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Mildenhall Fen Tigers tipped to win National League Fours by Jason Edwards

Jason Edwards believes that Mildenhall Fen Tigers can get some silverware in the trophy cabinet on Saturday by lifting this year’s National League Fours title at Stoke (6.45pm), writes Graham Clark.

The Fen Tigers will have to negotiate getting out of a tough Group B alongside Kent Kings, Belle Vue Colts and Plymouth Devils if they are to win the competition for the first time since 2012.

Though the West Row-based outfit have relinquished their National Trophy title along with suffering an early exiting in the Knock Out Cup the 16-year-old feels they have solid claims of prevailing in the Fours.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice Day Jason Edwards Picture by Mark Westley. (13629109)
Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice Day Jason Edwards Picture by Mark Westley. (13629109)

“Belle Vue and Kent will obviously be favourites with their strength and depth to get into the final but I think we have a good four,” said Edwards.

“We have got Danny Ayers, who is on a big high with how well he is going, and then there is me and Henry Atkins.

“Matt Marson can pull a few surprises out and he rode well at number five which was a hard thing to do when we went to Stoke in the league.

“We have to focus on making good starts as I don’t think there will be lots of passing along with making sure we pick up points and avoid last place finishes as we only have two rides each.

“As a lot of us in the National League are quite young little tantrums and arguments will happen and when that happens it is the team that stays calm that wins and we must do that.”

Since the Fen Tigers last meeting against the Thurrock Hammers in a challenge match at the end of last month the former Eastbourne Eagles rider has been keeping himself busy with a number of guest bookings including an outing at Loomer Road on Saturday.

Edwards said: “I had five meetings in a row including the Thurrock meeting for Mildenhall a couple of weeks ago while I have four on the trot over the next few days starting tonight at the Isle Of Wight.

“I ended up with 14 points guesting for Stoke on Saturday and had my first ever outright heat 13 and 15 wins. Stoke were pleased enough that I’m guesting for them tomorrow at Plymouth.

“I also had a ride in the Championship for Berwick at Scunthorpe on Friday. It was hard as they were just that bit more consistent but it showed me where I need to be.

After being on the wrong end of a 51-38 defeat to the Stoke Potters last month the Fen Tigers will look to exact revenge over the Staffordshire outfit on Sunday (3pm) as they try to move a step closer to getting off the foot of the National League.

“The last time we rode at Stoke I don’t think the score reflected how close the meeting was and it was only near the end we started losing it,” said Edwards.

“We have had a good break from league racing to help us reset and if we win the rest of our home matches it will stand us in good stead in reaching the play-offs.”