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Fen Tigers ready for semi-finals




Ryan Kinsley is confident the Mildenhall Fen Tigers can maintain their untouchable status by taking control of their National League play-off semi-final against the Kent Kings in the opening leg tomorrow night (7.30pm), writes Graham Clark.

Ryan Kinsley (4419225)
Ryan Kinsley (4419225)

Having defeated the Kings home and away in both the league and National Trophy already this year, the Fen Tigers will attempt to inflict another defeat on the Sittingbourne-based outfit when the two sides meet at Mildenhall Stadium to ensure they take a lead down to Central Park for the second leg on Monday (6.30pm).

Although optimistic about the Fen Tigers’ chances – who are yet to taste defeat in the league – of progressing to the final, the Norfolk-based racer has warned that they can ill afford to become complacent because of results achieved against the Kings earlier in the campaign.

“We’ve just got to start afresh now and, like we always do, think it will be another hard meeting for us,” said Kinsley.

“We all have a job to do, but hopefully we can come out on top like we have done all season. If we do that then we should be untouchable.

“It seems to all be working well amongst us, and with the spirit in the pits everything has clicked together. We have proved we all get along with the results on the track.”

While it is difficult to predict what the outcome will be, Kinsley, who turned 20 on Tuesday, has in his mind what will be a good advantage to take into the second leg and put the Fen Tigers, who will use Ben Morley at number one tomorrow, into a commanding position.

“Being as we have the home leg first we’ve got to try and get a good advantage, as by getting a good lead to start off with will make the second leg a little bit easier,” said Kinsley.

“I don’t normally look at the overall points as I just concentrate on what I’m doing, but anything above 15 points would be a good lead to carry away as it will make it harder for them.

“If we can get that sort of advantage they know going into their home leg that they have got to be at the top of their game to get the points back.”

The former Buxton Hitmen rider will bid for individual glory alongside team-mate Drew Kemp on Sunday when taking part in this year’s National League Riders Championship at Leicester (1pm).

“It was definitely an unexpected call up as I didn’t think I would get into this, but it is a great opportunity and I will be out there trying my best,” said Kinsley.

“I’ve looked at the line-up and it’s a very strong line up. Connor Mountain, being as it’s on his home track, will be hard to beat, while Ben Morley and Max Clegg are going well.

“If I could score some points and finish in the top six that would be a big achievement.”

l The Fen Tigers’ final two regular season league meetings against the Eastbourne Eagles and Birmingham Brummies both fell victim to the wet weather at the weekend.