Tigers hint at big changes

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Sheffield co-promoter Damien Bates has hinted at major changes to the side for next season after saying last week’s defeat by Ipswich wasn’t good enough.

And he’s demanding improvement from the team when they face Workington in tonight’s Premier League action.

Injuries have wreaked havoc on the club during the first season under new management – but Bates says that excuse only goes so far. He said: “We can’t keep blaming all our injury problems for how bad the team has performed at times; last week against Ipswich wasn’t good enough.

“Everyone is working really hard behind the scenes to make Sheffield Speedway a success. We, the promotion, have tried our level best to give fans victory on the track by bringing in the likes of Ty Proctor, Ben Wilson and now Nico Covatti, as well as polishing up the act behind the scenes.

“It has been a steep learning curve for all of us and we will continue to build what we are determined will be a solid future for the club. This year has been the first step in a long-term project and I really believe the Tigers will become a success and will soon be up there where they belong, at the top of the sport.

“Some of the racing has been first class and there have been plenty of compliments about the whole package here at Owlerton. But we won’t rest until we have success on and off the track.”

Tigers are again without Andre Compton who still hasn’t been given clearance to ride after his horrifying crash against Somerset in July.

And there are still concerns over Leigh Lanham who is suffering with his back but is desperate to race.

Sheffield: Simon Stead, Andre Compton R/R, Leigh Lanham, Taylor Poole, Nico Covatti, Ben Wilson, Josh Bates.

Workington: Josh Grajczonek, Ricky Wells, Rene Bach, Mason Campton, Kyle Howarth, Joe Jacobs, Simon Lambert.