Speedway: Wells calls on Tigers to stop the rot

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Sheffield star Ricky Wells hopes his side can start to replicate their home form on the road at Somerset tonight.

The Tigers travel to the Oak Tree Arena having lost all of their away matches this season, a run of 12.

American Wells is Sheffield’s outstanding performer away from home and now he is hoping the rest of his team-mates can translate their Owlerton form to away circuits.

He said: “It’s a lot tougher than people think riding away. It’s hard to say why we struggle so much but if you look at the team, it’s hard for some of the guys.

“Andre (Compton) hasn’t been to most away tracks for ages and Facu (Albin) and Damien (Koppe) are seeing places for the first time. Adam (Roynon) too, he’s just lacking that little bit of confidence away at the moment but at home he is unstoppable.

“We know we have guys in the team to do it; we normally have a good guest in for Steady and with myself, Adam and Andre we should at least be keeping the scores a lot closer than we have been. We definitely want to start picking up results on the road.”

It promises to be another tough night for the Tigers as they take on a powerful Somerset side, and Wells knows exactly how strong the Rebels are on their own patch.

He said: “They are so dominant at home; they have been having some ridiculous results against other teams. We’ll go there and give it everything and see what happens.”

Scunthorpe’s Thomas Jorgensen replaces Stead and Isle of Wight National League man Brendan Johnson comes in for Koppe.

SHEFFIELD (at Somerset tonight): Thomas Jorgensen, Joe Haines R/R, Ricky Wells, Andre Compton, Adam Roynon, Brendan Johnson, Facundo Albin.

* The family of stricken former Tigers ace Ricky Ashworth have asked for their thanks to be relayed to worries fans.

Ashworth remains in a serious but stable condition in Hull Royal Infirmary after a horror crash when riding for Berwick at Scunthorpe 10 days ago.

Tigers co-promoter David Hoggart said: “Ricky’s overall situation remains ostensibly unchanged he is still asleep, he is undergoing wake up trials with encouraging results but there is still a long way to go.

“His family are of course enduring a torrid time and are overwhelmed by the messages of support, his step mum told me that everyone has been so kind and they have asked for their thanks to be passed on.

“She has also praised the medical team who are providing round the clock care and feels that the family will never be able to thank them enough.”