Speedway: Stead in race to be fit for British final at Owlerton

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SHEFFIELD skipper Simon Stead is facing a race to be fit for Thursday’s British semi-final at Owlerton

Stead crashed out of the Tigers’ 33-62 Premier League defeat at former club Workington on Saturday, suffering a dislocated shoulder in the very first race of the meeting.

That left the visitors in an almost impossible position against a strong Comets side, and they will be desperate for Stead’s return in time for their next fixture at Berwick on Saturday.

Team boss David Hoggart said: “Simon’s shoulder popped out. It’s been put back in so it’s more or less a case of rest now. There’s not much you can do about a dislocated shoulder other than put it back in and wait.

“So it’s too soon to assess what affect it’s going to have on his racing and whether it is going to.”

Hoggart said club bosses would not be over-reacting to the result, believing the newcomers in the Tigers side improve.

Sheffield Tigers: Ricky Wells 14, Richard Hall 8+1, Joe Haines 4+1, Damien Koppe 3, Jake Knight 2, Facundo Albin 2, Simon Stead 0.