Speedway: Tigers begin search to cover for Stead injury

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Sheffield Tigers are busy scrambling around for guest riders to cover for injured skipper Simon Stead this week.

The Owlerton side face Rye House in a big Knockout Cup tie at home on Thursday when they need to overhaul a 14-point deficit to progress – and they head to Somerset on Friday in a re-arranged clash.

Stead is on the sidelines for the second time this season after aggravating his shoulder injury in a track crash in Poland on Sunday.

He also suffered some wrist damage and was forced to pull out of last night’s British Final at Wolves.

Sheffield boss David Hoggart said: “I have spent the last 24 hours on the phone looking for guest riders and hopefully I will have something sorted out very soon.

“We are desperate to stay in the cup.

“We are confident we can overhaul 14-points on our own track but we need a good choice of guest and we have been looking at a couple of riders.

“Somerset is also the type of track where we know we can go well and we will be looking for league points when we go there on Friday.

“It’s a bitter blow for us to be without Simon but hopefully he will be back with us soon.

“We have a gap in fixtures after this week so we need him back after that.”

Stead’s Tigers colleague Richard Hall was also a withdrawal from the showpiece event at Monmore Green.

But the good news for Tigers fans is that he expects to be back for Thursday, three weeks after suffering a dislocated shoulder.

He said: “It was a tough decision for me to make because I want to ride in meetings like the British Final – but I thought a couple of extra days (of rest) would benefit me.

“Hopefully it will make me even stronger for Thursday because I know what a big job we have on our hands.”

n The Tigers will face Dudley Heathens, one of the success stories of British Speedway, in a special inter-league challenge at Owlerton next Thursday, May 23.