Defeat no reason for worry: Hoggart

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Rye House.....................56

Sheffield Tigers..............40

TIGERS boss David Hoggart believes fans have reason to be heartened by the team’s battling display at Rye House on Saturday.

They went down by 16 points at Hoddesdon, which is a notoriously difficult place for visiting teams to gain any points from, but the Tigers improved significantly in the second half of the meeting.

And Hoggart was pleased with his team’s effort.

He said: “The effort doesn’t reflect the scoreline to be honest, we gave it everything. Despite their injuries, Rye House have a very stable side and they have always been very difficult to beat on their own circuit.”

It was an ex Sheffield rider who inflicted the most damage on the visitors as Josh Auty, guesting in place of Chris Neath for Rye House, scored 13 points to remind Tigers fans exactly what he is capable of. He was joined with impressive scores from Leigh Lanham (paid 12) and Luke Bowen (10), as well as the two home reserves with eight apiece.

For Sheffield, captain Richard Hall impressed with 11 points, including a six-point tactical win in heat seven and a retirement while comfortably leading heat 14. Hugh Skidmore continued his good form with nine points, but those two lacked the back up from their team-mates to seriously trouble the home team.

There were heartening moments for the Owlerton men, however, as Pepe Franc, Ricky Wells and Emiliano Sanchez all registered race wins in the second half of the meeting to give the away fans something to cheer.

Hoggart said: “We have built a team for the future here and we know that it will be a few weeks before we know the right partnerships in the side and who should ride where.

“We are like any side this year, we will win some meetings, we will lose some and we will draw some.

“I think the travelling fans will be heartened, not delighted, but heartened with the way we improved as the meeting went on.”

RYE HOUSE 56: Auty (Guest) 13+1, Bowen 10, Lanham 9+3, Garrity 8+2, Morley (G) 8+2, Hawkins 8, Frampton R/R

SHEFFIELD 40: Hall 11, Skidmore 9, Franc 6, Sanchez 5, Wells 4, Haines 4, Jakobsen 1