Tigers Mountain sets his sights on a place in Championship final
Connor Mountain has set himself the target of reaching the final of the British Under-19 Championship on Saturday as he looks to banish the memories of last year’s horror show.
The Mildenhall Fen Tigers star saw his chances of claiming the title cut short after sustaining a broken wrist during the early stages of the competition at Sittingbourne.
With that experience now behind him the 18 year old, who will be joined in the event at Berwick by team-mate Luke Ruddick, hopes that with luck on his side he can continue his upward curve and claim a spot in the final.
“I didn’t have a very good time in the competition last year as I broke my wrist early on,” said Mountain.
“I have not been to Berwick before so it is a new track to me, but the aim is to try and make it to the final.
“Although I have never been there before I might just click with it straight away and have a good meeting.
“It is big but quite tight so there is no reason why I shouldn’t be up there in the points.”
With Mountain and Ruddick both in Berwick it has seen the Fen Tigers draft in Shane Hazelden and Niall Strudwick to replace the pair for their National League and National Trophy double header away to Eastbourne Eagles on the same night.
Both riders will return to the team 24 hours later when the West Row outfit entertain the Rye House Raiders in the National League (3.30pm).
While acknowledging the stiff tasks facing his team, club promoter Kevin Jolly wants to see the team ride with an element of pride, something he feels has been missing for large parts of the season.
“It is going to be difficult at Eastbourne on their track as it is a hard place to go and some of our boys have not seen it before, but Rye House at home will also be difficult,” said Jolly.
“They have shown me more than enough to give me encouragement but they have fallen short too many times this year and only on the odd occasion have we come up with the goods.
“I want to see them ride with pride at the weekend as there is not enough about at the moment.”
n Meanwhile, Mildenhall Fen Tigers crashed to a devastating 47-42 defeat against the Birmingham Brummies in the National League on Sunday.
A beleaguered Fen Tigers side squandered an eight point lead to slip to their ninth loss in the league this season, a result which leaves them marooned at the foot of the table.