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Marson steals the show

Words aimed at provoking a response had the desired effect on Matt Marson after he turned in his best performance of the season to help the Mildenhall Fen Tigers secure top spot in the National League on Sunday.

Matt Marson. Picture: Derek Leader
Matt Marson. Picture: Derek Leader

The 18-year-old showed what he is capable of when putting it all together after clinching three heat wins from five rides on his way to scoring 10 points.

Having claimed his first victory in heat two when taking a 5-1 with Sam Bebee, the second in succession for the hosts following an opening heat maximum from Danny Ayres and Ryan Kinsley, he would have to wait until a dramatic heat 10 for his second success.

In the interim a 4-2 fronted by Drew Kemp in heat four, and another 5-1 from Ayers and Kinsley in heat six, moved the hosts into a 14-point lead before the Eagles hit back with a 5-1 of their own in heat eight through Jason Edwards and Ethan Spiller.

After the Fen Tigers resumed normal service with a 5-1 through eventual top scorer Josh Bailey and Jordan Jenkins a race later, Marson was then to take centre stage when becoming the sole Fen Tiger to contest heat 10 following the exclusion of Ayers.

Given a talking to by promoter Kevin Jolly on the start line Marson raced from the tapes to keep at bay Mark Baseby and Charley Powell to send those on the terraces into euphoria.

With the Fen Tigers taking a further brace of 4-2s and 5-1s, a final heat 4-2 for the Eagles, headed by Baseby, did nothing to impact on another impressive display.

“After I saw Danny (Ayres) fell off after the first race I was under a lot of pressure but Kev came up and said a couple of words to get me going,” said Marson.

“It is a bit of a running joke saying that Aussie riders race to get fed and he said you are hungry, so go race and get fed! It got me going and I enjoyed it.

“It was probably one of my best meetings and it was good to get one over Eastbourne.”

Meanwhile, a paid maximum (14+1) from Kemp helped the Fen Tigers inflict a 50-40 defeat over the Kent Kings on Monday – ending the hosts’ run of 23 unbeaten meetings at home.