost three months against the Belle Vue Colts in the National League tomorrow (7.30pm).
The 17-year-old, who scored a paid seven (6+1) total on his first outing since returning from a broken back during the Fen Tigers’ 43-47 win away to the Colts on Wednesday, has not raced at Mildenhall Stadium since their victory over the Kent Kings in the National Trophy in May.
He said: “It (the back) felt all right. I just wished I didn’t have bike problems in the first ride but other than that it was all good.
“I’ve been to every home meeting and I think the supporters can see that I’m committed to Mildenhall speedway and that’s where I want to be.
“When I had practice after racing on Saturday I didn’t expect as many supporters to stay behind that did. Hopefully I can have a good meeting in front of them against Belle Vue.
“They’ve been quite patient. When ever I have given updates none of them have pushed me and have instead told me to take my time.”
A 12-point haul from Josh Bailey helped the Fen Tigers, who will travel to take on the Buxton Hitmen in the league on Sunday (3pm), maintain their unbeaten home record when gaining three league points last Saturday with a 51-39 victory over Coventry.
After sharing the spoils in the opening two heats, which included a win on his first ride back from injury for reserve Sam Bebee in heat two, the Fen Tigers soon asserted themselves with a 5-1 from Bailey and Halsey a race later.
Having traded 4-2s, the hosts slammed in three 5-1s, with Drew Kemp fronting the ones in heats six and eight before Bailey and Halsey gained their second together in heat nine.
Danny Ayres, having been excluded on his second start, gained race win number two of the night when getting the better of Connor Mountain to front a 4-2 with Matt Marson in heat 11, before Bailey and Bebee repeated the same scoreline in heat 12 to secure the win.
There was to be a fitting farewell for Halsey after he claimed victory on his final ride in the penultimate contest ahead of Fen Tigers old boys Mountain and Jon Armstrong giving the visitors a 5-1 in the finale.
“I’ve never actually seen Sam ride like he did on Saturday but he has got so much commitment to Mildenhall. With Sam and Matt at reserve I don’t think there is a reserve pairing in the league as strong,” said Jenkins.
“Dan (Halsey) has been great and he knows Mildenhall through and through and I don’t think there was a better person they could have got in and he gets on with everyone in the team. It has not really surprised me how strong we have been as I think we thought from the beginning of the season we could be.”