Hall set to step in for injured Tigers star

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TIGERS have booked club asset Richard Hall as a guest replacement for the injured Josh Auty in Friday’s Premier League clash at Scunthorpe.

And they are likely to go with the rider replacement for tomorrow’s home meeting with Plymouth.

Auty has suffered a broken ankle after a crash in a World under-21 qualifier at the weekend and is expected to be out for several weeks. On a positive note, Emiliano Sanchez, Hugh Skidmore and Ashley Birks are all expected back in the Sheffield side.

Promoter Neil Machin said: “I don’t think you can get more highs and lows crammed into the space of less than a week.

“We were excellent at Somerset and that meeting was a great advert, not only for ourselves but for the Premier League in general.

“It left us on such a high, despite losing Emiliano and that showed as we hammered Redcar.

“We then lost Josh to the Under-21s and had to bring in guests at Redcar and at Berwick. Both Josef Franc and Aaron Summers did great jobs but it’s not the same and our continuity was disrupted.

“We got off to a bad start at Redcar but with Shane Parker winning his last two rides we did manage to secure a point.

“But it really did all go wrong at Berwick. We were on for an easy 5-1 in the opening race but Aaron blew a motor to bits while leading and then Ashley took a really heavy fall on the pits turn and wasn’t able to continue.

“As if that wasn’t enough, Hugh Skidmore was taken really wide by Alex Edberg in heat three and crashed heavily. Edberg was rightly excluded but when Hugh pulled out of the meeting after trying one more ride, it left us down to four riders and we were left with five races where we only had one rider.

“To go through a third of the meeting like that and only lose by nine points was a fantastic effort and it shows what we probably would have done had we been up to full strength. That was very disappointing but then, of course, news came through that Josh had broken his ankle. He will be out for several weeks.”