Ricky’s big thanks to Tigers fans

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TIGERS skipper Ricky Ashworth has paid tribute to the club’s travelling army of supporters after two long trips over the weekend.

Ashworth helped his side to a thrilling last gasp win at Premier League newcomers Plymouth on Friday and then saw a lead disappear in a frustrating defeat at Newcastle on Sunday.

In both meetings plenty of Tigers fans made the long trips to different ends of the UK, at great expense.

Ashworth said: “We have the best fans in the country at Sheffield, especially those that make the effort to follow the team away from home.

“When you turn up and see your own fans at away meetings it makes a big difference.

“It was a reasonable weekend for us and I think the fans could see that we gave it everything we had, it was just a shame we couldn’t quite finish the job at Newcastle.

“The fans deserve a lot of credit because with the rising cost of fuel it’s not easy to keep travelling long distance and we really do appreciate it.”

Josh Auty, who is enjoying a fine season in Tigers colours, has supported Ashworth’s comments.

He said: “I agree with Ricky and hope we can win some silverwear for the supporters.

“It would have been nice to get maximum points from the meetings but we did our best and on reflection we have to be fairly happy, especially with a win at a tough place like Plymouth.”

Tigers have a break in home action tomorrow because of improvement work at Owlerton Stadium but return with an attractive Knockout Cup tie against Edinburgh Monarchs next week.