Sheffield skipper Simon Stead is in a stable condition in hospital after his heat 15 horror crash marred the Tigers’ sensational 50-37 win at Rye House on Saturday night.
The skipper had to be airlifted to hospital where he has been diagnosed with a broken upper left arm and broken left femur after he fell in the final race and was struck by his team-mate David Bellego.
It was a hugely unfortunate conclusion to what had been another tremendous night for Tigers as they ended a run of over a decade without a victory at Hoddesdon.
Stead was in fine form throughout the evening, going unbeaten in his opening four rides before disaster struck. He had twice blasted around the outside off the opening bend to join partner Ashley Birks at the front for 5-1s in heats one and five as the visitors raced into an early lead.
Rye House hit back with a huge 8-1 as they used their tactical ride in heat six – but Stead lead a heat advantage in heat 11 to give them breathing space before wrapping up victory with a fine maximum alongside Andre Compton in heat 13.
Ty Proctor also enjoyed a superb evening, hitting the front alongside flying Bellego in heat seven and shepherding home young reserve Arthur Sissis in heat 14 to wrap up all four Premier League points for the Tigers.
With Bellego, Birks and Compton all impressive the top five put in another powerful display whilst talented young reserve duo Josh Bates and Sissis chipped in with some useful points to ensure Jack Lee’s side made it six wins out of six.
However, their latest victory came at a huge price, with Stead’s injuries overshadowing their hard-fought triumph and ensuring they are likely to be without their dominant No.1 for a lengthy period of time.
RYE HOUSE 37: Edward Kennett 14, Anders Mellgren 9+2, Nico Covatti 8, Steve Boxall 2+1, Rob Branford 2+1, Robin Aspegren 2, Nikolaj B Jakobsen r/r.
SHEFFIELD 50: Simon Stead 11+1, Ty Proctor 10+1, David Bellego 7+1, Ashley Birks 6+1, Andre Compton 6+1, Arthur Sissis 6, Josh Bates 4.