The Fen Tigers go in search of a double-digit lead in cup first leg

BACK IN BUSINESS: Joe Jacobs will spearhead the Mildenhall Fen Tigers, having been absent for four meetings
BACK IN BUSINESS: Joe Jacobs will spearhead the Mildenhall Fen Tigers, having been absent for four meetings
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Chris Louis has challenged the Mildenhall Fen Tigers to earn a 10-point lead in the first leg of their Knockout Cup clash against Cradley Heathens.

Following Tuesday’s initial first leg at Monmore Green being rained off, it will now see the clash between the arch National League rivals kick-off at West Row on Sunday (3.30pm).

With that in mind, co-promoter Louis is hoping the Fen Tigers can take full advantage ahead of the rearranged second leg on Tuesday, June 3.

“I think it is always nice having the first leg at home, but at the end of the day you have still got to get the job done over two legs,” said Louis. “On the right day we can compete with Cradley at their home track, however it is important that we take a lead of some sort out of Sunday’s meeting.

“The bigger it is, the better — taking a 10-point lead there would be a luxury.”

Sunday’s meeting will be the first time the newly-revised riding order will be in operation at West Row following the latest average assessments.

In light of the recent average changes, reserves Connor Coles and Connor Mountain will be at two and four respectively, with Brendan Johnson and Jack Kingston dropping to six and seven.

It is not only changes in reserve that have been made with heat leaders Dan Halsey and Josh Bates swapping positions, with Halsey going from five to three and Bates heading the other way.

“I must admit that I was a bit surprised to see the averages change, but then it is not my job to assess them,” said Louis. “I think it does make us stronger in reserve, but I imagine it will only be a temporary swap.

“As for changing Josh and Danny around, we felt it in the best interest of the team due to the reserve changes.”

Before taking on the Heathens, the Fen Tigers have the small matter of an away trip to Coventry Storm in 
the National League tomorrow.

It will be a meeting they will be looking to win after being overturned 48-42 by the Warwickshire side in the reverse fixture at West Row last month.

“We could have done with these sort of teams later on in the season as a few of our lads are still finding their feet although they are progressing as the year goes on,” said Louis. “Coventry have got a good side, but we have a full strength side out for the meeting and we have got to take full advantage of that so we will be going there looking for a good result.”

n On Saturday, reigning British Under-21 champion Bates scored nine points to finish eighth in a FIM World Under-21 qualifier at Leicester.