Speedway: Tigers expect tough Rye test

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Sheffield head to Hertfordshire tonight looking to make up the points lost in Thursday’s home draw to Plymouth.

The Tigers scraped a draw at Owlerton and that gave them one league point, but they have the perfect opportunity to grab some useful away points tonight against a Rye House side hit by injury and retirements.

British starlet Jason Garrity is out with a broken leg and his replacement, Robert Mear, quit the club last week to take time out from the sport. Jason Bunyan may make his comeback from a lengthy lay-off but number one Oliver Allen is out with a broken arm.

Sheffield team boss David Hoggart isn’t expecting them to roll over, though.

He said: “They’re definitely struggling but Josh Auty is an able replacement for Olly Allen and he could give us problems; they’re still a decent side.

“I’m not too optimistic, but obviously we’d love to nick a point or two. It’s just hard to tell what’s going to happen. We’ve been there before and beat them and then on other occasions we’ve struggled to get 25 points. We’ll see what happens.”

Sheffield won’t be at full strength themselves as Richard Hall is missing. He’s racing in Norway in the second World Longtrack Grand Prix of the season.

His rides will be covered by rider replacement as Facundo Albin is expected to return from injury.

* Sheffield: Simon Stead, Joe Haines, Ricky Wells, Rider Replacement for Richard Hall, Facundo Albin, Damien Koppe, Jake Knight.