Rebels out for revenge
MILDENHALL SPEEDWAY WELCOME BACK: Jamie Smith at Mildenhall on Saturday with club promoter Simon Barton. Photo: JC-Media.co.uk AFTER another top-draw meeting with the Isle of Wight Islanders, the Mildenhall Fen Tigers now await the return of the Somerset
WELCOME BACK: Jamie Smith at Mildenhall on Saturday with club promoter Simon Barton.
AFTER another top-draw meeting with the Isle of Wight Islanders, the Mildenhall Fen Tigers now await the return of the Somerset Rebels.
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On Sunday the Rebels will be out to avenge the 18-point defeat they suffered in the Premier Trophy fixture and judging by the team's results since the meeting at West Row, they should be much stronger opposition this time around.
Mildenhall beat the Islanders 47-46 on Saturday, when injured Fen Tigers' rider Jamie Smith was paraded to the fans. Smith is suffering from a broken ankle, damaged ligaments and cracked tibia after a horrendous crash that saw him catapulted over the safety fence, in the previous week's meeting.
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Mildenhall manager Laurence Rogers said of his team's performance against the Islanders: "It was a superb victory, albeit by the smallest possible margin. We only managed six points from the rider-replacement rides covering for the missing Mario Jirout but overall just did enough to maintain our unbeaten home record. It was a superb afternoon's racing that sent the fans home happy."
Kyle Legault was magnificent with a paid 16 and his new partnership with Jason King already looks to be gelling. They claimed a 5-1 maximum heat win over Chris Holder in heat five and they went on to claim another wipe-out 5-1in heat nine to steady the ship after the Islanders had bounced back from being 10 points down to come within one point of the Fen Tigers. Tom P Madsen was solid and secured victory with Canadian whiz kid Legault in heat 15.
Somerset return led by the reigning League Rider's Champion Magnus Zetterstrom - and 'Zorro' was the villain last time the Rebels were in town, gaining two exclusions for unfair riding.
Rogers said: "Having given them a thorough beating in the Premier Trophy with a resounding 18-point victory, we want to repeat the dose with another good win to start off our Premier League campaign.
"I am not sure what we are doing to cover for the injured Jamie Smith. We may have a new signing in time for the clash otherwise we will bring in a guest at No. 6."
# Sunday's home meeting starts at 4.30pm.