NEW TIGER ATKINS READY TO FACE TWO SETS OF BIG CATS THIS WEEK

Sunday June 16, 2019
Rebels reserve Henry Atkins has been snapped up by National League side Mildenhall with the 18-year-old scheduled to make his Fen Tigers debut just twenty four hours after riding for the Rebels at Glasgow.


A statement released by Mildenhall reads "Henry is a rider we have always thought could be a Mildenhall rider one day and we are confident that he can produce the big performances as our second heat-leader that will get us the points we have been lacking away from home especially."
 
Atkins joins the Suffolk side on a 6.90 National league average and replaces David Wallinger in the side, whilst Aaron Butcher will also join Mildenhall as Macauley Leek gives way to comply with the points limit.
 
Mildenhall's general manager Phil Kirk added: “It is never easy to tell riders we are letting them go, but we felt we had to act now to bring life to a season that was starting to drift a little."
"Macauley was unlucky but a victim of the points available this season, and it was a decision we didn’t want to make but had no option if we were to strengthen the top end.”
 
Rebels team manager Garry May believes that the extra meeting for Atkins could work in Somerset's advantage as he claims "Before his recent accident I had the feeling that Henry needed more regular racing and I encouraged him to try and find a National League club. I just think that the more bike time he gets the sharper he will be and that can only be good news for us. I think we have seen that in Anders [Rowe] with Kent so now Henry has a National League place its good."
 
Subject to BSPA approval, Atkins who made his racing return last Wednesday after dislocating his shoulder mid-May will have a busy week ahead as he lines-up for Somerset on Wednesday (19th) in the tough-looking encounter against league leaders Leicester Lions, before the Rebels travel to Glasgow on Friday (21st) for another crucial SGB Championship league meeting against the Tigers. He will then turn out for his Mildenhall debut when they visit Stoke on Saturday.
 
Wednesday night's meeting will provide a good gauge as to the strength of the Rebels, for Leicester have picked up at least a point on each of their eight trips in either the Championship Shield or League which includes four outright victories.
 
Looking at that meeting May admits "We need to grab all three points against Leicester. We must do that and then I don’t think it will matter too much if they pick up the consolation as they must be favourites to be in the top four anyway, and that has to be the target. Make the play-offs and then see what happens when the time comes round, as things can change so quickly. But if you don’t make the play-offs you've no chance of being champions."
 
Wednesday teams:
CASES' SOMERSET REBELS 1 Rory Schlein 2 Todd Kurtz 3 Valentin Grobauer 4 Nico Covatti 5 Chris Harris (capt) 6 Anders Rowe 7 Henry Atkins
LEICESTER JCB WATLING LIONS 1 Scott Nicholls (capt) 2 Ellis Perks 3 Josh Bates 4 Ryan Douglas 5 Richie Worrall 6 Jack Thomas 7 Connor Mountain


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