SPEEDWAY: Depleted Tigers in spirited show

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Workington 51

Sheffield Tigers 42

SHEFFIELD reserve Klaus Jakobsen is set for an ultrasound scan in a bid to get to the bottom of a trapped nerve problem.

Jakobsen was forced out of Tigers’ 51-42 defeat at Workington in a thoroughly entertaining League Cup fixture on Saturday, and he now misses today’s tough-looking Premier League opener at Ipswich (2.30pm).

The Dane will return home tomorrow and team boss David Hoggart says the club will look at their options for making a short-term signing if Jakobsen is ruled out for any length of time.

He said: “Klaus is devastated because he feels he’s letting us down, but that’s not the case – he’s done everything we asked of him and he has been great to work with.

“We will manage without him, if it means bringing someone else in for a time, but the important thing is that he gets himself back fit and then we’ll look at the situation.

“He rode on Thursday and came through the meeting with no real problem, and was still having physio on his shoulder and arm, but in his first ride on Saturday he felt a twinge in his upper arm and afterwards he lost feeling in two fingers.

“He went out for one more race but as soon as he dropped the clutch he had a sharp pain up his arm, and it looks like it’s a trapped nerve of some sort.”

Despite being reduced to five riders at Derwent Park – Ricky Wells was absent helping the USA to qualify for this summer’s World Cup – Tigers performed with great credit against the League Cup group leaders.

An 8-1 from Josef Franc and Hugh Skidmore in Heat 11 brought them right back into contention, and they trailed by just seven points with just two races to go.

An advantage in Heat 15 would have given them a point, but Rene Bach took the win for the home side with Adam Roynon third, the Comets duo split by an impressive Josef Franc.

Hoggart added: “It was a very spirited performance and we had Workington worried. The team atmosphere was excellent and with two heats left we could still have won.

“So we’ll go to Ipswich in optimistic mood, Ricky will be back and we’ve lined up Mark Jones to guest for Klaus. ”

WORKINGTON 51: Roynon 15, Bach 12+1, Lawson 11+1, Harrison 5+1, Ingalls 4, Irving 2+1, Howarth 2+1.

SHEFFIELD 42: Franc 14+1, Haines 10+1, Skidmore 9+2, Sanchez 5+1, Hall 4+3, Jakobsen 0, Wells r/r.

IPSWICH: Lanham, Poole r/r, Doolan, North, Tresarrieu, Heeps, Tungate.

SHEFFIELD: Franc, Skidmore, Wells, Hall, Sanchez, Jones, Haines.