Settling The Score

A meeting of epic proportions is brewing in Manchester this Friday, September 14 as Belle Vue prepare to welcome the Mildenhall Fen Tigers in what could be their final meeting of the season.

The two sides clashed in Knock Out Cup competition at West Row earlier this year where the Fen Tigers triumphed 64-25, meaning they bring a whopping 39-point lead to Manchester.

But the Cool Running Colts refuse to admit defeat and are ready to meet their challenge head-on, with the added incentive of settling the score after previously losing to Mildenhall on home turf.

Jon Armstrong steps in at No.1 for the home side in place of Kyle Bickley, on Championship duty, while the team will utilise R/R for Tom Perry, who is away on a pre-booked family holiday.

Team boss Steve Williams: “As far as we’re concerned, the pressure’s off us. We’re going into this in our usual frame of mind. We want to win and the boys will put in 100 percent to achieve that.

“39 points is a steep hill to climb but stranger things have happened. Who’s to say we won’t do to Mildenhall what they did to us at their place? There’s no guarantee of anything in speedway.

“It’s disappointing not to have Kyle or Tom with us. They’ve been such stalwarts for this team but we’re happy to have Jon Armstrong with us, and we know how much he loves riding this track.

“On the whole, it’s been a season to be proud of. We’ve stuck with the same 1-7 all year and we’ve watched them develop both as a team and individually, and they deserve to win this one.”

The Rentruck Aces have a cluster of significant meetings ahead, as they continue the defence of their KOC title at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester next Wednesday, September 19. 

They then commence their play off campaign with a visit from King’s Lynn on September 24 before they head to Norfolk for the second leg at the Adrian Flux Arena on October 1. 

Tickets for both home fixtures are available at www.bellevueaces.co and at the stadium box office on race night. 

BELLE VUE V MILDENHALL - 7:30PM - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

BELLE VUE V MILDENHALL - 7:30PM - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts: Jon Armstrong (G), Ben Woodhull, Tom Perry R/R, Joe Lawlor, Jack Smith (C), Paul Bowen, Kean Dicken; TM: Steve Williams & Graham Goodwin

Mildenhall ‘Manchettes’ Fen Tigers: Danny Ayres R/R, Ryan Kinsley, Tom Woolley (G), Jordan Jenkins (C), Drew Kemp, Matt Marson, Sam Bebee; TM: Phil Kirk