Furious Machin blasts riders

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NEIL Machin has accused some of his Sheffield riders of a lack of preparation which contributed to their exit from the KO Cup at the weekend.

The Owlerton side missed out in a last heat decider at Workington despite the best efforts of seasoned campaigner Shane Parker.

Club owner Machin is demanding an improvement in professionalism from some team members ahead of their vital Premier League clash with Rye House at Owlerton tomorrow.

He said: “Shane Parker was brilliant at Workington but I believe certain members of the team owe an apology to our supporters.

“I really do hope they learn from it and show a better attitude in terms of preparation. I’m not going to question their effort, that’s for other people, but you can win or lose meetings in the workshop.

“We have some very important meetings in the second phase of the Premier League and we need our riders to be properly prepared and ready to go.”

Machin confirmed Josh Auty must be given the all-clear by a doctor before resuming his place in the Tigers side with Auty hoping it’s tomorrow after suffering suspected concussion and whiplash injuries in the home meeting with Workington.

Machin said: “Josh needs a thorough medical examination and clearance before riding again and he is hopeful that will take place in order for him to ride on Thursday.”