Speedway: Sheffield Tigers will give Ty Proctor time to rack up points

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Sheffield are backing new signing Ty Proctor to come good after a shaky start to his Tigers career.

Proctor makes his third appearance in club colours when they face Berwick in tonight’s Knockout Cup tie at Owlerton.

And co-promoter Damien Bates says Proctor will be given time to get it right, along with Taylor Poole and Leigh Lanham.

He said: “Ty’s desperate to get in the points but he has had a tough start to the season. He was let down by Somerset and his engines have all been set up for Wolverhampton, which as everyone knows is completely different to Sheffield. On top of that he’s probably only had half a dozen meetings here in the past, so he has to get everything dialled in for Sheffield and that will take a few weeks.

“But once he gets going we know he’ll be a big points scorer for us, there’s no question of that.”

Proctor’s problems are nothing new in the Owlerton pits with Lanham and Poole among those also trying to pump up the power.

“They’re both new to our track and are trying to get their motors up to speed while Andre Compton’s equipment is also getting tired, but Ian Hunter from Sheffield Window Centre is getting him a new engine and that will give him fresh momentum,” Bates said.

“It’s really disappointing to lose at home to Scunthorpe again but they caught us on an off-night. Apart from the engine situation we were rusty after four rain-offs.

“But there are no excuses and the riders know that they have to get it right, starting against Berwick and then at Somerset on Friday.”

SHEFFIELD: Simon Stead, Taylor Poole, Leigh Lanham, Andre Compton, Ty Proctor, Simon Nielsen, Josh Bates.

BERWICK: Kevin Doolan, David Bellego, Matej Kus, Matt Wethers, Claus Vissing, Liam Carr, Steen Jensen.