Speedway: Paco Castagna ready for Sheffield Tigers debut

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Italian ace Paco Castagna can’t wait to make his Sheffield debut in tonight’s challenge match with Cradley at Owlerton (7.30).

Castagna was drafted in after Ashley Birks was ruled out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

Cradley, who were revived back in 2010 after losing their stadium to developers 20 years ago, are one of the best supported clubs in the National League and are set to bring plenty of fans.

Admission prices have been slashed to £10 adults, £3 children under 16 and under 5s go free.

Said Castagna: “I’m very pleased to be lining up for the Sheffield Tigers and I am very much looking forward to my first meeting.

“I was disappointed with my World Under 21 score in Italy recently but an think I have found where the problems were and I am confident they are fixed.

“I have been told what a great track Sheffield is and I’m sure after a couple of meetings I will be dialled in and I can do a good job for the team”

Cradley, the glamour club of British Speedway in the 80s, have win the National League title in successive years along with a host of other honours at that level.

They include former Sheffield favourite Ben Wilson, teen ace Ellis Perks who scored a 21-point maximum against Stoke earlier this month, and Zach Wajtknecht who is already under the microscope of Premier League clubs for next season.

Tigers are sweating in the fitness of Josh Bates who is struggling with tonsillitis and has missed his Elite League meetings with Wolverhampton this week.

There is also British Youth racing in 125cc bikes making it a good value night out with a good turnout expected.

SHEFFIELD: Josh Bates, Rob Shuttleworth, Paco Castagna, Danny Ayres, Arthur Sissis, Chris Widman, Alex Wilson.

CRADLEY: Ben Wilson, Arron Mogridge, Zach Wajtknecht, Michael Neale, Matt Williamson, Tyler Govier, Ellis Perks.

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