27 November 2022
The Dirt Xtra
It’s officially silly season and the rumour mill is headed into overdrive…
So….. We now know Bartosz Zmarzlik is Word Champion for third time….. We know the Championship play-off Final will be decided between Leicester and Poole….. We know it’s virtually certain Belle Vue will be going head to head with Sheffield in the other Final…… But most importantly, we now we know who we go against in the NDL play offs!
Following last weekend’s away loss at Leicester against their Cubs, we now head – sure and steadfast — into this coming weekend, where we go into battle against those Fen Tigers of Mildenhall!
The GHT Bullets can feel proud of yet another season where they have exceeded expectations, more so as they have made the play-offs while a club much fancied as likely overall champions — Belle Vue’s Vue Colts — have unexpectedly missed out!
The ethos of the Bullets has been one of positivity, faith and continuity! No team changes in either season they’ve been running (apart from Leon’s promotion to the bigger stuff, when Crangy came in to finish off last year) – and hasn’t their steady improvement repaid the faith shown?
Against Mildenhall though, along with Kent one of just two the only standalone clubs in the NDL, comes a huge challenge.
The Fen Tigers are the reigning NDL Champions, and other than Leicester were the only team to take anything away from Shielfield at this level during 2022.
They are again very ably lead by Jason Edwards, who we well know and respect as something of a Shielfield expert. In fact, the only change the West Row squad make from the last time they were here is at reserve, where the currently injured Sam Bebee will be replaced by newcomer to speedway, Ashton Boughen.
Ashton is a bit of an unknown quantity, but he comes with another biking background so although new to the shale, there is no doubt he can handle a fast machine!
This meeting will also be shown on the British Speedway Network…….. Another big step in the right direction for the NDL to get a few trial matches onto BSN’s screens.
I must admit that one of the best meetings I’ve witnessed at any level, on any track this season was our Bullets’ match against the aforementioned Colts!! Greg Blair’s five amazing blasts from the back to the front that night had to be seen to be believed!
So don’t write off our lads, they’re solid and determined, and with Ace Pijper (now sixteen, quite the young man) restored to fitness for Saturday night, I’m going to be there, full of hot drinks and well wrapped up – but full of optimism, too.
Anyways, we line up with a full 1-7, and it’s a big win or bust! We’ll be wanting a healthy lead to defend down to West Row the following weekend.
Entry on Saturday is only a tenner – and as there are twelve more races for the Academy lads after Mildenhall are sent home to think again, that’s a pretty fair bargain!
Time to get your backside trackside folks for what could be (although we’re hoping it won’t be) the last time this season!!
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