Speedway: Tigers hope to end hard season on a high note

Josh Bates , Sheffield Tigers
Josh Bates , Sheffield Tigers
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Sheffield bring the curtain down on a troubled season when they face title hopefuls Edinburgh at Owlerton tonight (7.30).

The club have abandoned plans for a meeting in October because they have run out of riders with a long line of injuries.

Reserve Josh Bates is the latest rider to pull out as he has a shoulder injury which needs rest and there is a possibility he won’t ride again this season – he still has meetings lined up for Mildenhall.

He has torn a deltoid muscle and has been told not to risk further damage – local youngster James Sarjeant has been booked to replace him.

New Premier League riders’ champion Simon Stead has had surgery on his shoulder which also means his season is over, Andre Compton is still out and Taylor Poole has had surgery on his broken femur.

Tigers co-promoter Peter Mole said: “It’s been an unbelievable season for injuries and a very tough one for us as a new management team.

“Hopefully we can see some good speedway at our last meeting. We have worked extremely hard to promote the club and to provide some top class action, but we now have to move on and look towards next season and see if we can assemble a team which can push on and challenge for silverware.

“This is the last action of the season at Owlerton so I would urge everyone to come down and get behind the boys. We thank all the lads who have agreed to come in and guest for us and hope we can see the season out with a win against a powerful Edinburgh side.”

Sheffield: David Bellego, Andre Compton R/R, Leigh Lanham, Mason Campton, Nico Covatti, Ben Wilson, James Sarjeant.

Edinburgh: Craig Cook, Justin Sedgmen, Max Fricke, Steve Worrall, Sam Masters, Aaron Fox, Derek Sneddon.