Tigers to top speedway spectacular
PUBLISHED: 10:58 22 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:47 04 May 2010
A FESTIVAL of speedway with a touch of Word Cup fever on Sunday is the centrepiece in a bumper weekend of activity for Mildenhall Speedway. The Fen Tigers kick things off by travelling to the West Country on Friday night for a Premier KO Cup Quarter Fina
A FESTIVAL of speedway with a touch of Word Cup fever on Sunday is the centrepiece in a bumper weekend of activity for Mildenhall Speedway.
The Fen Tigers kick things off by travelling to the West Country on Friday night for a Premier KO Cup Quarter Final, First Leg tie against the Somerset Rebels.
They will be hoping to set the weekend off on the right note with a good result to pave the way for progress in the competition. They will be quietly confident of doing just that, having already visited the Oak Tree Arena in the Premier Trophy this season. On that occasion, they recovered from a shaky start to hold the home side to a narrow 50-43 victory.
Then on Saturday evening, it is the turn of Blayne Scroggins' Academy charges, who travel to Stoke on to represent the club in the Conference League Four Team Tournament. They will face a tough challenge to progress from their group, which also contains arch-rivals and current league leaders, Rye House Raiders, as well as Scunthorpe and Buxton. The top two from that group will progress to the latter stages to face the top two from the other group, involving Boston, Plymouth, Newport and hosts, Stoke.
The 'main event' - a bumper family Speedway day out gets underway at noon on Sunday, as the Academy side look to arrest their run of five Conference League defeats and move away from the foot of the table, when they take on the Scunthorpe Scorpions. However that will be no easy task against the Lincolnshire side who are handily placed to challenge for the league title, and arrive at West Row on the back of four straight league victories.
At 4pm, the day's second round match from the World Cup will be shown live on a giant screen, hopefully featuring England against either Ecuador or Germany, should they complete the task of topping their group.
The main speedway attraction follows the football, when, at 6pm, the Fen Tigers take on the Somerset Rebels in the return leg of the KO Cup Quarter-Final.
Mildenhall will be keen to carry on their excellent recent form, which has seen them gain victories in their last two home Premier League encounters, against Glasgow and then a fortnight ago against Newcastle, before completing a superb weekend by producing an against all odds performance to gain the bonus point on Tyneside just 24 hours later.
Admission prices for Sunday will be: adults £17, concessions £15, children (ages 12-15) £8, children (under 12) free. Included in the price is a bottle of Budweiser lager or a soft drink and a burger.
A hectic weekend for the club will be rounded off on Monday, with the Academy travelling to Lincolnshire for the return match with Scunthorpe (7.30pm)
# Mildenhall's challenge in the Premier Pairs Championship at Glasgow last Sunday was washed out, with the meeting abandoned after heat three, due to a waterlogged track, before Fen Tigers pairing, Jason Lyons and Daniel King had chance to take their first rides.