Mildenhall Fen Tigers aiming to continue positive home form during National League clash with Belle Vue Colts
Jason Edwards expects the Mildenhall Fen Tigers to continue to make it fortress West Row on Sunday (3pm) by putting the Belle Vue Colts to the sword and claiming a fifth straight home victory in the National League, writes Graham Clark.
After going down 51-39 to Kent Kings on Monday, the 16-year-old believes a return to home comforts at Mildenhall Stadium can see the Fen Tigers bounce back to winning ways at the expense of their play-off chasing visitors from Manchester.
Since succumbing to the Cradley Heathens 51-38 back in June the Fen Tigers have been untouchable on home shale having posted victories over the Stoke Potters, Leicester Lions, Isle Of Wight Warriors and against the Kings.
“Belle Vue have got four riders in their side that are all Championship riders as well and I’m sure Jordan Palin will be next year so they have strong heat leaders,” said Edwards.
“We have quite a few riders that ride like heat leaders at home. Matt Marson is coming on big and Charlie Brooks has had two good home meetings and if me Ryan (Kinsley) and Henry (Atkins) do our jobs it will take the pressure off the reserves.
“When you look at the fixtures Kent, Leicester and Belle Vue were the big three. If we can beat Leicester and Kent there is no reason why we can’t smash Belle Vue as well.”
Having missed the Fen Tigers previous three meetings due to his Championship commitments with Eastbourne Eagles, Edwards, who slipped back into his Fen Tigers kevlars during their defeat on Monday, has made sure he has kept up to date with all the action in his absence.
“It is nice to finally be back riding for Mildenhall,” said Edwards.
“When I was at Newcastle the other week as the start times were different I was always on the updates seeing how Mildenhall were getting on against Kent.
“Against the Isle Of Wight away I had a few videos sent to me as well so I managed to keep in touch with our push for the play-offs.”
Although confident of a Fen Tigers victory at the weekend Edwards acknowledges they will have their work cut out when taking on the Colts 24 hours later at the National Speedway Stadium (7.30pm).
“Their home track advantage is massive as none of the other National League riders ride at a track like that,” said Edwards.
“I’ve been there a couple of times with the No Limits training programme. It is like riding a different sport and almost like riding it long track style.”
On Sunday afternoon Edwards and team-mate Ryan Kinsley had to settle for fourth in the final of the National League Best Pairs at Sheffield.
The pair progressed through to the decider after finishing runners-up in Group B on 17 points behind the Plymouth Gladiators.