Depleted Fen Tigers overcome Kent
They may have been missing no fewer than four of their young riders, but the Fen Tigers still managed to secure a dramatic 45-44 victory on the road at Kent in the National Trophy last night.
Without Josh Bailey, Jordan Jenkins, Sam Bebee and Drew Kemp few gave the visitors a real chance, but with acting captain Ryan Kinsley in top form – ably supported by Danny Ayres and the hard working reserve Matt Marson – they took the lead entering the second half of the meeting and held on to it through determination and skill.
Kevin Jolly said: “This was some performance tonight and showed that we have something special in this bunch.
"Ryan was made captain tonight and this unassuming lad turned into a real Tiger on and off the track, quick and aggressive on the track and leading the boys in the pits.
"Matt was given a hard workload but responded in just the way we wanted, especially considering his nasty fall in heat two, his should take alot of confidence from his performance.
"Danny reeled off three big wins and looked right back on his game whilst I must not forget our three guests who all fitted in well and gave their all.
Luke Bowen 14(5 rides), Nathan Stoneman 10+2 (5), Jack Thomas 6 (4), Anders Rowe 5+1 (4), Taylor Hampshire 5+1 (4), Alex Spooner 3+1 (6) and James Laker 1+1 (3)
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Ryan Kinsley 15 (6 rides), Matt Marson 10+1 (7), Danny Ayres 9 (5), Tom Bacon (G) 6 (4), Ryan Terry Daley 5+1 (4), Andrew Palmer 0 (3) and R/R Sam Bebee