Extra rides keep Hall on his toes

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SHEFFIELD skipper Richard Hall is thankful for some recent guest bookings as he attempts to stay sharp ahead of the Premier League Riders’ Championship at Owlerton on Sunday.

The Yorkshireman rode twice for Scunthorpe over the weekend, scoring paid 13 points, and with Sheffield’s league campaign ending last month they have been short of fixtures.

Team-mates Ricky Wells and Hugh Skidmore also made appearances for other clubs, and the Tigers captain admitted it was a relief to be able to keep race-ready.

He said: “I was speaking to Ricky (Wells) about it and we both said how glad we were of the extra meetings.

“You have to keep riding to get into a good rhythm and I’ve been able to do that, luckily.”

Ahead of the PLRC - the biggest meeting in second-tier speedway - Hall is happy with his recent form.

He said: “I had a good score last Thursday for Sheffield and I’m happy with how I’ve been going lately, I feel ready for it.

“I know the best set-ups, the right lines on the track and stuff and I’ve had all year on the track so I feel like I’m in with a chance. I said before the original date that I know how tough it will be but we’ll just give it everything.”

Hall, 28, has also bemoaned the performances of his side in the Premier Trophy Challenge, particularly last week’s home draw with Rye House.

“We knew that we’d struggle at Ipswich away but being pushed like that at home to Rye House shouldn’t happen,” he said. “We haven’t all clicked at the same time and that’s why we’ve had a tough year, it’s very frustrating.”

Tigers round off their Trophy campaign at home to Ipswich tomorrow before track preparation begins for Sunday’s showpiece event which starts at 1pm.