Fen Tigers retain National Trophy
The Mildenhall Fen Tigers won the National Trophy for the second successive season yesterday afternoon with a comprehensive 20-point victory across two legs against Cradley Heathens.
After winning Tuesday's first leg 51-39, the early part of the weekend's meeting saw the Suffolk club quickly extend their lead to 30 points as they looked like blowing the Heathens away.
It took until heat seven for the excellent Cradley guest Nathan Stoneman to claim the visitors' first heat, and from then on it was a much closer affair with Cradley gating well and keeping the Fen Tigers at bay,
Two 5-1’s saw them edge back into the meeting but the Fen Tigers always had too much in the tank.
Following the meeting promoter Kevin Jolly was pleased to have the first trophy of the season secured.
“I’m really pleased for the lads, they have worked so hard to get to where we are and fully deserve their success," he said.
"We will now regroup and continue the chase for the KO Cup and the National League titles and with our fans supporting us all the way there is nothing we cannot achieve as a group.
"Big crowds and big atmospheres will continue to make Mildenhall a very difficult place to visit for away teams."
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Ben Morley 9+1 (4 rides), Jordan Jenkins 9 (5), Drew Kemp 9 (5), Ryan Kinsley 7+1 (4), Matt Marson 7+1 (5), Sam Bebee 6+2 (4) Josh Bailey 2 (3)
Nathan Stoneman 14+2 (6 rides), Alfie Bowtell 10+1 (6), Jason Edwards 7 (5), Tom Brennan 6+1 (5), Richard Andrews 3+1 (5), James Chattin 1 (3) and R/R Ellis Perks
* For further reaction and pictures, see this week's Journal and Free Press print editions.