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Captain Danny Ayres calls on Mildenhall Fen Tigers to dig deep in National League Play-Offs pursuit

Injured number one Danny Ayres has warned his Mildenhall Fen Tigers team-mates they will need to dig deeper than ever before in order to avoid missing out on reaching the National League Play-Offs, writes Graham Clark.

Club captain Ayres, who is currently sidelined with a broken leg, issued the rallying cry after the Fen Tigers suffered back-to-back defeats against the Belle Vue Colts.

Having gone down 46-44 to the Manchester-based outfit on Sunday, the Fen Tigers endured more anguish 24 hours later at the hands of the Colts when slipping to a 64-25 defeat at the National Speedway Stadium.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice Day Danny AyresPicture by Mark Westley. (16123080)
Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice Day Danny AyresPicture by Mark Westley. (16123080)

The Fen Tigers currently sit four points behind fourth-placed Isle Of Wight Warriors but they could leapfrog them should results go their way against the Leicester Lion Cubs (7.30pm) on Saturday and in their final home fixture against the Plymouth Gladiators (3pm) on Sunday.

“They need to dig so deep but they can turn it around and pull it out of the bag but they have got to ride with their hearts,“ said Ayres.

“I can be here and support them as much as I can but I can’t ride the bike for them. It is a true test of character now and it comes down to how much they want it.

“Leicester will be a tough one for them on Saturday but I expect them to trounce Plymouth at home on Sunday. They have all got what it takes to make it work.”

Having spent three days in hospital after sustaining his season-ending injury during the Fen Tigers’ league victory over the Warriors at Mildenhall Stadium last month, Ayres has revealed that he has found it difficult to come to terms with the setback.

“I feel like I want to chuck these crutches away and put my kevlars back on now as I can’t describe what I’m going through,” said Ayres.

“I’ve been in such a dark place. I’ve had plenty of support and people visited me in hospital but no one can really support me in these dark times I’m going through.

“People are out there dying and I only have a broken leg but I can’t ride my speedway bike and I live and breathe this sport. It has been a tough three weeks mentally.”

While Ayres’ 2019 campaign may be over he hopes to be given some positive news over the course of the next few days regarding his injury.

“I had a fever shortly after the break and I thought it was infected but it wasn’t luckily,” said Ayres.

“I’m going back to hospital on Friday and then I will have a clearer idea and I can take things from there.”