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Brian White  Thursday, August 08, 2002  21:14 GMT

‘Super strong’ Mildenhall are scratching around to find a team for Sunday’s Conference Trophy clash at West Row against Carmarthen.

Team manager Graham Drury has three heat leaders sidelined, with two other riders unavailable because of their allegiance to other clubs in the Trophy competition.

Said Drury: “We really are down to the bare bones. We’ll have to use rider replacement as well as both of our rookies Matthew Wright and Thomas Rowlett if we can’t find anyone else in the meantime.

“I had hoped one of the heat leaders would be back after the blank weekend just gone but they are all still struggling. Paul Smith is having physiotherapy treatment on his ankle while Gavin Hedge and Paul Lydes-LJings are both suffering the effects of concussion.

“Butch (Lydes-Uings) is getting some terrible headaches and will take some time to recover.

“Then, because it’s the Trophy, Thomas Allen is ruled out because he rides for Swindon in it, and Malcolm Holloway is unable to ride for the same reason.

“As well as that, Scott James is on duty with Workington. But we still have a strong top four with Wayne Broadhurst, Mark Thompson, Darren Andrews and James Brundle and it should be a good match against the Dragons.

“What we have to bear in mind, of course, is that we have a huge league match coming up the week after against Peterbarough and if any of the injured lads is near to a comeback, we have to decide whether it would be better for them to get some match practice or not risk them until the following week. It’s a delicate decision.”

Drury is taking steps to try to get the old Mildenhall  production line going again, starting with a couple of Michael Lee training sessions this month.

Said Drury: “We intend to establish an academy to bring riders on, headed by Michael who will become a national coach for British speedway, and we want to see the Fen Tigers producing their own.

‘The first sessions are on August 17 and 31 and will be for all categories, beginners of course and anybody really who wants to benefit from the kind of advice which a former World Champion and one of the best riders in British speedway history can pass on.”


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