Sheffield speedway star had no hesitation in answering call for help from boss

Jack Holder revealed he had no hesitation in answering the call for help from Sheffield boss Simon Stead in Monday’s tense Premiership clash at Belle Vue.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 8:43 am

Holder notched a stunning 19 points from seven outings in the 47-43 – including three straight rides at the end.

He was brought in as a tactical substitute with Tigers six-points down going into the penultimate race and the 4-2 advantage still gave them hope of an away win in Heat 15.

But a home 4-2 handed Belle Vue the points, although Sheffield gained a losing bonus point for losing by six or less away from home.

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Jack Holder. Photo: Ian Charles.

It was a gruelling end to the meeting for Aussie ace Holder, who said: “I didn’t hesitate when Steady (Simon Stead) asked me. I just said I’d do it, I feel fit and feel great on the bike and I just went out there and did my best for the team.

“I’m just pleased to have raced for Sheffield and I’m really pleased we’re up and running in England. It’s been good to have some meetings in Poland but I’m also really pleased England has opened up.

“I think when we are at full strength we will do well but there will be the occasional issue with Adam (Ellis) and myself where we have to miss a meeting, that’s just how it is.

“As long as we’re in the play-offs we can go on and do something big in this league.”

Jack Holder (white) leads Brady Kurtz (red) and Richie Worrall (blue). Photo: Ian Charles

Tigers are back in action tomorrow at Owlerton for the first home action in 20-months with fans coming back into the venue.

Peterborough are the visitors and they include British legends Scott Nicholls and Chris Harris along with former Grand Prix star Bjarne Pedersen.

MONDAY’S SCORERS:

BELLE VUE 47: Dan Bewley 12+1, Brady Kurtz 9, Jye Etheridge 9+1, Richie Worrall 6+2, Charles Wright 5+1, Steve Worrall 3+1, Tom Brennan 3.SHEFFIELD 43: Jack Holder 19, Kyle Howarth 8+3, Justin Sedgmen 7+1, Josh Bates 5, James Wright 2+1, Troy Batchelor 2, Adam Ellis r/r.