Josh Auty returned to action for Sheffield Tigers in some style and now it’s all about meetings, meetings, meetings for the youngster.
He was an instant hit on his Owlerton comeback after a broken ankle and dropped only one point in the convincing victory over current Premier League champions, Edinburgh.
“Hopefully I can keep that sort of form going for the rest of the season and I can take the positives out of it,” he said. “I don’t want this season to be remembered just for my injury, I want to achieve things.”
Auty admits he’s playing catch-up and wants to do as many meetings as possible between now and the end of the season.
He received a timely boost when he was called up to the World Under-21 Final as a wildcard for the first round at Poole on July 24 which went some way towards making up for the disappointment of failing to seal a place on merit because he suffered a broken ankle during a qualifying round in Germany.
Auty had already won an earlier round and all the signs were that he could become Great Britain’s only permanent fixture in the four rounds of the final.
“I’m delighted to be called into the meeting because it means more laps for me and obviously it’s very prestigious for me to be involved,” he added. “But to be honest I am just pleased to be back racing again after the injury. I hate sitting out meetings.”
Meanwhile Tigers welcome their nearest rivals Scunthorpe Scorpions to Owlerton tonight (7.45pm) which sees the return of seasoned campaigner David Howe, who started his career at Sheffield some 20 years ago and on-loan Tigers rider Ben Wilson. The visitors also include young Dane, Michael Palm Toft who looks to have a tremendous future.
There’s more Premier League action on Saturday when Tigers travel to Leicester. Ricky Ashworth and Co. are up for the cup next week when they face fellow Premier League high-fliers Workington in the first leg of the Knockout Cup quarter final. The Comets have assembled a powerful side this season but Tigers pulled off their best performance of the season in beating them at Owlerton in the League recently. The first leg is at Owlerton next Thursday with the return at Derwent Park three days later.
Sheffield Window Centre Tigers: 1 Ricky Ashworth 8.29, 2 Hugh Skidmore 5.76, 3 Josh Auty 8.11, 4 Eniliano Sanchez 6.07, 5 Shane Parker 8.08, 6 Simon Lambert 4.77, 7 Ashley Birks 3.47.