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Kevin Jolly looking to get more involved as Mildenhall Fen Tigers hunt the play-offs

Mildenhall Fen Tigers co-promoter Kevin Jolly believes it’s important they keep up their rejuvenated team spirit if they are to defeat the Plymouth Gladiators and secure a spot in the National League Play-Offs, writes Graham Clark.

After defeating the Devon-based outfit at Mildenhall Stadium 53-37 on Sunday the Fen Tigers will look for more of the same when rounding out their 2019 regular season fixtures at the St Boniface Arena on Thursday next week (7.30pm).

With fellow play-off hunters Cradley Heathens still having one fixture remaining at home against Kent on Monday, the Fen Tigers, who lost 54-36 to the Leicester Lion Cubs on Saturday, are likely to need four points from the Plymouth trip.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice Day Kevin Jolly Picture by Mark Westley. (16355795)
Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice Day Kevin Jolly Picture by Mark Westley. (16355795)

“Last weekend was a bad day at the office against Belle Vue but there was a bit of a reaction at Leicester and today was very good,” said Jolly.

“They were sharper and there was a much more cheerful atmosphere in the team and there was a real team spirit and that showed.

“Maybe the opposition wasn’t quite as strong as last week but they have got the ball back in their court. They’ve done a job today and they need to carry that confidence down to Plymouth.

“The supporters are begging for more meetings an if they want extra meetings the boys know exactly what they have to do.

“The boys need to be confident enough to go there and to go and get the win and I’d like to think they can after today.”

Having taken a back seat with the day-to-day running of the club this season Jolly claims he is keen to take up a more prominent role alongside the current consortium in charge of the third tier club in 2020.

“I’ve taken a big back seat this year and I’ve enjoyed it from the point of view that I’ve not had so much to do,” said Jolly.

“If the club are running again next year I’d like to be more involved again and I’ve been asked about helping to build a team.

“I think getting to the play-offs this year was about as good as we could have expected as it has been a difficult year and it was always going to be hard to follow up last year’s team.

“The positive thing is the club is still going and the way speedway is if you have a club that is still viable at the end of the season that’s a success.”