Former England Under 21 international Paul Lee will make his debut for Mildenhall Fen Tigers on Sunday when they meet glamour club Wimbledon at West Row.

Lee's inclusion will give general manager Graham Drury more selection options at a vital stage of the season. "We're bossing some things to a degree, but it's all about keeping the pressure on from now on and having a rider of the calibre of Paul Lee to call upon is a massive boost for us" said Drury whose ability to tempt quality riders to the club on a regular basis has been a vital factor in the progress made over the past two seasons.

"He comes in cold to a degree, but I have known Paul for quite some time and there is no doubt he has bags of natural ability. I really do think he will settle in very quickly and I can assure the supporters that he will rival the likes of Ben Howe when it comes to entertainment on a bike".

Having won 46-44 at Plough Lane on June 11, the Fen Tigers can add three points by completing a double over the Dons on Sunday. "We won't take anything for granted, but there will be pressure on the riders to perform because this is a meeting I expect us to win.

"I've been looking at the fixtures we have left and every point is going to be vital from now on. It's pretty close at the top and there are a few meetings left whereby top teams are going to nick points off each other. Our last home meeting against Boston was an example of that and the win put a bit of daylight between us".

Drury had not been too impressed by the reaction from the Barracudas management, but the size of the crowd delighted him and he is urging supporters to keep backing the club. "As in any sport, success can be measured in terms of finances generated and we will continue to plough income back in to the club in order to strengthen the asset base and stabilise it for the future" he stressed.

Nick Simmons and Danny Norton scored six ride paid maximums at Carmarthen on Sunday as Mildenhall strengthened their CL Trophy position. It was a notable victory in light of the fact that neither Lee Hodgson or James Brundle reached the south Wales venue. Hodgson got stuck in traffic on the M6 over the busy Bank Holiday period and Brundle had transport problems.

Mildenhall riders have been quite busy in recent weeks. Wayne Broadhurst rode in three meetings on Bank Holiday Monday and Danny Norton has had 12 meetings in 13 days between his various club connections. Brendan MacKay has been added to the Fen Tigers squad and he was scheduled to make his debut at Wolverhampton on Tuesday of this week (26th). But a rescheduled fixture for Trelawney who have first call on his services ruled that out.

 

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