Ashley is to knuckle down to rid

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ASHLEY Birks is set to race through the pain barrier in a bid to blast Sheffield’s National League side into the Grand Final.

Birks, a reserve in the Tigers senior team, will line up for the combined Prowlers and Saints side against Belle Vue tonight just a week after breaking a bone in his hand.

Sheffield are looking to peg back a five-point deficit to go through to the final against Mildenhall with the National League title on the line.

Said club owner Neil Machin: “Ashley is struggling with a lot of pain in his hand courtesy of the incident last week with Claus Vissing. He’s broken a knuckle which is a major problem for a speedway rider but he tells us he is determined to ride through this meeting. It would be a terrific achievement for the club to reach the final and we know anything can happen over two legs, but the boys have a job to do first.

“Belle Vue have their injury problems so I guess we have to fancy our chances.

The Worrall brothers, Steve and Richie, have made great progress this season and down at reserve Adam Wrathall and Stefan Nielsen are what the National League is all about.

“It’s been great to see riders from the league progress up a level into the Premier League and establish themselves.”

Sheffield use the rider replacement facility for the injury Gary Irving, while Belle Vue are without Adam McKinna thanks to a broken collarbone and skipper Byron Bekker.

Admission for this meeting is £10 adults, £8 over 65s, £5 12-16 yrs and Under 12s free.

SHEFFIELD: Steve Worrall, Gary Irving R/R, Richie Worrall, Lee Smethills, Ashley Birks, Adam Wrathall, Stefan Nielsen.

BELLE VUE: Kyle Howarth, Adam McKinna R/R, Karl Mason, Scott Richardson, Jason Garrity, Chris Widman.