Fen Tigers youngsters eyes last four
Drew Kemp expects the Mildenhall Fen Tigers to book their place in the last four of the National League Knock Out Cup by beating the Birmingham Brummies on Sunday (3pm).
After securing a spot in the final of the National Trophy on Monday without turning a wheel, thanks to the Kent Kings’ 46-44 victory over the Eastbourne Eagles, the in-form Fen Tigers will now look to move a step nearer to reaching the KO Cup decider for the second season running.
Although faced with a three-point deficit to overturn, following their 37-34 defeat in the opening leg of the quarter-final at Perry Barr, which was cut short following injuries to Brummies number one Mitchell Davey and the Fen Tigers duo of Jordan Jenkins and Sam Bebee, Kemp is confident they should have little problem achieving it.
“I think we were a bit unlucky in the first leg but being beaten by three points by a team like Birmingham is not too bad,” said Kemp.
“We have three points to make up but we can do this at the weekend and get to the semi-final.
“Heats one and two will be crucial, and if we can get a couple of advantages we can then go on and beat them by what we have been beating everyone by this season.”
Having enjoyed a flying start to the season, the 15-year-old has his own personal mission he hopes to complete by avenging a rare heat two defeat inflicted on him by the Brummies’ own reserve Leon Flint when the sides last met.
“Leon Flint is going to be a tough competitor to race against and heat two will be harder than usual but I am looking forward to it,” said Kemp.
“He beat me in heat two at Birmingham and that makes me angry thinking about it. I would like to return the favour at Mildenhall.
“I definitely feel like I can beat anyone but I’ve just got to go out there, keep a level head stay focused and do my best.”
Four valuable points were gained by the Fen Tigers in the National League on Saturday after their 53-36 win over the Stoke Potters at Loomer Road.
Captain Ryan Kinsley topped the scoring charts with a paid 17 total (17-1) with Danny Ayers and Kemp assisting him with paid 16 (15+1) and 13 (11+2) scores respectively.
“The whole team did well. The track was not in the best condition and it caught a few of us out but we all pulled together,” said Kemp.