Revenge is sweet for Mildenhall
PUBLISHED: 10:12 17 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:37 24 May 2010
MILDENHALL arrived at the Oak Tree Arena determined to make amends for their recent Knockout Cup exit at the hands of the Rebels, and after two defeats in their previous visits to Highbridge this year
MILDENHALL arrived at the Oak Tree Arena determined to make amends for their recent Knockout Cup exit at the hands of the Rebels, and after two defeats in their previous visits to Highbridge this year, it was a case of third time lucky as the Fen Tigers took a crucial away victory back to Suffolk. In saying that, there was nothing lucky about this Mildenhall victory, and although the Somerset fans could point to a spate of retirements due to bike problems for their riders, especially for both of their reserves, nothing should be taken away from the Fen Tigers who were superbly led by Lyons and Daniel King, Lyons dropping just a single point to Zetterstrom in the opening heat.Although Somerset opened up a six-point lead in the early stages, the match was all square at the half-way point, this courtesy of Barker's engine blowing to smithereens while holding second place to Daniel King in Heat 8 which gave Mildenhall the first of their two maximum heat advantages that proved to be crucial in deciding this match . This gave the Fen Tigers the belief they needed that the match was there for the taking, a fact re-enforced when both Cunningham and Walker shed chains at the final bend in Heat 11 as they were poised to take advantage of Jason King losing some drive in the dash for the line.From thereon in, the visitors ensured they did not allow the home riders the opportunity to get back into the match, so much so, they had the meeting victory in the bag with a heat to spare. The home riders seemed to have no answer to the greater gating ability of the Fen Tigers, and with both Cunningham, and, to a lesser degree, Zetterstrom having a subdued match, there was no way back for the Rebels.The only consolation for the Somerset fans was the home debut of Emil Kramer who showed what a good signing he could be as replacement for the injured Paul Fry in scoring 11 points, including two race wins from his five rides. The Rebels will be looking to get back to winning ways this evening when they entertain the Rye House Silver Ski Rockets at the Oak Tree Arena in a Premier League encounter.* SOMERSET Rebel, Glenn Cunningham, is the third rider to be confirmed as riding at Matt Read's Farewell Speedway Meeting on September 22. Cunningham has ridden for the Rebels ever since they first joined the Premier League in 2002, and was a member of last season's victorious Premier League Fours Championship quartet. Prior to riding for Somerset, Cunningham has ridden for Peterborough, Swindon and Reading, as well as a single season with Newport, the highlight of his career coming in 1998 when the 30-year-old Bristolian won the prestigious Premier League Riders' Championship, was well as guiding Peterborough to the Premier League Title, plus the Fours and Pairs Championships.