It seems like it has been a long time coming but last night (Thursday) the Wightlink Warriors speedway team secured a welcome home league win over the Mildenhall Fen Tigers to edge away from the lower reaches of the National League speedway table.
Play off-chasing Mildenhall arrived without concussion victim Luke Ruddick and influential reserve Danno Verge and this clearly had an impact of their effectiveness, however, the Warriors gave the visitors little opportunity to get into their stride, building an 18 point advantage before the Tigers found some form in the closing 5 races after a light shower of rain moistened the circuit.
For the Warriors, Scott Campos enjoyed another profitable night bagging 12 points and a bonus point from 5 outings that included 2 smashing tussles with the Tigers Daniel Halsey, firstly in heat 9 when Campos made a pass on the last bend and again in heat 15 when the Island man just got his tyre in front on the run to the finish flag. Strong home back up came from Ben Wilson with 12, the returning Chris Widman on 8 plus a bonus and Adam Portwood with 8.
Race of the night was probably heat 12 won by Jordan Jenkins for the visitors. The precocious 16-year-old expertly steered a path in and around both Warriors to take the chequered flag demonstrating the calm assuredness of a rider heading for a great career in the sport.
Speaking after the meeting, co-promoter Martin Widman enthused:
“What a fantastic performance by all our riders. We had to respond to Buxton’s shock draw away from home last weekend and this win was just what we were looking for. Our loyal fans deserved that and it sets us up nicely for our final home league match here in a fortnight against Cradley. Oh how we would love to win that one!”
Wightlink Warriors 53 | Mildenhall Fen Tigers 37
Warriors: James Cockle 6+1, Chris Widman 8+1, Connor Coles 5+3, Scott Campos 12+1, Ben Wilson 12, Jamie Sealey 2, Adam Portwood 8.
Fen Tigers: Ben Morley 12, Rider Replacement for Luke Ruddick, Jordan Jenkins 7, Jon Armstrong 4+1, Daniel Halsey 9, Alex Spooner 1, William O’Keefe 4.
Next home action is on Thursday 21st September against Cradley Heathens.