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Ayres says thanks to Fen Tigers




Mildenhall Fen Tigers fans’ favourite Danny Ayres has thanked the management and supporters of the club for standing by him and getting his season back on track after helping him to pull through a troubled time.

Danny Ayres (2056651)
Danny Ayres (2056651)

Although the 31-year-old has impressed with his scoring since joining the West Row outfit, he has revealed that mentally he has been in a ‘dark place’ having had to come to terms with the death of his mother along with other personal issues.

With his head much clearer, the former Cradley Heathens rider is now keen to move on and leave his failure to turn up for the Fen Tigers’ National League clash against the Buxton Hitmen in the past.

“I’ve been going through some tough times in my personal life,” the rider said.

“I don’t want to go too deep into them but I’ve a few family issues.It’s been difficult and I’ve been in a dark place all winter.

“The management have been supportive but I’m only human and I’ve just struggled.

“I am fully dedicated to the sport and to the Mildenhall Fen Tigers and everyone deep down knows that.

“It was just a few mishaps. The main people know what happened but I just want to thank all the fans and management for supporting me in this tough time and it won’t happen again.

“I miss her above (mum) but I want to move forward and do my best for the team.”

The Fen Tigers maintained their 100 per cent home record in all competitions on Sunday after a paid seven ride maximum (20+1) for Drew Kemp saw them defeat the Eastbourne Eagles 59-31 in the National Trophy, with Ayres reaching double figures on his return with a paid 12 total (11+1).

After getting the better of the Eagles, a much-changed Fen Tigers side – inspired by 15-point haul for stand-in captain Ryan Kinsley and aided by nine points from Ayres – saw them end the Kent Kings’ 16-match unbeaten home run with a 45-44 victory in the same competition.

Plymouth Devils visit Mildenhall Stadium in the National Trophy on Sunday (3pm), a meeting which will see the return of Dan Halsey for the hosts as cover for recent injuries.

“Hopefully we can now complete the double against Plymouth on Sunday,” Ayres said. “I will be hoping I can complete a two-leg maximum over them.”