Auty breaks ankle on sad weekend for Tigers

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Berwick 51

Sheffield Tigers 42

JOSH Auty is waiting to discover whether he will require surgery after his weekend smash.

The Tigers youngster crashed out of his World Under-21 qualifier in Slovenia at the weekend and was immediately diagnosed with a broken ankle.

“I’m pretty down about it to be honest because I was really pleased with the way my season was going,” said Auty.

“I was told immediately it was a broken ankle and they said at the track that it might need an operation.

“Worse things happen in life, but this is a massive blow. I’ve just got to make sure I get back as quickly as possible.”

News of Auty’s crash filtered through as Sheffield were travelling to Berwick where they lost 51-42 on Saturday night.

Tigers co-promoter David Hoggart paid tribute to the team after a backs to the wall display against the odds.

Hoggart said: “It’s too early to say what the situation is going to be with Josh, and that’s something we’ll look at in the next few days and obviously we all wish him all the best.

“Ashley Birks and Hugh Skidmore are battered and bruised and were withdrawn on medical grounds, but we don’t believe they have any breaks and so hopefully they will be back with us, along with Emiliano, on Thursday.

”I have to say that was a fantastic effort by the four riders we were left with, and to come so close to a point despite having to run five races with only one rider was remarkable under the circumstances.”

BERWICK 51: Franc 12, Complin 10+1, Alden 8+2, Mudgway 7+1, Smith 5+1, Edberg 5, Davey 4+2.

SHEFFIELD 42: Ashworth 13, Parker 12, Summers 8, Lambert 8, Skidmore 1+1, Birks 0, Sanchez R/R.