SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Rain, rain go away, says Machin

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SHEFFIELD owner Neil Machin is hoping speedway will return to Owlerton this week as he is left counting the cost of three successive rain-offs.

April proved to be a tough month for the sport in Britain as clubs all over the country suffered and Sheffield were as badly hit as anyone with six postponements overall, including three at home.

The potentially mouthwatering clash with Berwick was called off twice and then last week’s ‘derby’ was Scunthorpe also fell foul, so Machin is now hoping for a dry run starting with Thursday’s fixture with Glasgow.

He said: “April was just a right off for us, indeed for many clubs. It has been so frustrating. Not only does it affect you commercially but it means that the fans get out of their routine and you almost have to do a complete re-launch.

“We advertise speedway racing every Thursday from March to October and we haven’t delivered that in April because of the weather.

“It is part and parcel of speedway and there is very little you can do about it but this past month has been just about as bad as it gets. It just makes life very difficult, obviously you have to re-schedule everything and that isn’t the easiest task.

“The Premier League now has more international riders than ever before so finding suitable dates isn’t always straightforward. We just hope the weather is kind to us. We need people to turn out and support the team because the Premier League champions are in town and we want some revenge.”