Speedway: Stead warns his team about return of former Tigers

Tigers captain Simon Stead
Tigers captain Simon Stead
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Skipper Simon Stead is warning his Sheffield side to be on top form against Scunthorpe’s Owlerton specialists tonight (7.45pm).

The sides meet for the first of two meetings in as many days in a re-arranged clash with Premier League points on the line.

Tigers are looking to extend their unbeaten home run to three matches and Stead says the Scorpions will wipe out much of the home track advantage. Josh Auty and Ashley Birks are former Sheffield riders and they are boosted by the return of David Howe and Tomas Jorgensen from injury.

Stead said: “Scunthorpe are a good side, and they’ve got some real dangermen at Owlerton. Josh Auty and Ashley Birks both know the quickest way round and they could do some damage, but we did well against them last time and we’re confident we can do the same this time.

“After a really bad run of results we’ve turned it round a bit recently and we want to carry that on, but Scunthorpe will be another big test.

“It isn’t just tonight’s meeting we’re looking at though, we want to go to their place and get some points too. We were a bit unlucky last time when I had a couple of engine failures in my last two rides when I was in good positions, that probably denied us a point.

“There are no easy matches in this league, Scunthorpe will be up for it but so are we so it should be two great meetings.”

Young Argentinian Facundo Albin is expected to return for Tigers after missing last week’s draw against Plymouth, while the rest of the side remains unchanged.