JOSH Bates is the latest Tigers rider to join the injury list – and he’s racing against time to be ready for Thursday’s Owlerton crunch clash with Scunthorpe.
The Barnsley teenager couldn’t avoid the fallen Matt Williamson in the weekend defeat at Workington and suffered rib damage and a possible bruised lung.
Tigers were reduced to five men as they went down 56-33 with Jason Garrity already ruled out after damaging his knee in an Elite League meeting for Coventry on Friday.
Sheffield co-owner Peter Mole said: “It was a bad night at the office, that’s all we can say about it really. We simply ran out of options when we were down to five riders, but we’re still confident we will make the play-offs and take it from there.
“Obviously we hope for some good news on Josh and that he can be fit for Thursday against our great rivals.”
New signing Nicolai Kindt admitted it was a tough debut.
He said: “It was good to get my first meeting for Sheffield out of the way, although it was a tough night for us.
“I personally struggled a bit on setups and made some mistakes in the first corner which cost me points which was a bit disappointing.
“But I can promise it will be better on Thursday – I’ve got my engine back that I used last year now which I know works well, so I’m looking forward to my first meeting at Owlerton now and hopefully putting in a much better performance to help the team move on from tonight with a win.”
Danny King was inspirational for Tigers on the big Derwent Park circuit and proved to be a fine choice of guest for injured skipper Simon Stead.
Workington gave a solid all-round performance with Matt Wethers and Rene Bach the top men on 11 and former Tigers favourite Ricky Wells notched 9.
The club are hopeful Garrity will return on Thursday and race through the pain barrier.
WORKINGTON 56: Matthew Wethers 11+4, Rene Bach 11, Kenneth Hansen 9+2, Kyle Howarth 9+1, Ricky Wells 9, Rusty Harrison 6+2, Matt Williamson 1.
SHEFFIELD 33: Danny King 14+1, David Bellego 6, Nicolai Klindt 6, Paco Castagna 4+1, Arthur Sissis 3, Josh Bates 0, Jason Garrity r/r.