Star duo present Tigers with stiffest test

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TIGERS owner Neil Machin is warning they will be facing a stern examination of their good early-season form at a revamped Workington Comets side tonight (7pm).

GB international James Wright has returned to Cumbria for his second spell with the club and Czech Republic star Tomas Topinka has arrived from King’s Lynn.

Said Machin: “Workington have rebuilt their side and look very competitive. They beat Scunthorpe comfortably last weekend and we will need to be at our best to get a good result there.

“As with ourselves, their focus is very much on their league position over the longer programme and we feel pleased with our start. We’ve gained points from all three league meetings so far and we must be looking to keep that going at Workington, but it will be tough. But we’re in a good bit of form and the lads are pulling together superbly with a great team spirit in the camp.

“Our team manager, Eric Boocock, is happy with the way we are progressing and hopefully we can keep that going at Workington.

“They have put together a good side with a strong spearhead. Wright and Topinka will be the ones to beat, but we have riders within our team who are capable of doing that.

“We were excellent against Newport and gave a solid all-round team display.

Ashley Birks is expected to take his place in the side despite suffering an arm injury in Thursday’s impressive home win over Newport.

n WORKINGTON: James Wright, Richard Lawson, Tomas Topinka, Rusty Harrison, Peter Kildemand, Charles Wright, Guest tbc.

n SHEFFIELD: Shane Parker, Hugh Skidmore, Ricky Ashworth, Emiliano Sanchez, Josh Auty, Simon Lambert, Ashley Birks.