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Mildenhall Fen Tigers suffer defeat in the National Trophy at Kent Kings

Despite some heroics from captain Danny Ayres, the Mildenhall Fen Tigers were beaten 48-41 away at the Kent Kings in the National Trophy last night.

On a difficult track Ayres stood head and shoulders above the rest of the field as he raced to an immaculate 18-point maximum.

He received good support from Jason Edwards, who combined with the Mildenhall number one for a 5-1 in heat 15, but good racing was at a premium.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice Day Danny AyresPicture by Mark Westley. (11285188)
Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice Day Danny AyresPicture by Mark Westley. (11285188)

Mildenhall struggled at reserve but battling Macauley Leek was unluckily excluded in heat 14, which ultimately cost the Fen Tigers a deserved point.

Speaking after the meeting Team Manager Malcolm Vasey was full of praise for his number one.

“Danny was on a different level today, make no mistake, this was an exceptional six-ride maximum with a combination of fast starts and sweeping passes. He regally entertained the crowd on a difficult surface for racing.

I feel we deserved a point from our endeavours this afternoon and battled hard throughout the meeting. We will now have a short break to regroup prior to our important home NL fixture versus Cradley (on June 9). ”


Kent 48

Jordan Jenkins 13+1 (6 rides), Drew Kemp 10 (5), Anders Rowe 9+1 (4), Rob Ledwith 8+1, (5), Nathan Ablitt 4+2 (5), Jacob Clouting 4 (5) and Alex Spooner R/R

Mildenhall 41

Danny Ayres 18 (6 rides), Jason Edwards 7+1 (5), Matt Marson 5 (4), David Wallinger 4+1 (4), Charlie Brooks 4 (4), Macauley Leek 2+1 (4), Elliot Kelly 1+1 (3)

* This defeat came 24 hours after the Fen Tigers came up short in their bid to overturn a hefty deficit in the Knockout Cup.

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