‘Superb’ skipper leads Sheffield Tigers

A near miss for on-form Simon Stead.
A near miss for on-form Simon Stead.
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Peter Mole insists a full-strength Sheffield Tigers team would have done some damage in the Premier League this season.

World Cup star Nico Covatti has arrived at the club for tomorrow’s tricky test against runaway leaders Edinburgh at Owlerton – replacing the injured Ty Proctor, a long-term absentee.

And with Andre Compton and Leigh Lanham edging closer to fitness and a return to the saddle, things are looking up for the beleaguered South Yorkshire club.

Co-promoter Mole said: “I like the way the side looks right now, it has a nice balance about it and if we were starting the season next week I’d fancy our chances.

“We have Taylor Poole scoring well at reserve and I’m sure Nico Covatti will love riding at Sheffield, he’s a big track man and he will relish the opportunity.

“Simon Stead is riding superbly as our captain, you can’t fault the lad and in Andre and Leigh we have solid middle order riders. Andre was really quick before his crash against Somerset I thought.

“If we’d had a fully fit team like this from the start of the season we would have been competitive and done some damage, I’m sure.

“It’s going to be tough against Edinburgh, we know how strong and powerful they are, but we will give them a match and I’m sure it will be another great night of speedway.”

The club are keen to remind supporters of their kids for free admission policy with every paying adult throughout the school holidays.

Said Mole: “We’ve seen a lot of youngsters enjoying their speedway and we want that to continue. We are looking at hiring a bouncy castle for the entrance to the stadium – but we aren’t allowing the riders on it because knowing our luck they will get injured!

“But we want to see a new generation of supporters.”