Duo back Ayres to bounce back from no-show
Mildenhall Fen Tigers promoter Kevin Jolly is backing Danny Ayres to put his no-show on Sunday behind him by helping the club take a big step to securing their place in the final of the National Trophy, writes Graham Clark.
The 31-year-old failed to turn up for the West Row-based outfit’s opening National League clash against the Buxton Hitmen, which was won 55-35 by the hosts, forcing the club to draft in former rider Sam Woods at the 11th hour.
Having held talks with Ayers on Monday, Jolly feels that he can bounce back by piling on the points against the Eastbourne Eagles at Mildenhall Stadium on Sunday (3pm) and against the Kent Kings at Central Park on Monday (6.30pm).
“Everything is all good and it has been sorted and he is well aware of the situation,” said Jolly.
“He knows he has made a mistake which we have all done in our lives.
“He is 100 per cent remorseful about the situation. He knows he was wrong and that he handled it the wrong way.
“He is involved with people that care for him and want to help him and if he has further issues all he has to do is pick up the phone and it will be sorted.
“I’ve no doubt he will be on it both Sunday and Monday and that he will be top notch as he owes Mildenhall Speedway.
“He is fully aware that this is last chance saloon not just for us but his speedway career in general, and we very much want it to work out well.”
Jolly’s thoughts have been echoed by club captain Jordan Jenkins.
“All the fans have been really supportive as he is a real fans favourite,” said Jenkins.
“I hope he understands that people appreciate him and that on Sunday and Monday he gives it his all and shows them what they have missed.
“In the pits over the last few weeks he has been great. He is the one that can really get the rest of the team fired up.”
Jenkins is confident that the Fen Tigers can pass their next two tests in his, and team mate Sam Bebee’s absence, as the pair recover from injuries picked up during the club’s 37-34 defeat against the Birmingham Brummies in the opening leg of their National League Knock Out Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.
“I think as a team our form early season has been eye catching and Eastbourne will come to us on Sunday knowing it will be tough, even with a semi patched-up team,” said Jenkins.
“If we all work together and stick together there is no reason we can’t win. We’ve had one good win against Kent already so they know what to expect as well.”
Reflecting on his own injury he added: “I’ve broken three vertebrae in my lower back. Luckily I’ve not had to have an operation and I’m just in a back brace.
“The fractures will take six weeks to heal, then for my bones to harden it will be another six weeks. I’ve got a date in my head when I want to be back; near the end of August.”
In-form reserve Drew Kemp will look to continue his flying start to the season when lining up alongside team-mate Matt Marson in the British U-19 Championship at Ipswich tonight (7.30pm).
“I’m really looking forward to racing in the Under-19s at Ipswich. Being at Ipswich with all the fans, I feel like it could be to my advantage,” said Kemp.
“I don’t feel under any pressure as it’s my first year in the National League.
“Hopefully I will do really well but I know I’m up against a lot of good riders.
“I’ve just got to make some good starts and use my knowledge I have of the track to my advantage.”