Mildenhall Fen Tigers rider Matt Marson looks ahead to Leicester Lion Cubs encounter
Matt Marson is confident the Mildenhall Fen Tigers can continue to kick-start their National League season by lowering the colours of the Leicester Lion Cubs for the second time this season on Sunday (3pm), writes Graham Clark.
Having defeated the Stoke Potters 53-37 last Sunday, the Fen Tigers will bid to build on that by repeating their 52-38 win over the Lion Cubs in the second leg of their Knock Out Cup clash at Mildenhall Stadium in May.
“We walk into every meeting thinking we our going to win and that will be the plan on Sunday, “said Marson. “It helps 100 per cent knowing that we have already beaten them once at home this year.
“We’ve had some losses at home but like we said at the weekend the season starts now and this would give us a huge confidence lift.”
Reflecting on the Stoke victory Marson said: “I got a paid 10 total (9+1) which was my first double figure score of the season.
“I made some good gates and it was good to get a win against Danny (Ayres) even if he did team ride it home. I felt good and fast. It was a huge confidence booster.
The victory also yielded a hat-trick of heat wins for new signing Henry Atkins on his home debut, much to the delight of Marson.
He added: “Henry took a race to get the set up right then he was pretty unstoppable.
“I’d say he is a good signing as he will get good points home and away by using his experience in the Championship with Somerset.”
Prior to their first success of the season the Fen Tigers secured third spot in the National League Fours behind hosts Stoke on Saturday.
“I had some tough heats and I struggled a bit with the set up in the final,” said Marson. “Jason (Edwards), Danny (Ayres) had consistent rides as did Henry, while I managed to pick up a couple of points in the semi-final.”
“A lot of people expected us not to get out of the group, so for us to finish third was great.
It has been a whirlwind few days for Marson after he was brought in as part of a double team change alongside Sam Masters for Championship outfit Edinburgh Monarchs, a side which contains former Fen Tigers Cameron Heeps and Connor Coles, on Monday.
“It should be quite good. Sam Masters is a rider that I have a lot of respect for,” said Marson, who was due to make his Edinburgh debut against Leicester Lions last night.
“I’m quite thankful Cam (Heeps) is in the team. He knows how I like to ride and he will help me with set ups on tracks I’ve not been to before.
“I will take it as it comes and just go out there and do my best.”
Team-mate Jason Edwards became the fourth member of this year’s Fen Tigers team to secure a spot racing at Championship level this season after signing for the Eastbourne Eagles, having helped them capture the National League title last year.
“This is one of those opportunities where I have to grab it with both hands and just enjoy it with Eastbourne,” said Edwards.
“Coming into the team this late on for me personally there is no pressure. It is just important to gain as much experience as possible.
“I’m confident enough in myself that I’m now ready to take make the step up to the Championship, so I can’t thank Eastbourne enough.”
The Fen Tigers will be seeking a stand in at reserve on Sunday after Elliot Kelly was sidelined for at least four weeks with a broken collarbone during their win over the Potters.