Side miss final shot at silverware
Friday, September 16, 2011 - 9:09
SPEDWAYWightlink Islanders 44, Mildenhall Fen Tigers 46
ISLANDERS’ final chance of silverware vanished on Tuesday night when Mildenhall Fen Tigers won the second leg of their Knock Out Cup semi-final at Smallbrook.
Holding a 20-point lead from the first leg, Mildenhall showed their class and kept their dreams of a league and cup double alive by edging the second leg for an overall 22-point win.
The early stages of the match remained tight with Islanders gaining an advantage and holding it through to the seventh heat, when the score stood 20-16 in their favour.
But Mildenhall regained the lead with a 5-1 in heat 8 and, no matter how hard they tried, Islanders could not get back into the game.
Scores were good throughout the order, with skipper Nick Simmons leading the way with 14 points. Paul Starke ably supported with 12 and there were good cameos for Danny Warwick, with six points, and Rob Smith, with five.
Co-promoter Kev Shepherd said afterwards: "It is a shame because it was our last chance at winning any silverware this season but, as I said all along, we lost it in the first leg really.
"It was a good performance from the team, I certainly can’t criticise the lads because they all did well. But Mildenhall Fen Tigers were the better team and deserved it in the end.
"The season did not go as well as we had hoped, but I think there is a lot to learn and a lot to build on for the future, so that we can come back stronger next season."
The side are at Buxton on Sunday before their final match of the season on Tuesday night, against the Sheffield Prowlers, at Smallbrook, at 7.30pm.