Sheffield Tigers: Hoggart praises fans

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Tigers boss David Hoggart has praised riders and supporters alike after Thursday’s vital victory over Berwick.

The 52-43 success ended a run of seven straight defeats for the Owlerton side with Joe Haines and Damien Koppe enjoying their best night of the season.

And fans were kept waiting when the meeting was held up because of sunshine obscuring the vision of riders on one part of the track.

Hoggart said: “The fans were brilliant, they showed great patience at a time when the riders quite simply couldn’t see where they were going.

“It’s amazing how the weather can play a part like that, the same happened in a TV match at King’s Lynn last season and the meeting was delayed 20 minutes.

“So I’d like to thank them for their patience and understanding.

“We needed that result. I’m delighted with the win and every rider played their part.

“It was great to have our captain, Simon Stead, back in action and both Joe and Damien were superb. They have proved what they can do, especially Damien.

“Neil Machin (club owner) always says the best way to silence the critics is by scoring points and that’s exactly what these boys have done.

“I sincerely hope this is a turning point for the team and these boys can kick on from here. It feels like we have breathed fresh life into our season and with Simon and Richard Hall getting fitter by the week things are looking a lot better. It was a great result for the lads and an important one for the club.”

Tigers allowed both Adam Roynon and Andre Compton some practice after the meeting but Hoggart has denied any interest in signing the riders because of the current averages.

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