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Brian White  Friday, July 19, 2002  20:23 GMT

Mildenhall face the unusual task of two meetings on the same day this Sunday when they travel to Buxton for a double header League and Trophy clash.

The Superior Exteriors Fen Tigers, who's visit to Kings Lynn on Saturday was cancelled at short notice by the Norfolk club yesterday, will begin their 30 heats of action in Derbyshire at 3pm and are expected to be backed by a good following from their fans.

Mildenhall's task of gaining any points from the afternoon will be a tough one indeed as the Hitmen have put themselves firmly in the title race with some impressive performances and results this season, including a shock 50-40 win at West Row last month and knocking the Tigers out of the KO Cup.

But the Tigers could be boosted by the possibility of a new signing in their ranks following the no.5 spot being left blank and boss Graham Drury saying: "A new signing will hopefully be revealed but if not, Paul Lydes-Uings will be at no.5."

There is a welcome return to the team for 17 year-old Australian Scott James, who had rode only three away matches before being injured with Premier League Workington over six weeks ago, and he makes his long awaited return to the Tigers reserve berth on Sunday after a few comeback outings with the Comets.

The team will operate rider replacement for Gavin Hedge whilst Paul Lydes-Uings is a definite starter for the second (Trophy) match at no.5.  Paul Smith remains sidelined with his ankle injury.

Buxton, who recently knocked Sheffield out of the KO Cup to reach the final, are regarded as one of the main four in the Conference League championship race with Mildenhall, Sheffield and Peterborough.  And it's easy to see why, as their 1-7 line-up for Sunday boasts an abundance of Premier League experience.

Aidan Collins, son of Edinburgh veteran Les, Chris Collins, son of ex-World Champion Peter, 1997 CL Riders Champion Jon Armstrong and Will Beveridge is as good a foursome as you will find anywhere in the league.

Two fiercely competitive clashes are in store and anyone in any doubt about making the trip to cheer on the Tigers are guaranteed of nothing but 100% commitment from both sides.

Meanwhile, Mildenhall trio Wayne Broadhurst, Gavin Hedge and James Brundle will be in individual action on Thursday 25 July when they take part in the Conference League Riders' Championship qualifying round at Plough Lane, Wimbledon, starting at 7.30pm.  The top 8 qualify for the final held at Rye House on Saturday 31 August.


BUXTON  1.Chris Collins  2.Carl Bellfield  3.Aidan Collins  4.Will Beveridge  5.Jon Armstrong  6.Lee Derbyshire  7.James Wright

MILDENHALL 1.Wayne Broadhurst  2.R/R  3.Mark Thompson  4.James Brundle  5.TBA (1st match)  /  Paul Lydes-Uings (2nd match)  6.Darren Andrews  7.Scott James
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