A tough season but Tigers still seek new fans

Ricky Wells  back in Sheffield
Ricky Wells back in Sheffield
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Sheffield Tigers are hoping to attract a new generation of fans in the remaining weeks of the school holidays – starting tonight.

Joe Screen’s men face Workington in a Premier League meeting which they need to win after losing at home to Somerset in front of the Sky cameras last week.

Injured ace Ty Proctor will be on hand with his bike for pictures with supporters on entry to the stadium between 6-7pm, the club are giving out a free air horn with every programme and admission for children is free with every paying adult.

Sheffield co-promoter Peter Mole said: “We want everyone who had flags last week to bring them back and, as a management team, we are doing everything we can to attract new supporters. It promises to be a great night of speedway and I urge people to come down, new and old, and have a look at the action.”

Mole admits it’s been a tough week trying to patch up the Tigers side for the meeting with a powerful Comets outfit who include former Sheffield man Ricky Wells.

“We’ve been on the phone all week and we are putting together a team which we feel is the best we can do under the rules of the sport,” he said.

“I’d like to thank Ash Birks and Kevin Wolbert for stepping in for injured riders – we thought we had Andre Compton coming back but that was scuppered on Tuesday.

“Leigh Lanham needs more rest with his back injury and Ty Proctor has a thigh problem which we are awaiting an update on. If he’s ruled out for a couple of months it could be a season ending situation which is cruel on the lad. We go to Berwick at the weekend and we are bringing in Edinburgh’s Justin Sedgmen for that, it’s a real tough task for us.

“But I hope Sheffield supporters can see what we are trying to do, we have made great strides as a consortium this season but there’s not much we can do about riders getting injured!”

Wells returns to Owlerton where he spent two seasons in Tigers colours and saved the team’s blushes on many occasions away from home.

SHEFFIELD: Simon Stead, Andre Compton R/R, Ben Wilson, Ashley Birks, Kevin Wolbert, Taylor Poole, Josh Bates.

WORKINGTON: Josh Grajczonek, Kyle Howarth, Rene Bach, Mason Campton, Ricky Wells, Nikki Barrett, Benji Compton.