ISLE OF WIGHT 'Warriors' vs MILDENHALL 'Fen Tigers
ISLE OF WIGHT 'Wizards' vs READING 'Racers'
Southern Development League
Warriors Tackle Table Topping Tigers
The Isle of Wight ‘Wightlink’ Warriors speedway team face their sternest test of the season this Thursday when the unbeaten league leaders from Mildenhall visit the Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium for a National League fixture.
The evening will again see another twenty one race programme as the ‘Wightlink’ Wizards development team are also in action against the Reading Racers immediately after the main meeting.
The visiting Fen Tigers have been the standout team in the division this season and have already taken a big win at Smallbrook in the National Trophy – a competition which will see the Fen Tigers take on Cradley in the two legged final in mid-September.
On that previous visit, the Fen Tigers wonder-kid Drew Kemp scored a fifteen point maximum, but sadly the Island public will not be seeing his superb skills this week as he makes his Championship debut for Ipswich on the same night. In his absence the visitors have opted to protect their eleven match unbeaten run by using the Rider Replacement facility, confident in the ability of their remaining six team members to cover for their absent number one.
Warriors go into the meeting with their heat leaders in good form on home shale and will be boosted by the return of Chris Widman who hopes to return having recovered from the broken wrist suffered six weeks ago. Jamie Bursill will again take one of the reserve positions.
Make no mistake, it will need a mammoth effort from the Warriors to achieve a positive result and co-promoter Barry Bishop is urging the fans to turn out in force to support them. He interrupted his work on returning the Andrew Younie stadium to normal after the very successful ‘Jack Up The 80’s’ weekend to say, “Mildenhall have been so impressive in our league this year and look to be on course to meet some really stretching goals set by their management. We are going to have to be at our very best to compete with them and I would urge all Island speedway fans to come along on Thursday for what I’m sure will be a cracking meeting.
We also have the Wightlink Wizards completing their SDL home fixtures against Reading so it’s another bumper programme that will be full of fun and excitement – in fact something for everyone so do come and join us and give your vocal support. The riders really do appreciate it”.
The evening will also see the annual collection for the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund – the charity that provides financial assistance to injured riders.
Warriors : Ben Morley, Danno Verge, Scott Campos, Chris Widman, Alfie Bowtell, Jamie Bursill, Shaun Tedham.
Fen Tigers : Rider Replacement for Drew Kemp, Ryan Kinsley, Josh Bailey, Jordan Jenkins, Danny Ayres, Matt Marson, Sam Bebee.
Wizards: Rob Watts, Ben Ilsley, Jamie Sealey, Chris Watts.
Racers: Nick Laurence, Stephen Whitehouse, Jamie Bursill, Bailey Fellowes.
Warriors Beaten As Fen Tigers Roar On
Isle of Wight 37 Mildenhall 53
The Isle of Wight ‘Wightlink’ Warriors speedway team faced top class opposition tonight at the Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium in the shape of the Mildenhall side defending an eleven match unbeaten run and it was the Fen Tigers who bared their claws to inflict a sixteen point defeat on the home side.
After a morning of heavy and persistent rain the intensive track work undertaken by Warriors volunteers paid dividends as the surface held up really well to twenty one heats of racing with fast times and plenty of passing throughout the evening.
On a night when the powerful visitors provided thirteen of the fifteen race winners that led to eleven heat advantages, it was an uphill struggle for all the Warriors who, in fairness, never threw the towel in and kept battling to the end, however they came up against the Fen Tigers pair of Danny Ayres and Josh Bailey who were in dominant form, be it from the starting gate or behind. Even without the services of number one teenager Drew Kemp, the Fen Tigers looked comfortable and then add in the tenacious work of much improved Ryan Kinsley, it was clear to see why the Suffolk side are going to take some stopping as the race for the league title comes to a climax.
Warriors : Alfie Bowtell 8+1, Danno Verge 3+1, Scott Campos 7, Chris Widman 2, Ben Morley 11, Jamie Bursill 3, Shaun Tedham 3+2.
Fen Tigers : Rider Replacement for Drew Kemp, Ryan Kinsley 9+1, Josh Bailey 16, Jordan Jenkins 7, Danny Ayres 16, Matt Marson 3, Sam Bebee 2.
Immediately after the National League action the ‘Wightlink’ Wizards took on the Reading Racers in the Southern Development League.
Isle of Wight 15 Reading 21
Looking to repeat their home win last week, the Wizards came up just short of their visitors in a match that produced close racing throughout. Wizards Jamie Sealey put in three strong rides with some sweet passes whilst poor Rob Watts just couldn’t find the set up that saw him to three unbeaten outings last week.
Credit the Racers whose solid quartet was all very competitive and added greatly to the entertainment on the night.
Wizards : Rob Watts 0, Ben Ilsley 4+1, Jamie Sealey 8, Chris Watts 3+1.
Racers : Nick Laurence 6+1, Stephen Whitehouse 6+2, Jamie Bursill 8, Bailey Fellowes 1.
Warrior’s co-promoter was quick to express his gratitude to those involved in the meeting:
"Firstly a huge thank you to our brilliant track team for getting the circuit raceable after the heavy morning rain. Secondly an equally big thank you to the supporters of Mildenhall, Reading and the 'Wightlink' Warriors and Wizards who have turned out in great numbers to attend our meeting tonight and lastly well done to all the riders for serving up some fantastic speedway. Congratulations to Mildenhall and Reading on their wins on what has been a super evening showing all that is exciting and good about our sport."