Sheffield Tigers continued to defy the odds with a stunning 42-41 win at Berwick on Saturday – but it was at a cost.
Arthur Sissis had his best meeting in British racing with a breathtaking 13+1 which proved to be a matchwinning display to bolster Sheffield’s play-off hopes.
Sissis then suffered a collarbone injury which means club bosses will need to look at their options again if he is set to miss September.
Co-owner Damien Bates said: “Arthur seems to think the collarbone is broken and so did people at the track on Saturday night.
“Once again we come away with mixed feelings, it was a great win for the team but at a cost yet again.
“I will have to look closely at the averages and see if there is anything we can do to cover for Arthur if he’s likely to be out for a few weeks.
“Jason Garrity is also battered and bruised but I’m hoping he will be fine for Thursday night.”
Whilst Sissis proved the Tigers’ trump card at reserve, guesting No.1 Craig Cook also notched double figures as he broke the Berwick track record on his way to the first of three race wins in heat one.
Garrity also recorded two victories before his night was brought to a premature end, whilst Paco Castagna added a crucial 5+2 including 5-1s alongside Cook and Sissis in heats five and eight respectively.
Despite previously enduring a night to forget, Nicolai Klindt delivered a pivotal heat 14 win which eventually proved decisive whilst David Bellego and Josh Bates made useful contributions despite difficult evenings.
Tigers have already lost Simon Stead, Andre Compton and Ty Proctor from their starting line-up this season and they will be looking to keep their season going at home to Edinburgh this Thursday.
Berwick 41: Thomas Jorgensen 13, Kevin Doolan 12+1, Alex Edberg 10+3, Fernando Garcia 4+1, Mathias Thornblom 2+1, Keiron Douglas 0, Liam Carr 0, Claus Vissing R/R.
Sheffield 42: Arthur Sissis 13+1, Craig Cook 10, Jason Garrity 6, Paco Castagna 5+2, Nicolai Klindt 3, Josh Bates 3, David Bellego 2.