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Kemp's super seven guides Fen Tigers to victory

A virtuoso display from the exciting teenage star Drew Kemp saw the Mildenhall Fen Tigers record a 59-31 victory over the Eastbourne Eagles in the National Trophy on Sunday.

TOP FORM: Drew Kemp (2092265)
TOP FORM: Drew Kemp (2092265)

The youngster became only the third rider in the club's 40+ year history to go unbeaten in seven rides.

His display well supported by his team-mates as the hosts eased to the win, with. the only visiting rider to win a race being Georgie Wood in heats four and nine.

The visitors managed to keep things tight through the first six heats as the Fen Tigers initially stuttered before smoothly clicking through the gears as they left their opposition trailing.

Heat six was the catalyst when the fans were treated to another special ride from number one Josh Bailey, who rode through the pain barrier for the second week running.

After missing the gate Bailey first swept round Jason Edwards before chasing down Wood and executing a sweet pass around the final two bends to the win on the line.

Not to be outdone, both Kemp and the returning Danny Ayres were passing riders with ease the highlight being when they linked up in heat eleven.

A super fast gate from Ayres saw him lead with Kemp sweeping round Mark Baseby and Edwards to join Ayres down the back straight.

Ayres quickly took control of situation, expertly team riding his young partner home.

Ayres then completed the afternoons racing with a fine pass around the outside of Tom Brennan to the joy of home supporters.

Team Manager Phil Kirk said: “Although it was a comprehensive victory there was, I felt, some excellent racing on show and everyone scored good points.

Drew was class again today, it is hard to believe he is just 15 and starting his career such is his composure and decision making during races.

Seven ride maximums are not seen every day and this was a special one that will live long in people’s memories.

A special mention too should go to Josh, who again pulled off some superb passes whilst being in considerable pain, and Danny Ayres' return was very positive for the club."

The Fen Tigers are back in action tonight away at Kent Kings/


Fen Tigers 59

Drew Kemp 20+1 (7 rides), Danny Ayres 11+1 (5), Josh Bailey 10+1 (5), Ryan Kinsley 7+1 (5), Nathan Stoneman 6+2 (4), Matt Marson 5+1 (4) R/R Sam Bebee

Eastbourne Eagles 31

Georgie Wood 8 (4), Tom Brennan 8 (5), Charlie Powell 4+2 (6), Charlie Brooks 4+1 (5), Mark Baseby 4 (4), Jason Edwards 3+1 (6), R/R Kelsey Dugar