Old boys to test Tigers in play-off
SHEFFIELD Tigers face some familiar faces when they race against King's Lynn in the first leg of their play-off semi-final at Owlerton tonight (7.45pm).
Trevor Harding, Paul Lee, Adam Allott and Benji Compton are all former Sheffield riders who crucially have vast knowledge of the Owlerton track.
The inclusion of Allott is a major surprise as, two years ago, he was involved in a bad crash and was told he would never ride speedway again.
Tigers' owner Neil Machin is delighted to see Allott, son of former Tigers hero Nicky, back on a bike.
"It's a remarkable story of courage and determination on Adam's part and he is always very welcome along with his dad here at Sheffield," Machin said.
"Paul Lee won the league with us in the early stages of his career and he remains a Sheffield asset, Trevor Harding did a good job as a short-term signing a couple of years ago and Benji Compton rode for us recently.
"It means our task is even harder because of their knowledge of the Owlerton track and we need to be on top of our game right from the start.
"There will be no room for sentiment, we have to be determined to hit them hard with some big wins in the early stages and see where that takes us.
"I honestly don't know what our minimum requirement is to go to their place next Wednesday, all I ask is that the lads give their best right from the start.
"We're the underdogs, all the pressure is on King's Lynn as reigning champions."
Jordan Frampton deputises at reserve for the injured James Birkinshaw and Tigers are sure to miss the firepower of their hometown hero who is still suffering from a hand injury.
Children aged 12 and under will be admitted free of charge.
TIGERS: Ricky Ashworth, Ben Wilson, Andre Compton, Paul Cooper, Joel Parsons, Jordan Frampton, James Cockle.
KING'S LYNN: Tomas Topinka, Chris Mills, Daniel Nermark, Paul Lee, Trevor Harding, Adam Allott, Benji Compton.