Bruised Auty to be fit for Tigers

Horror crash: Josh Auty
Horror crash: Josh Auty
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JOSH Auty will be fit and raring to go when Tigers face Edinburgh in tomorrow’s Knockout Cup clash at Owlerton.

Auty, 20, was involved in an horrific smash when riding for Elite League club Coventry in their televised meeting at Poole on Monday.

He was challenging Swedish sensation Dennis Andersson in the penultimate race but clipped the Poole man and both riders hit the back straight fence at high speed. Tigers fans immediately bombared message boards asking about Auty’s fitness as the meeting had to be abandoned after the safety fence was demolished.

But Auty said: “I’m a bit battered and bruised but I’m sure I’ll be OK. It came as a bit of a shock at the time but I’m hopefully going to be fit and ready to race.

“Considering I’d only done 12 laps around Poole in the past I’m quite happy wih my performance and I was on the pace with some of the top Elite League lads which has to be a positive.

“I’m really enjoying my racing and I think that showed on Monday, I enjoy making appearances for Coventry in the Elite League, it’s good for me.”

Auty believes Tigers have what it takes to beat Edinburgh over two legs - but they’ll need a handy lead from tomorrow’s Owlerton showdown.

“We’ll be up for this one,” he said. “And if we can make home advantage count I see no reason why we can’t build up a good lead to take up there. It seems like a while since our last meeting and the lads are ready to get back into action.”